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    The AT-1 has no polycarbonate body. Only the top cover and the apron around the lens are from plastic.

    Later on the A series also the bottom plate was made from plastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AgX View Post
    The AT-1 has no polycarbonate body. Only the top cover and the apron around the lens are from plastic.

    Later on the A series also the bottom plate was made from plastic.
    It must be that special metal Canon used that feels and looks like plastic.

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    The AT-1 is mechanical only in the sense that the user sets the shutter speed. It is an electronically controlled camera with a shutter similar to the AE-1 and the A-1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by camtec View Post
    The AT-1 is mechanical only in the sense that the user sets the shutter speed. It is an electronically controlled camera with a shutter similar to the AE-1 and the A-1.
    Perhaps manually operated match needle camera would be a better description. It was generally a mechanical camera with an electronic release and shutter timing system. The other AE series weren't as convenient to use in manual. That's an opinion BTW.

    The minor flaw in the AE1 is the mirror squeak caused by the (plastic)gears in the mirror governor. If let go long enough, it will slow the rising of the mirror, but that has no effect on exposure because the mirror(all SLR's) actually releases the shutter.
    It's a very common problem and Nikon never had a similar problem like that.

    The AE series did literally get millions of people into photography.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RalphLambrecht View Post
    everyone is born a Canon person;only the great can overcome it.
    I love this. ^_^

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    You are correct John. The canon squeak is caused by the mirror retard mechanism. Not too hard to fix.

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    And there are still A-type cameras that have not (yet?) developed that squeak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AgX View Post
    And there are still A-type cameras that have not (yet?) developed that squeak.
    That's true. It seems to be pretty random and limited to the AE1. It's hard to assess because there were so many AE1's sold compared to other cameras.
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    My A1 had the squeal fwiw.

    sent from phone. excuse my typing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by camtec View Post
    The AT-1 is mechanical only in the sense that the user sets the shutter speed. It is an electronically controlled camera with a shutter similar to the AE-1 and the A-1.
    I don't think anyone described it as mechanical, I certainly didn't. What makes the AT-1 unusual is it's a manual camera from the non-mechanical era. That's a good or bad thing depending on your expectations. What started life as a cheap SLR variation for developing camera markets that couldn't afford automated versions like the A-1, turned out to be a hybrid that still makes a lot of sense almost four decades on, if you like full control, light weight and modern battery power. Not too many cameras fit that bill.

    What I like about it is the viewfinder match needle provides an 'index' of under/over exposure by comparing it to the central 'correct' position. In other words you can assess the scene and tweak the aperture ring for highlights or shadows by moving the needle to the edge of the match circle (a half or whole stop, etc) without removing your eye from the eyepiece, or being assailed by LEDs, shutter speeds, apertures, arrows or whatever. I believe that's the speediest way of metering, while still retaining full compensation of each shot as it occurs. Quicker than any smart override I've used anyway.
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