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  • Just been given a Canon AE-1 Program what do I do?

    Camera is as new. Has normal lens 50mm, telephoto 80mm - 200mm and wide angle XXmm?. Also Canon 244T flash
    Is this something to put on the shelf and admire or do people still use them?
    The thing is beautiful.
    What to do???

    Cheers
    Last edited by Goodsy; 09-11-13, 05:11 PM.
    .Previously an NP GLX 3.8 auto RIP
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  • #2
    They were a very popular camera in the eighties, if you can get hold of 35mm film and some one that can develop them for you. Great pictures I would probably try a local camera club.

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    MarketedApril 1981Original Price92,000 yen (w/New FD 50mm f/1.4SSC)
    86,500 yen (w/New FD 50mm f/1.8SC)
    60,000 yen (body)
    It was five years after the AE-1 became a worldwide hit. Many users wanted the program AE mode that was featured in the A-1. This mode set both the shutter speed and aperture automatically. The user just had to press the shutter button.

    The AE-1 Program camera was developed in response to the demand for program AE and to succeed the original AE-1. The camera now had both shutter speed-priority AE and program AE modes. It also sported a palm grip like the A-1. The camera was also compatible with the A-1's Motor Drive MA. The viewfinder featured LEDs. It was quite an advanced camera.

    To make Motor Drive MA compatible with the AE-1 Program camera, it had three electrical contacts instead of only two which the original version had. Also, Power Winder A was converted into Power Winder A2 for higher performance.
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    • #3
      Put a roll of film through it next time you're in the bush with the Paj!

      Exciting to get it back and see how they turn out.

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      • #4
        Onto the shelf then I think. I'm glad film photography is a thing of the past.
        Take 4 rolls of film into get developed to get 5 good shots at $5 each + film and a week then 24 hours wait.
        People now a days have a totally different way of shooting.
        Take 200 pics and get 15 good ones and consider it a win.
        .Previously an NP GLX 3.8 auto RIP
        NS VRX DiD auto. RIP.

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        • #5
          There are still some photographers, that prefer to shoot with film, mostly with low speed film such a fuji velvia 50

          But totally agree expensive way of getting shots, due to only getting a couple decent ones out of 24 or 36 frames.
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          • #6
            I still have my film bodies - one of my clients still prefer transparencies, so I will will use the DSLR to check the shots and get the correct exposure/composition to the client's liking etc - then use the film camera with some Fuji Velvia and get what they want..

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            • #7
              Can you still get Slide Film Development? Slides have a Amazing Colour and Detail...almost 3D I reckon.
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              • #8
                Yeah, Professional Labs will still process slides/transparencies etc

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                • #9
                  Goodsy,

                  If you dont want it..... I'll put my hand up.

                  I just bought an AE-1 Program for my daughter. I also have one, along with a T90 (although not working atm).

                  Love shooting in B&W...and dont mind the wait to get them back. I used to develop my own along time ago. Thats when you could select which ones to develop!!!

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                  • #10
                    Sorry for the late reply but I've decided to keep it. Going to by some film and give it a shot.
                    Thanks for the idea for black and white film.
                    I'm then have to scan the shots to show you guys. Like the old days.
                    .Previously an NP GLX 3.8 auto RIP
                    NS VRX DiD auto. RIP.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Goodsy View Post
                      Sorry for the late reply but I've decided to keep it. Going to by some film and give it a shot.
                      Thanks for the idea for black and white film.
                      I'm then have to scan the shots to show you guys. Like the old days.
                      The last few films I had developed were put on CD for a small additional charge - I don't remember how much, but it struck me as too cheap to not do.

                      That was Kodak (are they still around?) - their "viewing software" (installed on each CD) was like a virus!
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Goodsy View Post
                        Camera is as new. Has normal lens 50mm, telephoto 80mm - 200mm and wide angle XXmm?. Also Canon 244T flash
                        Is this something to put on the shelf and admire or do people still use them?
                        The thing is beautiful.
                        What to do???

                        Cheers
                        My opinion......yep, put it on the shelf and admire it. Film has seen it's day. Don't waste your time and money on film, just admire it. I have a Mamiya and a Canon here in a box with lenses...............too sentimental to toss, but wouldn't consider resurecting either.

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