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.
The T50 has 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 is still a manual focus camera. Unlike those compact cameras and the higher-end models in the T series, the T50 does not have power rewind, relying on a manual crank. The camera's electric systems are powered by two AA batteries in the grip, which gave enough power to shoot 75 24-exposure rolls, or 50 36-exposure rolls.
At launch, 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.
This Canon T50 comes with the standard 50mm FD, and a Sun Zoom 35-140mm zoom lens, which both work with the camera's auto-exposure mode.
The full contents of this lot is as follows:
- Canon T50 35mm SLR Camera Body - Canon Lens FD 50mm 1:1.8 standard lens kit with Canon lens cap - Sun Zoom 1:3.8-5.3 Macro 35-140mm zoom lens with lens cap - Achiever TZ250 Electronic Flash Unit with colour filters - Canon branded red camera neck strap - Skylite and PL 62mm Lens Filters (fit the Sun Zoom lens) - Blue medium sized camera bag with shoulder strap - Brand new batteries supplied within camera body and flash
Fully working and tested, this classic Canon is in very good cosmetic condition (see photos). On-board metering is working fine. The lenses are clear with just a few dust spots, no major fungus. There are brand new batteries in the camera and flash.