Canon AT-1 Metering Pattern
After spending more time and money on the auction trying to get a decent A series Canon camera that didn't squeal like a stuck pig, I finally found something different. It's an AT-1, the first I've ever owned. I like the simplicity of the camera. It doesn't have AE, so all you see in the viewfinder is the match needle metering. Sort of the poor man's Leicaflex, although that's a stretch, and it's a lot smaller and lighter than a Leica. The shutter, for now, is nice and quiet, and I almost fell out of my chair when I tested the speeds....they're all on the money, including 1/1000, which has never happened in my experience. Unless something I've over looked rears it's head, it looks like a good replacement for my beloved F-1. I really like that F-1, but w/ only one FD lens, it doesn't make sense having it when a lighter and cheaper camera will suffice. I can buy film w/ the money saved once the F-1 sells.
What has me mystified is the metering pattern. Whilst pointing the camera at things and checking the metering (again, on the money), I noticed that it seemed much more sensitive than the AE-1 and AE-1P cameras. Just pointing the camera from the ground, to across the street, and up to the sky saw the needle really swing all over the place. I like that of course, but what exactly is the metering pattern? Anyone here shooting one of these? After thumbing through the manual that came w/ it I'm still in the dark. Said manual only describes it as "central metering", whatever that is. That doesn't sound like center weighted to me, and the meter seems to act as if it's possibly semi spot, for lack of better words. Information on this camera is not readily available like the AE variants. It seems to have an older style CDS meter. You turn it on and off w/ a switch on top like the older FT cameras.