James's Camera Collection: Canon TL and TLb

Canon TL and TLb Japan Other Canon Cameras Company History Owner's Manual 35mm cameras
Canon TL
Camera type: Single Lens Reflex (SLR)
Lens Mount: FL breech
Film type: 35mm
Approx. dates of manufacture: 1968 to 1976
Battery: 1.35V mercury
Approx. original price: $199 (MSRP)
Approx. street value: low

Canon liked to sell cameras at several price and feature levels. In particular, they were good at taking a base model, removing some features, and selling it as a "value-priced" alternative.

In this case, they took an FT, removed the self-timer and lowered the top shutter speed to 1/500th. It was purely for the export market (Europe and the US).

Later on, when they revised the bodies to use their FD mount, this became the TLb.

For more information: Canon Camera Museum


Canon FTb, EX ee and TLb ad (1973)

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