Canon AE-1 Ad from Playboy; March, 1979

Winners pick a winner! Canon AE-1s really strike a chord with me as one was my first “real” camera. It’s fun to catch old ads like this for a favorite. Star Trek fans might like to know this is the issue with Denise Crosby in it! 😉

  

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Hmmmm….. What’s the word? LUCKY! I just received brick of 35mm Lucky SHD 100 ISO film via Hong Kong airmail. If this is the first time you’ve heard of Lucky film you’re not alone.

Lucky film is manufactured in China by the China Lucky Film Corporation. Founded in 1958 this company now makes a variety of products besides film. Their film is mostly marketed to markets in Asia but have found a cult following here in the US.

For a long time Lucky film had a stigma that it the

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Canon AE-1

The Canon AE-1 Turns 39



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&#8221

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Konica Big Mini Zoom



Today’s film camera is the Konica Big Mini. I was reading an Ed Templeton interview some time ago and he was talking about the cameras he uses. The Big Mini was towards the end of the list but I was interested. Now he probably meant the 35mm fixed lens version of this camera that usually goes for north of $100. I found this zoom version for south of $25. Takes pretty good pics considering. Haven’t printed

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Th Canon AE-1 in Black


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

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Canon EPOCA 135



Here we have the Canon EPOCA 135. A 35mm camera that was so revolutionary at the time, so bizarre, it won a spot in the New York Museum of Modern Art. Designed to be a one-handed super zoom it’s a 38-135mm point and shoot. The built in zooming flash isn’t half bad. Another interesting feature is the selectable waist level finder. Shooting with this camera onlookers will ask you variants of “Is that a video camera?” No. It’s the film camera design camcorders copied

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