CANON A-1 - 35mm Film Camera With 50mm f/1.8 Prime Lens - CLAd and in Great Working Order - Manual 35mm Film Photography

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This Canon A-1 was recently repaired and CLAd by Camera Tech of Anaheim. Everything is in working order and ready to shoot. The only thing physically wrong with this camera is the battery door has a chip from the bottom corner. It will not affect the way the camera functions or the quality of the images. Light seals look good and battery check button works. This is a great little camera but quite different to the Canon AE-1. I'm also including a working Vivitar auto 2600 flash.

Comes with:
Canon A-1 Body
Canon Lens FD 50mm f/1.8
Vivitar Auto 2600 Flash

More information:

The A-1 had the choice of aperture- or shutter-priority automatic exposure, the first "programmed" fully-auto mode, as well as automatic dedicated flash, and a fully manual setting. There was a numerical display in the viewfinder of shutter and aperture, using red LED seven-segment displays. To avoid fogging from the viewfinder on long exposures, the LED display could be switched off, and the eyepiece closed off with a shutter.

The settings dial is shown (right) set to shutter-priority auto ("Tv"). The programmed setting (marked [P] in a green square) is just past the 1/1000 mark. Rotating the collar around the shutter-release to "Av" sets aperture-priority and changes the scale from speed (black background) to aperture settings (on a yellow background). Speeds (manual or auto), or apertures (in auto mode) are adjusted by a wheel in front of the dial; the users right index finger naturally falls on this. There was a sliding cover for the wheel, so the user could prevent accidental changes to settings.

For automatic operation, the aperture ring of the lens was set to the "A" position; for manual settings, the required aperture was set on the lens and the shutter set on the dial, in the "Tv" position.

The electronically-controlled horizontal cloth focal plane shutter had marked speeds from 30s to 1/1000s, with X-sync at 1/60. In aperture priority mode, the shutter was continuously variable.

Around the wind-on lever is the On (A)/ Off (L, lock)/ self-timer (2 or 10 sec) switch, and also a double-exposure release - allowing cocking the shutter without advancing the film {this is covered by the lever in the photo above}.

On the users left, on the front is a peculiar slider, with a flip-up finger pad, which is the stop-down lever for depth of field preview and stop-down metering. On the side of the lens mount are buttons for exposure preview, and exposure memory.

Dedicated flashguns could be attached to the hot shoe, where there were two additional contacts for camera-gun communication. There was also a PC socket - on the front, near the rewind crank - for conventional flashguns.

Around the rewind crank is the speed setting dial, with ±2 stop exposure compensation adjustment.

The base of the A-1 has electrical contacts and a mechanical linkage for a motor drive, as well as the tripod bush and rewind release.

Two features missing from the A-1 are a mirror lock and bulb flash sync.

The A-1 has a cloth shutter, known to stick at times, and also known for the dreaded Canon squeal. It is not uncommon to see broken or taped battery doors on used models.


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Reviews (2)


Camera was in great condition. Im having a lot of fun with it! Shipping was fast.

Item shipped on time and was in good condition! Have to get my film roll developed to see how the pictures came out, but so far, I love this camera and am pleased with my order from this shop! Thank you, again!

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