Feb 08, 2009 What year was my Canon AE1. Of your example using the serial number.
I can't vouch for below. The Canon AE-1 Program is one of the most popular cameras of all time, and for very good reason: it is a spectacular camera. Picking up where the original AE-1 (1976) and A-1 (1978) left off, the AE-1 program is a highpoint in all of photography's history.
The AE-1 Program is so highly regarded because it represents a high point of camera development. The AE-1 has every feature needed for great photos, and none of the junk features that have been added in the past couple of decades that makes most modern cameras unusable unless you carry — and read — a 300-page manual. With the AE-1 Program, load film, compose, focus, and shoot.
There are no menus, no custom functions, no WB settings, no settings banks, no raw or JPG, no nothing except great pictures. Not only is the AE-1 Program a joy to use and makes great pictures, it has a huge, bright finder. Its finder is one of the largest, clearest and brightest finders ever made. Its finder is bigger than the finder of the Canon 5D Mark II, and much bigger and brighter than the finder of the Nikon D3X. I find the AE-1 Program's finder, with the 50mm f/1.8 lens, is brighter than the D3 or D3X with a 50mm f/1.4 lens.
Hold one up to each eye at the same time (vertically) and you'll be amazed. Exposure control is a dream. Set A on the lens and PROGRAM on the body, and just shoot. You'll see red aperture LEDs in the finder, arranged in an analog fashion one on top of the other, which is far more meaningful than the in-place digital displays of other cameras. With the AE-1 P, you can see exposure out of the corner of your eye based on the position of the lit LED (there is a custom LED for each full stop from f/1 to f/32). Another great reason to shoot the AE-1 Program is the great range of FD lenses available inexpensively.
For instance, the extraordinary FD 24mm f/1.4 L, FD 50mm f/1.2L and FD 85mm f/1.2 L sell used for tiny fractions of what today's EOS EF AF lenses cost. You can pick up this trio for less than a single new.
FD lenses have been obsolete since the introduction of Canon's first AF EOS camera, the, in March 1987. I'm usually the only one excited by these old cameras, but the AE-1 Program is such a fantastic camera, even today, that some Leica dealers, like, have a locked shelf full of nothing but AE-1 Programs for sale. They sell a lot of them, and why not?
The Canon AE-1 Program offers all the simplicity of the LEICA, with far more flexibility, more accurate framing and viewing, and easier, faster and simpler shooting. Isn't this the core of LEICA photography? Compatibility The AE-1 Program is compatible with manual-focus FD and New FD lenses. The New FD lenses are the all-black ones as seen in the photos here, while the older FD lenses are the ugly ones with the chrome breech-lock rings. Older Canon FL and non-FD lenses mount, but metering is stop-down only. Top, Canon AE-1 Program, standard eyecup and FD 50mm f/1.8..
Green means go. Set A and PROGRAM, and head out to win your next. Specifications Type Electronic auto and manual exposure, manual-focus 35mm SLR.
Finder Glass pentaprism. Coated glass optics. 94% coverage.
0.83x with 50mm lens. Split image surrounded by microprism surrounded by matte field. Meter and Exposure TTL center-weighted. Range: LV 1 ~ 18 with f/1.4 lens.
Modes: Program, shutter-priority and manual. ASA Range: 12 - 3,200. Shutter Horizontal, 4-spindle electronic cloth focal plane. Shock and noise absorbers. Speeds (auto and manual): 1/1,000 ~ 2 seconds. Flash Sync: 1/60 (X), M (for flashbulbs) at 1/30 and slower. Cable Release: any standard threaded cable release.
Electromagnetic shutter release button. Self Timer: 10 seconds.
Power One A544 6V battery, also known as 4LR44, 544, PX28, PX28L and 4SR44. Alkaline and lithium versions all work great. The Programmers Idea Book Pdf. Battery Check: Press the black button by the rewind crank and serial number.