Film Cameras

35mm Focal-Plane Shutter SLR Camera




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Marketed March 1983
Original Price 80,000 yen (w/FD 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5),
45,000 yen (body)

In the early 1980s, the SLR still dominated. Metering systems diversified as camera makers competed fiercely to offer the better camera. The confusion may have turned off users as more people began to avoid SLRs.

In 1981, 35mm SLR production peaked at 7.67 million units. Two years later, this amount shrank by more than 30 percent to 5.37 million units.

Amid such market conditions, the Canon T50 was introduced as a wave-of-the-future 35mm SLR camera. It was the first T-series camera. The camera was designed to respond to the user automatically. It was easy to use and anybody could take pictures with it. It had a power winder (which was well received on the Autoboy) and TTL program AE. In 1983, the T50 won the Good Design Award from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.

There is the limited model as T5 in only USA.

Type 35mm focal-plane shutter SLR camera with built-in winder and program AE
Picture Size 24 x 36 mm
Normal Lens FD 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5, others
Lens Mount FD mount
Shutter Vertical-travel, focal-plane electronic shutter. With program AE: 2, 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000 sec. Manual at 1/60 sec. X-sync at 1/60 sec. (hot shoe). Built-in electronic self-timer (with beeper).
Viewfinder Fixed eye-level pentaprism. 0.83x magnification, 92% vertical coverage, 93% horizontal coverage. Laser Matte with microprism/new split combination rangefinder.
Correct exposure, camera-shake warning, overexposure and underexposure warnings, manual, and flash ready.
Metering &
Exposure Control
SPC for TTL full-aperture metering (center-weighted averaging) with program AE. Metering range at ISO 100 and f/1.4: EV 1 – 18. Film speed range from ISO 25 to 1600.
Power Source Two 1.5 V size-AA batteries
Film Loading &
After opening camera back, align film leader at mark then hold down shutter button to go to frame 1 (semi-auto loading). Auto film advance with built-in winder. Continuous shooting at 0.7 fps.
Frame Counter Counts up. Resets automatically when camera back is opened.
Film Rewind Camera-top crank
Dimensions &
150 x 87 x 48 mm, 490 g