As part of my running a camera shop I had the opportunity to use a Canon Canonet QL17 GIII, which was the last generation Canonet. This camera model has fetched a good price on the second hand market and sports a great lens - f/1,7 hence the name. Suffice to say a lot of cheaper cameras in the size category are very good too. From my experience I can advice you to try for instance the Ricoh 35 models, the Konica Auto S3, the Canonet 28 and several Minolta iterations.
I used the Canonet through several seasons during the first half of 2015. It was a comfortable experience, but I realized that for my type of photographing I don't need a camera from the high-end (cost) spectrum. I manage real well with the cheaper Canonet 28 for instance, and the (defective) Minolta AL-F which succeeded the QL17 as my main camera for a long time.
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