This Old Camera: Canon AE1 Program

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This will be a short one for me.

Just realized that I never wrote a dedicated post about this camera and I intend to fix that by converting this previous Scanner Files post to a proper “This Old Camera” post. The Canon AE1 Program served me well, but there is not a lot I can say about it. At least nothing that distinguishes it from a host of other SLRs from this era. Have since moved on to the newer also FD mount Canon T70 which is quirky enough and cheap enough to hold my interest.

Let us start out with the positives.

  • Feels good in hand.
  • Auto meters well.
  • Looks the business.
  • Decent top shutter speed at 1/1000s.
  • Holds on to some great FD lenses like the 50mm I had for it.
  • Full Program mode is great for those just learning or if you just want to shoot without thinking about it.
  • Both shutter priority, aperture priority, and manual are available for those who want more control.

Down side (singular).

  • Maybe their value on the market right now is a little high for my liking since I have picked up similar cameras from other brands for less? But that is a stretch. I would not second guess anyone who picked up a copy.

That is it. No drama. No new nuances not noted elsewhere. I do not have a bad word to say about the AE1 Program. It is a solid performing SLR. Grab one and you will have quite the capable device at your disposal. Here is my full gallery and below are some samples.

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