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Chris Yust

member since: 10/17/2006

Acquired an old Canon camera

I just recently acquired a Canon AF-1 Program 35mm film camera. I was just wanting to know what caliber of camera I have. Thanks!

1/10/2007 2:42:04 PM

Mike Rubin
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 10/15/2004
  If you mean the AE-1, It is a great camera. It became the most popular camera ever made when it was new.
It is a great camera for learning about photography (other than not having immediate feedback as with digital)

1/10/2007 2:48:58 PM

Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/18/2000
  If you don't have the instruction manual, it's available at Descriptions and more information is available at

1/10/2007 3:02:06 PM

Chris Yust

member since: 10/17/2006
  Mike, you were right. It is the AE-1. Thanks both of you for the feedback!

1/10/2007 7:43:14 PM

doug Nelson

member since: 6/14/2001
  If it's the AE-1 Program, you have a bright viewfinder that puts more expensive cameras to shame. In the learning process, however, leave the Program mode OFF. Read up on the relationship between aperture and shutter speed as you learn.

1/11/2007 9:32:37 AM

Chris Yust

member since: 10/17/2006

It is the AE-1 Program. Thanks for the advice, one of the reasons I decided to hold onto it was because of what you just said. I have a digital camera that allows some manual settings but the opportunity to learn that this camera offered was terrific. I have learned the basics of the relationship but any pointers you could offer would not fall on deaf ears. Thanks again!

1/11/2007 10:26:37 AM

Christopher A. Walrath
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 4/25/2006
  Chris, read up on Ansel Adams' books 'The Camera' and 'The Negative' for some good exposure unformation. I also have some good getting started articles on my website you might check out if you have the time. Thanks

1/14/2007 6:55:59 PM


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