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Canon T50/T70 - 1983/84
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• $384 with 35-105mm f3.5 lens in 1984 ($806 in 2010 dollars) (T70)

The Canon T70 was one of the first modern cameras: An LCD panel to indicate settings, push buttons for operation, a body of plastic, all automatic film handling (including loading, winding, and rewinding), dual meter modes (spot and center-weighted average), lots of computerization, and a zoom for the kit lens. It takes ordinary AA batteries, too, which is important, since batteries don't last long in these highly-automated cameras.

(The photos don't show the zoom--they show a 35mm prime.)

The A series cameras, which the T series replaced, still looked conventional, with their chrome and fake leather, even though they were made with lots of plastic. The T series dumped the conventional look for the black plastic look, which is how cameras look today. More honest packaging, if you ask me.

The Minolta Maxxum 7000 (also in this app) took all of this one step further, with auto-focus, but the T70 of a year earlier clearly set the stage.

The T50 of 1983 was the first T camera, but it lacked automatic rewinding and the LCD, so the series didn't really get going until the T70.

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