Canon AV1…. My 1st roll………

Canon-AV1-HP5_008A few weeks ago I managed to pick up 2 cameras from my local charity shop for the princely sum of £20 each.

They were a Pentax K1000 and a Canon AV1. I have a couple of other Canons A1, AE1 Program and a T90 along with quite a few FD mount lenses so I decided to test the AV1 first.Canon AV1-HP5_024-EditI loaded up with some ilford HP5 and used my Canon 50mm f1.4 for all the shots going from f1.4 through to f11.

Canon AV1-HP5_020-EditI must say I really liked using this camera much more than the AE1 as I shoot mainly aperture priority or manual this camera was more in line with how I shoot, to be honest I don’t really like using the AE1 much.

Canon AV1-HP5_011-EditI popped along to a local derelict factory to see how things performed and the results were great, all the shots here are straight scans which brings me to another point.

I updated my iMac to the new OSX 10.9 Mavericks which seemed to go well except when I went to scan my negatives my Epson Scan software that I use with my v500 scanner said “Not Compatible” so I went to the epson site to update only to find that they have not yet updated their program for any of their scanners.

Luckily I have Windows 7 installed on my mac and scanned using that while I wait for Epson to pull their finger out and update the software (1 week later and still no update…Epson support are pretty poor indeed, a lot of people with scanners as doorstops I expect).

Anyway thanks for looking, comments most welcome  🙂

Canon AV1-HP5_018 Canon AV1-HP5_016 Canon AV1-HP5_015-Edit Canon AV1-HP5_014 Canon AV1-HP5_012 Canon AV1-HP5_010-Edit Canon AV1 test Contact sheetClick on an image to view larger…….

More film loveliness at my other blog….


4 thoughts on “Canon AV1…. My 1st roll………”

  1. Good to see how that nice piece of analog gear still performs. My congrats for keeping it operational: leaving it into a closet would be a great shame. Thanks for sharing your shots. Alex

  2. Lovely images, the camera obviously still performs well. Have you tried Vuescan ( An excellent piece of software, works with lots of scanners and a good price. Worth a look.

  3. The Canon AV1 was my first SLR back in 1982 then I traded it in for an A1. Good to see that they still take great pictures and being used. £20 a real bargain

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