Film Cameras

35mm Focal-Plane Shutter SLR Camera




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Marketed March 1982
Original Price 90,000 yen (w/FD 50mm f/1.4),
58,000 yen (body)

Targeting users who had difficulty focusing through the viewfinder, the AL-1 featured an electronic focus-assist system besides aperture-priority AE.

The system searches for the peak of the subject’s image contrast obtained by three linear CCD arrays. The bottom of the viewfinder has arrows indicating the direction to turn the focusing ring to achieve focus. When focus is achieved, the in-focus mark between the two arrows lights.

The exposure is controlled by a TTL silicon photocell and aperture-priority AE with center-weighted averaging metering. All shutter speeds are electronically controlled and stepless. The camera is also compatible with all FD lenses.

Type 35mm focal-plane shutter SLR camera
Picture Size 24 x 36 mm
Normal Lens Canon FD 50mm f/1.4, FD 50mm f/1.8
Lens Mount FD mount
Shutter Four-axis, horizontal-travel focal-plane shutter with cloth curtains. X, B, 2, 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000 sec. All speeds electronically controlled. Auto shutter speeds from 2 to 1/1000 sec., and manual shutter speeds from 1/15 to 1/1000 sec. and B. Built-in self-timer (with blinking LED).
Flash Sync X-sync with German socket (with locking pin) and hot shoe.
Viewfinder Fixed eye-level pentaprism. 0.87x magnification, 92% vertical coverage, 93% horizontal coverage. 100% Laser Matte screen with no rangefinder. Focusing frame, in-focus indicator (red/green LED), exposure meter needle, shutter speed scale, overexposure and underexposure warnings, and battery check index and camera shake warning provided.
Focusing Focus aid with CCD focus detection. Focusing brightness range of EV 3.5 – 18 at ISO 100 and f/1.4.
Metering &
Exposure Control
SPC for TTL full-aperture metering with aperture-priority AE (center-weighted averaging). Metering range at ISO 100 and f/1.4: EV 1 – 18. Film speed range from ISO 25 to 1600.
Power Source Two 4 1.5 V batteries
Film Loading &
Slotted take-up spool. Advances with camera-top lever’s 120 stroke (partial strokes enabled). Ready position at 30.
Frame Counter Counts up. Resets automatically when camera back is opened.
Film Rewind Camera-top crank
Dimensions &
142 x 87 x 48 mm, 490 g