This is my Canon AE-1 in black. Back in the 70’s and 80’s black cameras were considered more professional. With a black AE-1 a pro could carry a less expensive body as a 2nd or back up to an F1 or A1 and still have compatibility with lenses, flash, etc. The Canon AE-1 is one of the best selling SLRs of all time. It is shutter priority with and the first with a microprocessor controlled metering that is still considered exceptionally accurate today. If you want a good, all around beginner’s SLR to start shooting film with, you can’t go wrong with a good Canon AE-1. It was my first SLR that my father gave me when he upgraded to an EOS. In fact the 50mm/1.8 lens on this camera came with the kit my Mother bought or my Dad in 1980.