Original Canonet (ca 1962)

Discussion in 'Canon' started by Philip Hiscock, Jul 8, 2004.

  1. Does anyone have any specs on the original Canonet? Was it a six-element
    lens like the later Canonets?

    Did it have the same shot-preventing lock that the later Canonets have?
    (I'm trying to understand why the shutter seems to jam...)

    And what does the little thumbwheel on top do? At one end of its turn is
    the letter T.

    Philip Hiscock
     
    Philip Hiscock, Jul 8, 2004
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    dslr Guest

    Philip Hiscock wrote:

    Assuming you mean the model with the left-hand worked wind-on lever on the
    bottom of the camera;
    Not sure, I haven;t taken mine apart that far ;-)
    Yes it does - if the meter indicates that the exposure is out of its range
    (over and under, it seems) then it won't fire. On the meter reading in the
    viewfinder, the needle must be in the visible area to release the shutter.
    Timed exposure - used with the B shutter speed, it simply locks the shutter
    button down (holding the shutter open) until the wheel is turned back from
    the T position.
     
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    dslr Guest

    Philip Hiscock wrote:

    Assuming you mean the model with the left-hand worked wind-on lever on the
    bottom of the camera;
    Not sure, I haven;t taken mine apart that far ;-)
    Yes it does - if the meter indicates that the exposure is out of its range
    (over and under, it seems) then it won't fire. On the meter reading in the
    viewfinder, the needle must be in the visible area to release the shutter.
    Timed exposure - used with the B shutter speed, it simply locks the shutter
    button down (holding the shutter open) until the wheel is turned back from
    the T position.
     
    dslr, Jul 9, 2004
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    Bhup Guest

    Bhup, Jul 9, 2004
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  5. T for Timed! I should have known. And it works brilliantly. Thanks!

    Does anyone have experience in brightening the rangefinder window with
    this camera (the 1962 Canonet - yes, the one with the winder on bottom)?
    Mine is almost impossible to see through, so it is effectively a non-RF
    camera. likewise, the needle of the meter is nearly invisible. Any hints
    on cleaning the windows? (It appears to me the Timer wheel will not come
    off easily, and a previous owner seems to have tried to use a bottle
    opener or the like to jimmy it off...)

    Philip Hiscock
     
    Philip Hiscock, Jul 9, 2004
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    dslr Guest

    I have a little experience with defogging the viewfinder - I had to open
    mine up to refix one of the mirrors so I cleaned them all at the same time,
    just water IIRC did the trick on mine. Then I had the fun of adjusting the
    rangefinder focus ;-)

    You don't need to remove the Timer wheel to take the top off, it's captive
    in the top casing whiilst the shutter button remains in the main body. Three
    screws hold the top casing on, one at each end and one centrally in the
    back.
     
    dslr, Jul 9, 2004
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