the workhorse

The classic – Canon AE-1 and 50mm FD lens
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Canon AE-1 with 50mm FD Lens.


In the last few months my curiosity for vintage film cameras have grown quite substantially. Starting off by buying a Canon EOS 3000 & 28 80mm Lens, to scoring a great deal with a 1937 Popular Brownie Camera (will post some images of it soon), and now this gem, the Canon AE-1 with 50mm FD lens.

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50mm FD Lens with HOYA UV(C) Filter

I’ve always seen pictures of this camera pop up in my searches and articles where this camera is praised as one of the best of its time and the most popular. And I am over the moon that I actually own it.

First thing about this camera I fell in love with was the mechanical sound of the shutter. It’s a thing of beauty hearing all these little parts move and click in unison, and this is something that no other camera has ever done to me. This must mean I am in love.

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After giving the camera a nice and thorough cleaning, I popped in a new roll of Ilford HP5 Plus 400, and I must say, I can not contain my excitement to go out and shoot.


Something I learned from film photography and will take into consideration with digital photography is, slow down, think about what you are trying to capture. Clicking away on a digital camera and picking one good photo out of hundreds is easy, but waiting for the right moment, knowing you have a limited amount of frames to use and getting that one incredible shot just seems a whole lot more rewarding.




2 Comments Add yours

  1. excellent choice on picking the Canon AE-1.

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    1. I couldn’t be happier! Thank you


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