It introduced the Canon FL lens mount, the successor to the Canon R. After the Canonflex R-series, the Canon FX was the first in a new series having an aperture linkage on a new lens mount. The model designation's "flex" (for single-lens reflex) suffix was replaced with an "F." The FX was available with either silver or black metal parts.
- Lens: standard lenses are Canon FL 58mm f/1.2 and FL 50mm f/1.8
- Lens mount: FL bayonet mount. Fully automatic aperture system with automatic aperture lever on the camera body and automatic aperture lever on the lens.
- Shutter: horizontal-travel focal-plane shutter with cloth curtains with speeds 1-1/1000 +B
- Frame counter: counts up, resets automatically when camera back is opened.
- Flash sync: FP- and X-sync (automatic-switching sync contacts, X-sync speed of 1/55, and German terminal socket on camera front).
- Viewfinder: fixed eye-level SLR pentaprism. 0.9x magnification (FL 50mm), 90% vertical coverage, 93% horizontal coverage. Split-image rangefinder at center of fresnel matte screen. Mirror lockup provided.
- Exposure meter: CdS cell lightmeter, switchable between two ranges (high & low) for aperture readings.
- Metering ranges at ISO 100: EV 1-10 and EV 9 -18.
- Film speed range from ISO 10-800.
- Re-wind lever: collapsible crank
- Battery: 1.3V MD mercury cell. Battery check feature provided.
- Body: metal; Weight: 900g
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