I agree on the Canon Cough, Momus. I only had one camera with it, an A-1 that came with a bunch of prime lenses and which I regarded as a free gift. A guy in the UK fixed the camera and gave it a CLA at very reasonable cost, or it would have stayed in the drawer. Nobody needs a noise like that, and if left it slows everything down until the mirror shows in the image and ultimately seizes altogether. A friend bought an A-1 new in the late 70s and his developed the cough quite early on. It was a design fault because the succeeding T-series never suffered from the malaise.
That said, the A-Series has benefits I mentioned before. Another favourite, for exactly opposite reasons to the AT-1, is the AV-1, which was available in black (I regard black AT-1s as largely mythical beasts). The AV-1 is basically a point and shoot with interchangeable lenses, like the T50 that followed it, though a lot prettier and without the LCD, or that incredibly noisy film advance. The manual wind on is the reason I still return to the A-Series.
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