Canon AE-1 35mm SLR Film Camera
The Canon AE-1 was first introduced in April 1976 and quickly became a very popular camera for Canon. What was different about the AE-1 at the time of it's introduction was that it was the first autoexposure 35mm SLR controlled by a built-in CPU, but also one that was affordable to consumers. Backed by a serious advertising campaign, sales of the AE-1 topped 5 million units! But that number wasn't due to just advertising - try one out and you'll quickly understand why it was such a popular camera. Continue down the page for my likes and dislikes...
LIKES: Well made solid feeling camera in hand; uses commonly available battery with easy to access compartment on the front of the body (battery compartment door has a raised lip that also doubles as a bit of a grip for your fingertips -- nice touch!); shutter-priority auto mode is great for moving subjects or low light photography; depth of field preview button locks (a "like" on one hand, but can be a little fiddly to unlock until you get used to it).
DISLIKES: No exposure compensation (although always easy to accomplish by adjusting ASA value); FD mount later abandoned by Canon in favor of EOS mount, meaning the lenses are not easily usable on modern DSLR bodies.
Above: Old Mill Remnants in Royal River Park; photo taken with a Canon AE-1 with FD 50mm F1.8 lens using Fujicolor Superia Xtra 400 color print film.
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