1970's Canon

Canon AV-1

Canon AV-1
Release Year1979
Release Price57,000 yen (~$520)
Lens MountFD Mount

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 Canon AV-1.

The Canon AV-1 was very similar to the Canon AE-1 but provided aperture priority auto-exposure rather than the AE-1’s shutter speed priority AE. The camera is not capable of fully manual exposure.

The AV in the name referred to the type of auto-exposure; Av (Aperture Value) is a common abbreviation for aperture priority.

When the Canon AV-1 appeared, a new range of FD lenses was introduced, with instant mounting/unmounting of the lens. This was called the New FD mount and did away with the older type of mounting ring which was fitted on to the rear of the lens and was awkward to use and needed two hands, to a newer, easier system whereby the user lined up the red dot on the lens, with the red dot on the camera and simply turned the whole lens clockwise until it clicked into place.

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