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Isaac Abraham

member since: 11/26/2004
 

AE-1 focus screen


Can anyone please tell me where to buy a standard AE-1 focus screen? I need it urgently

5/8/2006 12:51:21 AM

 
Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/17/2005
  Try bhphotovideo.com or failing that, call the service dept. at KEH.com in Atlanta. http://www.keh.com.
Adios
Mark

5/8/2006 3:57:06 PM

 
Isaac Abraham

member since: 11/26/2004
  Hi Mark
I couldn't find @ the places you mentioned. BTW, I am looking for focus screen for AE-1 P. Could please help me how to remove the one inside the camera? Some technical detail.
thanks
Isaac

5/10/2006 11:48:26 PM

 
Paul Tobeck
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 12/19/2005
  As far as I know, AE-1 screens were not designed to be user-interchanged like the A-1 (I've owned several AE-1's but never had the need or desire to change a screen). I could be wrong because it's been more than a decade since I've had an AE-1 in my hands. For what it would cost you to have your screen fixed, you could buy a nice used AE-1 on ebay plus a couple of lenses. I had 2 nice AE-1's (with lenses) I purchased there and paid less than $100 for.

5/11/2006 5:11:58 AM

 
Bob Chance
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 2/19/2006
  Twenty some years ago, I owned just about every 'A' series camera Canon made except the AV-1.
To my recollection, the focusing screens were not changeable in any of the 'A' series cameras.
The only SLR during that time frame that offered user interchangable screens was the F1 and the F1N.
The screens in the 'A' series could be replaced/changed only by authorized Canon repair or by Canon.
If I remember, Canon did offer three different screens for the AE-1P, but the user had to send the camera back to Canon or an authorized repair shop to have the selected screen installed and once in, it couldn't be changed again unless you sent it back. Rather costly.
The F series, you simply popped off the finder/prism, reached in and grabbed a pair of tabs and lifted out the ground glass and dropped (carefully) the replacement in and put your finder back on. Easy. No mess, No fuss.
Changing one in an 'A' series camera would best be left to someone quailified to do so.
Remember, the meter and and electronics were all in the pentaprism. Not knowing how the wires run through there could lead to damaging the camera trying to remove the pentaprism.
Best to take it to a qualified shop.

Bob

5/11/2006 6:28:02 PM

 
Paul Tobeck
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 12/19/2005
  I thought you could change screens on the A-1, but like you Bob, it's been a long time. My first Canon was an EF with the 50mm 1.4 and a Series 1 70-210. I always loved that camera and somedays I wish I had it back! That thing was built like a tank.

5/11/2006 6:38:32 PM

 
Isaac Abraham

member since: 11/26/2004
  thanks Guys you've very helpfull.

5/11/2006 11:30:21 PM

 
Bob Chance
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 2/19/2006
  Oh the good ole days!
My first Canon was the A-1. Followed by the AE-1, TV-1, AE-1P and the less famous manul metering model, which I don't even remember the nomenclature for anymore.
Non of the focusing screens in the A series were user changeable. Canon did offer only two or three screens, but they had to be changed by Canon or an authorized service center. Not like the 'F' series where you could pop them in and out in a matter of seconds.
It's amazing that those cameras (used) are selling for what I paid for the new ones twenty some years ago.
I too, miss that A-1. I had the motor-drive on it and lenses ranging from 20mm ultra wide to a 500mm mirror lens.
I too had the 70-210, which I had bought for my mother along with the AE-1P. I inherited both back upon her passing away.
I also had the 85-300f/4.5. That was a bear to handle.
I used to hire a pack-mule whenever I went out shooting. LOL!
Well, nice chatting with you about old cameras. Have a great day!

Bob

5/12/2006 2:10:46 PM

 
Paul Tobeck
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 12/19/2005
  No problem Bob, it amazes me sometimes how light todays cameras are compared to the "old days". I think that EF weighed about 6 pounds with that Series 1 attached. I do believe it was listed as a deadly weapon!
Have a good weekend, it's gonna be 50-something and raining here for Mother's Day.

5/12/2006 4:39:46 PM

 
Bob Chance
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 2/19/2006
  Gee Paul:

Your forecast for the weekend sounds very much like mine. You don't live in New York do you? LOL!!!

Yeah! That old 85-300 was a pretty weighty piece of equipment. If I remember, I think the lens alone was 4.5Lbs. Add to that the camera with motor drive and 12 AA batteries.

No doubt it was in the FBI's files too! LOL!!

Bob

5/12/2006 7:24:21 PM

 

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