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35mm SLR
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Canon A-1 35mm Film SLR Camera with Canon FD 50mm F 1.8 Lens, Battery - Fully Functional


Here we have a Canon A-1 camera with a Canon FD 50mm F/1.8 lens, lens cap, and new battery. This camera is fully functional and ready to produce another lifetime of fantastic photos.

The camera is mechanically excellent. Everything functions as it should. The film compartment, pressure plate, mirror box, battery compartment, focusing screen, pentaprism, and viewfinder are all clean. The dials, knobs, and levers all actuate exactly as they should. The light meter is fully functional, and all shutter speeds are accurate. 

The lens is similarly excellent, with no damage cosmetically or mechanically. The glass elements are free of fungus, balsam separation, cleaning marks, scratches, or other optical aberrations. The aperture blades are oil free and actuate beautifully. The focus ring spins with nice weight, and the aperture ring clicks with mechanical precision.  

For a full review of this camera, see our editorial site here :

The more capable sibling to Canon’s AE-1, the A-1 was a sensation when it was unveiled in 1978. It was a camera equally at home in Photography 101 as it was in the hands of a money-making photojournalist. A perennial favorite for collectors and photophiles, it’s still capable of nearly everything one could ask of a photo-taking device.

It’s one of the best looking, classically styled SLRs around. Small and discreet, and offered only in black, it's a stealthy shooter perfect for street photography.

Practical use is about as effortless as it gets. Though it’s over 30 years old, this camera gives the photographer every option one would expect from a camera made yesterday. It’s no wonder it feels so modern, since the A-1 is the camera that popularized the modern auto-exposure shooting modes we all enjoy today. It was the first camera in the world to be capable of shooting in Program Mode (P), Aperture Priority (AV), and Shutter Priority (TV). Thanks to this full suite of shooting modes, this is the film camera that will feel most familiar to photo geeks accustomed to today’s DSLR cameras.

A full range of fantastic glass makes up another of the A-1’s strengths. Naturally designed to mate to any of Canon’s FD lenses, it’s capable of shooting everything from macro to telephoto, tilt-shift to fish-eye. With this many lenses, the A-1 is a camera that will meet the constantly evolving challenges of any photographer.

Build quality is good, and the A-1 is a reliable camera. An aluminum alloy chassis and mass-production of an originally exceptional design create a safe marketplace in which well-cared-for examples continue to function perfectly. The ABS plastic shell surrounding the metal core can be prone to impact damage, and the micro-processors used in this machine have a somewhat deserved reputation for conking out.

This camera is perfect for anyone, from the new student to the highly-advanced photographer. It can do everything any shooter will ask of it. 

This camera and lens will be shipped immediately and packaged securely to ensure safe delivery.

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