Don’t turn your nose up just because this isn’t a “Lomo” camera, this SLR might just be the start of something beautiful…and it will teach you a thing or two in the process!
I’m a perfectionist. I always have been, and probably always will be. As much fun as it is taking pictures using toy cameras, with their unpredictable lenses and even less predictable viewfinders, I needed more control in my photographic life. Enter the AV-1.
This film SLR was made by Canon in 1979, yet still produces images that rival its modern-day counterparts. The age of the camera is also the reason why you are able to pick them up second-hand for ridiculously cheap. I paid £20 for mine on a certain internet-auction site, which included a 50mm 1.8f lens and hard case, and recently bought a 28mm wide angle lens for a mere £8. Only a monkey would sell such a beauty of a camera for peanuts.
The reason why I prefer the AV-1 over Canon’s sister camera, the AE-1, is that this one allows for aperture priority instead of shutter speed priority. This allows you to control the depth of field, which everyone knows is a very useful tool in photography. The camera also boasts such features as a self-timer, bulb mode and automatic flash photography (when used in conjunction with the specific flash). It’s also compatible with a big range of film speeds, from ISO 25 to 1600 and everything in between.
If you have ever been tempted by the world of SLR cameras but have been scared off by all of the knobs and dials, this is the perfect place to start.