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Canon AE-1 - A Must for Any Photographer

Versatile, reliable, hands on, yet a little tech savvy... all you could ever need to get those creative juices flowing.

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I just recently got really into photography (Nov of 2008). My first camera was the Holga, a real gem. But, 120 film got to be a little frustrating at times, and I decided to purchase a 35 mm camera. My thought was that I’d take lessons off of this camera, and I wanted to make sure it would last for years to come. However, I did not want to spend loads of money on a new one, besides, I’ve always been a sucker for vintage things. So, I ended up purchasing an AE-1, circa 1976 – 1980, off of e-bay. And, I absolutely LOVE it. I’ve gotten some really great B & W photos, and I’ve been thrilled with the saturation of the expired color film I’ve used.

The Canon AE-1 is a great learning camera for beginners because it has a built in light meter (for those of us who have NO idea what we’re doing). Yet, the manual capabilities of the Canon AE-1 give you the option to be in complete artistic control.

I really can’t say enough about this camera. My only warning is to be careful when purchasing one off e-bay, or the like. Make sure you know what you are getting. I got really lucky and snagged one in great condition, with perks such as, the original manual, a powerful little flash, a telephoto lens, and more.


Happy Lomo-ing!

written by syroneb


  1. stouf


    Sweet ! I love the piano !!!

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  2. vicuna


    Great camera for sure! :)

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  3. cinzinc


    ohhhhh, no.12 is phenomenal!

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  4. adayinthelife_project


    no. 6 + no. 13 = woooooooooooooow!!

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  5. syroneb


    Expired agfa 35mm film is my favorite thing right now. Stick it in a Canon AE-1 and you get great stuff (hopefully). stick it in a Holga and you get crazy awesome things (if you're lucky).

    also - If you have the Canon AE-1 Program... don't forget to take it off of "A" and put it on "L" when you're not using it. Otherwise your battery gets drained quickly. I just burned through three batteries in a few weeks... oops!

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  6. strangelilgirl


    Love 5, 10, & 12 so much!

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  7. vansen


    Canon AE-1 is my first SLR.. the first camera I ever used and its the camera thats started everything for me both in photography and lomography
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  8. lomorosie


    I love my AE-1, and I think the photos you've got from yours are phenomenal. I love no. 8.
    I hope I will get photos like yours with my camera.

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  9. caroni


    hi, very nice articel and coolpics. i use the black body ae-1. i love there very much. have a nice day

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  10. sam-munyeza

    Just got mine cant wait to take pics on it :)
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