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The Canon T50, introduced in March 1983 and discontinued in December 1989, was the first in Canon's new T series of 35mm single-lens reflex cameras compatible with Canon's FD lens mount. SLR sales were falling in 1983 from the market's 1981 peak, and Canon chose to try greater automation to revive sales and remain competitive. This approach had found favor in compact cameras such as the AF35M "Autoboy" (Japan) or "Sure Shot" (US). The T50 had a power winder built in giving a continuous shooting rate of 1.4 frames per second, as well as an advanced auto-exposure mode, although it was still a manual focus camera. Unlike those compact cameras and the higher-end models in the T series, the T50 did not have power rewind, relying on a manual crank. The camera's electric systems were powered by two AA batteries in the grip, which gave enough power to shoot 75 24-exposure rolls, or 50 36-exposure rolls.
The T50 used a new shutter design. Canon's previous A series cameras used a horizontally travelling cloth shutter, while the T50 (and subsequent T series models) used a vertically travelling metal blade shutter which allowed for faster shutter speeds and higher flash X-sync speeds. Only a modest increase was seen in the T50; more would be available in subsequent cameras.
Only Program AE (Auto Exposure) mode was available on the T50, in line with its role as a simple beginner's camera. A couple of years earlier, Konica had tried a similar approach with their FP-1.
Canon released a new flash unit for the T50, the Speedlite 244T. This simple-to-use flash used an infrared preflash to judge the distance to the subject, and only had two buttons; a power switch and a film speed setting which toggled between 100 and 400 ISO film speed.
Film Type: 135 (35mm)
Lens Mount: Canon FD Breech Mount
Lenses: Canon 50mm f/1.8 + many others
Focus: Fixed SLR Prism
Shutter: Focal Plane Vertical Metal Blade
Speeds: 2 – 1/1000 seconds (fully automatic)
Exposure Meter: TTL Center Weighted CdS meter with Analog Needle Viewfinder Readout
Battery: 2 x AA 1.5v Alkaline
Flash Mount: Hotshoe
Review by Shawn A. Ramirez:
I bought this because my grand-pappy had one when I was little. I wanted to see what it was like. I did some research on the camera. found it to be OK-good. So I bought it. Package was delivered on time with no fuss, packaged well and safe. Seller was cool.
This is a "beginners camera" for its age. don't get me wrong, Canon makes great cameras and this one is a tank. But this is an automatic camera. Kinda like a big-boy point- and-shoot. It's a computer that does the work for you. All you have to do is focus. If you want a camera that requires more thinking get a Pentax K-1000 or a Canon T90 or a Nikon F100.
Camera worked perfectly. No battery acid. Shutter fired, Film winder worked. Auto advance worked. Computer worked. Small amounts of wear and dust probably from age and usage.
Like I said, its a good camera. All you have to do is focus... read more here
I bet if you were to ask anyone under 25 if they own a 35mm slr film camera, they'd quickly say no and then rush home to google what a 35mm could possibly be. In the age of "digital" everything, film photography seems prehistoric to the minds of youths. I however, still marvel in its charm. Canon released its' Tseries cameras over two decades ago, and at the time was considered to be the Porches of photography while making all others seem like Pintos (no offense to pinto lovers). I'll be honest when I first received this camera as a gift six years ago, for my high school photography course. I wasn't expecting much from this old 35mm slr, but quickly began eating crow, not only was the quality of the pictures still brilliant it was also fun and easy to use. I loved using in high school and I still do today.
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