Monday, August 9, 2010

Canon A-1

Canon A-1 (6)
Canon A-1 with Canon Zoom FD 70-150mm, 1:4,5

This camera is a landmark in what concerns to camera history.
The A-1 was the top-of-the-line A-series camera. (The AE-1 was the first in this series.) It was a sophisticated electronic camera with all-digital control.

Besides the shutter speed-priority AE and aperture-priority AE modes, it featured the first fully automatic program AE mode, preset aperture-priority AE, and Speedlite AE mode.

The viewfinder information was also easy to read with a 7-segment red LED readout. The control settings were displayed at the same time which made it very useful.*
*from Canon Camera Museum , where you can find a lot of other useful and detailed technical info.

It was introduced in 1978 and produced until 1985.

Mine is from 1980 when it was the Official camera of XIII Olympic Winter Games, Lake Placid.

Canon A-1 (1) Canon A-1 (2)
Canon A-1 (3)
A bit of camera porn, if are reading this you like it.

This camera is very special to me. It belonged to my great late friend Vitor Martins.
He gave it to me a few months before he's death.
He bought it from new, with FD lens 50mm, 1:1,8, Zoom FD 70-150mm, 1:4,5 and Canon Speedlight 199A.
He made lots of beautiful photos with this set and had great pride in it.

Canon A-1 Set

I don't use it a lot. I cherish it to much, to risk it to any damage.
Anyway I made a few shots with it and it's an impressive piece of hardware.

This is the one I like the most:
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