Film Cameras

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35mm Focal-Plane Shutter SLR Camera

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Marketed March 1971
Original Price 74,000 yen (w/FD 55mm f/1.2),
57,000 yen (w/FD 50mm f/1.4),
49,800 yen (w/FD 50mm f/1.8),
35,000 yen (body)

Like the flagship Canon F-1, the FTb was compatible with FD lenses. It was a mass-market camera having the same basic features as the F-1.

Like the F-1, it had maximum-aperture TTL metering, match-needle exposure adjustment, and high-precision 12% partial metering at the center. Being a mid-tier 35mm SLR camera, the FTb was well received by many amateur photographers. The FTb also allowed stop-down TTL metering (match needle) for FL lenses and situations when stop-down viewing was required.

Type 35mm focal-plane shutter SLR camera
Picture Size 24 x 36 mm
Normal Lens Canon 55mm f/1.2, FD 50mm f/1.4, 50mm f/1.8
Lens Mount FD mount
Shutter Two-axis, horizontal-travel focal-plane shutter with cloth curtains. X, B, 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000 sec. Built-in self-timer (self-timer lever also functions as a stop-down lever). Multiple exposures enabled.
Flash Sync FP- and X-sync automatic-switching sync contacts with German socket.
Viewfinder Fixed eye-level pentaprism. 0.85x magnification and 94% coverage. Microprism rangefinder at center of fresnel matte screen. Metering indicator, exposure match needle, stopped-down metering needle, and low-light warning provided. A diagonally-cut condenser lens block is semi-silvered on the diagonal surface. This beam splitter enables the incoming light to be split for the viewfinder image and metering cell. Mirror lockup provided.
CdS cell for TTL full-aperture, match-needle partial metering at center or TTL stopped-down, match-needle partial metering at center (12% of center). Metering range at ISO 100 and f/1.4: EV 2.5 - 18. Film speed range from ISO 25 to 2000. Battery check provided.
Film Loading &
QL (Quick Loading) and auto loading after camera back is closed. Advances with camera-top lever's 174 stroke (partial strokes enabled). Ready position at 21.
Frame Counter Counts up from 0 to 40. Resets automatically when camera back is opened
Film Rewind Camera-top crank
Power Source One 1.3 V HD mercury cell
Dimensions &
144 x 93 x 43 mm, 750 g