You may be familiar with the Canon AE-1, perhaps Canon’s most iconic manual focus film cameras. The AE-1 has surely secured its position as an icon. And as such, with the resurgence of film, commands quite a price. At the time of writing this article, an AE-1 can run up to $250.
Conversely, the Canon A-1 is far less iconic of a camera. Yet it is a superior camera in most ways. The Canon A-1 sits atop Canon’s prosumer line of the era and features full manual control, shutter priority, aperture priority and full auto control.
The Canon A-1 is built with more premium materials than the AE-1 or some of its competitors such as Minolta’s X-700.
During the production run of the A-1, there were over 50 lenses available. That means there are lots of options and lots of them out there.
Proudly smirk at all those suckers with an AE-1, knowing you have more camera.
You can get an A1 for about $100 at the time of writing this article. That’s not bad at all.