1980's Canon

Canon T70

Canon T70
Release Year1984
Release Price69,000 yen (~$630)
Lens MountFD Mount

The Canon T70 was a 35mm FD-mount single-lens reflex camera introduced in April 1984 as the second in Canon’s T series. The Canon T70 started with the concepts explored in the Canon T50, took them further, and applied them to a more sophisticated camera. While the Program AE-only T50 was intended as a beginner’s camera, the Canon T70 gave the photographer a lot more control over the camera’s operation while keeping the T-series philosophy of simplicity in control and operation intact.

When it was introduced, the Canon T70 was considered technologically advanced compared to other SLR cameras. Reviewing the camera in Popular Science, Everett Ortner said that the Canon T70 “could be…too good for amateurs. It is certainly far removed from those other technological wonders designed for amateurs”. He praised the high degree of control, coupled with automation, that the T70 allows photographers to use, reducing “the role of the camera from that of master to servant.”

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