Flashgun for Canon A1 SLR?

Discussion in 'Canon' started by dylan, Nov 29, 2003.

  1. dylan

    dylan Guest

    Maybe an old camera but anyone got any recommendations for a flashgun for a
    Canon A1?

    dylan, Nov 29, 2003
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  2. I have had great success on my Canon A1 and AE1 Program with the Canon
    199A flash, fully dedicated and very similar to the venerable Vivitar 283,
    which also works well but only has the single pin. All that costs is a light
    in the Canon viewfinder when ready. Dedication is not really an issue.
    I also have the slightly smaller Canon 177A, a nice compact and fairly
    powerful unit that is also dedicated. I have used with great success the
    Canon 155A also.
    You can't go wrong with any of these, and the Vivitar 283 will work on
    any other camera I can think of. Also, the nice Sunpak 383. You can find any
    of these used on eBay. The Canon 199A commands a premium price in excellent
    There are dozens of other, smaller, non-dedicated units that will work in
    auto or manual mode. Also, some third-party makers have flash modules that
    are dedicated for the Canon A series, if that is important to you.
    Hope this helps.
    Ken Rosenbaum, Nov 29, 2003
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  3. dylan

    B. Skelton Guest


    I have a Vivitar 550FD, which is a small, dedicated flash for A, T, and FN
    series Canons. It features bounce and a choice of 2 f-stops for most film
    speeds. It's been very reliable, with no reliability problems. My Dad has
    a Vivitar 5600 (basically a 283 with an interchangeable dedicated module)
    and has had similar experience. I believe both can be found at very
    reasonable prices.

    B. Skelton, Nov 29, 2003
  4. dylan

    Deathwalker Guest

    I have a genuine canon speedlite 188a. what can you offer?
    Deathwalker, Nov 29, 2003
  5. dylan

    Slingblade Guest

    When you say flashgun are you simply referring to a flash unit?

    If so, then yes...

    The 199A was the standard hot shoe mount flash designed to be
    dedicated to the A-1, there are several other Canon models that work
    with it as well.

    You can also buy non-dedicated flashes made by just about anyone.
    I've used a Vivitar 285HV for many years with lots of success.
    Slingblade, Nov 30, 2003
  6. dylan

    dylan Guest

    Thanks to everyone who replied, lots of useful info.
    dylan, Nov 30, 2003
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