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Canon EF - 1973
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• Canon's first auto-exposure SLR

• $605 (estimated) with 50mm f1.4 lens in 1973 ($2971 in 2010 dollars)

Same build quality as the F-1 (also in this app), but with a simpler body: non-removable finder and focusing screen, non-removable back and bottom, and no motor drive. But it did have more sensitive metering and shutter-priority auto-exposure.

Unfortunately, the EF was very expensive, only about 5% cheaper than an F-1. So it wasn't intended to be Canon's advanced-amateur camera. That continued to be the FTb, until the AE-1 (also in this app) came along in 1976. Then the EF was dropped, after a brief but historic run.

My EF looks almost new. It's such a great camera that it's hard to understand why it wasn't used more. Some photos I took in Sept. 2011 are shown below.

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Ad from Popular Photography, Feb. 1975Taken with Canon EF with 50mm f1.8 lens in Boulder, CO (Sept. 2011)Taken with Canon EF with 50mm f1.8 lens in Boulder, CO (Sept. 2011)Taken with Canon EF with 50mm f1.8 lens in Boulder, CO (Sept. 2011)
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