1979: Canon AV-1

Year of Introduction: 1979
Film Format: 35mm
Lens Mount: Canon FD-mount
My Lenses: 50mm f/1.8 and 35-70mm f/4

The Canon AV-1, introduced in 1979, is a 35mm film SLR camera that holds a special place in the hearts of photography enthusiasts. It was designed as an affordable and accessible option for photographers seeking an automatic exposure camera with creative control. The AV-1 became popular for its user-friendly interface and reliable performance.

Equipped with the Canon FD-mount, the AV-1 offered compatibility with a wide range of Canon FD lenses, allowing photographers to explore different focal lengths and creative possibilities. The camera featured aperture-priority automatic exposure, allowing users to set the desired aperture while the camera automatically adjusted the shutter speed for optimal exposure. This combination of automation and manual control made the AV-1 versatile and adaptable to various shooting scenarios.

The Canon AV-1 incorporated a through-the-lens (TTL) metering system, providing accurate exposure readings for precise control over lighting conditions. It featured a bright viewfinder that displayed essential information, including shutter speed and exposure compensation, making it easy for photographers to make quick adjustments on the fly. The camera’s reliable and consistent performance made it a trusted tool for both amateur photographers and professionals alike.

The Canon AV-1 is a prized possession in my camera collection due to its historical significance and its ability to bridge the gap between automation and manual control. Its user-friendly design allows photographers to embrace their creativity while still benefiting from automated exposure settings. The camera’s compatibility with a range of Canon FD lenses provides versatility and the opportunity to experiment with different focal lengths and perspectives. As a collector and photographer, the Canon AV-1 represents a pivotal moment in the evolution of SLR cameras, where technology and creative expression merged seamlessly. It serves as a reminder of the enduring legacy of Canon’s innovation and the joy of shooting with a reliable and accessible film camera.