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Canon A1

“I bought my A1 in 1982, and it was a superb choice....”

Written on: 03/01/2011

I bought my A1 in 1982, and it was a superb choice. The quality of my photos won me many a prize at our local Agricultural Show. Having my aperture and speed displayed in the viewfinder allowed me to compose without moving from the subject. Adding exchangeable lenses expanded my subject choice in natural history shots. I still use my A1, but have added a Rebel and a D60 (with Image Stabilizer on my bigger lenses) for added performance.
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Oldgooner's Comment

Written on: 12/02/2013

Hello. I still own the A1 Black from new, I refused to get rid of it even though the Digital age took over, like many, I purchased a digital camera (pocket edition) but over the years have found the downloading, sorting, filing, printing, etc a time consuming chore. The Digital is ok for immediate action when required for eg accident, proof of this or that, but I have gone back to Film, and have just purchased a Minolta Dynax 5 because of its excellent reviews. But the Canon A1 Black is a stunning and beautifully built Camera that still commands respect. Glad you still kept yours. Kind regards. Melvyn.

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Canon A1

“I started out with digital, but I picked this camera...”

Written on: 07/12/2009

I started out with digital, but I picked this camera up recently and haven't stopped using it. There is just something about this camera - maybe an intangible quality - that makes me want to use it. It is very well built, feels sturdy in my hands, and is, in my opinion, the most aesthetically beautiful camera I've ever seen. If you don't have one, get one! Make sure you buy one that has been serviced. I got mine from eBay seller canaseries and it has performed flawlessly. I think he still sells… Read Full Review

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Canon A1

“I bought the first A-1 available in Houston Texas. ...”

Written on: 12/09/2009

I bought the first A-1 available in Houston Texas. This camera was the first all electronic camera and caused a new generation of SLR cameras with features we all take for granted today like information in the viewfinder and an array of automatic modes -- Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, etc. I still have it and it still works great. I rarely shoot film anymore, but it does the job when I do… Read Full Review

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Canon A1

“This canon a1 camera is over 20 years old ! ”

Written on: 21/07/2009

This canon a1 camera is over 20 years old !
I believe that it was the first truly automatic camera on the market.
It came with the 50mm 1:1.4 lens. It has served me well, and as a Marine Surveyor, of ships, oil rigs etc. etc. it has travelled the world. Including the Jungles of Borneo. What I still like about this camera is the simplicity of use in any condition. This is an old camera, I am an elderley man, I am a great fan of canon, but unfortunately the next camera I purchase will be the FUJI… Read Full Review

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Canon A1

“i have had the Canon A1 camera since 1976 and i still...”

Written on: 09/06/2009 by jjames1274 (1 review written)

i have had the Canon A1 camera since 1976 and i still have the camera with sppedlite 199a and also motor drive that lets the camera do five frames a second. also able to take a picture over a picture. also have 50mm and 135mm. have other cameras but i still prefer this because of flexability… Read Full Review

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Canon A1

“I, just last week, traded a framed, matted print from...”

Written on: 04/06/2009 by PopsPhotos (1 review written)

I, just last week, traded a framed, matted print from my gallery for an A-1. I made the trade because I wanted something of quality which would take multiple exposures.

I have used Canon in the past, so assumed it would be a rugged, reliable camera. I'm not very disappointed. The lens is stuck, so I can't get it off.

I took a roll of film with it Thursday and I'm pleased with the results. I purposely pushed the macro and depth of field into marginal results and got exactly what I expected… Read Full Review

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Canon A1

“I bought a Cannon A1 in 1982 brand new when I was 17...”

Written on: 13/04/2009

I bought a Cannon A1 in 1982 brand new when I was 17 the price was £320.00.The best parts of the camera was viewfider which showed aperture and shutter flash reader and programmed modes.I also bought a cannon 166 speedlight for £99.00 which was dedicated.The camera was an absolute classic but when I bought a Cannon EOS RT
I realise how much the A1 Was Limited in features handling and quality.
For The time when the A1 came out it was an icon but the Cannon cameras available now 2009 are a lot… Read Full Review

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Canon A1

“I bought my Canon A1 in 1992 secondhand for £120 and...”

Written on: 13/02/2009 by FD nut (3 reviews written)

I bought my Canon A1 in 1992 secondhand for £120 and it still works perfectly, and has never been repaired or serviced, nor let me down. With some TLC I expect it to last a good few more years yet. Some may say film is expensive, but if you surf the net good deals are out there. As good as any 35mm camera I've used. The only bad point is no mirror lock up… Read Full Review

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Canon A1

“This was a ground breaker in its day, sort of like the...”

Written on: 16/12/2008

This was a ground breaker in its day, sort of like the first EOS Rebel DSLR which broke the mold for entry DSLRs, the A-1 broke the mold for entry SLRs by introducing an affordable auto exposure.

I personally feel this is much more of a camera then the modern DSLR equivalent (say 450D) which are plastic replicas.

The A-1 evokes the days of the newspaper photographer.

