I've always wanted to have a rangefinder. I learned how to use an SLR with my Lolo's Canon FTQL; I felt learning how to use an RF would round me up pretty nicely as a film photography enthusiast. I did a lot of research about the different kinds of rangefinders, the photos taken with them, and whether they'll only run on phased-out batteries or if they could be used on full manual mode. I was glad to see for sale what I think the best RF was for me: the Canonet QL 17 GIII. I met up with Candace, from whom I also purchased my Snap Sights underwater camera, and gladly bought the RF. She also gave me five rolls of film, which was really sweet. :) I couldn't wait to test the camera--Candace wasn't able to test it herself since buying it--to see if I need to have it CLA'd (cleaned, lubricated, adjusted) at Hidalgo.
The first thing I did was to take out the deteriorating black foam by the back cover--they'll surely let in light leaks, which I don't want to have with this particular camera. I asked ige for some black Blu-Tack to use as sealant. I then did a bit of lens cleaning just to be sure. Finally I loaded it up with the Fuji 160 NPS film Candace gave. I hoped I still knew how to tweak manual exposure settings, because I was going sans metering.
After finishing the roll I went to Photoline at SM San Lazaro to have the roll processed and printed because I really, really wanted to see my shots right away. I did contemplate on having the negatives scanned to CD, but I didn't want to shell out cash (imagine that!) on something uncertain. [I did the same with my Olympus Pen EE. When I saw the shots I decided to just let it retire.]
Enough blah, so how did I do? See here! :) [The texture on the photos is from the photo paper.]
Miel taking a bath
Bianca & Katya
the morning papers
Miel & dada
I think the camera and I did pretty well! Here's a long, beautiful friendship! :)