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5 frames with… #21: a Canon Canonet QL17 by Tobias Eriksson

My Canonet is the older, larger, model. It was manufactured in the early Sixties and eventually found its way from Belgium to me a few years ago.

It was a rather major experience for me, since it was the first camera I bought for myself, after I had started to service and sell used cameras in my webshop. I felt that the camera was heavy with history and I was sort of humbled by that. I’d only ever owned new-ish cameras before, like an Olympus XA and a Seagull TLR.

So, after aquiring another, smaller, similar camera I decided that the Canonet was the b&w holiday camera. But not just any holiday, but particularly for our special place on the east coast which we visited once or twice every spring and autumn.

The sandy hills of Haväng.

We could borrow a little house in a little seaside town which oozes with history and nostalgia since it is an ancient fishing town (now holiday home) with old wooden houses lining the lanes, and pines and apple trees all over the sandy slopes. When we visited it would be deserted, and the cold wind would force us indoors at times. But we would most often during the week-end get the last of the warm summer breezes or, in spring, the first taste of summer sun.

Early autumn.

Now, we live far away. But I wish and hope for us to visit again before long. Of course there are more tasks for my Canonet. But colour film – no.

Thanks for reading. I hope you like the pictures.

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  • Reply
    October 10, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Lovely description Tobias, I like it a lot ! And the photos of your little girl are beautiful

  • Reply
    October 11, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Why no colour film?

    • Reply
      October 11, 2017 at 9:44 am

      I suppose b&w feels more timeless to me. Colour seems more direct – here and now. And I want some of my pictures/memories to be not placed in a certain time frame. It’s just a feeling.

  • Reply
    Jami Tanhu
    October 13, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Very nice shots. I have same model Canonet QL19. There should be more recognition for these older Canonets. They are well made little bit bigger rangefinder cameras. Maybe cause of size not so popular than GIII Canonets. 35MMC should make proper review about these older QL17 /QL19 Canonets.

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