– 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
This is a great camera, it is a little outdated (it was made between 1976 and 1986) but takes wonderful pictures, considering if you know how to use it. It has a bit of a learning curve, you have to know how to meter and focus the camera by hand as it cannot do that by itself and you can’t just snap the picture because then the lighting and focusing may be off. I would recommend this camera to anyone who is a serious photographer, a hobbyist, or someone who prefers film to digital. A great camera by any means, shame that they don’t make cameras like this much anymore.
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.
Full disclosure: I bought this camera from elsewhere. I adore it, though, and I’m spreading the word in as many places as will hear me out.
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.