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Canon AV-1: Photography Made Easy.

Always wanted an SLR camera but you were never quite sure where to begin with? DSLR prices scare you to the bone? You love lomography and live an analogue lifestyle? Introducing Canon's AV-1 SLR camera. A great way to start shooting stunningly beautiful pictures without having to waste hundreds of dollars on modern-day SLRs.

I have owned a "Holga135BC ":http://shop.lomography.com/cameras/holga-cameras/holga-135bc for some time now, and I love it, but, sometimes its frustrating to shoot a whole film to later find out that most of the images are either underexposed, overexposed or just simply not as you pictured it to be. Don’t get me wrong I love it, but as my Lomo-Buddy minty onces said on his AV-1 Review: I’m too much of a perfectionist and after browsing for a nice SLR camera where I could get what I see through the viewfinder I found one. I stumbled upon a Canon SLR (AE-1) and decided to get one. I was intrigued by its design and its features and it was a 35mm so it was perfect. I searched for some reviews and oddly found one called AV-1, a cousin of the AE-1. This so called AV-1 sported Aperture Priority instead of Shutter priority like the AE-1. This means that the control of depth of field was in my hands! With the help of a little known auction site, I found my AV-1 for thirty dollars! Fifteen shipping, fifteen camera. A bargain!!

The camera is quite heavy and sports the same sleek vintage design of the AE-1. It uses FD lens’ which you can find for a very affordable price on the web. It also has a light meter that sets the shutter speed to the appropriate speed depending on the lighting and aperture setting which I find extremely helpful. Not only that but it also tells you when you might get blur on your images when the shutter speed is below a certain number. Shooting is as simple as unlocking the shutter, pressing it midway to see how much the light meter detects, focusing and SNAP! Amazing pictures no matter what. I found myself astonished at the amazing images I took with the camera; an amateur photographer.

As you just saw, images come out crisp and beautiful with its original 50mm lens, imagine what you could do with others. Not only does it work great under well-lighted scenes, under low-light with the dial set to “60flash” -which sets the shutter speed to 1/60 seconds- it works like charm with my Holga 15B flash. Other modes include: self timer, self-flash and bulb-mode.

To conclude, I believe this camera is a great asset for any amateur or professional photographer, and if you love lomo, it’s a must for those picky humans like minty and me.

written by don_giovanni


  1. j_rad


    I started with a Holga 120, and I ended up getting a Canon AE-1 for the same reason! Sometimes it's nice to have a reliable, predictable camera too. The two cameras are with me at all times! Nice review!

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  2. gvelasco


    I think aperture value priority is more useful than shutter value priority.

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  3. disasterarea


    Yes i prefer Aperture Priority on the AV-1 compared to shutter priority on the AE-1. But my camera of choice is the Canon A-1 which has both.

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  4. toradatanglagi


    great camera! i owned some lomo cameras too.but to satisfy my need to more professional photography i bought a nikon fm2..

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  5. disasterarea


    Forgot to say great photos, especially with the cross processed look.
    ...I'm also looking forward to the results of my first X-Pro 200 film in my A-1, and seeing how it compares to the LC-A

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  6. dyluzo


    I yea I have the older version A-1 with a 200mm tele lens and really love it especially taking action shoots of my kids and close ups!

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  7. dyluzo


    Well the photo is of my hubby but you get the Idea!

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  8. don_giovanni


    @j_rad Thx for reading. I love my Holga but my AV-1 is a miracle worker!
    @disasterarea None of the pix in the article are X-Pro'd, the greenish one with @reneg88 on it is like that 'cause of the flash gel Go check out my more recent albums I used some slide on those! Thx for reading!

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  9. nigelk


    Very similar to my experience, but I bought a Minolta SLR instead of a Canon.

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  10. victorvg84


    I´ve one, i love the cam!!!
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