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    How did the SRT die? They are one of the toughest cameras I've ever worked on. If it is locked up, usually it takes less than one minute to fi.

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    My favourite A-series camera is the AT-1. Designed for overseas markets only (no domestic Japanese sales), it was a full manual camera when the prevailing fashion was for automation. There are a number of things going for it, match needle metering, modern readily available batteries, a huge shutter speed dial around the wind on lever, light weight - and it's dirt cheap nowadays.

    The AT-1 is an anachronism, functionally from a previous era, in a polycarbonate body - the exact opposite of my T90. Anyone looking for a manual camera that doesn't weigh a ton or require re-jigged metering circuits could do a lot worse.

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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.
    Heavily sedated for your protection.

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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.
    Heavily sedated for your protection.

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