Canon TX

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Canon Mount (FD/FL/EF) SLRs:

Canon TX

by Karen Nakamura


Overview and Personal Comments

The Canon TX is a manual focus SLR produced by Canon, Inc. between 1975 and 1979. It was an export only model (i.e., not sold in Japan) and was basically a stripped down Canon FTb. It had no self-timer (the lever that looks like a self-timer is the depth-of-field preview lever), centerweighted metering instead of partial, and the top shutter speed is 1/500.*

*There is an empty space in the shutter dial for 1/1000. I wondered as with the Asahi Pentax SP500 if it is possible to reach 1/1000 by clicking there, but there appears to be mechanical prevention of this.

Nonetheless, this is a very usable camera. The match-needle metering is precise. The Canon FD 50mm f/1.8 S.C. is renowned for its sharpness. Because it is all-manual, it makes a perfect camera for a photography student. Prices for this type hover around the $100 mark, making it eminently affordable. Load in some Tri-X film and you're set. I keep my TX around to lend to my students. Using the text or images on this website on an ebay auction or any other site is a violation of federal law and your terms of service.




Technical Details

Camera Name
Canon, Inc.
Place of Manufacture
Date of Manufacture
Focusing System

Single-lens reflex with pentaprism eye-level viewfinder
0.85x magnification. 94% coverage.

Lens Mount
Canon FD bayonet mount

Horizontal travel cloth focal plane shutter
1 sec.- 1/500
X-flash sync at 1/60

Metering System

CdS through the lens (TTL) metering
Centerweighted average

Full manual match needle metering (full aperture)

EV 3.7-17


External hot-shoe and PC connection

Film type / speeds

Type 135 film (35mm standard)

ASA 25 to 1600

Battery type
1.35v PX625 mercury (discontinued)
Dimensions and weight

144 x 93 x 43 mm, 680 g

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About Canon

Canon started out its life as Seiki Kohgaku Kenkyuujo (Precision Optical Research Company). Its first goal was to produce domestic inexpensive Leica clones, and it released the Kwanon, its first camera in 1934. Interestingly, they used Nikon lenses since Nikon was already established as an optical lens manufacturer and was not making any of its own camera bodies at that time. Canon soon gained the ability to make their own lenses and never looked back. Nikon also went on to produce some reasonably popular cameras of its own as well.

The name 'Canon' comes from the Buddhist deity Kwanon and early Canon cameras were actually spelled 'Kwanon' and the lenses were named 'Kyasapa' after another deity.

Side note: Canon is my favorite Japanese company along with Honda. I actually interned for Canon Japan (ok, Canon Sales Japan, a part of the Canon keiretsu) during a summer in college and loved my coworkers to death. They keep coming out with innovations that take your breath away.

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