The A-1 was the top-of-the-line A-series camera. (The AE-1 was the first in this series.) It was a sophisticated electronic camera with all-digital control.
Besides the shutter speed-priority AE and aperture-priority AE modes, it featured the first fully automatic program AE mode, preset aperture-priority AE, and Speedlite AE mode.
The viewfinder information was also easy to read with a 7-segment red LED readout. The control settings were displayed at the same time which made it very useful.
Besides Power Winder A, developed at the same time as the AE-1, accessories for the A-1 included the compact Motor Drive MA which attained a maximum shooting speed of 5 fps. This Motor Drive had a convenient vertical-grip shutter button. Also, there was the Speedlite 199A which had bounce flash capability.The A-1’s body had a fine black finish.
|PRODUCTION DATE :||-|
|TYPE:||35mm focal-plane shutter SLR camera|
|PICTURE SIZE:||24 x 36 mm|
|NORMAL LENS:||FD 50mm f/1.4 S.S.C|
|COLLECTION LENS:||Canon new FD 50mm f/1.4|
|LENS MOUNT:||FD mount|
|SHUTTER:||Four-axis, horizontal-travel focal-plane shutter with cloth curtains. X, B, 30, 15, 8, 4, 2, 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000 sec. All speeds controlled electronically. Built-in self-timer (with 2- and 10-sec. delay and blinking LED). Multiple exposures enabled with a lever. Electronic shutter release.|
|DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT:||141 x 92 x 48 mm, 620 g|
|PRODUCTION PERIOD:||April 1978 - 1985|
|ORIGINAL PRICE:||114.000 yen (w/FD 50mm f/1.4SSC)|
|INDEXED PRICE:||xx EUR|
|AVG VALUE:||x EUR|