Even though the camera would cost more, shutter speed-priority AE cameras were important to Canon since users could comprehend shutter speeds easier than aperture settings. However, in America and other overseas markets, aperture-priority AE 35mm cameras were in the majority.
Overseas distributors also clamored for an aperture-priority AE model. Canon responded with the AV-1.
When this camera appeared, a new type of FD lenses featuring instant mounting/demounting was also introduced. A low-cost FD 50mm f/2 lens was made available for the AV-1.
|Type:||35mm focal-plane shutter SLR camera|
|Picture Size:||24 x 36 mm|
|Normal Lens:||Canon New FD 50mm f/1.8, New FD 50mm f/2 (Quick mount/demount type)|
|Lens Mount:||FD mount|
|Shutter:||Four-axis, horizontal-travel focal-plane shutter with cloth curtains. X, B, 2, 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000 sec. All speeds stepless and controlled electronically. Built-in self-timer (with adjustable delay and blinking LED).|
|Dimensions & Weight:||139 x 85 x 48 mm, 490 g|
|Production Period:||1979 - 1984|
|Original Price:||57,000 yen (w/New FD 50mm f/2)|
|Indexed Price (Approx):||715 EUR|
|Avg Ebay Value:||60-120 EUR|
Source: Canon Camera Museum, Wikipedia.org, Camera-wiki.org, knippsen.blogspot.com