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Canon QL 19 Battery
Canonet QL 19 is identical to my old Canonet QL 17 except it has a f/1.9
lens. The instructions show it takes a 1.3v #625 mercury battery, or
equivalent. But, few places sell mercury batteries these days. A reader
just informed me about a source via the Internet at px625.com (90 Orchard
St., Boston, MA 02130) where you can order these batteries. Your local
RadioShack store is also a good source for older and hard to find batteries.
If they don't stock the one you need, often they can order it.
Or try Scherer Supplies (Box 250, Ewing, VA 24248; (423) 733-2615) they
have a zinc-air with no mercury or cadmium. MX625 replaces PX625 and
PX13; MX675 replaces PX675. In addition there are zinc-air batteries
available from Wein (sold through The Tiffen Company dealers). One of
them should be able to get your nice old Canonet working again. Of course,
you can operate it without batteries if you want, but you would have
to determine your exposure yourself (using a guide possibly) and then
set both the lens aperture and shutter speed yourself. Since the camera
is wound and rewound manually, the battery is only used for metering
and automatically setting the aperture when set to "A."
I still think this is one of the nicest compact cameras ever--and
it sure has a fast lens when compared to today's fully automatic
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Advice For A Beginner
I'll try to briefly answer your questions, but I would recommend
you check at a library for more detailed help in taking pictures by
low level or existing light conditions with or without using flash.
Fireworks are best recorded using bulb (when the shutter stays open
until you close it) with the camera placed on some type of support.
A tripod would be best, as it would allow you to move the lens to point
toward the sky where the fireworks are going off. But you could use
a parked car or some other firm, non-moving, support. Just point the
lens toward where the fireworks have been going off, have the camera
focused for infinity, set the moderate telephoto lens at about f/8 with
ISO 100 speed film, and leave the shutter open for two or three bursts
of fireworks. Needless to say, this would be difficult to do with a
compact fully automatic camera, but if you have a SLR or other camera
with manual settings you should be able to get some nice records.
A. You don't say what type of packages you plan to offer. Are they sports, church directory, senior portraits, or something similar? Have you checked the Photo Lab Showcase in a recent issue of Shutterbug? Dozens of labs advertise there and many offer various types of package printing as do many larger professional-oriented local and mail-order labs. I suggest you review a recent issue and call or write several of the labs, tell them the type of packages you seek, then ask for a current price list if they do the type of package printing you seek.
A. Sorry, I don't have that particular camera instruction book among the hundreds of cameras I have reviewed in the past several years. As you surmised, most cameras have a built-in self-timer function. Usually you just touch a button to access that mode, then press the shutter release down to activate it. Most take 10-15 seconds before the camera will take a picture. Many have a blinking or flashing light on the front that begins flashing more rapidly a few seconds before the shutter trips. Why not try this when the camera is empty (no film loaded) and just look at the front of the camera after you press the shutter? Yes, this is trial and error, but it should answer your question, and you won't waste any film either.
Manual For Weathermatic
are several reliable sources for instruction books for older cameras.
These include: John S. Craig, Box 1637, Torrington, CT 06790; (860)
496-9791; www.craigcamera.com/ib_a.htm. Another site for camera manuals
is www.manualsrus.com. Finally, you could check with Finger Lakes Photo
Books, PO Box 1002, Elbridge, NY 13060; (315) 491-1188; web site: www.photobooksonline.com;
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Hopefully, one or more of these places
will have the instructions for your Minolta Weathermatic.