My Canon AE-1

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. ;)

my Canon AE-1my Canon AE-1

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

26 Responses

  1. says

    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!

  2. says

    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

  3. says

    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!

  4. says

    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.

      • says

        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.

  5. says

    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 :)

    • says

      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! ♥

  6. says

    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!)

  7. says

    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!)

  8. says

    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!

    • says

      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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