Partly because the A-1 didn't do much of the thinking for you. You're shooting prime lenses, manual focus, manual exposure - the whole process is very much under your direct control. No AF points, no motor drive, no frills. It's a very raw shooting experience and the camera itself is designed for maximum functionality.
Partly it's a romantic notion - there's something very satisfying about manually advancing the film after each shot, or manually focusing a shot, or dialing in your aperture right on the lens itself. I always felt more connected to my photos afterwards - I was more active in making them than with a highly automated EOS camera. It's a back to basics nostalgia.
Even with digital, as much as I love it, there's that slight nostalgic element missing.
But maybe I'm just weird, or over-thinking things...
ythe1300 wrote in post #11636492
We are only allowed to shoot in manual mode so I don't think that would be a problem. Why do you feel that the A-1 was better than the EOS range?