The Canon FTb was introduced in 1971 as the amateur companion to the F-1 professional camera. It uses the Canon FD lens mount. In 1973 the design was modified to include a shutter speed indicator in the viewfinder. The new design also changed the film advance lever from all metal to now including a plastic tip. This one is the newer model.
The QL badge indicates that the FTb uses the same quick load system as the Canonet Q17. The inclusion of the QL system in further indication that the target was the amateur user. The target may have been amateur use but this is a well built solid camera that could have stood up to professional use.
I had had no experience with the FTb so was happy to give it a try when a friend told me he had an old one from high school if I wanted it. His FTb was in great shape, fully functional and include a f1.4 lens. As payment, I picked up lunch. When I got around to seeing what the FTb was selling for - I realized that I may have overpaid. They seem to be available for very low prices.
Then I shot it and it was a simple but solid camera. Intuitive and fun to shoot. I'm a bit mystified by the low price. I guess the FTb must get overshadowed by the F-1 and still be dismissed as an amateur camera. Don't fall for it if you are looking for a real bargain in the film SLR world, the FTb could be it.
After my experience with the FTb I may owe my friend a follow up lunch (this time not just from the kids menu).
Lens: Canon FD 50mm f1.4
Film: Ilford HP5 400