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“love the Canon A1 camera so so reliable its like an...”

Written on: 16/01/2008

love the Canon A1 camera so so reliable its like an old friend who goes everywhere with me… Read Full Review

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“I have taken thousands of photographs with my Canon...”

Written on: 03/11/2006 by vannbaker (1 review written)

I have taken thousands of photographs with my Canon A1s, with films ranging from Kodachrome 25 and 64 to medium and high speed color print film as well as a range of black/white film.

The camera has a great feel and balance, and has full manual control for virtually any type of subject matter, from macro photography using bellows or experimental night photography, or "Program" mode when I just want to focus and shoot.

My favorite lens is the Canon 35-70 FD lens, it's not too long or too… Read Full Review

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“Starting last year I decided to get back into...”

Written on: 19/05/2006 by Stephen Anthony (1 review written)

Starting last year I decided to get back into photography after leaving it alone for 20 years, so I joined a local club and blended into the background and watched and learned. I purchased a couple of Nikon autofocus SLR's (F55 & F65), but the results were disappointing, then I spotted a Canon A1 on Ebay and took a risk and purchased it for £45. Also included in the sale was a Canon 28mm f2.8 wide angle lens. This combination and the amazing Fujichrome Velvia 50 slide film this year won me… Read Full Review

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Kriptone's Response to Stephen Anthony's Review

Written on: 27/05/2006

I have both (A1 and T90) and while the A1 is superb the T90 is out of this world and definitely superior in terms of ergonomics, performance and specification. I also have a number of lenses: 24mm, 50mm. 28-200mm, 70-210mm and two 2x converters plus dedicated flash (300TL, works with A1 and T90). However have recently gone digital so am looking to sell my 35mm equipment.If you can persuade the wife it really IS a good idea, would you be interested???

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“The Canon A1 35mm SLR is a classic camera, surpassed...”

Written on: 17/05/2006 by Ieuanfawr (68 reviews written)

The Canon A1 35mm SLR is a classic camera, surpassed only by the F1.

I have had mine since about 1980, and have four lenses: 2 zooms and two fixed focal length. I also have the 199 Speedlight which is very powerful, and will work with lenses as wide as 24mm. I did have the motor drive (now sold) which was quite remarkable. It would consume 36 frames of film in about 5 secs, and the batteries didn't last much longer. The Speedlight could keep up for bursts of 4 or 5 frames before needing to… Read Full Review

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Kriptone's Response to Ieuanfawr's Review

Written on: 27/05/2006

While I agree that the A1 is a superb camera I have to take issue with your comment about it only being surpassed by the F1. What about the T90?? I have both (A1 and T90) and the T90 is definitely superior in terms of ergonomics, performance and specification. I also have a number of lenses: 24mm, 50mm. 28-200mm, 70-210mm and two 2x converters plus dedicated flash (300TL, works with A1 and T90). However have recently gone digital so am looking to sell my 35mm equipment. Interested???

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Ieuanfawr's Response to Ieuanfawr's Review

Written on: 30/05/2006

I have to take issue with your comment about it only being surpassed by the F1. What about the T90??
True, it was outstanding, not least with 1/125th sec flash sync, but sadly it was only on sale for about a year and never caught on with the pros. It was bit like BetaMax VCRs. Technically excellent but never took off commercially.
However have recently gone digital so am looking to sell my 35mm equipment. Interested???
Likewise!
Meanwhile, I see Canon have halted development of film cameras. :(
http://news.com.com/Canon+to+halt+development+of+film+cameras/2100-1041_3-6076876.html?tag=nefd.top

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“I have been using a Canon A1 camera for my coursework...”

Written on: 31/10/2005 by Chris Orwell (2 reviews written)

I have been using a Canon A1 camera for my coursework on photography at college. It has never let me down once and the last owner used it for 15 years very regularly and never had any problems… Read Full Review

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“The Canon A1 SLR may be the best manual focus camera...”

Written on: 08/09/2005 by steve marino (1 review written)

The Canon A1 SLR may be the best manual focus camera ever made. It had features that were way ahead of its time, like the LED readout in the viewfinder, that shows aperture and shutter speed, and the ability to change both with just one knob on the top of the camera. The 'snick' of the shutter is a great sound. It can take beautiful images, and is compatible with many, many great FD lenses. With a power winder, it can be focused without taking your eye from the viewfinder. A fine piece of… Read Full Review

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“When my Canon A1 35mm SLR camera appeared to give up...”

Written on: 13/05/2004 by jcollins30 (2 reviews written)

When my Canon A1 35mm SLR camera appeared to give up the ghost I put it in a cupboard and forgot about it. That was 2 years ago. I recently got the photography bug again and started to scan the net for inspiration on what camera (digital I suppose) to buy. low and behold all this praise for the antique and humble A1!. Mine is now being serviced and I hope to carry on using it for a few more years with renewed enthusiasm… Read Full Review

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188987_Afjwa's Response to jcollins30's Review

Written on: 12/04/2005

I've always been sorry that mine was stolen and that I didn't replace it. My current Canon EOS A2E is a wonderful camera, but my old A1 was just great. You're lucky to have your A1!

