Canonet 28 Questions (battery and IR use)

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  1. pwitkop

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    I just got a 'new' canonet 28 to live in my glove box and to be a spare camera in less than ideal conditions. I've got a few questions though. I've read a lot about using zinc air batteries, but energizer lists a replacement for the 625 mercury battery, which is 1.5v. Has anyone successfully used these? How is the meter affected? I'm not exited about a zinc/air battery that'll only last a few months.

    Also, I'm looking at the camera and seeing the meter just above lens which would be covered by a IR filter, has anyone tried running IR through this camera? With this being a rangefinder, I rather like the idea of being able to focus and compose without taking the filter of and putting it back on over and over.

    Peter
     
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    Anyone? Well I'm thinking I'll be selling this camera. I've bought a Minolta AL which should get here this week. The Minolta has more full manual control, and was about the same price as the canonet 28. Any thoughts on this camera?

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    I know many people do this, but it's not a good idea to keep a camera in the glove box. The hot temperatures inside a car -- even in Maine -- can create all sorts of problems related to lubrication melting and seeping into other parts.

    The Minolta AL has a nice writeup in Camerapedia. It looks to be the equivalent of other models from that era. It has a fast f/2.0 lens. It looks to be a relatively compact camera. I would expect that you should get some nice photos from it.

    It has shutter speeds that run to 1/1000, which is unusual for a leaf shutter.

    As always, check the foam seals. The selenium meter might be function and might still be accurate.