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In the early 1980s, the SLR still dominated. Metering systems diversified as camera makers competed fiercely to offer the better camera. The confusion may have turned off users as more people began to avoid SLRs.

In 1981, 35mm SLR production peaked at 7.67 million units. Two years later, this amount shrank by more than 30 percent to 5.37 million units.

Amid such market conditions, the Canon T50 was introduced as a wave-of-the-future 35mm SLR camera. It was the first T-series camera. The camera was designed to respond to the user automatically. It was easy to use and anybody could take pictures with it. It had a power winder (which was well received on the Autoboy) and TTL program AE. In 1983, the T50 won the Good Design Award from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.

There is the limited model as T5 in only USA.

The Canon T50, introduced in March 1983 and discontinued in December 1989, was the first in Canon's new T series of 35mm single-lens reflex cameras compatible with Canon's FD lens mount. SLR sales were falling in 1983 from the market's 1981 peak, and Canon chose to try greater automation to revive sales and remain competitive. This approach had found favor in compact cameras such as the AF35M "Autoboy" (Japan) or "Sure Shot" (US). The T50 had a power winder built in giving a continuous shooting rate of 1.4 frames per second, as well as an advanced auto-exposure mode, although it was still a manual focus camera. Unlike those compact cameras and the higher-end models in the T series, the T50 did not have power rewind, relying on a manual crank. The camera's electric systems were powered by two AA batteries in the grip, which gave enough power to shoot 75 24-exposure rolls, or 50 36-exposure rolls.

The T50 used a new shutter design. Canon's previous A series cameras used a horizontally travelling cloth shutter, while the T50 (and subsequent T series models) used a vertically travelling metal blade shutter which allowed for faster shutter speeds and higher flash X-sync speeds. Only a modest increase was seen in the T50; more would be available in subsequent cameras.

Only Program AE (Auto Exposure) mode was available on the T50, in line with its role as a simple beginner's camera. A couple of years earlier, Konica had tried a similar approach with their FP-1.

Canon released a new flash unit for the T50, the Speedlite 244T. This simple-to-use flash used an infrared preflash to judge the distance to the subject, and only had two buttons; a power switch and a film speed setting which toggled between 100 and 400 ISO film speed.

Name: Canon T50
Manufacturer: Canon Japan
Made in: Japan
N°: 2251139
Production Date: Jul 1986
Type: 35mm focal-plane shutter SLR camera with built-in winder and program AE
Series: T Series
Picture Size: 24 x 36 mm
Normal Lens: FD 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5
Lens Mount: FD mount
Focus: Manual Focus
Shutter: Vertical-travel, focal-plane electronic shutter. With program AE: 2, 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000 sec. Manual at 1/60 sec. X-sync at 1/60 sec. (hot shoe). Built-in electronic self-timer (with beeper).
Dimensions & Weight: 150 x 87 x 48 mm, 490 g
Production Period: March 1983-1989
N° Produced:  
Original Price: 80,000 yen (w/FD 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5)
Indexed Price (Approx.): 820 EUR
Avg Ebay Value: 50-100 EUR
Source: Canon Camera Museum, Wikipedia.org, Camera-wiki.org, knippsen.blogspot.com