Canon AL-1 “Quick Focus” — Another step toward the modern camera March 1982 Kadlubek Nr. CAN0660 This could go here or into Canon FD, but my point is the progress being made toward the autofocus cameras, rather than as an example of Canon technology, per se. The camera has a contrast detection focus system using 3 linear CCD arrays in the base of the camera that make it easier to “quick focus”. Here are the evolutionary/revolutionary steps: Canon AL-1 (March 1982) - linear CCD array focus confirmation system Canon T80 AF lenses - focus motors built into the lenses. (April 1985) - focus assist with regular FD lenses, AF with special AC model lenses (linear CCD and motor built into lens). Canon T90 - wonderful FD camera with fantastic features — essentially an manual focus EOS camera. (1986) - “pioneered … user interface, industrial design, and high level of automation” - Wikipedia on T90 Put these together and you have the first EOS film cameras. I’ve done reports on the others, but realized that there is always “just one more”. However, after this report, I can promise that I will not do another AF report, unless of course, ….