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Canon TX user manual

Billy Briscoe , Jun 24, 2004; 09:28 p.m.

I have reciently aquired a Canon TX in excellent condition. Can anyone tell me if there is a freebee downloadable user manual available out here on the web? Also can anyone tell me what turns off and on the Exposure Meter on this camera? I suspect it is turned on by a sensor when the lens cover is removed. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks


Mark Wahlster , Jun 24, 2004; 10:44 p.m.

There is not a TX manual on line that I know of BUT there is a TLb manaul and the only funtional differeances are the TX has a hot shoe and the TLb does not. You can find the TLb manual on Christians Canon FD info site at:


TX's a somewhat rare they weren't sold in Japan basically they are a stripped down FTb with out mirror lock up and the 1/1000th shutter speed.

And yes you want to keep the lens or body cap on to save on the 1.35V mercury battery these use.

David Adronov , Jun 25, 2004; 10:35 a.m.

Just a quick correction. The Canon Camera Museum shows the TX was not sold in Japan. For export only.

J Fong , Jun 25, 2004; 01:24 p.m.

I'm in the newly acquired TX stage myself. You can use #625 Duracel button NiCd battery (1.5V) as a replacement. Works prefectly, readily available and cheap too.

Have fun.


Kurt Weiske , Jun 25, 2004; 09:59 p.m.

There are a couple of differences between the TX and FTb that the previous poster missed:

FTb has partial meter, TX is centerweighted FTb has mirror lockup FTb has quick load FTb-n has shutter speed display in viewfinder FTb has off switch

The TX doesn't have an off switch - keep the lens cap on when not in use.

I don't know about running the meter on 1.5 volt batteries, I tried with Silver-Oxide batteries with mine and was running off a stop. I had my FTb CLA'ed and adjusted to 1.5 volts, and now it's a keeper!

Billy Briscoe , Jun 25, 2004; 09:59 p.m.

Thanks for the info. I might mention here something that I have done to be able to use LR-44 batteries in a camera designed for the old Mallory PX-625 mercury cells. I take the PX-625 battery and heat it with a propane torch just enough to melt the plastic that holds the two metal parts togeather. Remove the inside piece and the mercury from the outer shell. Clean the inside of this shell and insert a LR-44 battery into it, + side down. It fits perfectly. The - side of the LR-44 Extends just the right distance out fron the shell and will fit your camera like a glove. Be careful when heating the battery because sometimes they will pop and spray the mercury around. I heat the battery in a used tin can so as to contain the mercury. I have made 5 of these shells from old batteries and they work great. Thanks again for all the help.

Kurt Weiske , Jun 26, 2004; 01:20 a.m.

Another battery solution is to buy cheap 675 zinc-air cells meant for hearing aids. You can get them for less than $1.00/each in 6-packs. Use an o-ring from a hardware store to make up the size.

I use them all the time in my Canonet. They only last about 3 months under use, but the batteries are a good match for mercury - the voltage discharge is flat and the voltage is closer to mercury than alkalines or silver oxide. I don't think the original poster meant NiCd - those are rechargeables. I've seen Alkaline and silver-oxide 625s. Alkaline batteries have a sloped discharge curve, and may affect your meter's accuracy.

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