Canon AT-1

Released 1976 The AT-1 is the only one of Canon’s A-series that does not have automatic exposure. It’s a nice SLR but I mostly bought it to get a step closer to owning all of the A-series. Now I just need the AL-1! At a glance Lens Canon FD mount Film 135 Focus SLR split screen […]

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Canon Auto Zoom 814 Electronic

Released 1972 I’ve dabbled in Super 8 film-making before with my budget-level Mayoral Super 8 camera. It was rather point-and-shoot and I found it quite limiting. For my latest project, I decided to buy this Canon Super 8 camera which has more manual controls, variable frame rate, TTL viewing and other useful stuff.

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Canon EOS 600D (modified)

Released 2011 This 600D is just like the other one, except that it has been modified for full-spectrum astrophotography and is now sensitive to infra-red and ultraviolet light as well as visible light. The primary purpose is astrophotography, although I have also used it to make a video under the dim red safelight in my […]

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Canon AV-1

Released 1979 The AV-1 is quite similar to the other Canon A-series SLRs of its time but distinguishes itself from the others by offering aperture-priority rather than shutter-priority. At a glance Lens Canon FD mount Film 135 Focus SLR split screen & microprism Meter CdS with aperture priority

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Shackman Auto Camera mk3

Released 1945 This is a rather interesting scientific and military camera that was manufactured between approximately 1945-1955 in Britain. It is powered by clockwork but also designed to be controlled by an external trigger to take pictures automatically. The intended use is to take periodic photographs of scientific equipment or the dials on an aircraft. Think of […]

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Canon EOS 5

Released 1992 I don’t have any particular interest in autofocus cameras but they are sometimes useful as they can use most DSLR lenses. I got this EOS 5 for a bargain price as an upgrade to my EOS 300. The autofocus on the EOS 5 is older than the EOS 300 but everything else about […]

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Canon AE-1

Released 1976 I try to only buy cameras that do something different to ones I already have. Given that I already have an AE-1 Program and an A-1, this AE-1 offers no advantages. However, I got it for a bargain price! At a glance Lens Canon FD mount Film 135 Focus SLR split screen & […]

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Canon Pellix QL

Released 1966 The Canon Pellix looks like any other Canon SLR of the 1960s or 70s, but it has an important difference. The mirror in the Pellix is fixed and always directs light to the viewfinder and to the film simultaneously. You avoid mirror vibration, but lose some light. If you’re using the built-in TTL […]

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Mec 16

Released 1958 This unusual camera was donated to my collection. It takes negatives on double-perforated 16mm film – the same type as used for cine cameras. It has full manual controls – aperture, shutter speed and focus, all set by small dials on the top plate. The viewfinder pulls out from the left hand side. […]

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Agfa Click-II

Released 1959 This is a simple camera, basically a box camera in all but shape. It has a slow, fixed-focus lens, a single-speed shutter and three selectable apertures. These are three holes of different sizes punched in a sheet of metal, rather than a continuously variable diaphragm.   At a glance Lens Fixed Achromat 72.5mm f/8.8 […]

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