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    Canon G-III QL

    Hey guys,

    visiting my grandmother, and gave me her vintage Canon G-III. Is this camera worth putting in a new foam on back door? How is the picture quality?

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    Yes and great.

    Very nice little rangefinder. You will enjoy it.

    Remember to say Thank You!

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    Really nice camera excellent lens

    Replace or remove battery.

    You need to use one of zinc air or Shockety diode and silver cell options for accurate metering, unless it has been updated already.

    Or use it in manual.

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    the lens barrell on mine wobbles a bit. Anyone know if this effects image quality?

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    You should not detect any problem but not had that camera apart may need grease on heliciod or screws tightened and locked. I'll need to check the repair manual.

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    Beautiful camera, great lens, rangefinder and with a family history? Go for it!!
    And use it to make some portraits of your grandmother with it!!
    She'll like that and you will be happy you did several years from now.
    I speak from experience, my grandmother passed away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xmas View Post
    You should not detect any problem but not had that camera apart may need grease on heliciod or screws tightened and locked. I'll need to check the repair manual.
    Thanks. I think I'll change the seals myself and leave the lens as is. You have to remove the "leather" to access the screws.

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    Wonderful camera. But they are reportedly very tightly toleranced. Word is, once disassembled they are a challenge to reassemble without the proper custom tooling and knowledge. Lots of stories of correctly working ones opened, only to then become donor parts cameras.

    Here is a picture of mine with the front end disassembled and laid out. A professional technician did the work you see, not me...

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    It's a very tricky operation to remove the lens and reattach it.

    And the foam is some really messy stuff. It will take a while to remove all of it.

    However, the good news is that it will be worth the effort. Excellent camera overall. Nice build quality, a sharp and fast lens and a really nice viewfinder/rangefinder.

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    I have a QL17GIII and it's my most-used 35mm camera. My lens also wobbles slighly but I have ignored it and it doesn't seem to be a problem. I think this camera must have the worst feeling shutter release button of any camera I've used, and the winding is also cheap and springy feeling, but the pictures are great. I took the battery out of mine and just left it that way.
    f/22 and be there.

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