1980's Canon

Canon T80

Canon T80
Release Year1985
Release Price85,000 yen (~$775)
Lens MountFD Mount

Canon’s first autofocus 35mm SLR camera. The AF system uses a linear CCD array for TTL image contrast detection. The picture-taking mode can be selected with the pictographs on the external LCD panel.

For metering and exposure control, TTL multi-program AE and preset aperture AE with centerweighted averaging metering are provided. Lenses for autofocusing with the T80 were called AC lenses. These lenses had the FD mount and signal transmission capability. Three such lenses were available: AC 50mm f/1.8, AC 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5, and AC 75-200mm f/4.5.

Film transport in the Canon T80 is completely automatic, just as in the Canon T70, in both directions. This leaves the top of the camera very clean, since there is no advance lever or rewind knob. Film loading is automatic; the user only has to align the film leader with an orange mark and close the back, and the camera loads and advances the film automatically. Indicators on the top LCD display the status of loading, winding and rewinding. The motor, and the camera’s other functions including the focusing motor in the lens, are powered by 4 AAA batteries housed in the base of the camera.

A Command Back 80 was available for the Canon T80. It supports date stamping of images, alphanumeric coding of images, time exposures and time-lapse interval exposure.

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