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35mm Focal-Plane Shutter SLR Camera




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Marketed April 1965
Original Price 70,800 yen (w/FL58mm f/1.2)
58,800 yen (w/FL50mm f/1.4)

Canon’s first 35mm SLR camera with TTL metering. A super-thin, semi-transparent film only 20/1000 mm thick was used as a fixed mirror. Since there was no mirror blackout, the user could see the image at the moment of exposure.

A stopped-down, TTL exposure meter used 12% spot metering at the viewfinder center. It was hailed for its accuracy and reliability.

The fixed pellicle mirror reduced the amount of light reaching the film by half. However, since the image could be viewed through the viewfinder even during long exposures, it was a popular camera.

Type 35mm focal-plane shutter single-lens reflex camera
Picture Size 24 x 36 mm
Normal Lens Canon FL 58mm f/1.2, FL 50mm f/1.4
Lens Mount FL Mount
Shutter Two-axis, horizontal-travel focal-plane shutter with metal curtains. X, (T), 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, and 1/1000 sec. Self-timer lever also functions as the stop-down lever for metering.
Flash Sync FP- and X-sync automatic-switching sync contacts with German socket.
Viewfinder Fixed eye-level pentaprism. (20/1000mm ultra-thin Mylar film pellicle mirror [fixed] with vapor deposition) 0.9x magnification (FL 50mm), 90% vertical coverage, 93% horizontal coverage. Microprism rangefinder at center of fresnel matte screen. Metering indicator, exposure match needle, and eyepiece shutter provided.
CdS element for TTL stopped-down match needle partial metering at center (12% of center). Metering range at ISO 100: EV 1 – 18. Film speed range from ISO 10 to 800. 1.3 V MD mercury cell power source. Battery check feature provided.
Film Loading &
After opening camera back, insertion onto spool. Advances with camera-top lever. (160 single or partial strokes with extra 20 stroke)
Frame Counter Counts up. Resets automatically when camera back is opened.
Film Rewind Collapsible crank
Dimensions &
141 x 90 x 100 mm, 1,110 g (with FL 58mm f/1.2)