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“I've had a Canon AE-1 35mm SLR camera since 1979 and...”

Written on: 06/02/2002 by Richard. (1 review written)

I've had a Canon AE-1 35mm SLR camera since 1979 and it hasn't missed a beat. I sent it to the workshop for routine maintenance for the first time last year and it only needed some minor adjustment. Photographs taken with this camera are excellent (dependant on lens, of course). It's very durable. It even survived a major car accident without damage to the body (some lenses needed repairing)… Read Full Review

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“We bought this Canon AE-1 35mm SLR camera new in 1976,...”

Written on: 08/01/2002 by Roy. (1 review written)

We bought this Canon AE-1 35mm SLR camera new in 1976, and it wasn't until 5 years later that I was allowed to use it. I have brought it literally everywhere and although I have used up point and shoot cameras along the way, the AE-1 has been the good, reliable one. I was shooting weddings with this camera with excellent results for someone of 14 years of age. It has been with me to about 20 of these United States, including Hawaii and Alaska, North Pole, China, Philippines and only recently… Read Full Review

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“The Canon AE-1 is an awesome SLR camera. I'm no pro,...”

Written on: 04/01/2002 by Ryan. (1 review written)

The Canon AE-1 is an awesome SLR camera. I'm no pro, but even with this SLR, I seem to take pictures that look awesome..and it's so easy! I've only had one thing that needed to be fixed, but it was minor...my grandfather bought it new back in 1976, and it's been working strong ever since! I love it!!!… Read Full Review

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“I love my canon AE-1 SLR. it's the best thing next to...”

Written on: 28/11/2001 by MrMichky. (1 review written)

I love my canon AE-1 SLR. it's the best thing next to thanksgiving. I wouldn't use another camera if my photo career depended on it. It's God's gift to photographers… Read Full Review

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Canon Fanatic.'s Response to MrMichky.'s Review

Written on: 26/12/2001

I think he is right for the most part, except I believe the AE-1 program is slightly better for the design and not much more to show specification. Me myself think that the A-1 is not quite as nice as the AE-1. Well, that's all I have to say.

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86696_Duncan.'s Response to MrMichky.'s Review

Written on: 06/04/2003

I agree with 'Moderntech' about the battery door - mine got chipped somehow a few years ago but I managed to repair it with 'Superglue'. Otherwise, my AE-1 is very robust and has worked reliably and well during the 21 years I've used it (in the UK, Spain, USA and Finland) and is still on only its 2nd battery. Picture quality is consistent and extremely good (mostly I use the 50mm Canon prime lens). Yes, it's heavy, but has that 'real' camera presence. And I'm in no position to criticise its weight anyway, being owner of an old Land Rover - and a Zenit-E. In fact, a most delightful aesthetic factor is the overall feel of camera as a photographic instrument and that lovely chunky click [those of you out there with a Canon G2 digital, do you realise that Canon appear to have imported the very same sound as a user option?] For the first time since buying the AE-1 s/h all those years ago, I recently had it serviced (!), prompted by a need to repair the timer and (while they were at it) to replace the battery door. Now, the timer's OK again, but (guess what?) they couldn't find a spare battery door. So they've improved on my repair job instead. But all that said, the camera is basically sound and reliable. And when it does need attention, it seems to degrade gradually (rather like the Land Rover) with fair warning, meanwhile trundling along in stalwart fashion. As with any 'no battery - no click' camera, though, make sure you have a spare battery handy.
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<br>As an old-timer (>60 yrs) my verdict after 21 years with this camera? Robust, reliable, nice heavy-metal feel (if you like that sort of thing) and by no means least, it has character.
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40506_Moderntech.'s Response to MrMichky.'s Review

Written on: 29/09/2002

As posted: My first Canon A series had an awful squeak when triggered. Canon would NOT repair these under warranty! Although camera shops have adapted a shutter fix for some serious change, (out of your pocket!) The battery door is horribly designed and executed! The cost of this repair alone will generally set you back $90.00 or so. For just the price of that repair you can purchase a good used camera that won't set you that far back on repairs and you can pocket some change as well! Note: the repaired battery door will fail also. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE metal, manual, precision 35MM cameras. But these cookies are like a black hole that you keep sinking money into, (Unless you don’t mind taping up the front of your little prize.) The used Canon lenses and accessories although excellent are on the expensive side and offer little over other quality manufacturers. All in all, I'd pass on these and purchase something more reliable with more reasonably priced lenses/accessories. I do note that a lot of posters here are first and only Canon A series users. I also understand first loves can blind one to flaws and other, better choices...

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“Recently ran into someone at a dog show with the exact...”

Written on: 15/11/2001 by raian. (1 review written)

Recently ran into someone at a dog show with the exact same camera I had, both of us noted the others AE-1 and we both remarked, "don't ever get rid of it!" Maintenance? All I've ever done is change the battery and blow the dirt out of it. This camera is a real trooper… Read Full Review

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“This camera has to be among the best SLR cameras ever...”

Written on: 25/05/2001 by Norther Wolf. (1 review written)

This camera has to be among the best SLR cameras ever made. The mechanic and electronic part works like a charm, doing what you expect, and neither sand or snow kills this camera. The choice of original optics are good, and the availability and prices of used optics etc are also good… Read Full Review

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Thore.'s Response to 2269_Norther Wolf.'s Review

Written on: 22/06/2001

i agree with this, and in fact most of these reviews on the Canon AE1. this is the only slr that i have owned and i feel it is the only camera i will ever need except for the fact that i am getting lazy and want an auto focus and perhaps muli spot metering.

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“I love my AE-1. However, I learned on a Pentax P30t...”

Written on: 04/04/2001 by Neil Stone. (1 review written)

I love my AE-1. However, I learned on a Pentax P30t which has a light meter that suggests shutter speeds, unlike the AE-1, which suggests f-stops. I still think photography is quicker when you can choose a motion-stopping shutter speed and move the aperture ring around until your meter says 1/250 is OK. The AE-1 took a little getting used to for me. I had to remember what f-stop I was on and get a feeling for how far I had to move it so that I wouldn't have to take my eye away from the… Read Full Review

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20781_Mike.'s Response to Neil Stone.'s Review

Written on: 23/04/2002

I agree that Canon 35mm SLR's are sturdy and reliable. From the way Neil writes his review you would get the idea that f-stop priority is a drawback. I suggest that it is just another way to think about making photographes. Shutter speed priority was/is all the rage I'm sure but, I have used Canon's for over 30 years and I have never considered f-stop priority a hinderance of any kind. My old FT-QL, AE-1 and AV-1 still keep crankin' 'em out.
<br>Thank you Neil for a perceptive and well written review.

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“They dont make them like they used to do they.”

Written on: 30/01/2001 by Paulos. (1 review written)

They dont make them like they used to do they.
This is better made than the Nikons of this era. I have a Nikon FG20 too which has now broke (dropped from a great height) oops a daisy!… Read Full Review

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“I have had one for 20 years and have found it to ”

Written on: 16/05/2000 by Chris Pitassy. (1 review written)

I have had one for 20 years and have found it to
be extremely reliable. I would recomend it to anyone looking for a nice
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