My Canon AE-1

Film/10th May 2012/26 Comments

I’ve been interested in film cameras lately, and I’ve been looking for my perfect “real” camera – one that’s easy for someone who’s taking the plunge into analog photography. My Superheadz doesn’t count. Haha. I was looking in Etsy, and the shipping fees were inexorbitantly high, plus, product description tells you that the camera hasn’t been tested yet. So no, thank you.

In the end, I found this shop and I bought the Canon AE-1 body (I already have a lens)! ;D I was supposed to buy the Canon FT QL but got interested in the AE-1 instead. I spent reading the online manual last night. Everything’s working as it should be. And I just love the way it sounds when I click the shutter. ;)

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I can’t wait to get started with my first roll! Do you also own an AE-1? ;)

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  • Reply Chynna 11th May 2012 at 2:08 AM

    Nice camera!

    I was in Urban Outfitters the other day and they a lot of cool cameras for analog photograhpers. They looked really cool but I have no idea about cameras! I’d love to find out more and maybe get one myself. :)

    Have fun playing around with your new camera!

    • Reply arveerella 11th May 2012 at 9:04 PM

      You should get one, and have fun, too! ♥

    • Reply Sarah 14th May 2012 at 11:24 AM

      Don’t buy any cameras from urban they up price all their home and gift items by 200%, look for the source online and buy it direct it’ll save you so much money. :)

  • Reply Noelani 11th May 2012 at 2:27 AM

    How exciting! I can’t wait to see some new pics taken by your new camera :b

  • Reply aldrin 12th May 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Congratulations on your “real” camera. ;-) Shoot na!

    Thanks and will keep a lookout on your pics…

    • Reply arveerella 12th May 2012 at 10:47 PM

      Hello Sir Aldrin! ;) Thank you so much for the camera!
      I super love it! ♥

  • Reply Jane 13th May 2012 at 2:47 AM

    It’s so beautiful.

  • Reply Magali 13th May 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Congrats Arvee! I’m super excited for you. :)

  • Reply Anna 14th May 2012 at 12:59 AM

    So Cool! I can’t wait to see your photos with it. (I have a Pentax Spotmatic which is very much like this one. ) I’m super happy that there are more of us that are pursuing analog photography :D

    • Reply arveerella 14th May 2012 at 2:07 AM

      I can’t wait to see my photos, too! ;) I love waiting. ♥

  • Reply Allie 14th May 2012 at 6:13 AM

    I love my Canon A-1! I look forward to seeing your shots! I regularly shoot with a Minolta SRT-201 and a Pentax K1000. If you ever come across one of those bodies with a 50mm lens…get it!

    • Reply arveerella 14th May 2012 at 12:35 PM

      Thanks, Allie! ;) Now, I’m googling for those cams. It’s tempting to buy! ;D

  • Reply Sarah 14th May 2012 at 11:25 AM

    I love my Canon AE-1. I had so much fun this semester shooting rolls and then being able to go develop them in the darkroom and print my own prints. It was such an awesome experience.

    • Reply arveerella 14th May 2012 at 12:37 PM

      I’m still on my first roll. How do you go about having your own darkroom?

      • Reply Sarah 30th May 2012 at 12:25 PM

        Well, I haven’t personally had my own darkroom, but my college has one in a closet. I took a film class with six other students. But I have friends who have darkrooms in closets and basements. Since my class I’ve seriously thought about buying an enlarger and converting one of our closets into a darkroom, the hardest part is disposing of the chemicals properly. The rest is rather easy.

  • Reply Brooke 14th May 2012 at 6:46 PM

    I own this camera!
    I bought it about a year ago as kind of an impulse buy but I should have done more research about it cause now I am kind of nervous if its working right. I’ve put in countless batteries and the light never turns on, & I read somewhere it was suppose to..? Where did you find an online manual?
    your blog is wonderful by the way :)

    • Reply arveerella 14th May 2012 at 9:23 PM

      The battery was also a problem for me. I couldn’t find any 6V or 4LR44 battery in our city and had to order it from Manila. Hmmm…You can bring it to your local film camera repair shop to check if it needs repair. Once I put the battery in, the light meter started working so maybe it’s the camera.

      There are so many online manuals on AE-1 but I read this one. ;)

      Thanks Brooke! ♥

  • Reply Naomi A. 14th May 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Ooh! I cannot wait to see what you produce, Arvee! I’m sorta scared to delve into the film world yet (I do have a film SLR that my stepdad gave me, but I’m scared to even develop my roll of film from last year!)

    • Reply arveerella 15th May 2012 at 12:44 AM

      I’m excited, too, and a bit scared to develop my first roll. My digital isn’t a year old yet, and here I am spending a bit on film rolls. :D

  • Reply Grace 15th May 2012 at 2:09 PM

    I can’t wait to see the pictures you took!

    I have a canon ae-1 program – it’s a lovely camera. I’ve been into film so much that sometimes I forgot I have a digital camera (rotting in the corner of my desk collecting dust!)

    • Reply arveerella 15th May 2012 at 10:48 PM

      Thanks, Grace. ;) I think I’m starting to forget I have digital, too. ♥

  • Reply Kate 23rd December 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Hello! I have this Canon av-1 and I am having a hard time buying 6V batteries. Do you have any idea where I can buy them? Your help would mean a lot! Thank you!

    • Reply arvee marie 25th December 2013 at 12:08 PM

      I got my 6V batteries via ebay. I also see them a lot in the Sulit shop. If you have 6v batteries that’s no longer working, you can have the content replaced by your local camera repair shop with 4 LR44 cell batteries. :)

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