Canon T70 Review – This Old Camera #01


The new age dawns. However, you envision the
new age, part of it is here. The camera with brains, Canon T70 [echo] The European
camera of the year ‘84 Canon T70 [echo] Welcome, to this old camera, today, I am showing you the canon T70 [engine roaring] Now, photography enters the computer age with the revolutionary new Canon T70. Computer programmed to give you all the answers,
with total push button control. [beeping] auto loading, auto wind on, auto-
wind off, that is the incredible Canon T70, So advanced that is got to be simple. The Canon T70 debuted April 1984, and was
the second of the T series of Canon cameras, considered cutting edge of the time the 8-bit on board computer meant several options for program loads including shutter priority and three full auto modes depending on your preferences, and lens type. It won the good design award and the European camera of the year award. An accessory called the command back
70, allowed you to switch out the back panel, and among other things it stamp your photos and program for time lapse. The Canon 277T flash was also made for the T70. Everett Ortner review in popular science in
June 1984, claiming it may be too good for amateurs. Bob Schwalberg, wrote in April’s 1984’s
popular photography and then it’s starkly functional T-style body is leatherless, leverless, crankless and amazingly electronified, the big LCD screen is a wonder to behold. Jerry O’Neil did extensive lab testing
breakdown of just about everything, in Popular Photography’s February 1985 issue giving a bit more of an even handed review. Advertising, claimed that it was the camera of the future and encouraged you to push on, and while the on board computer was superior to that of the A- series released in the late 1970’s. It is not without its flaws. Canon T70
Gretzky>>It makes the great shot simple. After all Canon’s would start abandoning the FD mount entirely in less than 4 years later A subscriber to popular photography wrote in early 1988 dismayed because, someone has sold them a T70 only to find that it was discontinued. Popular photography wrote back saying, “With
the coming proliferation of auto-focus SLRs from almost every camera maker, many manufacturers
are trimming down their manual-focus SLR lines to make room for the new AF SLRs. They go on to say, the discontinuance of the
T70 indicates that an AF SLR in that range is probably on the way. They were right, October of that year the
Canon EOS 750 and 850 QD were released and reduced prices from the 650 and 620 of the
year before. The 850 was almost half the cost of the 650. From 1984 to 1988 T70 from camera of the future to second price on a popular McKendricks photo
contest. You can see some that sleek simple design
did survive to the new generation, but in the end, the T70 almost did itself in. Because the natural evolution after auto-
exposure was auto focus From here, we will go over some basics of
its operation, then I will put it through test to make sure it is working. After that, I will go out and shoot with it
and finally share some thoughts and tell you, where you can get one. How much it will set you back, and if it is
worth it. Installing the batteries is standard, no surprises. To check the battery just hold the BC button and three lines will appear to show a full
charge. Mounting the lens is pretty straight forward, find the red dots on the camera body and lens, match them up and turn the lens clockwise. To remove, push the lock on the lens
and turn it counter clockwise. Keep in mind not all FD lenses will have this mounting
lock. To set the ISO hold, hold the ISO button like a shift key and use the up and down buttons. Loading the camera with film is also really
standard, just place the canister inside, hold the film to the orange mark and close
up. You have the option
of average metering, which takes most of the image with a center weight, a partial meter,
which takes about 10-12% from the center, and the self-timer that counts down from ten. [Beeping] [Shutter Fires] Cycling through shooting modes is
similar to setting the ISO by holding the mode button like a shift key, and pressing up and
down on the right. Setting your shutter speed, while in shutter
priority, is pretty much how you’d predict at this point, except no shift button. There’s also a lock button on the front which will prevent you, from accidentally changing your shutter settings. Having a look inside the viewfinder, we see
a split image high focus system, half-pressing the shutter where the button in the center
of the lock switch will trigger the meter, a blinking light indicates, under or overexposure
and remember, it is displaying what it thinks to be the correct exposure, not your current
setting. The film advances automatically,
and when you reach the end of the roll, it will let you know. [Beeping] Rewinding the film is a standard lock on the bottom, which requires you to push the button in and another over, the camera
will do the rest. [Rewinding film] I used a homemade shutter
tester I found on eBay to make sure, the settings on the camera match how long the
shutter curtain is open for, here are the results of my canon T70. All cameras shutter
speed will deteriorate over time. However, electronic film cameras tend to perform
better as we see here. This chart shows the results compare to the
read out. In purple, is where the actual shutter speed
meets the read out, up here is where it’s separates. The blue is what the shutter is supposed to
be and the red is the actual speed. The biggest deviation here is at 1/1000 of a second reads to 1/1111 of a second. Or about 1/10 of an out stop resulting in
slightly darker photos. In reality, you’re not likely going to notice. I also compare the light meter to a hand held,
I compared the partial meter on the T70 to the spot meter on the 758DR on an evenly lit surface and got identical results. Because the shutter speeds are reliable, and the meter
still works to factory standards I will be able to use the program modes, knowing I am
getting what was originally, intended in this model. There are next no foamy light seals in this
camera, just a few tiny squares, they looked intact and did not smear when I lightly touched
them, I should not develop using all Kodak products including Kodak Tri-C 400, HC-110 for developer, an indicator stop bath, powder fixer, Hypo clear, and photo Flo 200. To test the Canon T70 I went to the
old neighborhood of Ramsey here in Calgary which borders an industrial park, Ramsey was established in the 1880s and there is a lot of interest here, for that texture, or that
rustic look. I shot in full auto because I wanted to he
camera would consider a proper exposure. I used two lenses that you’ll most likely
find with the T70, the FD 50mm F1.8 and the FD 35-70mm f3.5-f4.5 kit lens. I scan my negative, using an Epson V500
these are straight scan without adjusting for the levels or curves. Let us talk about some pros and cons. It takes two AA batteries and it is super easy to find replacements, as you’re,
likely only fifteen minutes from the 7-eleven, an electronic system means a more accurate
shutter over tone it is simple to use, there is tons of cheap FD lenses to choose from,
and a reliable light seal design is unlikely in need of a replacement. Loud, everything about this camera is loud
and I imagine things like the auto advance or even louder with age. No shutter display
in the viewfinder, even though it goes all the way down in the ISO 12 it only goes up
to ISO 1600 no aperture priority. Even though it won me over with its use of common batteries and simplicity on the design, I’m much more likely use it as back up to my
A- series cameras which use $20 batteries, you can expect to pay about $20-$40 on eBay
for the body, but if you are willing to wait a bit, you can get it for less than a half
at a garage sale. In the last few years I have come across two
of these particular model, and four from the T-series, all I obtain for free, or less than
$10 and almost always with the lens usually to 50-mm 1.8. If you are selling one, the
model to look forward is the more rare US Navy version, it will have an engraving on
the back panel, and the right hand side, and its original lens. Either way, you are going to sell it faster if you bundle it with multiple lenses, or multiple bodies. Thanks for watching the pilot episode of this
old camera, I hope to have another episode and I will schedule it for you really soon,
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