The Canon FTb is a pretty ordinary camera as manual-focus 35mm SLRs go. It’s similar to the AE-1 Program that I already have. So why get this one?
The AE-1P is electronically controlled and offers no facility for locking up the mirror. This becomes a problem when I am doing astrophotography, as the vibrations of the mirror are enough to disturb the telescope. The FTb is 100% mechanical, and manually controlled. It’s possible to lift the mirror with a lever and lock it in position so it doesn’t move. Then photos taken with telescopes are vibration-free and very steady.
At a glance
|Lens||Canon FD mount|
|Focus||SLR with microprism|
|Meter||CdS with match needle|