What is your favorite FL/FD Camera?

Discussion in 'Canon Film SLRs' started by timw4mail, Apr 30, 2018.

  1. ComfortablyBlind

    ComfortablyBlind New Member

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    Canon; FTb, AE-1 Program, AV-1,A-1, EF, T50, T70,, EOS ELAN ii, EOS Rebel, Rebel XT, Rebel XTi, Rebel G,
    5 X 50mm FD lenses, 70-210 1:4 FD lens, EOS 35-80mm 1:4-5.6 kit lens EF-S 18-200mm lens.
    Ever expanding
    I had wanted one for a while, and I found this on Ebay. Forty dollars american and it also came with the leather wrap case. I do not know if it will become my new fav, but we'll see.
     

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  2. Craig Sherriff

    Craig Sherriff Active Member Site Supporter

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    60D, 10D, 50D 1dmark3, T70, AV1, lenses ranging from 28mm to 600 mm, canonet Junior, Canonet QL 25, Mamiya C3 and 3 lens sets, Pentax MG and various lenses
    Out of all my film cameras this one was my favorite till the film drive died in it, I have recently been having a thing for my Pentax MX. With it's 50mm F2.0 lens it is small and light. Nice for wandering around and taking street shot or what ever same as the T70.. The thing I liked about the T70 was all you had to do was Focus and set the aperture or if you were really lazy use it in auto.
    I have a large assortment of lenses in FD and FL mount so I replaced the T70 with a AV-1.
    The AV-1 does not have the same feel as the T70 but it does allow me to use my FD and FL lenses.
     
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  3. Astro Baby

    Astro Baby New Member

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    AE-1 and FTb classic 35mm SLRs from the golden age
    Had an AE1 back in the day when they were a new thing......hated it.
    Played with a T90 when they were a new thing......hated that too.
    When EOS first came out I bought one of the early ones, non stop problems from day 1 .......no prizes for guessing how I felt about it.

    Recently I stearted collecting cameras from my past and naturally snared an AE1, looking at it with the distance of time I thought my views on it back in the day may have been harsh but...yup hate it even worse now. :)

    But ohh la la ..........I picked up an FTb in Japan in a second hand shop and thought I might like it. When I got home I bagged off a pristine FTb off ebay for £40 complete with a mint FL lens. Its completely changed my view of Canon. I had always associated them with plastic and chips......the FTb is a revelation. Its smooth, simple, beautiful to hold, built solid and I LOVE it.
     
  4. Astro Baby

    Astro Baby New Member

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    I have an FTb and have found just fitting a 1.5 silver cell works and its accurate. You will need an adaptor to fit one of these. I use one I bot from Jon Goodman, you will find him with a Google search. Oddly I tried a zinc air battery as well and the meter is accurate as well with that if a little low, almost as if the camera is auto adjusting. I have taken it to bits and cant see that anyone has carried out any mods so it may be the circuitry can cope. I tested it against an AE1 and my Pentax KX and they all gave similar readings so I am pretty sure the FTb is working reliably. By the way inside they are a marvel......very solidly constructed.

    You may want to get the top off though because Canon used horrid decaying foam near the prism. The foam in mine had started to eat the prism retaining metalwork and had it been in contact with the prism the prism would have been wrecked. I replaced mine with good quality felt to stop a recurrence.
     

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  5. Alfonso Martinez

    Alfonso Martinez New Member

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    My first 35mm camera was the T-50...really a good starter camera for me then. I started to learn more about photography, which led me to the A-1. The A-1 camera was awesome and very advanced in features! Making a long story short...after missing my A-1 for 28 years, I recently bought its replacement this month. I am focusing in 35mm film only these days--so I am using an EOS Rebel GII camera and added an A-1 for my photography needs. So my vote is the Canon A-1!!
     
  6. Thumbnail

    Thumbnail New Member

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    Canon A1 with an FD 50mm f1.8, AE1 50mm f1.8 an FD 50mm f1.8. I recently did a test shoot on full auto with these two and my EOS 300, EOS 50E cameras using one FP4+ film loaded and re-loaded into each camera in turn and shooting as near as possible identical images in my garden. I'm pleased to say that the negatives were consistent and accurate for exposure across all cameras. I have had both the A1 and AE1 from new and apart from renewing the deteriorating seals a few years ago they have performed faultlessly. The two EOS cameras were acquired recently to assist my ageing eyesight with focusing.
     

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