Canon AE-1 35mm Film Camera w/ 50mm 1:1.8 Lens
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- Canon AE-1 SLR 35mm Film Camera with Eye Cup
- Canon FD 50mm f/1.8 Lens
- Perfect for a student studying film photography who needs a fully manual SLR
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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.
The AE-1 Program stands out in photography history as one of the most widely sold SLR models, a mantle it achieved by combining excellent quality with legendary ease of use. There are exactly five controls on an AE-1 Program, plus a wizardly Program mode that automates selection of aperture and exposure length. The five controls, for the record, are (1) exposure length (the dial next to the shutter button); (2) aperture (settable on the lens body's aperture ring); (3) ASA sensitivity (or ISO; settable on the dial under the rewind crank); (4) focus (settable with the focus ring on the lens body); and (5) exposure lock (the silver-rimmed button beside the lens mount).
Shooting the AE-1 Program is easy: hold the shutter button halfway down to turn on the meter; if you're in Program mode, it tells you the F-stop it'll use (to the nearest full stop), and if the yellow P is flashing, that's a sign you need to use a tripod or find better light -- the exposure length will be too long to hand-hold the camera and avoid camera shake. You can do everything manually, as I do, if you want to learn about photography in its purest form. Focus, regrettably (or happily, as the case may be), is fully manual, but with the rangefinder on the focusing screen, it's pretty easy -- source a manual for this body on the Web if you're curious as to how it works. The viewfinder is nice and big and bright, much better than today's digital SLRs with their tiny finders.
My example had lived in a closet for 20-odd years and worked like a charm; I was lucky in that regard. The included 50mm f/1.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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Bought this camera from seller Som12 and I am so happy. The lens filter arrived cracked due to normal post office incidents, but when I contacted the seller, they offered to send... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Sam
Just got the first roll of film developed and I was really loving the camera. But 2 pictures into the second roll the film advance lever got stuck and now will not allow me to take... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
I love it! Takes quality pictures and easy to use for beginners .Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
not functioning on arrival - had to send back. Seller seems very nice and responsive.Published 28 days ago by SaltwaterSage
First things first. The camera is sturdy, functional and rather nice to look at. While a bit heavy, that's kind of expected. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andres L.
The camera has de fotometer broken, so it's always asking for a flash. I have to use it in "program" mode because i am not able to calculate the speed of the shutter,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Natalia