The Canon AE-1 Turns 39


Canon AE-1

The venerable #Canon AE-1 turns 39 this month. It was released in April of 1976.

This is my first actual real camera given to me by my Father sometime in the 1990’s. While it may not be feature packed by today’s standards it took the camera world by storm when it came out and reigned for the better part of a decade.

It’s center weighted averaging light meter is impressively accurate and was “microprocessor controlled.” The first mass market camera with a “computer” in it!

They’re shutter priority and have a manual mode. The Fd lenses are exceptional, especially Canon’s professional “L” series. Love this camera. Haven’t used it in a bit but it’s very special to me.