Canon AE-1

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  1. dak1b

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    Hello All!

    I'm in the market for a vintage canon ae-1 film camera. I want to start experimenting with film. Film is an art in itself. I want to explore this side of photography to higher my overall skills in photography. The journey goes on. :mrgreen:

    What are good starter lens for the ae-1...I was looking in the 35mm and 50mm to start. good beginner film tips?

    i was also looking at the sx-70 Polaroid camera. would I be able to get film for this camera? is it easy to buy/not scarce as well for the ae-1? i believe it takes the 600 film.
     
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    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    * When shopping for a Canon AE-1, be aware that many of certain age are suffering from shutter "squeek" which is an indication that a repair might be required in the near future.

    * A good started lens for me was a fast 35mm f/2. Remember... Glass selection, Film selection, body selection. In that order.

    * SX-70: Film has been discontinued. There are options out there for continued use. Modification of the camera to accept 600 film packs, use SX-70 blend film packs (hard to find/expensive) and there is a manufacturer that has a while back announced production of compatible film packs. Unfortunately, I don't know much more than that and from what I hear, none of those options are good for those who like to do Polaroid Photo manipulations. So as the time-zero film pack diminishes so does that form of art.


    I'm really bummed out with the discontinued Time-zero film. I was just starting to develop an interest and purchased this special version of the SX-70 about the time the film packs were discontinued:

    [​IMG]

    oh well....
     
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    The questions is why not a film based EOS body so that you can share the EF lens with both digital and film cameras. Especially the fisheye lens you always want to get.
     
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    dak1b TPF Noob!

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    hmmm ya that could be a possibility. only theres something about the vintage cameras i can't igonore. there just so unique. I was also looking to get a Polaroid 95A. I'm getting the bug to collect/experiment with old vintage camera technology. :mrgreen: What Canon EOS film body would you suggest to start with?
     
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    I'd recommend a 24mm, maybe a 100mm, and probably a zoom in the 70-200 range.
     
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    dak1b TPF Noob!

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    ok rigth now i'm bidding on a near mint canon ae-1 with 50mm 1.8 lens. w/ case. whats the highest price point I should pay?
     
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    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Remember, FD mount lenses are not compatible with EF (EOS) systems.

    For FD mount, a good one is the last of the FD mount cameras; T90.

    For EF/EOS mount, I like
    * A2/A2E (for its quality features).
    * Elan IIe (cheap but really nice easy to use dual dial layout, built-in red AF assistance)
    * RT due to the neat pellicle mirror design
    * Of course the 1 series (but still pricey).
    * Elan 7n just simply because they are the last of the Film Elans and less than 1 year old.

    Now if you are buying old cameras for the sake of collection or simply to have an old cameras, the Canon AE-1 is still a good choice. One of Canon's best sellers for its balance between quality, features, and price. Just keep looking until you get one in good working order. But for a user film camera, the newer the better.
     
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    dak1b TPF Noob!

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    I found a MINT condition AE-1 w/ 50mm 1.8 lens. This should be a good starting point. I'm starting a vintage camera collection. Their uniqueness really draws my attention. :thumbup:
     
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    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    A little advice before you start...

    1) Decide to a theme, model, format, brand, time period... anything that sparks your interest. Sometimes they don't have to be working models....

    2) Stick to you decision for a while.... before expanding on it.


    I've seen a few people start collecting without deciding what they really wanted to collect. They end up with a closet or display full of stuff that really doesn't look like a collection of interest... just a bunch of old stuff. (trust me... I know...)

    Some examples of collections that really looked great on display:

    1) Kodak brownies... which eventually expanded to box type cameras. Wonderful art-deco pieces.
    2) Collection of TLRs. Started from cheaper Argus through the more expensive Rollei. OMG... seeing them lined up in a shelf at eye-level was really a spectacle.
    3) I've seen a person who collected wooden large format cameras. Don't know much about them but some of the quality wood work and brass pieces made a very attractive collection.
    4) I've also seen a neat toy camera collection too.... Even had those plastic 110 cameras you'd find in Happy meals back in the day.


    I eventually started collecting M42 screwmounts staying to the Asahi, Takumar, and Pentax branding (all directly related in history). I did branch into K-mounts as well but more as user cameras/lenses. I did branch out into FD canon mounts (a mistake) and they don't really fit in my collection. oh well..
     
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    very coool. First cameras i'm going for are Canon AE-1, Polaroid SX-70, and land camera 95 A model.
     
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    D-B-J Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    i have a mint canon a1 and love using my 50mm 1.8 on it. Although, the 70-210 f4 is a great lens.
     

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