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Ieuanfawr's Response to jcollins30's Review

Written on: 17/05/2006

Nip over to central Liverpool - http://www.newton-ellis.co.uk/, Newton and Ellis, 29 Cheapside, Liverpool L2 2DY, Tel: 0151 236 1391.

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Nickybloch's Response to jcollins30's Review

Written on: 11/08/2005

Help my Canon A1 needs repair!!
<br>I live in Northern Ireland. Anywhere in UK would be fine!
<br>Any ideas??
<br>Message date: 11/8/2005

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“A EOS10D, EOS 5 and a T90 before that my Canon A1 was...”

Written on: 03/04/2004 by wannsee (1 review written)

A EOS10D, EOS 5 and a T90 before that my Canon A1 was not getting any use. Then just for fun I put a roll through the A1 35mm SLR Cameras!!
All of a sudden I became a photographer again, yes the A1 is my main camera again !!! So if you can get one or even 2 it will never let you down and maybe your photography will even improve !!… Read Full Review

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“I love the Canon A1 camera too, I've taken some...”

Written on: 04/08/2002 by john willick. (1 review written)

I love the Canon A1 camera too, I've taken some amazing pictures with it… Read Full Review

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43096_Gavin.'s Response to 31801_john willick.'s Review

Written on: 11/10/2002

The fact that canon changed the lens mount (to the EF system) isn't really a bad point. It means there is a huge supply of fantastic lenses out there at low prices. I certainly agree that the A1 is a fantastic camera!!

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371903_Jdevorak's Response to 31801_john willick.'s Review

Written on: 06/06/2008

I just bought an A-1 online and when I pressed the shutter release button the shutter got stuck open. Does anyone know what to do to fix it or did buy a faulty product?
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Ieuanfawr's Response to 31801_john willick.'s Review

Written on: 29/04/2008

After almost 30 years of ownership, I've sold my A1 on Fleabay. I had to accept I wasn't using it anymore, and my dream of a digital back plate wasn't going to happen.
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<br/>There was some bronzing on the top corners, but the shutter worked quietly as it did when new. It had been professionally serviced many times to ensure accurate metering and all the electronics and mechanicals were working perfectly.
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<br/>I also sold a 199A Speedlite and four FD lenses, two fixed focus, two zooms. All were in good working order, hardly mark on them despite years of use.
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<br/>The price was about what I'd been offered in a local photographic shop - not much in other words.
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<br/>The A1 is dead, long live the A1!

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360806_Krystia's Response to 31801_john willick.'s Review

Written on: 20/04/2008

My father gave me his A-1 with the original manual (thankfully). I've dusted it off and looking to somehow obtain a battery for it. I'm guessing I should take it in to a shop and have it professionally serviced/cleaned. Also interested in getting a flash attachment for it. If anyone knows of online suppliers for this camera, please inform. I have two other Canons but I realize the A-1 is one of the best cameras to get started with for serious hobbying.

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Ieuanfawr's Response to 31801_john willick.'s Review

Written on: 17/05/2006

The battery is a 6v PX28. Any decent photographic dealer will supply one.

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Zihodes's Response to 31801_john willick.'s Review

Written on: 15/01/2005

I purchased an A1 the minute it was available the summer of 1978, at Ferrari Camera in Boston. I haven't used it for years, but would like to resurrect it. Does anyone know the battery type used in the camera - I took the last one out and apparently threw it away some time ago.

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Tahir Alavi's Response to 31801_john willick.'s Review

Written on: 26/09/2003

I have an A-1 sinse 1980. Superb camera.
<br>The battery is replaced from the front by sliding open the lock besides the lens in front and repalacing the single cell ....perhaps of C series.
<br>Dr. Tahir Alavi

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116241_Bob.'s Response to 31801_john willick.'s Review

Written on: 16/07/2003

My battery is dead and I can't figure out how to replace it! I too love my A1 and have had it for years. But I've never changed the battery, and now I don't know how. Help!

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68569_Jaye.'s Response to 31801_john willick.'s Review

Written on: 28/01/2003

I believe that that noise you are hearing is the infamous Canon squeak. I heard tht noise on a site that specializes in fixing that problem. It is due to the drying out of certain areas in the camera. It can be repaired by some camera shops, where they re lubricate the mirror area. If you search Canon A-1 sites you can also find info on how to do it yourself. But professional application is best in my opinion. This is a problem with Canon's A-series cameras.

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67892_Woolfie.'s Response to 31801_john willick.'s Review

Written on: 25/01/2003

I have an A1 and have always been happy with it. I have always used Canons. My A1 is now experiencing a 'zippp' noise when the shutter is released. I understand this is fairly common, and I seem to recall having the same problem with my old AE-1. Whats the problems and how do I fix it?

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Lasse.'s Response to 31801_john willick.'s Review

Written on: 18/01/2003

Hello! What is a fair price for a used A1? I´m very new to photographing: How does the blitz function, when it isn't built in?

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64854_Jaye.'s Response to 31801_john willick.'s Review

Written on: 13/01/2003

This is a spectacular camera. With quality features. A seasoned marvel, used by photographers of many levels. I must say I love A1 also

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