Canon AE-1 35mm SLR Camera with 50mm f1.8 come with Automatic Winder


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SR# 2381495

Overall 9/10 condition, comes with 6 months warranty

* Come with 50 mm F1.8 lens *

* Come with film winder *


The AE-1 and AE-1 Program were both enormous financial successes for Canon, in part because they pioneered cost-cutting measures that competitors had difficulty matching. The AE-1 series of cameras employed plastics and metalized plastics pervasively in its assemblies, whereas its big brother the A-1 was built far more robustly with machined gears. As a result, the AE-1 often suffers from shutter squeal, or worse, catastrophic failure that is not economically repaired. Despite this, because of its relative scarcity and historical popularity, the AE-1 Program retains value on the used market according to KEH and other various dealer pricing data. Auction Price Tracker (apt) has exact price details about the AE-1


  • DOF pre-view: button on the right of the lens flange
  • Lens release: press the silver button on the lens and turn to anti-clockwise
  • Focusing: manual, via Canon standard split image rangefinder with microprism collar
  • Shutter: cloth focal plane electronic shutter travelled horizontally, speeds: 2-1/1000 +B; setting : dial on left of the top plate
  • Shutter release: on the top plate, w/ cable release socket, w/ lock lever, L means the shutter locked; when on A, pressing half way, the meter is readable in the finder
  • Cocking lever: 120° stroke (partial strokes enabled). Ready position at 30°.
    • Canon Winder A optional for power winding
  • Frame counter: counts up, auto-reset, on the top plate
  • Viewfinder: fixed eye-level SLR pentaprism, split-image rangefinder encircled by microprism rangefinder at center with a fresnel matte screen. Exposure meter needle, aperture scale, over-exposure warning zone, stopped-down aperture metering needle and battery check indicator, and under-exposure warning LED and Manual control (M) signal are visible
  • Exposure meter: center-weighted CdS meter with shutter-priority automatic exposure, full-aperture TTL metering
  • Film speed range: 25-3200 ASA; setting: lift the knurled ring on the winding button and then set. If the speeds dial turns when you setting the ASA, turn it to B or 1000.
  • Metering range: EV 1-18 at 100 ASA/ISO
  • Exposure setting: shutter priority auto; set to A, while pressing the AE lock button on the lens turn the aperture ring of the lens; needle pointing along a vertical f-stop scale on the right side of the viewfinder. Shutter release lock lever must be on A.
  • Manual: TTL stopped-down match needle manual metering
  • Back-light control switch: silver button, on the right of the lens flange
  • Exposure compensation range: +1.5 EV.
  • Exposure preview switch: black button, on the right of the lens flange
  • Re-wind lever: folding cranck, on right of the top plate
  • Re-wind release: small knob on the bottom plate
  • Flash PC socket: Flash sync 1/60, auto-switching
  • Hot-shoe: the dedicated flash units are Speedlites
  • Self-timer: release lock lever sets to S , then release the shutter, the red LED blinks when self timer working; before the shutter release, you can cancel it by pressing the battery check button
  • Back cover: hinged, remowable, w/ memory slot
  • Engraving on the bottom plate: Canon, Japan
  • Tripod socket: ¼"
  • Strap lugs
  • Body: metal; Weight: 798g (with standard lens)
  • Battery: 4LR44 6V battery or 4x LR44 1.5 V batteries
    • Attention: the camera is fully battery dependant
  • Battery chamber: on front of the camera
  • Battery check: black button beside the re-wind lever. If the battery is in very good condition, in the viewfinder, metering needle stays below the index near 5.6. If it stays on index, it is in low condition and over the index the battery must be replaced.
  • On/off switch: shutter release lock lever must be on L
  • The winder terminals and coupling sockets are in the bottom plate.
  • Serial no. on the top plate


-----Reviewed by Anna Gawlak

When it comes to the internal workings and technical specifications of the Canon AE 1, we see a lot of promise. The AE 1 has often been described as having a foot in both fields when it comes to professional and amateur levels, but as I mentioned before, when it comes to beginners this is probably its greatest strength. The camera is fully manual, but also has a semi auto shutter priority or the modern TV mode, where the user can choose a desired shutter speed and the camera adjusts the aperture accordingly to get the perfect shot. This mode makes shooting a breeze and delivers great results. However, depth of field is out of the photographer’s control which can be a pain for some. This is one of the reasons why I feel beginners should first get the feel of the manual mode and the control it offers,  so they have a complete idea of all that is possible and then can choose to try automatic modes if preferred.

The camera is also free of many extra bells and whistles and is clean and simple in terms of functionality which makes it easy for beginners to get a hang of. However, it doesn’t lack the basic necessary functions either. Manual exposure settings are also available for those who like more control, and would like to learn on this. However, there is no aperture priority mode. The camera also has manual focus which I feel is also great for learning.
The camera benefits from a range of shutter speeds from 1/1000 to 2 secs; the higher mark is impressive for its time, but the lower one could be better, but is still not bad. It also has a bulb setting for long exposures complete with cable shutter release. Some other capabilities which make it a great choice for beginners are the exposure preview button, depth of field preview, flash sync via hotshoe and cable socket and self-timer.

The viewfinder is a bit too simplistic and can make using the manual mode a bit difficult. There is no display for aperture or shutter speed, but only a simple gauge to aid in setting an adequate exposure. Under or over exposure is indicated by red areas and flashing LED lights, and a single M is used to indicate manual mode. For handling the focus, a split-image rangefinder is used along with a matte focusing screen. The viewfinder uses through the lens, wide-open aperture metering, and so is quite bright when shooting with FD lenses.  However, it is difficult to see the entire frame without completely pressing your eye to the viewfinder; some of the screen is hidden because of the angle and perspective when viewed from a distance.


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