Canon AE-1 Program

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Single Lens Reflex

Introduced 1981

35mm film

Canon FD or New FD lens mount

A544 6V battery

B, 2, 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60(Flash Sync), 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, PROGRAM

The AE-1 Program was one of Canon’s biggest successes, and for good reason.  It combines classic design with simple effective program modes, it offered all the control and quality experienced photographers expected along with program modes that made shooting easy for quick shots and beginners.

Ergonomics are an improvement over many cameras of the day with the addition of a small protruding grip and a light plastic body that make handling easy.  Controls are familiar and streamlined, there are no wacky features or ill placed buttons to get in the way of your shooting experience.  Light up aperture settings in the viewfinder make it simple to adjust with the camera up to your eye.

If the camera has any real failing it is the weight-saving plastic parts inside and out that make it easier to break and faster-wearing than its predecessors. But with thousands sold and and many of them still in operational condition over 30 years later, who can complain?

The AE-1 Program was one of the cameras that introduced me to photography, and its reliable meter helped me keep my Kodachrome slides balanced and properly exposed in unusual lighting.

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Shot on Kodachrome using Canon AE-1 Program & Canon 50mm f1.8 lens

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Shot on Kodachrome using Canon AE-1 Program & Canon 50mm f1.8 lens

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