Canon AT-1

The AE-1 without Auto Exposure

Dates:                      December 1976

Type:                       35mm SLR

Lens Mount:            Canon FD

Focus:                      Manual

Exposure:                Manual match metering

Modes:                    Manual

Flash:                     Hotshoe / PC Socket Sync

Shutter:                  Electrically controlled cloth horizontal Focal Plane 2 sec. to 1/1000th

ASA / ISO:              ISO 25 – 3200

Frame Rate:           Manual Lever Winding

Battery:                  4LR44/4SR44 (6v)


Canon says on their Museum page for the AT-1 that, although the AE-1 was very successful, manual metering cameras were still the mainstream. Auto exposure models were still the top end cameras and were more expensive. The AT-1 was developed to offer the advantages of the AE-1 at a lower price to a wider audience.

The AT-1 was built on the same body as the AE-1 and as a result all of the accessories for the AE-1 fit the AT-1. In the viewfinder is a match needle metering display down the right side. The speed and aperture had to be set by hand. On the left hand side of the top deck was an on/off switch and battery check. The right side of the top deck is identical to the AE-1.

This camera was never released in the Japanese home market. It was an export model only.

In the Collection I have the following example:

Collection No.:    C-19

Serial No.:           1599852

Condition:           Excellent

Accessories:      Very Good 620/650 case

Acquisition:        17 Dec 2015


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