The FD-mount Canon T80 can be considered as as Canon's first autofocus 35mm SLR camera. The AF system in the T80 uses a linear CCD array for TTL image contrast detection (Compared with earlier Canon AL-1 with electronic rangefinder). The picture-taking mode can be selected with the pictographs on the external LCD panel. You can select to shot either in One Shot AF, Servo or reverting back to use manual focus (on each of the AC lens, there is a setting for you to alter any of this shooting preference.
Canon T-80 35mm Focal-Plane Shutter SLR camera
Marketed: April 1985
Discontiued: June 1986.
A mini Photo Showcase on Canon T80
For metering and exposure control, TTL multi-program AE and preset aperture AE with centerweighted averaging metering are provided. Lenses for autofocusing with the T80 were called AC lenses. These lenses had the FD mount and signal transmission capability. Three such lenses were available: AC 50mm f/1.8, AC 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5, and AC 75-200mm f/4.5 (as with the T80, these original FD-mount AF lenses could be scarce in numbers).
IMPORTANT: These AF lenses with the FD mount are NOT compatible with the EOS system that introduced in 1987. The T80 has all the features available in the mulltimode T70 and more. A total of 5 programmed modes for different shooting situations.
The modes are represented by instantly recognizable LCD "pictographs" (Icons) on the top panel. Film transport, from loading to rewind, is fully automatic.
The LCD provides selection of the five programmed modes in Icon as well as selection of number to represent the five modes.
1) preference to greater depth of field to the scene. Near to far, appears in sharp focus.
2) Shallow Focus Mode. Give emphasize to portraiture kind of photography. The programmed preference is open up the lens' maximum aperture to provide shallow depth of field - a blur effect behind the sharp focused subject to stand out. An ideal programmed setting for portraiture.
3) Stop action Mode. It freezes action with a permissible higher speed with the lens used. An ideal sports or action preferred priority mode.
4) Deep focus (great Depth of Field) Mode
5) Flowing Mode. Slow shutter speed, when combined with panning technique can generate a great sense of movement. It blurs either the subject or the background. It limits to 4 selectable shutter speed combinations: 1/15 sec, 1/30 sec. 1/60 sec and 1/125 sec. These are sufficient to cater for most general needs.
6) Standard Mode. It leaves to the camera to provide and select the most appropriate selection of shutter speed and aperture combination.
And to make photography even easier, the T80 offers autofocus with three special lenses (with AC motor incorporated for autofocus function with the T-80).
More Pictures on the THREE AC LENSES
(Canon Data Back 80)
The T80 is the multi-programmed SLR to feature autofocus. A new series of dedicated autofocus lenses has been developed for the purpose. They include two handy zooms and a standard lens. AC Series autofocus lenses are compact and provide superb handling and performance. The T80 can also be used with any of Canon's many FD lenses within the Canon photographic system. Several dedicated accessories are available for use with the T80. The Command Back 80 increases the T80's versatility several fold through a host of quartz-controlled data imprinting and timer functions including time/date recording, alphanumeric coding, time exposures and interval shooting.
Specification and Main Reference Map of T-80: HTML | PDF file (134k)
Programmed flash photography is possible with the Speedlites 277T, 244T and 299T. However, since there are some compatibility issues between the A series and the T series bodies, you need to identify the correct compatibility between the two series if you are looking for accessories in the used market.
Warning: The T-80 featured here (For that matter, all A and T series models apply as well) uses the FD mount and thus is not compatible with the many current autofocus EOS mount optics or accessories. If you have already owned a SLR system, I don't actually recommend a buy - unless for some specific reasons like troubled eyesight or if it comes in really cheap or may be if you have already built-up a FD system over the years and you don't want to abandon them (Because it doesn't make sense, an entry EOS model will be more logical if the price is the same). I don't like to mis-led anyone who comes into my site, please make note of that before any decision is made.
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