Canon … Canonet QL17 G-III … shutter, well almost.

Hmm, sticky shutter … seems to be a common theme with older cameras, at least the ones the I get a hold of.

Tools: spanner wrench

DSC00512 Unlike the Olympus that I worked on previously, the front lens plate is secured by an outter locking ring that is unscrewed.

The inner ring can be removed if you need to get in between the front lens group … this will not get you closer to the shutter blades.




DSC00511Under neath is a plate that changes the amount of light hitting the exposure meter.










Ok here is where you will need the special tool … welllll I don’t got one, so I am stuck with only going this far.

I tried using a rubber friction tool, but this front group was really secured … probably never taken off before.

Not much access to anything here.

So, how did I free the shutter? As is common with many shutters, the rear lens cell can be unscrewed. This allowed me to access the blades, and get some fluid on it to loosen it up.








One response to “Canon … Canonet QL17 G-III … shutter, well almost.

  • Frank

    After the nameplate is removed on the outer lens I leave a UV lamp on the lens about 6 ” away for a half an hour. Then then the lens can be removed easily using a spanner. Never apply heat with the nameplate still on since it will get disfigured by the heat

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