I have 3 FTB 2x FTBn and an original FTB. All black - which is good! First FTBn came with a couple of lenses and a couple of Mamiya MF cams 6x7 and 645j. Didn't really pay much attention to the canon at first but when I finally got a roundtuit I was really surprised. The lenses were a circular fisheye 7.5mm and a 20mm f2.8. Needless to say the mamiyas were immediately put on the shelf for a spell while I added to the FD system. The mamiya lenses were/are too expensive to build on. There were plenty of Canon choices at the time about 2 years ago. Found the camera to be perfect for my needs casual snapshooter etc.. Good metering and probably hard to kill. Like the A1 for it's slow speeds with or without squeal! dave
Dave, my first FD Canon was an FTB. In fact I liked it so much I traded in my EOS gear for it and some FD lenses. I am drooling for the lenses you got with it :-) I've still got that FTB and it still works perfectly.
My first "real" camera was a Canonet, and my first SLR was an A-1, which started my love affair with Canon's. I have shot or owned nearly every example from the FT to the 1V, and my favorite is the F-1N with PJ focusing screen; just wished they didn't drop the MLU (stupid). A close 2nd is the EF, then FTb and 1st model F-1. My least favorites are the "T" series 50 and 70. The T90 is a great camera, but I prefer levers and knobs over buttons and wheels.
Post by paulhofseth on Jun 13, 2013 3:14:40 GMT -5
The VT with the rapid wind trigger had a better viewfinder and much easier film loading than my ancient L IIIc and at the time both were fairly cheap on the second hand market & fit with my students budget. I vaguely recall that this was just before they started using the sensitive metal shutter blinds. Ok optics, except the 50\1,2. The L -M3 that displaced it proved to be even more robust and could use the old glass except that LBM glass proved to be better.
The huge high eyepoint prism of the F1 was nice, but the entire contraption too big, it lost out to the OM system.
The electronic wonders of today do not take as kindly to rain, snow,cold & being knocked about as the M3did, and one has to battle menus and dials to gain full control over speed, aperture and focus. Still, the Canon FF digitals do, however, provide better snaps. Parallax errors belong to the past and easier "darkroom" work can save even worse framing.
Ok Coanonnites let's all vote for the best canon FD mount ever made.
But my vote goes to the one called "the tank" The Canon T90 No other manual focus camera packed so many features into such a rugged and dependable camera. It was way ahead of it time and it inspired the EOS 1 series of cameras. But even the great EOS 1's have never had the features and especially the metering system of the T90. The spot meter and the H/S feature alone are worth the price. Being able to spot meter and store different readings then average them out or to set E/C was a God send. It is the only metering I have ever trusted 100% t blew away the competition with auto film indexing, DX coding and a motor drive built in. The competition had nothing to offer in it's class. unfortuneatly the era of manual focus was in it's death throws by then.. Here is my favorite of the three I own
Let's hear what your choice is and why.
The T 90. The apex and epitome of 35mm camera development. As close to perfection as one can get. I used mine for 20 years. If I could replace the film with a digital sensor I would switch back instantly and happily rid myself of all the EXTRANEOUS (irrelevant, immaterial, beside the point, unrelated, unconnected, inapposite, inapplicable, superfluous) gadgetry on today's photographic digital Towers of Babel.
The T90 is followed closely by the Exakta VX IIa. Both are hallmarks in the progress and development of 35mm cameras.
Point & Shoot - Canon Sure Shot Supreme. I call it The Vindictive. To protect its Lithium 2CR5 6V battery from theft one needs a jeweller's Phillips screwdriver. To operate some of its features do not cut your fingernails for at least one month. After you have closed the cover to protect the lens all that is required to open it is a gentle tap on its posterior. It has one of the few viewfinders for which I must remove my glasses to use. Definitely not Canons shining star.
Mickey (Confirmed Canonite)
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I still like the ancient Canonflex, mine is a bit worn out, it was once used in London by a street photographer in Trafalgar Square, but it still works fine, brassed, and a bit dinged in places, but so, so, reliable. It was bought cheap when the man replaced his camera, and a year later he did enquire if I still had it, as his newer Canon broke down so often! I was using it too much to sell it back.
Unfortunately, I have never had the chance to use a T90 ( otherwise I might vote for it ? ), but the T70 is pretty good as well. It has exactly the program modes, I appreciate ... not more but also not less. So, in ignorance of ( in the meaning of not knowing the ) T90, my vote goes to the T70.