Canon AE1

  • Year : 1976
  • Dimensions :  87 × 141 × 47,5 mm
  • Weight : 590 g
  • Shutter speed (automatic) : 2 s to 1/1 000 s + B
  • Iso : 25 — 3 200 ISO
  • Lens : Canon 50 mm f/1.8 to f/22
  • Focal Range : 0,6 m to ∞
  • Batteries : K28L – 6v

The Canon AE1 is Canon’s AV1 popular twin. I already did a review on the AV1 (which I prefer) therefor I’ll be brief about the AE1. There is not much difference between the two except that the AE1 is a shutter priority camera.

The Canon AE1 is one on the late 70’s most iconic cameras. It is slightly bigger than the AV1 and both work with a K28L-6V battery.
It features the classic mechanisms of the A series : Manual film advance lever, a position to lock the shutter button, a timer and a flash hot-shoe. The viewfinder is bright and large and features a needle that shows what aperture the camera is shooting. On top of the camera is the shutter speed dial from B to 1000/s. A handy feature of this dial; it can be activated whilst framing so you can chose the aperture/speed you want to shoot without removing your eye from the viewfinder.

The foam inside my AE1 that prevents the light from getting in is a bit worn out. Therefore my shots have a bit of a light leak on them which in some cases ended in very interesting results.

I found this Canon AV1 online and picked it up in Lyon in 2017 for 20 euros. Here are some shots taken with it in Lyon in 2017 on Kodak Ultramax 200 :