In 1979, Canon began production of the AV-1, an aperture-priority 35mm SLR with a focal plane shutter and TTL metering. It has center-weighted averaging light metering with a back-light compensation possibility. When shooting your subject under backlighting condition, you just push an extra switch to compensate the exposure +1.5 stops. It does not have a manual exposure mode except for a single 1/60s manual shutter speed selection for flash synchronization. It takes the full range of Canon manual focus FD lenses. A dedicated film winder that advances the film at 2 frames per second can be attached to the bottom of the camera.
With this camera, Canon introduced a revised FD lens mount without the separate locking ring, the "new FD" series. This included a low-cost 50mm f/2 for the AV-1. The older breechlock-style FD lenses remained compatible, however.
|Canon AV-1 chrome
image by Dirk HR Spennemann (Image rights)
|Canon AV-1 in black finish
image by Siim Vahur (Image rights)
- Canon AV-1 in the Canon Camera Museum
- Modern Classics Review
- The A Team an article about the SLR A models, AE-1, AT-1, A-1, AV-1 and AE-1 Program at Classic Cameras by RaúlM.
- AV-1 user reviews from Canon Classics
- Canon AV-1 at www.collection-appareils.fr (in French)
- Canon AV-1 PDF manual, in English, German and French at OrphanCameras.com