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Nick's Classic Corner - No 22 - Canon AT-1

Discussion in 'Classic Models & Marques' started by Benchista, Nov 3, 2013.

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    Benchista Which Tyler

    So, the manual exposure option in the A series. This was a pretty simple camera in many ways - it did allow use of the power winder, but otherwise was very basic.
    There's a power switch reminiscent of the FT series around the rewind crank. The shutter is electronic, so doesn't work without a battery or without being switched on - battery being the same PX28/ 4LR44 as most A series models, in the same place. A lever around the shutter release collar acts as a shutter lock and self timer, and shutter speed (1-1/1000) and film speed are selected bya dial around the windon lever.
    The front of the camera has a locking DOF preview lever.
    The viewfinder has a standard split image/microprism screen, and a match needle arrangement on the right in the image area.

    So all in all, it's a reasonable enough camera, but why have a manual exposure model with an electronic shutter? It's not as nice a manual model as the earlier FTb or competitors such as the OM1 or Pentax MX, so it's not a camera I would particularly recommend - particularly as there are much better cameras in the A series.

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