CanonAT-1Before I found and adopted my Leicaflex SL in Jyväskylä (FI) in ’07 I shot all my diapositives with a Canon AT-1. I picked it up second hand at a photography shop which no longer exists. The AT-1 was the budget version of the AE-1 (or for those who preferred manual metering) and was marketed in same year I was born.


The Leica made me forget all about my AT-1 until I found a huge stack of lenses over a year ago. Telephoto lenses, macro and fish eye lenses, just about everything I’d read about during my early years in photography, but never owned (or could have afforded). So last year I mostly spent shooting various lenses and getting the Canon feel back. The Leicaflex SL meters light in a completely different way than the Canon AT-1, and since I often shoot in low light conditions with film pushed beyond its ISO rating choosing the right aperture and shutter speed becomes kind of a guessing game for which one eventually develops a sort of sixth sense.


I originally planned to write about the demise of photography, nowadays most of us only collect images, and all the things we do to try and make these images look more ‘real’ by adding digital filters and make them look old. But thank god for Lomography, and let’s leave it at that.


All I can say is that when you first view developed film (or an actual photograph for that matter) you’re somehow transported back to a single moment, sometimes even a single idea, as you stare into its reflection. It’s magic. Even when the film shows you need to say goodbye to your camera. But the AT-1 and I have seen great things together. Just take a look at the 2005 selection, and see if you agree.


Below you’ll find the shots most people use app’s for these days, the lighting is off, they show light leaks into the camera, stalled shutter light leaks and shots where the shutter didn’t respond only until after pushing it repeatedly. In short, the death of a camera.