Hey /p/ I found my dad's old Canon AE-1 Program film camera with a 50mm 1:1.4 lens on it. Being a Nikon guy and someone who has only shit digital and paintcan photos, can anyone tell me about it? Is it a decent camera? Would it be good to start film shooting with? Etc?
I had two AE-1's, never shot with them. If it still meters, good. But the light seals and foam the mirror strikes may be rotted out.
Nailing manual focus at f1.4 on near subjects would be difficult and waste film.
The lens would be good for mirrorless cameras. Unlike nikon, canon changed their mount so it wont work.
It's a good camera for me. You can get other lenses really cheap (I love the 100mm 1:2).
I find focusing easy, with a 4 split plate - I do have two bodies and don't like the one with only a horizontal split for focusing.
Use it, see if you like it. It's a matter of taste mostly.
I have one, but never use it anymore. I took it on vacation one time to Jamaica and the shutter release mechanism fell out somewhere on the beach. I was so pissed...I had it repaired but didn't use it much after that as I didn't trust it.
no you got it right the first time
>Is it a decent camera?
>Would it be good to start film shooting with? Etc?
>can anyone tell me about it?
Canon really put marketing into hyper drive in this era, they would offer free rentals to Nikon Pro shooters and CPS members at sporting events, the gear was often better than what the photog or news paper had in their rental pool. They then photographed the press box at the event to show off all the white lenses for advertisements.
at the consumer level they had cameras like the AE1 program which had a lot of the features of the Nikon FE but cheaper vinyl internal gears. Pentax and Minolta really missed the boat back then thinking that their product would speak for itself, while Nikon stayed a favorite of fashion and news shooters. Canon took over the consumer market by giving their away to high profile shooters.
That said, Canon did make some good cameras. I shot an AE1 program for years, before switching to Nikon. I still look back at some of the photos and think to myself "that was a nice lens".
If you are a Nikon shooter, the AE1 will be a good entry to film and the 1.4 is a nice lens, but you might not want to invest too much money in the FD system. Nikon never changed their bayonet mount and the old manual AI & AI-s lenses are coveted for video work.
ive never used the program but i have two regular AE-1s. one works one doesnt and im not sure why. its pretty good entry level camera. its not real metal and was the first camera to sell whatever million units.
included is a scan where the film didnt advance right on one of my cameras. you can still make out some snapshits
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