Canonet QL19 - help, tips&tricks

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Dennis Veldman Dennis Veldman Post 1 of 17
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Hi photography lovers,

I just got myself a Canonet QL19 - because i really really really want to shoot analogue and found myself the camera today, and i also got myself 3 rolls of film :
TRI-X 400 film (B&W)
400TXMAX (B&W)

this is a link so you can see the camera :
http://mattdentonphoto.com/cameras/canonet.html

and i wanted to ask the experts here if they can give me any advise on the use and i am also hoping for some advice and tips&tricks on the use of this camera.

I have a photoshoot planned for april the 5th and i want to shoot with this camera. so i still have 1,5 week to practise outdoor
I can use the Imacon at my friends work to scan the images and i can also print them at the photolab.

what i really would like is to have the eyes sharp and the rest of the images smooth or a model poses and i would want her to be sharp and the backgounds soft.

I will shoot outside, on location


Anyone??
Ruud, Rob, Andy?

THANKS IN ADVANCE!
Dee (new to analogue)
Oliver Suhr Oliver Suhr Post 2 of 17
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Hi Dee,

to be honest: I have never seen the canonet :-(

BUT IT LOOKS GREAT ! I could get jealous .....


Hence, all I can offer are the results of google:
the manual (English)
http://canonet.free.fr/manual/
and some general info about the little sister
http://www.camerapedia.org/wiki/Canon_C ... QL_17_GIII

The "shutter priority" looks more like as an "estimator" than measurement - maybe an external exposure meter would give more correct results.

Have fun with you new machine!
Olli
Dennis Veldman Dennis Veldman Post 3 of 17
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Thanks Olli!
I have found a website with a manual ::
http://canonet.free.fr/manual/index.html

I'm pretty excited, since i never used an analog camera before, the man who sold me the images it makes are great

When i have scanned the first roll of film i will try to upload to show what it does :)

Thanks for the effort olli!

if anyone has more on this, please write about it
Daren Borzynski Daren Borzynski Post 4 of 17
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Hi Dee

I would run a cheap film through the camera now before you do any photoshoots, just to make sure the shutter & aperature settings are working well. I think Olli's suggestion of using it with a light meter is a good idea.

The viewfinder has parallax correction, but I would maybe consider giving the subject a little more space around the edges to make sure it all fits in.

I like how you asked Ruud & Andy if they can help with a camera from the 60's!! :))))

Cheers
Daren
Dennis Veldman Dennis Veldman Post 5 of 17
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Hi Daren,

i shot my first 36 photo's today and i had the lightmeter LUNASIX PRO with me to meter - it said F8 & 60 so thats what i adjusted the camera to shoot with, also on a tripod (lightweight manfrotto)

I really need to see how the photo's come out because i have been using the yellow outlined frame (when you look through the viewfinder) as my frame.
Tonight i will go to my friends house who has a darkroom there see if i wasted film for the first time :)
What does parallax correction mean?

Thanks,

Cant wait to hear what ruud has to say about it ;)

Greets

Dee
Daren Borzynski Daren Borzynski Post 6 of 17
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Hi Dee

When you use a rangefinder type camera you sometimes have problems with the composition of the image in the frame because the viewfinder gives a slightly different view from what the lens does. It doesnt cause too much of a problem when taking photographs at a distance, but the problem increases when the subject is closer.

You shouldnt have too much of a problem because your camera has a correction, the yellow frame in the viewfinder. You will probably find the yellow frame moves when you focus your camera. I just wouldnt have the subject too close to the frame, I'm never too sure how accurate they are.

Cheers
Daren
Dennis Veldman Dennis Veldman Post 7 of 17
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cool, i will keep that in mind daren!
Dennis Veldman Dennis Veldman Post 8 of 17
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the first roll of film is processed. they are negatve now.
i can tell that things are pretty sharp :) with a nice natural looking soft blur DOF

i need to have them scanned this saturday, when that is done i will upload something.

I have to set the asa to 200 instead of 400 my friend told me.
Will shoot some more on the streets tomorrow!

:):)

very excited and i didnt screw up on my first film!

HOORAY!
Dennis Veldman Dennis Veldman Post 9 of 17
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wauw, i love the effects of the grain in these images Andy!
That is what i want, because digital makes everything so sharp

and i am glad that i made the decision to get the canonet, i feel motivated and wanting to try new things - also the excitement i felt in the whole wet processing was awesome, especially when my friend said : youve got images!

)i didnt know if the camera worked, or if the film was transported well)

going out with the cam, tripod & meter again today

what i do find hard is to think in Black & White -
but im glad i found the drive again to go out and shoot.

if you have more examples, please show them..
till soon
:D
Dennis Veldman Dennis Veldman Post 10 of 17
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HOORAY!
THE FIRST :D

Catching photographers on the street Catching photograph… Dennis Veldman 29.03.08 14
Oliver Suhr Oliver Suhr Post 11 of 17
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Hehe, maybe not the last! ;-)
Dennis Veldman Dennis Veldman Post 12 of 17
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probably not :)
Dennis Veldman Dennis Veldman Post 13 of 17
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got one more!

on the streets of amsterdam on the streets of ams… Dennis Veldman 29.03.08 13
Kenny Jazz Kenny Jazz Post 14 of 17
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Andy, Canonet QL 17 GIII actually have to come soon to me for only 36 US dollars from neighbour country. Great camera for poor guys.. Dont you think so ?
Dennis Veldman Dennis Veldman Post 15 of 17
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a friend told me the lens is awesome. :D
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