1960's Canon

Canon FP

Canon FP
Release Year1964
Release Price37,800 yen (~$350)
Lens MountFL Mount

The Canon FP was a Canon FX without the built-in exposure meter. For pro users who did not want or need the exposure meter. An external CdS exposure meter having the same specs as the Canon FX built-in meter was offered as an option.

At the time of release, many photographers preferred using a handheld meter, and others preferred the lower pricing. However, the Canon FP was not popular making it more rare and desirable for collectors.

The shutter is a horizontally traveling focal plane shutter supporting speeds between 1/1000 and 1 second in full stop increments, selected by a dial on the top plate on the photographer’s right. The X-sync speed for flash is 1/55 sec.; flash support was through a PC socket on the front of the body.

The viewfinder on the Canon FP uses a glass pentaprism and gives coverage of 90% of the frame vertically and 93% horizontally, with a 0.9× magnification (with a 50 mm standard lens).

The Canon FP was available with either silver or black metal parts.

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