Found an old Canon AE-1 Program, how to use it?

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  1. addie

    addie Guest

    So, I found my mom's old Canon AE-1 program. She said she bought it in 1983. I'm pretty excited :heart:
    BUT
    I was wondering what kind of battery I need and if they still sell them? Where do I get them?

    And, what kind of film do I need?
    If anyone knows how to put the new film and battery in it would really help too, I read the online camera manual and it was hard to understand.
     
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    dxqcanada Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    User Guide

    35mm film (color or B+W, negative or positive)

    Unscrew the front plate grip.
    Press the button to open the battery door.
    Put battery in on angle ... bottom first to push the contact down ... then pop the top in.
     
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    Enjoy it!!
    I have four of them!
    Were my daily shooter and survived years of abuse on fireground - fire dep't photography - flame, heat, hose stream bangs n other serious abuse!
    Wasn't my first, but was certainly best I ever used.

    Read manual carefully, all u need is in there
     
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    jbylake Dodging the Men in Black Supporting Member

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    The batteries are PX28L, 6V..you can still get them at radioshack, I got some from Wal-Green's, don't know if you have those in Canada, you can get them at any good camera shop, and you can find lot's of them on EBAY...

    Have fun, I have 2 or 3 AE-1 Bodies and 2 A1's, they are still in great to fantastic condition, and I use them a lot.

    J.:mrgreen:
     
  6. addie

    addie Guest

    Thanks everyone for answering, I found everything I needed
     
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    I found my parents old AE-1 Program in a box about two weeks ago also unfortunatly the lens was in really bad shape...i'm guessing it had been droped a few times cuz the ring was bent and wouldn't mount so I bought a 50mm 1.8 for $20. Can't wait to see how the pics turn out.
     
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    Congrats! The AE-1s are great cameras. It's what I started with (Found coincidentally in my aunt's basement). The great thing about the old FD mount is that lenses are great and really cheap since they're "obsolete". Whatever that means...they still capture great images. ;)
     
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    AE-1 is a great great camera - I'm enjoying my AV-1 a lot at the moment.
     

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