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Canon New Canonet QL17
France Version française
Photos by EC text by EC. From the collection of Eric Carlhan. Last update 2012-09-27 par Sylvain Halgand.

Manufactured or assembled in Japan from 1969 to 0.
Index of rarity in France: Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 15340

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Chronology of cameras Canon 

Traduction d'Eric

After careful consideration, I concluded that it was the 1969 version of this nice little rangefinder (the second chronologically). Early versions of Canonet are bigger and can be identified by the position of the reference mark of the ring distance which is significantly deviated from the rangefinder window and the third version shows a clear "G-III" in the name.

Technically, it's all in the name, or nearly 17 per lense open to 1:1.7 (40 mm focal length) and QL for Quick Loading device that is fast loading, which announced in 1969 the automatic loading of plastic compacts of the 90'.
 

Canon New Canonet QL17