This AL-1 shows normal signs of use with bronzing on the bottom. Check photos for condition.
- Canon AL-1 SN: 1246748
- Canon Lens FD 50mm f/1.8 S.C. SN: 7313979
As a lower-end camera, the AL-1 did not offer a long list of features. Instead, Canon focused on providing core functionality and lowering prices. The AL-1 provides focus-confirmation, aperture-priority autoexposure (controlled by a through-the-lens silicon photocell), and a small selection of manual shutter speeds, including a 10-second self-timer. It also added a larger grip and the convenience of using AAA cells for power. However, the battery door is one of its weaknesses as most of the cameras that are found today on the market have their battery door broken or that has been changed. Its body was constructed from a special polycarbonate that was then painted to imitate metal. An ISO hot shoe, motor-drive connections, and cable-release socket provide an acceptable level of compatibility with accessories. It was also the last SLR camera to carry Canon's 1960s-era logo on the pentaprism.
The camera uses Canon's breech-lock FD mount, and so users could choose from the wide variety of Canon FD lenses, as well as those from third parties. Users could also utilize Canon R and FL lenses, but with some limitations.
In 1987, Canon abandoned the FD mount in favor of the EF mount along with the EOS camera system, which uses the same concept as the T80 but with a new and incompatible mount designed around an all-electronic interface.
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