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March/2003 Guy Dubé

Canon AE-1

The second camera I bought in May 2003 with a Canon's Lense FD50mm 1:1.8. A very good camera.

The Canon AE-1 was the first 35mm SLR camera to be controlled solely via a built-in Central Processing Unit (CPU) and made SLR photography avaialble to beginners and amateurs at a reasonable prices - with a record of over 5 million units been sold worldwide, the success of which firmly established Canon as the leader in camera innovations.
It revolutionized many of the concepts for future camera designs especially in the field of electronic applications and mass produced technique with a lower cost of production with the use of plastic injection molding, resulting in simpler assembly of parts. It also popularised and made devices like Power Winder and electronic Speedlites a household name in the consumer market. The camera was controlled entirely by electronics precision rather than by mechanical functions - and depends solely on battery power for all of its functions. Despite defying the mainstream camera design concept in the '70s, the AE-1 came through well and attained a huge during its availability years. This was very much due to Canon's efforts in promoting the camera - it offers very precise and stable timing of shutter speeds, which was also extended to other areas like auto flash-syncronisation speed when any dedicated Canon electronic Speedlites is used. Although the technologies employed within the AE-1 looked very simple when compared with today's modern SLR cameras, it has to be remembered that during its era, the market was still dominated largely by those heavy, mechanically-controlled type of cameras. Canon used these points to enhance the advantages of electronic applications in camera designs - where in many areas, electronic cameras do offer much more precise timings and other features that can never be matched by mechanical technologies.

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Johnnie Rogers 29-Oct-2007 13:31
I had one of these in the early eighties along with the 35-70, terrific results and well built. Kept knocking the shutter dial round but that was my ineptitude.
Thanks for the memory!
Guest 06-Oct-2006 00:29
wow big memories to me
I got this camera as a present from my former girlfriend in the 80's.
in the begining I did not how to use it
just a man knew about this rSLR cameras told me use in 60/s with the flash and 125/s for normal situations with sun is all ,
since thatold days I started to play with my lovely cam started to mastered in the 90's with the modes of speeds (s) or now tv (time value) then the b (bulb)now.ISO aperture priority av and timer mode lo big meories of my beginins
i still have it but does not work now I use Canon 20 d and everything I learned
I use nowdays I'm still being a amateur doing sometimes small works with my canon cameras
big memories with my camera canon AE-1 program
share your meories with this old babe.
see you fellows bye
Webman0627-Feb-2006 07:51
It was my very first SLR that i brought for my 15th birthday in 1980.
We have very happy photo sessions together and i sold it in 1988 to replace it by a T90 that i kept until 2003 to switch to EOS film and soon after digital.
Canon is still for me THE leader in photographic inovations !
Bleriot 419 16-Nov-2005 11:19
J'utilise toujours le mien de ... 1978 !
J'en ai eu 2 dont 1 revendu pour acheter un EOS30V, très bien, mais le même feeling.
Quand au numérique ... 3000 photos pour en sortir 1 de bonne ... C'est comme tirer du gibet élevé en basse-cour.
Ah, j'oubliais : Un MJU2 passe-partout en secours.
Guy Dube24-Oct-2004 20:10
Salut Gilles,
Moi je travaille toujours avec ces appareils, AE-1, AE-1Program, Canon T50 et T70. Ils ne me déçoivent pas, pis je me sers maintenant de films de qualité supérieure comme les Sensia, Reala...Je ne possède pas de digital et je n'en ressens pas le besoin (actuellement!)
Gilles Navet24-Oct-2004 17:03
Celui là, je l'aime, j'ai eu 3 avant de passer au numérique
Rustique mais efficace
C'est toutes ma jeunesse