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Canon Pellix QL - 1966
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• First SLR with semi-transparent fixed mirror

• $299 with f1.8 lens in 1967 ($1952 in 2010 dollars)

The semi-transparent pellicle mirror eliminated even the momentary blackout of a swinging mirror, made the camera quieter, eliminated the shake from mirror slap, and allowed the metering cell to be placed behind the mirror. (It swung out of the way during exposures.)

But, the design made the viewfinder dimmer, reduced the amount of light reaching the film, and degraded the image if the mirror got dirty or scratched. More subtle problems: Since the mirror was partially transparent, an uncapped lens could cause the sun to burn a hole in the shutter curtain, and the mirror didn't block light from coming in through the viewfinder and fogging the film during exposure. So, the improvements didn't outweigh the disadvantages, and even Canon didn't pursue the pellicle idea after this camera.

Aside from its mirror, the Pellix is nearly identical to the FT (also in this app), which came out about the same time.

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