I own several Canon FD-mount SLRs but I’ve fancied an A-1 for a while. I think it’s the alluring black paint, rather than the silver fixtures of most contemporary SLRs. I think these hard-edged SLRs are much prettier than the curved plastic bodies that appeared in the 1980s.
The A-1 also has the advantage over most of my other Canon SLRs (the AE-1P and the FTb, but not the T90) that it can be used in aperture-priority as well as shutter-priority mode.
At a glance
|Lens||Canon FD mount|
|Focus||SLR split screen & microprism|
|Meter||CdS with program|