Canon AE 1 Program with Fuji C200
All the photos in this post were shot on Program mode with the legendary Canon AE 1 Program loaded with Fuji C200 35mm colour film and both the 50mm F1.4 or 50mm F1.8. I know it sounds weird to shoot on Program mode with a film camera but its a great way to make sure everything is working properly.
The Canon AE 1 is one of the best selling SLRs’ ever and is still very popular with photographers of all ages. In fact many of my customers own one and often ask for help on how to you use it so i went ahead and bought a very good condition AE1 Program body with a bunch of lenses. The AE 1 Program is a very simple and straight forward camera with the option to use fully manual, shutter priority or program mode. The original version AE 1 (not Program) was fully manual only.
Metering is very good! I am pleasantly surprised at how accurate the light metering is and can now understand why so many professional photographers had started their career’s with this camera. All the shots here were taken on the last Saturday of July between 13hrs and 15hrs.
All you have to do to use the Program mode is to turn the Shutter Speed dial until it is aligned with the ‘Program’ setting written in green, then turn the lens aperture ring to the setting marked ‘A’. Now you can compose, focus and shoot with out any worries.
In shutter Priority you again turn the Shutter Speed dial until the green ‘Program’ mode is aligned. Look into the view finder, compose, focus and press the shutter button half way. On the right inside the view finder the camera will show the aperture setting you need to use for a correct exposure.
The AE 1 uses Canon’s FL and FD range of lenses and was originally sold with a 50mm F1.8 or a 50mm F1.4.