Before you actually read this post, note that the Canon AV-1 we’re talking about doesn’t actually work. In fact, it’s being sold for parts.
But good Lord, who the hell does this to a camera? The Canon AV-1 in the pictures is currently on eBay and shows the workings of someone who decided to try a bit too hard here. You see, there is a leather finish that has been applied–and at the end of the day it looks more like a shoddy job of someone who tried to apply clay to the camera.
The cameras most well known for special customizations are the Leica M series via the company’s A La Carte program. And this one is much different. It’s a vintage Canon film camera that was the result of some poor craftsman’s work.
According to the Google Translation of the listing:
Analogue reflex camera from Canon with original Canon FD 50mm lens. The camera is offered as a defective hobby device! The camera is available as a defect / spare part! Built: 1979 - 1985 Bayonet: Canon FD Electronic slot closure Fastest shutter speed 1/1000 sec. Flash sync time: 1/60 sec. Adjustable Film Sensitivity: 25-1600 ASA Automatic iris Center-weighted exposure metering Weight: 490 grams Canon Lens FD Focal length: 50mm Light intensity: 1: 1.8 Closest focusing distance: 0.6 m Ø Filter thread: 52 mm Visible traces of use on the housing / tube, Laterally very sloppy leatherwork and ornamentation, glue on the occasion, red discoloration at the inscription of the lens, porous rubber of the eyecup Visible signs of use at the body / housing,
You can check out the official listing here.