Has anyone heard of a Canon Camera "A"?

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    Not A-1 or AE-1 or anything at all w/ a 1 attached to it....
    Sorry folks, it's definitely vintage but not really old enough to be a classic....My guess is the vintage is late 70's to early 80's.
    On the front it simply states Canon Camera "A" ... Also on the front "Motor Drive.... Red Eye Reduction" and that's about it. It came w/ a nice flash unit and carrying case. Hoping it's a good find to use in the Rocky Mtn's for wildlife stills and birdwatching. My digital camera cant zoom enough.
    Thanks in advance
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    Thanks USAyit,
    I went through that entire site and of all of the "A-..." models, there is no page for a model "Camera A". I dunno, Maybe this was a generic/bargain model that Canon made....Or maybe it's a fake!? I could snap a photo of the camera if that would help....?
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    You might try posting a photo, that sometimes helps. ;)
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    This is it. I took a chance on it because everything appears to be working perfectly and it was 50% off of the tag at the local thrift store so I thought $15 wasn't too bad for my first vintage 35mm...... Also included was a very large vintage Kogaku zoom lens in its own leather case.

    http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc276/CaptJackSparrow/IMG_1251.jpg

    http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc276/CaptJackSparrow/IMG_1254.jpg

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    http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc276/CaptJackSparrow/IMG_1256.jpg

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    I'd like to help further but I can't... they block photobucket at work... :-(
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    Arrrrghhhhh!, I spent 30 or 40 minutes searching for this camera, and can't find a thing. Might want to contact a company called Camtron, in Cincinatti OH. They know a thing about Canon's.

    J.:meh:
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    I know that camera... its a toy... Canon toy camera for kids. The flash handle is nondetachable...etc...

    Lens is not interchangeable... viewfinder is actually TLR like.. quality is that of l... a toy. The hint is the "focus free" plastic lens. :lol:

    I used to have one when I was younger... I see them occasionally for $1 or so.
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    D'Ohh!! You're kidding !!??

    A kids model w/ auto rewind, motor drive and red eye reduction!? Sheesh..... They took their kids models seriously.
    Are you absolutely sure about this model because the flash handle detaches w/ a simple small knob on the underside of the camera....

    I was so stoked about that super old extra 135mm 1:4 lens from Japan that came w/ it that I never thought it could be a kids model.... Oh well....
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    I might be wrong about the flash (years ago since I "played" with one)... but I am pretty sure about the toy camera. See the "lens" where the prism housing should be??? When you look through the "viewfinder" you are actually looking through that plastic lens. There is no mirror or prism in there. No need to focus because the camera is "focus free". Its a toy... trust me. I don't believe Canon made the camera. They simply allowed a toy manufacturer use the name. I've seen several incarnations of the same camera baring different "branding" etc.. even different Canon "model names".
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    D'Ohh!

    Darn pirates...!! :grumpy:

    Definitely predates internet by about 20-25 yrs. OK, Thanks for the help. I'll keep hitting the thrift stores for one.... I'm awfully tempted to hang onto the extra 135mm 1:4 that came w/ it though. That sucker's at least 30-35 years old and looks like it was never used....
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    btw...

    thanks for the memories... and the laugh. $29.99 hahahhaha
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    Thank goodness that Goodwill offers your money back for up to 10 days..... Sheesh, Pretty ballsy of the pirates to add "Canon Corporation Made in Japan..." And a serial # and everything... Dicks
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    Wow!, what a strange ending to this story. Glad I logged back on, I've been searching for that camera for hour's now, among other things. Very wierd. Heck, I'd keep it just for a curio. :lol:

    Well, on to other pointless quests...:lol:

    J.:mrgreen:
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    Thanks for the laugh! That is absolutely hilarious! That same basic cheap "focus free" 35mm camera has been around for quite some time. It's a really amusing fake. Goodwill seems to be the repository for most of the similar cameras of that type, typically with a $1 price tag, $2 if the flash is with it.

    I think it'd make a fine start to a Canon camera collection, what with that focus free lens and all.
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    I think you'll find that this is not a Canon product and that it was not made in Japan. Its a simple plastic box camera: fixed focus (aka "focus free"), simple optical VF, ... . All of the "Canon" labeling is fraudulent.

    BTW, "Kogaku" is not a brand; it is simple a Japanese word that means, roughly, "optical" or "optical company". It does appear in may of the older names of camera companies such a Nikon's old name "Nippon Kogaku" with simply meant "Japanese Optical Co."
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    Apologies Dwig, that was bad communication on my part as I was trying to do 2 things at once.... The extra lens that was taped to the outside of the fake camera case is a Topcon Topcor Super..... I knew right away it was from an earlier era due to the character on the old leather lens case it was in. And then of couse the lens itself just looked far higher in quality than the camera.
    I returned the fake canon this aft but hung onto the lens :thumbup:
    http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc276/CaptJackSparrow/IMG_1258.jpg

    I figure no harm no foul on that since it wasn't priced separately and can't be used w/ the canon imposter anyways.... Guessing 1960's and rarely if ever used on the lens.
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    i know im a couple years late to reply but i own one of this cameras and its not for kids my dad bought it for me and recently gave it to me and it is an excellent camera :)
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    WAIT You might check on Ebay as "toy" cameras are all the rage with LOMO people and you might be able to make your money back and then some. Run a roll through it and see what happens. If it's soft/fuzzy and has a mild light leak or two you might have struck gold! If not get your money back because that's camera won't cut it for nature photography in the mountains.

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