I brought mine second hand a decade ago. In fact it was older than my Pentax SE which I also still have. The SE I brought new, but… Read Full Review

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Canon A1

“I find this a very special stuff for me. Now I work...”

Written on: 04/12/2008

I find this a very special stuff for me. Now I work with my eos 30d and 5D... but usually I pick up my old A1 with some black and white film and just enjoy it, I love it. Digital ones are awesome but A1 35 mm film camera has something very special, maybe romantic, and different. Anyway it works great. No problem after 25 years of use.
My father bought this camera when I was a child. At eleven years old I begun to use it and thanks to my father and this camera I felt in love with photography… Read Full Review

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Canon A1

“This is actually one of my favourite 35mm cameras...”

Written on: 30/11/2008

This is actually one of my favourite 35mm cameras because it allows many of the virtues of today's electronic cameras in a circa 1978 more well constructed body. The exposure is extremely accurate for most shooting situations and the ability to use a standard screw in shutter release is welcome.

I would recommend this camera with a few caveats. If the shutter squeaks, have the mirror lubricated. Many older cameras need shutter lubrication and new seals so a trip to a trusted repair shop is… Read Full Review

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Canon A1

“Best over-all full mode 35 mm camera. Cameras like the...”

Written on: 24/09/2008

Best over-all full mode 35 mm camera. Cameras like the F-1 are superior in quality construction, but not in features. In any case, after nearly 30 years, the A-1 speaks for itself… Read Full Review

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Canon A1

“I Have recently bought the Canon A1 off ebay and in my...”

Written on: 02/09/2008

I Have recently bought the Canon A1 off ebay and in my opinon the best slr around, and I frequently use it in program mode, great results! Fantastic camera! Easy to use!
great features!
wide range of lenses! A+++… Read Full Review

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Canon A1

“Sorry folks, just knowing how to pressing the shutter...”

Written on: 05/08/2008 by thewood (1 review written)

Sorry folks, just knowing how to pressing the shutter doesn't make you a better photographer or gives you the ability to take any better photos. If this is you, don ' t waist your money on this quality camera, buy a disposable and be done with it… Read Full Review

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Desertpete01's Response to 388963_thewood's Review

Written on: 02/08/2010

I found this review not helpful because...the general comments segment does not address anything pertaining specifically to this camera. It's a commentary on certain people, not on any camera. Pointless.

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Canon A1

“The feel ,touch, looks, ease of use,and the results in...”

Written on: 18/07/2008

The feel ,touch, looks, ease of use,and the results in the form of near perfect pictures on every shot !… Read Full Review

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Canon A1

“I had the A1 CANON WITH 70 to 210 canon lens and 50m...”

Written on: 12/07/2008

I had the A1 CANON WITH 70 to 210 canon lens and 50m lens suburb results… Read Full Review

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Canon A1

“I used an A1 until poor eyesight forced me to change...”

Written on: 10/04/2008

I used an A1 until poor eyesight forced me to change to autofocus or i would still be using it today… Read Full Review

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Berni7's Comment

Written on: 20/05/2008

I've still got my A1 and even after 9 years with little or no use it came out of the bag and worked fine. I have always been impressed with it and the cameras they make these days are certainly no match for the quality even if their picture taking capabilities are a match
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<br/>I couldn't believe that my Nikon D50 didn't have full Apature and Shutter Priority like my old A1.
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<br/>I'm looking forward to using it more for slides in the next few months.

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Canon A1

“The Canon A1 was my first 35mm SLR, I had the AE-1...”

Written on: 09/04/2008 by beautybear (49 reviews written)

The Canon A1 was my first 35mm SLR, I had the AE-1 Program which meant all I had to do was focus and shoot. The camera was amazing, I wish now I had kept it. The controls were really easy to use and the pictures were the clearest sharpest images I've ever seen. The control wheel on the top of the camera allowed selection of Full Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority Or Full Manual.
The film advance lever worked smoothly and I could use ANY ASA Film from 12 to 3200. A 'Stop-Down' leaver… Read Full Review

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Canon A1

“As for the review i am sure if the person doesn't...”

Written on: 22/03/2008

As for the review i am sure if the person doesn't consider a Canon A-1 the hype or the best 35mm slr for its age or ever, then i am sure tescos has a point and shoot suited just for them! and cheap enuf to replace , and thanks to digital many good quality lenses and mint condition canon A series are now affordable and available due to persons changing to an "easier" "faster" "complicated electronic digital" cameras
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Canon A1

“What a camera ! ! ! I have two of the Canon A1. One...”

Written on: 12/03/2008 by Sooprman44 (1 review written)

What a camera ! ! ! I have two of the Canon A1. One was purchased by my Grandfather in the early 80's. The other by my father around the same time. I have since inherited both of them. I also have several of the AE-1's. Three to be exact. Thank god they both purchased a large assortment of lenses as well. Got them too. All of my Canon cameras take beautiful photographs. They are not as rugged as my old Honeywell Pentax Spotmatic, But that one was made in the 60's and it still works like a… Read Full Review

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