A brief history of the Canon Canonet Rangefinder camera ...


"In January of 1961, Canon introduced the Canonet, a consumer-friendly 35mm film rangefinder camera aimed at the average person. Over fifty years and fourteen variations later, film photographers still look back on the Canonet as an excellent choice for beginning and experienced photographers alike. Let’s travel back in time to see how it all began and why the Canonet remains popular even today."

The Canonet QL was my very first serious camera. I received this camera as a gift from my high school teacher, Shirley Mercado, who encouraged my interest in photography. My first roll of black-and-white film, shooting at the beautiful and historic Paco Park in Manila, Philippines, went through the Canonet. You can understand why I'm fond of this camera. Surprising though that, despite this bit of history, I turned out to be a Nikon photographer instead of a Canon photographer.

Read more about the history of this camera, here.