Canon AE-1 Program

I used this mint Canon AE-1 Program briefly in the early 2010’s. I didn’t keep it, because I already had an all-mechanical Pentax K1000 and a Nikon F that both worked fine, and I wasn’t confident about the long-term viability of the camera’s electronics. Introduced in 1981, the AE-1 was one of the earliest, though not the first 35mm SLR to have an automatic Program mode similar to the P mode on today’s DSLR and mirrorless cameras. This meant that the camera would pick a suitable combination of aperture and shutter speed based on its light meter reading, in addition to offering available manual and shutter priority modes.

It was a fine camera with a hefty build and a nice feel in the hand. All the following pictures were snapped in Ottawa, Canada, are are straight from the camera except for the film development and the scanning.

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