Canon AE-1

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  1. GeorgeUK

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    Just (re)discovered my dad's old Canon SLR, an AE-1.

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    (ebay stolen photo!)

    2 lenses:
    - 50mm 1:1.8
    - Zoom 70-150mm 1:4.5

    Complete will all the cases.

    Any idea how much this is worth?
     
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    Great camera... unfortunately, you won't get much for it. I say keep it and enjoy it.
     
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    Personally I would use it if it is in working condition.
     
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    That was the camera I used in the 1980ies. I would buy it from you if you were in the US! Mine got destroyed in a flash flood a few years ago.
     
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    That's funny - I have my dad's old AE1 in my closet. I remember going with him to buy it when I was a kid. It was a big day for him. I need to see if it's still working.....
     
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    That was Canons most popular camera during it's years of service, so you are not likely gonna get much monitary value from it due to it's commonality, Contrary to my personal feelings about the model it would hold great value as a peice in your gear bag.
     
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    That was my second camera I don't have that one anymore (stolen) but I do have 2 others now.
     
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    The body is worth about 40 maybe...the lenses maybe 50 each. hard to say...
    I'd just shoot with it.
     
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    Thanks for all the replies. :)

    I did a search on ebay for them, and there were a few out there, not commanding decent money to be honest.

    Once I get good with the DSLR, I'll start having a play with this. :)
     
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    You can buy refurbished AE-1's from KEH & Cameta for around $100. Selling on the open market you should expect about $50-60, be happy with anything over that.

    $20 - 30 for the 50mm
    Not sure on the Zoom

    I would keep it. It's a very nice camera. It was also made in HUGE amounts so you should be able to get parts and service for many years to come.

    I started out with the AE-1 many years ago. I eventually sold it off and went with Nikon but I still have a soft spot in my heart for the AE-1. It went all over the world with me and took some fabulous shots.
     
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    I am in the same boat. My dad passed on his AE-1 to me with many lenses and filters and a great flash. I now own a canon xti. Yet, I have not been home to play with it yet. Does anyone know the converter that I need in order to use the AE-1 lenses with the XTI?
     
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    Won't work, they are totally different lenses...

    The AE-1 has a completely different style mount than most SLR's, in the fact that with most lenses, the lens inserts into the mount... on the AE-1 series (and all the other cameras of that line) the mounts insert into the lens.

    In practice, it was an excellent design that reduced wear on the lenses... kind of a shame it was dropped.

    Canon made the decision to break backwards compatibility when it went to the EOS series, and while this hurt the people with large investments in canon lenses (and hurt their early adoption) it proved to be a very wise decision because it eliminated all the legacy lens problems.
     

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