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Canon QL17 vs Minolta 7sII - compare?
Old 10-22-2005   #1
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Canon QL17 vs Minolta 7sII - compare?

Has anyone had the chance to (seriously) use both the Canonet QL17 GIII and the Minolta Hi-Matic 7sII?

Since these seem to me to be among the best of the tiny, fully-manual, battery-independent, RF-coupled, fixed-lens bodies with 40mm lenses faster than f/2, I thought a serious comparison may be warranted for which is the better "toss in my pocket for gorgeous snapshots when I'm too lazy to haul along the Leica M / Canon P / Nikon SP (take your pick)".

For the record, I used to own a 7sII, but have never seen a QL17. I would like to own a 7sII again, but am considering the QL17 as a competitor.

I'd rather not involve the Olympus RD in this discussion because, having owned one, I consider it to have inferior build quality compared to the 7sII. This becomes especially noticable when running a lot of film through the camera, fast.

Here are the criteria I'm especially interested in comparing. A killer CLA is assumed for each camera.

* Brightness of viewfinder and visibility of rangefinder patch and framelines, especially in awkward lighting situations such as very low light, strong backlight, or low-contrast situations

* Sharpness/resolution of the lens

* Precision and reliable long-term consistency of shutter speeds (after calibration in the course of a CLA)

* Camera's handling of the film (inconsistent spacing between frames; difficulties advancing or rewinding film; ripping the sprocket holes)

* Body compactness (exactly *how* much bigger/heavier is the QL17?)

If you, like me, only have experience with one of these cameras, feel free to post your opinions anyway.

Recommendations on where to get a killer CLA for each of these cameras would also be appreciated.
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I have and use both, and lately have been favoring the 7s-II for when I do not want to bring the Canon 7, Nikon SP, or Leica M3 to the playground. It is smaller, lighter, and has a better made (no dry rot) case).

Side-by-side of the Canonet and Konica S3, same size as Minolta.


And the CL and Konica


Minolta and Konica side by side.


Between the Canonet and Minolta, the build quality on the Canonet is better; Finder has parallax correction and is slightly more clear; lens on my Canonet is very sharp at F1.7 BUT it took me a lot of Canonets to get one this sharp. The lens on my current Canonet is has a front module from a different camera, so it was pure luck. The Minolta lens is as sharp.

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