Should I Buy this Camera?

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  1. tom_servo

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    Someone from a classifieds posting will sell me a Canon AE-1 Program with the 50mm 1.8 lens for $100 with the option to get the additional 28-70 lens for another $35.

    I was thinking of getting it, does this sound like I should go for it?

    I don't own any other camera.

    Thanks.
     
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    compur No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    $100 is a bit high, tom_servo. AE-1 Prgms in good shape usually sell for a
    more like $50-$75

    Just ask Cambot. :)
     
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    Thanks for the tip, I don't know very much about cameras.

    I don't think I am very good at haggling either, any advice on how to go about convincing to lower the price via e-mail?
     
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    Just tell 'em you see lots of them selling for less and make a lower offer that
    you're willing to pay.

    But, be sure it's in good condition with all function working before buying
    or agree on a return/refund option.
     
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    And what exactly should I check for when meeting up with the guy?
     
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    Well, if you're not familiar with the camera's features it's gonna be kinda hard
    to check it out yourself. You can read an owners manual beforehand or
    maybe bring someone with you who knows or take it to a camera shop
    that knows.

    Links to an AE-1P manual are here:
    Canon AE-1 instruction manual, user manual, PDF manual, free manuals

    Otherwise, if you trust the seller, have him/her show you that everything
    works.

    Also, open up the camera and make sure the foam strips that run along
    the top and bottom of the film area haven't turned to black goo.

    And, if the camera makes a squeaky sound when you fire the shutter,
    don't buy it.
     
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    One way is to take a roll of film when you go to look at the camera and shoot it. Then take the film to a 1 hour place and have the film developed.

    If you don't know how to use the camera have the person selling it to show you.

    Look for White streaks on the photo (light leaks) spots, make sure that the frames are right (you don't have an end of one shot on another frame) and so forth. It should be fairly apparent if there is something wrong.

    If the photos turn out OK and the price is right you're good to go. If whomever is selling the camera won't let you shoot a roll through it, walk away because it costs less to get a good camera than to have one fixed.

    Ebay is a good place to find current prices btw, just look at the completed auctions.
     
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    Hmmmm, do they usually go for 50-75 for just the body?

    Because this is $100 for the body and the 50mm lens.

    I told him they go for 50-75 and he said that that was for only the body.
     
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    Those 50 f/1.8 lenses are a dime a dozen. I paid $75 for my AE-1P with the stock lens and another lens for my Minolta. If the guy's not willing to be flexible on the price, just wait around for a better deal.
     
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    Just a follow-up. I managed to get a AE-1 Program with the 50mm lens and a 28-200 zoom lens from another guy for $50. And a camera bag.

    Thanks for your help
     
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    The camera is in very good condition all the manuals originally supplied with the owners, and are also in very good condition, the seller was true to his word.
     
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    I would say to buy it. I personally own a model up from this one (Canon A1) and it could sell for up to 1,000 USD. This is in fact a great deal but you could get it for cheaper if you buy just the body online.:thumbup:
     

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