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Canon AE 1 film cameras

Canon AE 1 film cameras are a 35mm SLR (single-lens reflex) camera with electronic automatic exposure (AE) that were first launched in the 1980s to huge mass market appeal. This particular model of film camera enjoyed an eight year production run and is still considered a design classic by many photography enthusiasts and pro photographers today.

The Canon AE 1 (or Auto Exposure One) camera was an innovator in its field and was one of the very first cameras to include automatic shooting mode (or 'Program' mode). This meant that once the user directed the camera at their chosen object or scene, with a simple press of the shutter release they could generate superior quality images.

Canon AE 1 film cameras were also among one of the first film cameras to perform with battery power and such technology meant it was a forerunner of the many electronic cameras which we see today, signposting the transition from purely mechanical workings to fully electronic functions within camera bodies.

The electronic element to Canon AE 1 film cameras was one of the standout features of this model and it was the defining factor which made the AE 1 different from other all-mechanical cameras of that era. Losing such bulky mechanics meant that Canon AE 1 film cameras could be manufactured at a significantly reduced cost therefore making this high-end model more affordable for the consumer.

Learning film photography

This camera's manual capabilities allow users to refine their skills and understand the basics of exposure in film photography, making them a great first camera for any budding photographers who are considering shooting film.

The accessibility and simplicity of this camera's design are big factors, which make Canon AE 1 film cameras widely sought after today. Canon AE 1 film cameras are perfect to learn the basics of the craft and have a straightforward, well designed control layout which allows you to customise every element of your exposures quickly and efficiently.

Unlike many modern day cameras, the AE 1 controls are clutter-free and include a shutter speed dial (providing speeds from 2 - 1/1000 second), a film advance lever with rubberised tip and shutter release. Select your shutter speed and lens aperture, check your exposure with the viewfinder's built-in display and in a few simple moves you are ready to go.

Canon AE 1 accessories

Many Canon AE 1 film cameras are available as camera bodies and different compatible lenses can be purchased separately according to your needs. Lenses may also be available as bundled items along with other useful accessories such as extra batteries , cleansing kits, carry bags, wrist/neck straps, filters and films.

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