The Canon A Team...and my 2 part guarantee

Discussion in '[Classifieds] For Sale' started by Jon Goodman, Aug 5, 2012.

  1. Jon Goodman

    Jon Goodman Subscriber

    Jul 22, 2005
    Dallas, TX
    Okay folks. What we have here is 4 Canon A bodies and 2 Canon FD lenses which I bought years ago to compare measurements and prepare templates for light seal kits & write instructions. That said, you should understand this first: I am no expert about Canon SLR cameras. Canon rangefinders? Terrific cameras, and I can go all through those, but Canon SLR cameras never appealed to me in the same way. Sorry for being a bit closed-minded or ignorant or a stick in the mud. Pick your favorite word or words and use them. You can even combine them for more fun.

    Somebody may get a terrific deal here or they may get an old goat. I can't be 100% sure in this case.

    But the good thing is you get my famous 2 part guarantee! And this morning I looked on Google and thankfully it doesn't appear, so maybe piracy of this guarantee hasn't become as widespread as the piracy of some things I've done, said, sung or written. And yes, this is the same guarantee I first created back in the mid 1960s. The very same one. Time has passed, but I still offer it today. Nice how some of the things in life never change, isn't it? So now with nothing up my sleeves and my hands firmly connected to my arms, the guarantee:

    If you purchase these cameras from me and one or all of them break into 2 or more parts after you receive them, both (or all as the case may be) of the parts are yours.

    Always nice to get the legal stuff out of the way. Now about the Canon A-Team, we have 4 of Canon's A series cameras:

    1. An AE-1. This camera is in fair to less than fair condition...chips, dings, nicks and bright marks pretty much all over it, but it has a good battery door and seems to be complete. The top plate (plastic) is cracked at one end. Decent focus screen...pretty ok, actually. If you install a battery, the shutter speeds seem ok but the meter needle stays between 2.8 and 4 and red lights at the top and bottom of the scale blink. You might be able to use this as a camera and I am totally confident you could use it as a wheel chock the next time you park on a hill. As a parts camera, it could be ok.

    2. An AT-1. In better physical condition than the AE-1 but has a chip out of the lower part of the battery door, a small ding on the bottom plate and a bright mark near the tripod socket. Not bad at all, however, and I believe this camera may work just fine. In my opinion, it is an easier to use design than the AE-1 with lollipop and needle metering (which seems to be working correctly) and an on/off/c switch which was omitted from the AE-1.

    3. An AV-1. Sort of like the less than terrific shape. Top plate isn't so bad, but the bottom plate includes the initials "KW" which looks like they were inscribed using a rock and a nail and some liquor or beer or mind-altering drugs. Whole camera is dirty...needs cleaning & tlc. However, the camera has a good battery door (a much improved design from the AE-1 type door), and it seems to work at least in some regards. This camera as you know is an automatic camera, but it seems to be choosing the right shutter speed and those speeds seem accurate when you use your hand to deny the camera light. However I can not make it work sensibly with the lens.

    4. An AL-1. Kind of dirty and rough in appearance, but if you can figure out how to make the battery door stay latched, I believe this camera might also work. I'm assuming the same wizard designed the AE-1 battery door. At any rate, the camera seems ok and the focus screen seems ok. This is the QF model, for any of you collectors. Very rare and collectible, I'm sure. You might want to contact the Smithsonian or Antiques Road Show.

    5. One nice looking FD Canon 50mm 1:1.8 S.C. lens, serial number 1230970...sorry no images of the lenses. If you want me to send you some, just ask.

    6. One nice looking FD Canon 50mm 1:1.8 lens, serial number 3660292 (newer style)

    The price for all is $35 plus actual shipping

    If you have specific questions, please contact me at

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