Nikon VS Canon? SLR or Point and Shoot?

Started Mar 13, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Klaus dk
Klaus dk Veteran Member • Posts: 3,368
Auto SLR - Av and Tv modes.

yardcoyote wrote:

[...]Av mode (aperture priority automation) was (I believe) the first auto mode to be invented, or at least the first one I remember seeing. I leave my camera in Av most of the time, and I know I am not alone in that.

No, the first automatic exposure SLR was the Konica Auto-Reflex (1965) which had Tv auto mode. You set the shutter speed, the camera selected the aperture. The first Av camera was the Pentax ES (1972). The Canon A-1 (1978) was the first with P auto mode.

This is as far as Wikipedia knows. I remember these cameras, especially the Pentax ES was an object of desire which I never got. I got the Pentax ME super shortly after its launch (1979) and later got the Pentax Program-A, which I believe had another name in other parts of the world.

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