Saturday, September 10, 2011

Saturday afternoon project

Decided I needed a break from my usual crappy/boring day and do something fun. I started my Canonet G-III QL17 restoration project. I've had this camera since I was a teenager, it was my first carry around "manual" RF camera. I loved this thing, and took it everywhere. It was a hand me down from my sister, who used it briefly and from what I remember, just left it sitting on her shelf for years, until I finally mustered up the balls to ask her to transfer ownership to me :) It had a really good run, I used it up until college, when I moved back to my dad's old F2, which I finally felt mature enough to take out of the house and used for school. Since then the Canonet's been sitting in my equipment draw gather dust and god knows what. Until today…

Most of this was pretty easy. I wanted to replace the ashy black "leatherette" on the body and replace the foam seals that have turned into this black slug. I bought a QL17 restoration kit from eBay awhile back, but the battery I bought seems to be doa, and the foam isn't really as thick as I feel it should be. So we'll have to deal with that later. But for now, I cleaned it out, removed the leatherette and replaced it with some really purdy red leather.

To be continued...


  1. Renovating a camera ! I never even thought of something like that. Hope we get to see the process. You've got me thinking now...curiosity.

  2. It's a fun and wholesome thing to do! I highly recommend it! Not much of a process to this restoration. I hope to have the results (photos taken with the camera) of it soon!