The T-80 was part of the successul T series models introduced by Canon during the early '80 to replaced very popular A series SLR cameras. The T series bodies, differed from the A series - of which were best represented by models such as Canon A-1 (1977) and AE-1 Program (1981) - where both have a basic camera body, support by add-on accessories such as high speed motor drive, slower power winder, interchangeable focusing screens, data back etc, to fullfill individual's photographic needs.
The T series bodies, have some of the popular features of the A series either embedded or built-in. The cameras are generally lighter in weight and more compact than a comparative features A model(s).
The T series models were Canon's way of realizing a new generation of SLR cameras that was necessary in the very competitive camera market of 1982-1983, with the exception of T-60 (that was launched very late in 1991) - although the SLR market is now very dominated by Canon's electronic mount EOS models), all T series bodies have similar concept that include a built-in winder. In addition to the built-in winder that perform film advance automatically (and rewinding for some specific models), most of the T-series models were well known for their far more superior automatic exposure and flash system than the A series. Another distingush difference was the conventional dial and lever cannot fullfilled sophistication of automated features in such a modern camera, LCD was used to handle the complicated task displaying various functions and status of progress. All the models were very lightweight and built with a polycarbonate shell. Some entry budget model like the T-50 even function almost like an P&S that are bulkier but retains the uniqueness of lens interchangeable ability of an SLR.
The earlier model, T-70 of 1984 was a more futuristic modelthan the entry model T-50, while feature-loaded T-90 of 1986 was a far more advanced model with virtually all imaginable automatic exposure control modes one can think of - functions like variable metering patterns and came with some dedicated accessories that can expand many photographic applications. However, the T-80 was basically based on the backbone of the T-70 to develop and added with an autofocus ability. It was built with all the flexibility associated with a 35 mm SLR camera plus the ease-operations and features found in a T-70.
Since it was never designed with demanding professional use, the target clients of Canon T-80 were generally advance amateurs or consumers who looks for simplicity in operation and a camera that allow one to concentrate on what you want to be done with not on how to do it.
It came with a clean and uncluttered layout of the exterior, a flush surface design with an interesting lens contour, but without the conventional dials and numbers. But beneath its simplicity lies a full range of automatic functions - if you are lazy or don't want to know too much about how to control exposure.
Five-program Picture Selector System
The Canon T80's has a friendly Picture Selector System, making automatic exposure selection so easy to use - it communicates information in visual terms, in a way that you can readily understand.
Using LCD pictographs to symbolize the most widely employed photographic techniques - deep field of focus for landscapes and scenery, shallow field of focus for portraiture or isolating an subject, stop action, flowing technique for sport, action and expression photography, and the standard approach - this system clearly presents to the photographer all of the options for a particular photo situation. You simply choose the pictograph that most closely resembles the actual image at hand and the way you want to capture that image - the Canon T80 then handles all the details, including focusing. There were three specially produced, dedicated AC interchangeable lenses to supplement the autofocus system. These lenses use the time-proven FD mount as the other 60 types in the Canon FD Lens system. Basically, the Canon T80's autofocus system automatically gauges subject contrast in order to calculate the distance to the subject, then sends out control signals to the lens-mounted micromotor with the data exchange enabled AC lenses, which will adjusts focus for you. You need not even have to touch the lens to focus. When it is used with the conventional FD optics, it will still provide focus assist aids in a form of electronic rangefinder, just as the Canon AL-1 does.
All the T series models provide auto film load, auto wind and in some higher end model, auto rewind. This free you from handling the camera. To take a photo, just select one of the five modes illustrated by the Picture Selector System. To do this, you press down the AE mode selector on the top of the camera and, at the same time, move the slide switch to select the mode that best suits the situation at hand. Second, raise the camera to your eye, get your subject in the viewfinder, and press the shutter button down halfway to focus. When focus is obtained (an electronic beeper will verify this), then just push the shutter button all the way down to take the picture. The five pictographs signifies the five most common scenarios in picture taking situations in broad daylight or in the dark. They are the predecessors of the Programmed Image Control (PIC) mode as found in entry-and middle-level models in the Canon EOS System. The five are:
<<< --Shutter Curtain of the Canon T80
A deep field of focus to emhrace many aspects.
"Field of focus" or more popularly termed as Depth of Field" refers to the area in a photo that is in focus before and behind a subject you can think of it as a "zone of sharpness".
When you select the T80's Deep Focus mode, your field of focus is expanded to maximum, so you can have a lot more elements in the picture in focus. You'll find this mode quite advantageous for expansive landscape shots, and for when you want to photograph people or objects that are spread out anyscene that you wish to have everyone or everything in 'sharp focus'.
A shallow field of focus to isolate and acecntuate your subject.
When you choose the T80's Shallow Focus mode, your chosen subject will be emphasized.
Well suited to taking personal portraits or anything that you need to draw a viewer's attention to. To help makingmore a pleasant-looking pictures, select a uniform background, such as leafy green bushes. You should find that even though it will be out of focus, this type of simple background should give a better effect.
Stop action to freeze interesting movement.
One of Canon's strong points with their FD lenses. The most obvious use for the T80's Stop Action mode is in the realm of sports.
In this mode, the T-80 is giving priority to higher shutter speed than depth of field consideration. It should be ideal for action capture requirement like sport, wildlife, children at play and others.
A flowing technique to convey sweeping motion.
It is not necessary to mean a fast action freezing shutter speed will convey better action photography.
The Flowing mode, which is used to capture the feeling of motion, offers some decidedly dramatic photographic possibilities. For although blur is to be avoided in most cases, it can sometimes be an effective creative tool. Generally, photographers like to use this mode in conjunction with a tripod (Background sharp, subject blur, like waterfall) or to follow the moving subject with the camera, keeping it in focus but blurring the background.
This mode is also ideal for capturing fleeting photographic moments, instances where it is requiring extra-quick action on your part or to guide someone new in this medium to enjoy the ease of programmed phoitography.
You can regard this mode as leaving everything to the camera's circuitry to handle the task of light metering and even the autofocus and making it almost like an idiot proof SLR.
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