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Canon AV-1

Canon AV-1

Black

1979

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  • Canon FD Mount
  • Stepless electronic shutter from 1/1000 to 2sec and bulb
  • Built-in self timer
  • TTL full-aperture metering
  • Film speed range from ISO 25 to 1600
1x 4LR44 battery (Batteries included with purchase)

Whats in the box

Body cap, batteries, original manual and roll of film included.

959910
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Released in 1979, the AV-1 was an aperture-priority 35mm SLR camera. After the popularity of the AE-1, Canon released the AV-1 to cater for the American market where aperture-priority cameras were more common. The original retail price for the body plus the new Canon FD 50 mm f/2 lens was around $300 (roughly $1,226 adjusted for inflation).

The AV-1 was released alongside a new range of Canon FD lenses, offering instant mounting by simply lining up the red dot and twisting until a a satisfying click was heard. The previous FD mount type required the use of two hands to operate a screw-like connection with the body.

Aperture-priority automatic simplicity. A great start into Canon quality. - Canon AV-1 advertisement

The AV-1 offers an excellent entry to SLR cameras, offering simple design and easy to use controls, a wide range of compatible quality lenses, and and an incredibly accurate metering system. It’s automatic shutter is step-less, allowing the AV-1 to operate using exactly the correct shutter-speed for the given situation. Even those outside the commonly found ‘marked speeds’ (i.e 1/30, 1/60) can be achieved to balance the available light with the selected aperture.

The Canon AV-1 is east to carry, easy to operate and easy to afford, too. - Canon AV-1 advertisement

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