Introduced in 1969 and produced until being replaced by the Canonet GIII version in 1972. This is a nice compact rangefinder. QL stands for Quick Load, and it is simple to load. Load the canister, extend the film lead to the orange mark and close the door. Simple. Too simple, I confess to opening it to make sure that it worked and even then watching the rewind knob to be sure it was turning as I advanced the film. A less suspicious user would have better results.
For a mass market consumer camera, this thing is rugged and durable. I tested this by taking it to the movies in my coat pocket. When I put my coat on the chair next to me, it fell out. It hit hard (and loud) on the cement floor. It was dark but I could not feel any damage. As we left I pulled it out to take a picture and realized that the film door was not fully latched. I closed it and took the picture. No issue worked fine. I still can not find any damage from the fall.
This is a easy shooter. I opted to use the Auto aperture but you can shoot it manual down to 1.7. On Auto the meter shows you what the aperture will be. Focus is quick with a very short rotation to go from .8m to infinity.
Two things I did not love. It is fully battery dependent and need the discontinued PX625. There is no off or lock so if you advance the film your going to take a picture of your cap. There is a window on the back that shows a red patch to let you know the film is advanced.
This is a good kick around camera. I could see throwing this in a bag and not worrying about it. Get an adapter for the PX625 and take the battery issue is off the table.
Film: FujiColor 200