The camera shows the trend to automatic, electronically controlled cameras. I purchased it on eBay on 7-7-09 as part of a package which also included a Minolta Hi-Matic F rangefinder camera, a small Acme electronic flash, and a Minolta Maxuum Autofocus 24mm lens with shade, front cap and UV filter. The total was $63.99 plus $9 shipping. By far the most valuable part of the the package is the 24mm lens which can be used on my Sony Alpha 350 DSLR with an angle of view the same as a 36mm lens on a 35mm camera. My T50 is in very good working and cosmetic condition. Price in 1984-1985 Sears Cameras Catalog with the 50mm f1.8 lens was $199.99, or $400.90 in 2009 dollars. (Inflation from 1985 to present has been relatively calm only doubling in almost 25 years or slightly more than 4% per year.
That contrasts with the double digit inflation in much of the 1970s and early 1980s.)Canon FD Lenses: The A series and later T series Canon cameras take Canon FD (open aperture) bayonet mount lenses which go on with about 1/4 turn as opposed to screw mount lens cameras. I have several Canon FD and Vivitar Series 1 Canon FD mount lenses: Canon FD 24mm f2.8, Canon FD 50mm f1.4, Canon FD 50mm f3.5 Macro with 1:1 extension tube, Canon FD 135mm f2.5, Vivitar Series One 28mm-90mm f2.8-3.5, Vivitar Series One 70mm-210mm f3.5, Canon FD 100-200 f5.6. All of the lenses seem to be in excellent working condition with no scratches, mold or other marks on the glass. The Canon FD 24mm was purchased on eBay on 7-12-07 for $36 with $9.35 shipping. The other Canon lenses were purchased at a La Mesa, CA garage sale on 7-8-07 for about $95 total. The two Vivitar lenses were purchased on eBay in 2005. Canon Lenses, Canon Lenses Front. With the exception of the 100-200mm lens, these are all quite fast (i.e. large maximum aperature). The Vivitar Series One lenses also have a reputation of being equal to the camera manufacturer or marquee lens quality. The 1977-78 Sears Catalog had the following prices: Canon 100-200 zoom $196.50, Canon 135mm f3.5 (not f2.5) $114.50, Canon 24mm f2.8 $184.50, 50mm f3.5 macro $179.50, 50mm f1.4 $105, Vivitar 35-105mm f3.5 $237.50, Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm f3.5 $349.50 That’s over $1350 in lenses in late 70s prices which is over $4,300 in 2007 dollars adjusting for inflation! Update: I also purchased a Canon FD 70-210mm f4, a Canon FD 135mm f2.5, a Canon extension tube FD 50, and a 2X teleconverter (unknown mount – I thought it was Canon, but it apparently is not) at a La Mesa, CA garage sale on 8-16-08 for $50 total, all in very good cosmetic and working condition.Canon FL 55mm f1.2 Lens. (Large Image) A very fast f1.2 normal Canon lens in the FL mount. FL mount lenses must be stopped down for metering. In constrast, the FD mount lenses do not have to be stopped down. I purchased this at a garage sale in the San Carlos area of San Diego near my house in July 2009 for $20. It is one of five f1.2 normal lenses I have-one a 58mm Minolta MD, this Canon 55mm FL, a Nikon 55mm, a Konica, and a second Canon FL 55mm which I bought with the original Canonflex camera discussed above. For an extensive discussion of fast, normal lenses, go to my page Wide Aperture Lenses.