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Manufactured in Japon from () 1985 until () 0.
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The next step after the autofocus lens designed for the Canon AE 1 was for Canon to develop a purpose-built SLR. The T80 may thus be considered as Canon’s first autofocus 35 mm SLR camera. Dedicated lenses for autofocusing with the T80 are called AC lenses. They have the FD mount and also a signal transmission capability. This camera accepts FD lenses but not the AF lenses of the EOS system released later.
The design is similar to the T50 and T70 series.
The T80 has a built-in microprocessor that controls exposure and focus. The focusing module analyses light split through the mirror thanks to 3 sensors located in the nottom of the mirror box. The signal is passed to the microprocessor which computes the distance and send the information to the micromotor that adjusts the lens.
5 programmed modes are available and displayed on the LCD screen. No manual or expert functions are offered.
3 AC lenses were available: 50mm f1,8, 35-70 mm F 3,5-4,5, 75-200 mm f4,5.
The motor, and the camera's other functions including the focusing motor in the lens, were powered by 4 AAA batterieshoused in the base of the camera.
Programmed flash photography is possible with the Speedlite 277T, 244T and 299T flashes.
This was a transition camera which could not valuably compete against Minolta 7000 launched in 1985. Its career was short (between April 1985 and June 1986). It has then been replaced by EOS cameras, true autofocus SLR’s with a great success.
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