Canon AV-1

December 12, 2015

The Canon AV-1 was the continuation of Canon's line of A series machines. This model introduced the ability to operate in aperture priority mode as required by the market. 

General information

Canon previously introduced in its cameras mode shutter priority, however, by this time, it was already possible to purchase from the main competitors cameras with aperture priority mode. Actually, such cameras were in demand among users of the American market. With the release of Canon AV-1, the company has remedied the situation. As with early models, most of the camera control was done electronically.

Canon AV-1

Mechanical elements gradually became obsolete. In modern digital cameras, the backbone of control and processing is on electronics, while mechanics is presented mainly in the form of a mirror lifting mechanism (for DSLRs), and a drive shutter... All other data is entered into the computer of the camera using buttons and switches on the body, or directly through the menu. With the Canon AV-1 camera, the company released the inexpensive Canon FD 50mm f / 2 lens.

Canon AV-1

It was possible to purchase an additional winder (rewinder) for the camera, which allowed continuous shooting at a speed of up to 5 frames per second. Body material - polycarbonate, in the finish - artificial leather.

Canon AV-1

The cost of the camera in May 1979 was 57 thousand yen. Now on the secondary market you can buy for 2500 rubles, in a mediocre condition.

What kind of film is needed for a Canon camera?

Any 135 type (35mm) film in standard rolls will work for Canon cameras. You can use both black and white and color, you can wind the film yourself. Can be bought from masters... A budget hobbyist color film from Fujifilm or Kodak, black and white Tasma, works well. Films c ISO 400 are suitable for low light conditions, and on films with ISO 200 is best for shooting outdoors in clear or slightly cloudy weather.

Canon AV-1 Specifications

A type 35mm camera with focal point gateohm
Frame size 24 x 36 mm
Lens included Canon FD 50mm f / 1.4 or FD 50mm f / 1.8
Bayonet mount FD
Shutter Four-axis focal gate horizontal travel with fabric curtains, electronically controlled. Shutter speeds X, B, 2, 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000 seconds. Self-timer (with flashing LED) with programmable delay.
Flash sync X-sync via hot shoe.
Viewfinder Pentaprism fixed at eye level, 0.87x magnification, 92% vertical coverage, 93% horizontal coverage. Laser matting of the focusing screen, Fresnel lens, rangefinder in the form of a doubled image with a microraster. Exposure meter needle is associated with shutter speed table shutter... Overexposure and underexposure warning, battery status indicator, flash-ready indicator
Focusing Focus confirmation by CCD sensor, sensitivity EV 3.5 to 18 at ISO 100 and f / 1.4 aperture.
Metering and exposure control TTL-measurement, silicon element with full-area metering and aperture priority mode, center-weighted. Metering range from EV 1 to 18 per ISO 100 and f / 1.4 aperture. Support for film sensitivity from ISO 25 to 1600.
Food 4LR44 batteries
Loading Film A roll of film is inserted into the left side of the device with the cover open, the end of the tape is pulled to the take-up drum on the right side and is fixed in it.
Frame counter Cleared when the camera cover is opened.
Film rewinding Camera grip
Dimensions and weight 139 x 85 x 48 mm, 490 grams

Adapters for cameras and lenses

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