Oh, and I will look if I still have PDF from www.rolleiclub.nl about modification old cameras(well, nor really cameras, but...) for using new batteries...
And, check http://www.photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-...w9&unified_p=1
Originally Posted by haris
I've modified my Minoltas but that was before I knew about the less expensive Zinc Air batteries to replace the 625. It's not a hard mod, but you have to follow the instructions and understand how to use a multi-meter.
As for the adapter, at 29.95 it would take several (~10) years for me to make up the price as compared to the difference between the Zinc Air and the normal 625A at my use of 1 battery per year.
To follow up my comments from yesterday, and to second what Mike said, after having my own Canonet QL17 GIII for a year or so, even with proper mercury batteries, and a fully functioning linear meter, I've found the meter easier than most to 'fool' in some situations. In other words, don't get too worked up about trying to find the ideal battery or adapter to make the meter work. To be quite honest, knowing how the meter in the Canonet is easily fooled, I usually go fully manual with the camera using 'sunny-16'. Believe it or not, sunny-16 is usually more reliable than the meter, especially in odd situations! Other times I do use the meter, but take a reading off of a small grey-card or the palm of my hand just to be sure.
So, that said, IMHO just go out and get an alkaline battery, then 'calibrate' the Canonet's meter against a reliable hand-held meter...It's about as good as it's gonna get!!!
The meter, though, is about the only weak spot on this camera. The QL is about the best thing ever, the lens is fast and sharp, the patch is really bright and for $10 you ought to be able to find a Canolite D to go with it which works surprisingly well. They are brilliant little cameras. Mine is always getting use.
I bought a silver cell for mine. I have to adjust the film speed (it's about 1 2/3 stops off, IIRC) when I change ASAs; I do this against a trusted lightmeter.
I like this better than a Wein cell because I shoot at 1600 much more often than at 25/50. Silver cells share the sharp cutoff characteristic of the mercury cells.
Thank you for chiming in on the longevity of those ZA cells - I was wondering how that looked in real life conditions - I doubt that my QL will get more than moderate use - it has to get in line... hehehehe :)
Thanks for the input - I suspected that the meter will be less than pro grade, so its good to have that confirmed. I doubt it will be used for photography involving much metering - it will be more of "shoot from the hip" camera, so that works just fine for me. And you are right about the price - my QL with flash (the D model), case, strap and owners manual is on the way home, auction ended 2 hours ago! I also found the way it synchs up with the flash at all speeds to be very cool! Thanks for all the info, I will be sure to share my impressions as soon as the mail man drops the package of! I might get one of those Zinc Airs... really because I think its a neat technology, but after that it might get whatever will fit:).
I am looking forward to my first rf, that is if the wife ever lets me use it :)
PS. please elaborate on sunny-16 - I am not sure I am familiar with the term.
He's a hilarious guy, isn't he? And an old school VAX geek to boot.Quote:
Originally Posted by gnashings
too bad he went all-digital. =(
Somewhere on his site is his Leica H page. That also is worth the time digging for. It inspired me to turn my Nikon D70 (my newspaper work is digital-only :() into a Holga D70.
Thanks for the replies - I learn something new every day! I was familiar with something along the lines of "sunny16" but never new there was a neat little "system" to help guide a budding photog along! Great!
Yeah, its a shame that Mr. Cassidy went all digital - I really liked his take on taking photos and the snobism associated with some parts of our hobby!
And thank you for the links!