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    I'm all giddy now (Canonet GIII QL17)

    I've been wanting one of these since I was a kid, and while I was picking up my enlarger and some accessories for it, I ran across two of these cameras in Dave's cabinet. I asked him if he had any plans for them, and he said no, that the shutters weren't working in either of 'em. Did I want one for, say, $25?

    Uhmmmmmm..... SURE! They're both nice, but the one I picked looks like it just came out of the box, really minty. I took it home and looked at the shutter. Nope, nothing happens. Then I accidentally tapped the lens barrel on my Kowa case putting it down and hear a click. Eh?
    I checked it again. Now the shutter is working, but it's sluggish to open. Ah, congealed oil? So... it seems I have a very fixable camera in my hands, and have to decide whether a standard pro CLA will take care of the problem, maybe something I can do myself, or will I need to find a specialist to fix it for me...
    Also, she needs a battery...
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    I never put a battery in my GIII. It's one of my most-used cameras.

    Is your lens loose? My lens wobbles slightly like it's loose from the camera body, but I have never figured out how to tighten it.
    f/22 and be there.

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    It is a leaf shutter, it will need to be cleaned. I saw the KEH listed on for almost $300 and stated it has a rare element lens. I have one for years, a friend gave to me when he bought a 35mm zoom point and shoot in the 80s. Very sharp, easy to use. Shot of free lance travel in the 80 and 90s.

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    Who is Dave and where is this cabinet?

    I've had a couple of these cameras over the years, they are terrific. I would give it to a shop to do, they are worth it. Lens is excellent.

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    Yes, the lens does wobble just the tiniest bit, I'm trying to find a local shop in AR or AL... didn't really want to send it off if I don't have to, and Dave does have a treasure trove of classic stuff, especially if you like old Nikons, Graflex, Rollei, and a bunch of bellows-graced goodness. He still uses it all, too, and has some really nice photos he's done. A contact print he did from his 8x10 field camera was really something else.

    I'll be happy to get this Canon going, and try out the Kowas... when I've got some extra disposable income, I may let my GAS expand a little.

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    Yes, it's due for a cleaning, old lube is the villain.
    Heavily sedated for your protection.

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    Great camera. I had one with some fungus on the lens but still taking great pictures when I run into a very nice specimen at the Goodwill store for $20. I could not pass. I have now two and will probably end up selling one.
    Mihai Costea

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    Ah. Here's a better photo of the camera. I talked to Dave and told him about the shutter fix and the battery alternates, and he's excited about getting his remaining Canonet working... and maybe has a little seller's remorse about mine.
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    Great deal on this find! Ive played a bit with the 2.8 version of the canonet. Canon rangefinders are just so fun. I have a Vt and ive been searching for a Demi S for a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newt_on_Swings View Post
    Great deal on this find! Ive played a bit with the 2.8 version of the canonet. Canon rangefinders are just so fun. I have a Vt and ive been searching for a Demi S for a bit.

    Have it recalibrated for 1.5 Silver Oxide batteries, and blast away.

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