As with so many film cameras, my view of them has mellowed over the years, and while can't say I actually enjoy using the A-1, I appreciate its role in photographic history, especially the Program mode. A friend had one when they were first released, and coming from a match needle manual SLR, he never got on with the A-1 and openly regretted buying it. It seemed gratuitously quirky to me, and those quirks got in the way of taking photographs rather than aiding it.

I have nearly all the Canons of the 70s and 80s, and the ones I use most are the AV-1, the AT-1 and the T90, cameras at opposite ends of the technological spectrum.