Lomopedia: Canon AE-1 Program

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A popular SLR camera among beginner and intermediate film photographs to this day, the AE-1 Program was introduced by Canon in 1981. Chances are, you already have this analogue gem in your camera shelf, wishlist, or even your grandparents’ attic, so step right up to learn more about it!

In 1981, five years after the Canon AE-1 was released, Canon introduced its successor called AE-1 Program. As you may have guessed, it has many similarities with the earlier Canon A-1, beginning with the Program AE mode. Selecting this mode will automatically set both the shutter speed and aperture, although reportedly leaning more towards the shutter speed setting. The AE-1 Program has also retained the AE-1’s shutter priority auto exposure mode and full manual mode for those seeking more control. The AE-1 Program, like the A-1, also has a right-hand “action grip” on its front.

Canon AE-1 Program in chrome and all black finish. Photos via Wikipedia and IFIXIT

Technical Specifications:

  • Type: 35mm SLR (Single-Lens-Reflex) camera with electronically controlled AE (Automatic Exposure) and focal plane shutter.
  • Picture Size: 24 × 36mm
  • Interchangeable Lenses: Canon FD series with full aperture metering and AE coupling. Canon FL series with stopped-down metering.
  • Standard Lenses: Canon FD 55mm f/1.2 S.S.C; Canon FD 50mm f/1.4; S.S.C. Canon FD 50mm f/1.8 S.C. or the New FD 5omm f/1.2, New FD 50mm f/1.4 and the New FD 50mm f/1.8.
  • Lens Mount: Canon Breech-Lock mount.Canon FD, FL and R lenses can be used.
  • Viewfinder: Fixed eye-level pentaprism
  • Field of View: 93.5% vertical and 96% horizontal coverage of the actual picture area.
  • Magnification: 1:0.86 at infinity with a standard 50mm lens.
  • Viewfinder Attachments: Angle Finder A2 and B, Magnifier S, Dioptric Adjustment Lens (10 kinds), and Eyecup S.
  • Mirror: Instant-return, large reflector mirror with shock absorbing mechanism.
  • Viewfinder Information: Split- image/microprism rangefinder, aperture scale with meter needle and stopped-down metering index mark which also serves as battery charge level check mark.
  • AE Mechanism: Shutter priority, electronically controlled AE metering system incorporating two ICs and one LSI equipped with (lntegrated Injection Logic)
  • Light Metering System: TTL (ThroughThe-Lens) Central Emphasis Metering method employing a Silicon Photocell as photosensitive element.
  • Exposure Meter Coupling Range: With ISO 100 film, EV1 (f/1.4 at one second) to EV18 (f/16 at 1/1000 second).
  • Film Speed Range: ISO 25 to ISO 3200.
  • Exposure Correction: By pressing the backlight control switch, exposure is corrcted by the automatic opening of the diaphragm 1.5 stops more on the aperture scale than the actual setting.
  • Exposure Preview: The meter needle will indicate in the viewfinder when the shutter release button is depressed halfway or the exposure preview switch is depressed.
  • Shutter: Cloth focal plane shutter with four spindles. Shock and noise damping mechanisms are incorporated. All shutter speeds are electronically controlled.
  • Shutter Speeds: 1 /1000, 1/500, 1/250, 1/125, 1/60, 1/30, 1/15, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1, 2 (seconds) and B. X synchronization is at 1/60 seconds.
  • Power Source: One 6V silver oxide battery Eveready No.544, UCAR No.544 JIS 4G 13, or Mallory PX28) or alkaline manganese battery (Eveready No.537, UCAR No.537, or Mallory 7K13). The battery lasts approximately one year . under normal use.
  • Battery Check: Battery power level can be checked by the meter needle in the viewfinder when the battery check button is pressed.
  • Flash Synchronization: X synchronization is at 1/60 second. M synchronization is at 1/30 second and below.
  • Flash Terminal: The accessory shoe has a direct flash contact and autonnatic flash control contacts. On the front of the camera body is the flash terminal, JIS-B type for flash units with a cord. It has a built-in protective rim to prevent electrical shock.
  • Automatic Flash: With the exclusive Canon Speedlite 155A, the shutter speed and aperture are automatically set. The amount of light is automatically controlled for correct flash exposure.
  • Back Cover: The camera’s back cover has a memo holder for your convenience. The cover can be removed for attaching the Canon Data Back A. To open, pull the rewind crank up.
  • Film Loading: Easy film loading with multislot take-up spool.
  • Winding Lever: Single stroke with 120° throw and 30° stand-off. The film can be wound with several short strokes. The Canon Power Winder A also can be mounted for automatic winding of the film.
  • Frame Counter: Additive type. Automatically resets when the back cover is opened. While rewinding film, it counts back the frame numbers.
  • Film Rewinding: Performed by pressing the rewind button on the bottom and by using the rewind crank on the top. The rewind button is automatically reset when the film is advanced with the film advance lever.
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All information for this article were sourced from Wikipedia and Mir.com.

written by plasticpopsicle on 2013-11-22 #gear #lomopedia #ae-program-mode #lomography #canon #canon-ae-1-program #film-slr-camera #film-camera #review #slr-camera


  1. sirio174
    sirio174 ·

    This is a great SLR! I have one, it is fantastic!

  2. robertoragno
    robertoragno ·

    The one I use most!

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