I am often struck by the number of people who speak fondly about past cameras they have owned. It often seems as if they are talking about old friends.

So on the back of the previous post about how successful the Canon EOS range has been, I thought straight from memory some might like to think back to pre EOS times?

Starting around 1980 I seem to recall that Canon led the way with high tech cameras and automation. This was often derided by those who had learned their craft with more manual control,.

For me the Canon models from the ‘FD’ series that stood out were the A1. The first really ‘multi mode’ exposure camera with its then unheard of range of exposure control options. A sleek black body (most cameras were chrome), and high tech design, simply made it a desirable camera for many enthusiasts.

The AE-1 and AE-1 Program were phenomenally successful cameras in sales terms, quite the envy of their competitors. Then we had what I would call the best Canon of those times, the F1N professional camera which was pitted against the camera of choice for most professionals of the day which was Nikon’s F3.

The F1N was an impressive tool. But alongside that, few could argue about both the popularity, high tech performance and the ‘break the mold’ design of the T90? This camera showed what was to come not just for Canon and its EOS line-up, but for all manufacturers when it came to physical design.

On the other side of the coin, I seem to recall that the AV-1 (Aperture Priority only from memory) never quite had the impact hoped for, and no one from Canon ever seems to talk about the relatively short lived T80. So there you have it my off the cuff memories of a ‘pre’ EOS age.

(End. 13/05/10).