Canon AE-1 Program


Declared as one of the greatest film cameras ever made, even GQ has gotten behind the iconic Canon that melded one of the largest viewfinder perspectives out there with crystal clear focusing controls in this 35mm great. And goodness gracious... the shutter release just has to be heard to be believed.

Standard on the Canon AE-1 is a fantastic, lightweight but heavy duty 50mm prime lens, with f1.8 aperture and plenty of half step increments for perfect exposure controls. 

According to Ken Rockwell: "The Canon AE-1 Program is one of the most popular cameras of all time, and for very good reason: it is a spectacular camera.

Picking up where the original AE-1 (1976) and A-1 (1978) left off, the AE-1 program is a highpoint in all of photography's history.

The AE-1 Program is so highly regarded because it represents a high point of camera development. The AE-1 has every feature needed for great photos, and none of the junk features that have been added in the past couple of decades that makes most modern cameras unusable unless you carry — and read — a 300-page manual."


This is a pristine, tested 35mm Canon AE-1 Program. It is in used, very good condition, comes with the original 50mm f1.8 lens, and a brand new battery. Film is not included. Original packaging not included.


The AE-1 Program is compatible with manual-focus FD and New FD lenses.

The New FD lenses are the all-black ones as seen in the photos here, while the older FD lenses are the ugly ones with the chrome breech-lock rings.

Older Canon FL and non-FD lenses mount, but metering is stop-down only.


Glass pentaprism.

Coated glass optics.

94% coverage.

0.83x with 50mm lens.

Split image surrounded by microprism surrounded by matte field.

Meter and Exposure

Modes: Program, shutter-priority and full manual

AE Lock

ASA Range: 12 - 3,200


Horizontal, 4-spindle electronic cloth focal plane.

Shock and noise absorbers.

Speeds (auto and manual): 1/1,000 ~ 2 seconds.

Flash Sync: 1/60 (X), M (for flashbulbs) at 1/30 and slower.

Cable Release: any standard threaded cable release.

Electromagnetic shutter release button.

Self Timer: 10 seconds. 


One A544 6V battery, also known as 4LR44, 544, PX28, PX28L and 4SR44.

Alkaline and lithium versions all work great.

Battery Check: Press the black button by the rewind crank and serial number. 6 beeps per second is good, three beeps per second is low.

I left my camera ON ("A" position) for two years in the bag, and the battery is still fine. The real reason to turn it off ("L" position) is to prevent drain if something presses the shutter in your bag. 


5-9/16" x 3-7/16" x 1-7/8."

141 x 88 x 47.5mm.


Collections: Analog Shop, New Goods

Category: 35mm, Analog, Cameras, Canon

Type: Cameras

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