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The Canon T70 was a 35mm FD-mount single-lens reflex camera introduced in April 1984 as the second in Canon's T series. The T70 started with the concepts explored in 1983's T50, took them further, and applied them to a more sophisticated camera. While the Program AE-only T50 was intended as a beginner's camera, the T70 gave the photographer a lot more control over the camera's operation while keeping the T-series philosophy of simplicity in control and operation intact.

The large LCD panel and key-touch buttons had a major impact on 35mm SLR cameras that followed. The T70 features shutter speed-priority TTL AE, TTL multi-program AE, and preset aperture AE. The dual metering system gives a choice of centerweighted averaging metering and partial metering at the center. In 1984, the camera won the Good Design Award (from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry) and the European Camera of the Year Award.

When it was introduced, the Canon T70 was considered technologically advanced compared to other SLR cameras. Reviewing the camera in Popular Science, Everett Ortner said that the T70 "could be...too good for amateurs. It is certainly far removed from those other technological wonders designed for amateurs". He praised the high degree of control, coupled with automation, that the T70 allows photographers to use, reducing "the role of the camera from that of master to servant.

The battery tester is excellent! You might want to keep a T70 around just for testing pairs of AA batteries. Just press the BC button with the power on. You'll see four different levels on the top LCD. Two or three bars is fine. One blinking bar, or no bar, means change the batteries. Even with no bar, the T70 may still shoot. There are thus four battery levels displayed, more than most modern DSLRs.

Name: Canon T70
Manufacturer: Canon Japan
Made in: Japan
N°: 1779665
Production Date: Apr 1984
Type: 35mm focal-plane shutter SLR camera with built-in winder and multi-mode 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 multi-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. With shutter speed-priority AE or preset aperture AE: 2 sec. to 1/1000 sec. For manual: B. X-sync at 1/90 sec. (hot shoe). Built-in electronic self-timer (with beeper).
Dimensions & Weight: 151 x 89 x 48 mm, 580 g
Production Period: April 1984-1987
N° Produced:  
Original Price: 104,000 yen (w/FD 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5)
Indexed Price (Approx.): 1.050 EUR
Avg Ebay Value: 70 EUR
Manual: PDF icon T70.pdf