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Canon AE-1 35mm SLR Manual Focus Camera w/ FD 50mm lens

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  • Manual Focus CameraLens Mount-Canon FD
  • Camera Type-SLR (Single Lens Reflex) Shutter Speed-2 - 1/1000 sec
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Canon
  • Model: AE-1
  • Lens Type: normal
  • Exposure Control Type: Manual, shutter-speed-priority
  • Viewfinder Type: optical viewfinder

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • ASIN: B001NPCCH0
  • Item model number: AE-1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,305 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 23, 2009

Product Description

AE-1 35mm SLR Manual Focus Camera (Chrome) with 50, , 35mm Cameras

Customer Reviews

I'd definitely recommend this camera for anyone with a desire to return to 35mm film.
Sean
A great camera by any means, shame that they don't make cameras like this much anymore.
Emily A. Vernon
The Battery Chamber's Door was slightly broken, the top joint was broken off the door.
Etsuran

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Emily A. Vernon on July 17, 2010
This is a great camera, it is a little outdated (it was made between 1976 and 1986) but takes wonderful pictures, considering if you know how to use it. It has a bit of a learning curve, you have to know how to meter and focus the camera by hand as it cannot do that by itself and you can't just snap the picture because then the lighting and focusing may be off. I would recommend this camera to anyone who is a serious photographer, a hobbyist, or someone who prefers film to digital. A great camera by any means, shame that they don't make cameras like this much anymore.
Note: If you have glasses (as I do) it may be hard to read the meter in the view finder so you have been warned.
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32 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Luis A. Graulau on December 27, 2010
I've always said that people today don't have much appreciation for most of the arts they take on as a hobby (in this case photography). If you're serious about photography as a hobby or part-time do yourself a favor and buy a film camera before splurging on a DSLR. It may seem unproductive but it's anything but. A film camera will force you (and help you) to learn the terminology involved in DSLR's and photography in general. You WILL learn techniques even if you don't take any course what-so-ever.

I got this camera (Canon AE-1) and it's successor, the Canon AE-1 Program, as a gift from my parents. The cameras where the same ones they bought when the model was launched and I was surprised to see them still function perfectly easily rivaling entry level SLR's. I've shot with both cameras and prefer them to my Canon digital SLR. The only real cons with shooting film is the price of film vs. the price of digital storage and the interval between taking the shot and seeing the results which is also the driving force behind the appreciation of photography as an art.

The colors produced by this camera give a soft feeling of nostalgia and the focus seems soft. The pictures look professionally taken even with the soft focus and they are sure to amaze. Buy the camera and learn on it... you might find yourself using it as a secondary camera for more "specialized" shots.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By a writer/reader/listener on September 29, 2011
The original (non-program) Canon AE-1, introduced in 1976, was a groundbreaking product, being the first microprocessor-controlled camera. Backed by a major marketing campaign, it sold tremendously well and introduced a whole lot of people (myself included) to the world of the SLR. It was aimed at the amateur, and as such lacked several features, which limited its capabilities; it also lacked a lot of metal (the body is mainly plastic), which made it comfortably lightweight but which also led to some pretty serious durability issues over the long run. But within its range and given its target audience it was (and remains) a nifty little product. I have spent long hours behind an AE-1 and can speak from experience.

The AE-1 is easy to load and operate, and extremely comfortable in the hand, ergonomic, and easy to handle as well. It can accommodate the excellent range of FD lenses, giving it a lot of versatility in this regard (note: the modern and even better line of Canon EF lenses won't fit it). It's made to be shot in automatic, and its sole automatic mode is shutter priority (no aperture priority, no program, no specialty settings). While you can shoot in manual mode, it is a bit of a pain to do so because there's no indication in the viewfinder of what your aperture setting is (or your shutter speed setting either, for that matter); instead you can see only the camera's recommended aperture setting. (Action shooting in manual, while technically possible, is very difficult as well as totally pointless.) And the center-weighted meter has its drawbacks when your picture isn't particularly evenly lighted. In short, this camera is geared to snapshot-style photography of the sort that amateurs are wont to engage in, in fair-to-good lighting conditions.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Sean on January 21, 2011
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I just received this camera yesterday and already finished a practice roll of fujifilm superia xtra 800 film. I only killed 2 pics because of the loading process that I'm not used to(advancing the film and then making a few blank shots to get to 1), and rewinding at the end (hard to tell if it's all rewound), but the pics came out nice! It's a bit heavy, but I got used to the controls quickly and had fun:) I'd definitely recommend this camera for anyone with a desire to return to 35mm film. With patience and learning, the AE-1 will produce some fantastic results!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ARH TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 14, 2012
The Canon AE1 was one of the most popular cameras ever made. Canon sold over 1 million units of this model. I used one for at least 20 years (until I just recently updated to a digital SLR).

Anyway, I used my Canon AE1 to take 1000s of photos (mostly slides). Most of my work was in the field of nature photography, so I took my camera everywhere from mountains to plains to seashores (mostly seashores). It never let me down.

The Canon AE1 is a manual focus camera that could be used either in "Auto" mode and the camera would set optimal shutter speed and f-stop, or you could do everything manually if you wanted full control over each shot. Thus, this camera appeals to the professional and amateur alike. These days though, most casual amateurs have gone to digital point and shoot cameras, but the AE1 is still an excellent platform for the serious 35mm hobby photographer.

The camera body is rugged, and all controls are readily accessible and intuitive.

All in all this is a great workhorse for the 35mm film photographer.

The Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens that was typically sold with the EA1 camera body met the needs of most photographers. And, even now, if you have other needs - telephoto, macro, wide-angle, etc., there is still a myriad of lens options out there with the Canon FD lens mounting system.

I recently sold my Canon AE1, and when I was prepping it for shipping I have to admit that I felt strongly nostalgic when I wound the film advance lever, pushed the shutter release button, and heard that satisfying mechanical click. Yep, it's a true gem, and deserves to be part of any collector's stash, or in any film photographer's stable of options.

Definitely 5 stars! After 20+ years of using this camera, I seriously can't think of one thing I would change.
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