My Photographic Time Tunnel – Canon AE-1

After 10 years of digital cameras, I felt the urge to go back in time and shot pictures with real film. I can describe in details how much I love the feel of celluloid and raw materials, but I know a lot of you think the same. What I intend to do here is to review a few cameras from the old time, and show you the results I’ve got. I hope it will give you the extra push to search the closet for that old camera you stored back then in the days when it took a few long hours between pushing the button and looking at the final result.

I just finished the first roll of my old/new Canon AE-1. This camera, manufactured between 1976 and 1984 is a great fun and not so difficult to handle. It took me some time to find her a 6V 28-PX battery, which is essential for operating, but once I got it powered up, it was as good as new.

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In fact, one of the things that made this camera such a big success in the early 80′ is it’s automatic exposure when using FD Lenses. The rest of the job is been done with a very easy to learn light detector, which indicate which shutter speed is best.

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When I were scheduled for a production in Kibbutz Ein-Gedi by the Dead Sea, I took it as an opportunity for some testing. I used FD 50mm 1:1.8 and a FD 75-200mm 1:4.5 lenses, and 200 ASA Kodak film.

Here are the results:

Keren, the dresser, use her IPad with the Judea mountains as backgroung.

Beny, the sound man.

Udi behind the camera.

Dany talks to the camera.

The dead sea is very dense with salt, but nevertheless Dany got a fish by the tail!

And this is me with the fish… No more salt is needed.

Please let me know what you think about the photos…

In conclusion I find this camera surprisingly easy to use and the results are well focused and exposed. The only downside I can find with it, is that the camera requires a 6v battery, which is not so common.

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