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Even though the camera would cost more, shutter speed-priority AE cameras were important to Canon since users could comprehend shutter speeds easier than aperture settings. However, in America and other overseas markets, aperture-priority AE 35mm cameras were in the majority.

Overseas distributors also clamored for an aperture-priority AE model. Canon responded with the AV-1.

When this camera appeared, a new type of FD lenses featuring instant mounting/demounting was also introduced. A low-cost FD 50mm f/2 lens was made available for the AV-1.

Name: Canon AV-1
Manufacturer: Canon Japan
Made in: Japan
N°: 860564
Production Date: 1979
Type: 35mm focal-plane shutter SLR camera
Series: A Series
Picture Size: 24 x 36 mm
Normal Lens: Canon New FD 50mm f/1.8, New FD 50mm f/2 (Quick mount/demount type)
Lens Mount: FD mount
Focus: Manual Focus
Shutter: Four-axis, horizontal-travel focal-plane shutter with cloth curtains. X, B, 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 stepless and controlled electronically. Built-in self-timer (with adjustable delay and blinking LED).
Dimensions & Weight: 139 x 85 x 48 mm, 490 g
Production Period: 1979 - 1984
N° Produced: 200.000
Original Price: 57,000 yen (w/New FD 50mm f/2)
Indexed Price (Approx): 715 EUR
Avg Ebay Value: 60-120 EUR
Source: Canon Camera Museum, Wikipedia.org, Camera-wiki.org, knippsen.blogspot.com