As mentioned in an earlier post, I recently acquired a Canon A-1 35mm film camera. It dates to 1978, and it was Canon’s first foray into fully automatic exposure cameras.
It gives a digital readout of the f-stop (aperture) and exposure time through the viewfinder using red LED numerals (which can be disabled), you can hold the reading for backlit scenes, calculate both, just the aperture or just the exposure time. Very innovative for the day, just focus and click. I got the pictures back that I had taken from being processed. Here’s a small selection:
Bayou Lafourche at Leeville.
Experimenting with depth of field.
Louisiana Highway One, at North Leeville. Once the busiest road in the area, now a ghost town.
Fishing boat, Bayou Lafourche, Larose.
It does have a light leak on the right hand side of the mirror. After a little reading, it seems that’s fairly common on these as the felt stripping that blocks the light disintegrates with time.
Compare with a modern digital image, adjusted with a warming filter. Quite different. I like both, but all the images taken with the Canon look like they could easily have been shot in 1985.