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FX
35mm Focal-Plane Shutter SLR Camera


Serial is : #327126
Outline
Marketed
Discontinued
  April 1964
1966
Original Price   59,800 yen (w/FL58mm f/1.2)
44,800 yen (w/FL50mm f/1.8)

 

After the Canonflex R-series, the Canon FX was the first in a new series having an aperture linkage on a new lens mount (FL).

The model designation's "flex" (for single-lens reflex) suffix was replaced with an "F."

The new aperture linkage was designed to reduce the film advance torque and to integrate TTL light metering. After the shutter was released, the lens reverted to the maximum aperture regardless of the film advance state.

The built-in CdS exposure meter indicated the proper aperture for the selected shutter speed. A lever switched between the high (EV9 to 18) and low (EV1 to 10) metering sensitivity ranges.

*Has also black versions. According to Wikipedia there are only three all-black models known as of 2021.


FP
35mm Focal-Plane Shutter SLR Camera


Serial is : #117062
Outline
Marketed
Discontinued
  October 1964
1966
Original Price   37,800 yen (w/FL50mm f/1.8)

 

This was an 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 FX's built-in meter was offered as an option.

*Has also black versions.

PELLIX
35mm Focal-Plane Shutter SLR Camera


Serial is : #134048
Outline
Marketed
Discontinued
  April 1965
1966
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 one-third. Therefore an f/1.2 lens was like an f/1.4 lens and an f/1.4 acted like f/1.7. However since the image could be viewed through the viewfinder even during long exposures, it was a popular camera.

*Has also black versions.


FT QL
35mm Focal-Plane Shutter SLR Camera
 
Serial is : #829171

  Serial is : #671577

Outline
Marketed
Discontinued
  March 1966
1972
Original Price   66,800 yen (w/FL 58mm f/1.2),
54,800 yen (w/FL 50mm f/1.4 II)
* 1,000 yen extra for the black version.

 

Introduced a year after the Pellix, the FT QL had a normal quick-return reflex mirror and stop-down TTL metering. The finder's condenser lens was cut at a 45-degree angle. Twelve percent of the image area surface was semi-silvered with vapor deposition. The incident light reflected by this semi-transparent mirror was directed to the metering element. The viewfinder had match-needle exposure metering. The distance to the metering element was the same as the distance to the focal plane. Therefore the camera had the same focal plane metering characteristics as the Pellix.

The Canon Booster for low-light metering down to EV 3.5 (23 sec. at f/1.4) was available as an optional accessory attachable to the accessory shoe.

PELLIX QL
35mm Focal-Plane Shutter SLR Camera


Serial is : #147354
Outline
Marketed
Discontinued
  March 1966
1970
Original Price   72,800 yen (w/FL 50mm f/1.2),
60,800 yen (w/FL 50mm f/1.4 II)
* Add 1,000 yen for the black version.
* From December 1968, the FL 58mm f/1.2 lens kit was replaced with the FL 55mm f/1.2 lens kit priced at 75,300 yen.

 

An improved Pellix marketed at the same time as the FT QL. Film loading was easier, the Canon Booster for low-light metering could be attached, and the stop-down lever had a locking mechanism.

The newly designed FL 50mm f/1.4 II lens was highly rated for its high resolving power, excellent contrast, and color balance. This lens served as the standard for the later line of FD lenses.

*Has also black versions.

TL QL
35mm Focal-Plane Shutter SLR Camera

Serial is #109642

Outline
Marketed
Discontinued
  February 1968
1972
Original Price   For export only (no Japanese price)

 

A simplified and cheaper version of the FT QL, this camera was for the overseas mass market. The maximum shutter speed was only 1/500 sec. The camera was without a self-timer and QL feature, but it retained stop-down TTL metering. Although most TL cameras did not have QL, some cameras did as shown in the photo.

*Might have black versions but this needs to be verified.

 

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