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Canon AE-1 35mm SLR w/ Canon FD 50mm f1.8 lens + Speedlite 188A flash + original manual (serial 2388361)

Canon AE-1 35mm SLR w/ Canon FD 50mm f1.8 lens + Speedlite 188A flash + original manual (serial 2388361)

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Note: A Canon 188A Speedlite is included with this camera. A 'standard' or 'bounce' flash is available in the 'add-ons' section but most people won't need one (unless they'd like a spare flash). 

The Canon AE-1 is one of the most popular 35mm film SLRs of all time. It's an enduring classic camera with plenty of features yet so elegantly designed that it's simple to use.

The AE-1 offers both shutter priority automatic exposure and metered manual exposure modes. The camera requires an LR44 (also called A544 or PX28A) 6 volt battery (optional). 

The included Canon 188A Speedlite is specifically designed for use with A-series Canon SLRs. It offers easy-to-use, fully automatic flash photography (it communicates with the AE-1 to set the appropriate shutter speed an f-stop for you) or can be used in full power manual mode for advanced shooters.   

Condition notes

Both the camera and the included Canon FD 50mm f1.8 lens are in excellent cosmetic condition (see photos) and excellent working order. The original owner babied this camera and it shows very little sign of use. The camera and lens were were tested with film and performed perfectly, delivering sharp, correctly exposed photos. We also verified the camera has very good shutter speed an exposure accuracy. The film advance and release is very smooth (no hint of the 'squeak' noise that sometimes appears with these cameras). The included Canon 188A Speedlite is in very good condition. 

Canon Museum entry



  • Type: 35mm focal-plane shutter SLR camera
  • Picture Size: 24 x 36 mm
  • Normal Lens: Canon FD 50mm f/1.4 SSC, FD 50mm f/1.8 SC
  • Lens Mount: FD mount
  • Shutter: Four-axis, horizontal-travel focal-plane shutter with cloth curtains. X, B, 2, 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000 sec. All speeds controlled electronically. Built-in self-timer (with blinking LED).
  • Flash Sync: X-sync automatic-switching sync contacts with German socket and hot shoe.
  • Viewfinder: Fixed eye-level pentaprism. 0.86x magnification (EX 50mm), 93.5% vertical coverage, 96% horizontal coverage. Split-image rangefinder encircled by microprism rangefinder at center with a fresnel matte screen. Exposure meter needle, aperture scale, overexposure warning, stopped-down aperture metering needle and battery check indicator, and underexposure warning LED provided.
  • Exposure Control: SPC for TTL full-aperture metering with shutter speed-priority AE or TTL stopped-down match needle manual metering (centerweighted averaging). Exposure compensation range of +1.5 EV. Metering range at ISO 100 and f/1.4: EV 1 – 18. Film speed range from ISO 25 to 3200.
  • Power Source: One 4G-13 6 V mercury oxide battery or 4LR44 alkaline battery
  • Film Loading & Advance: Slotted take-up spool. Advances with camera-top lever’s 120° stroke (partial strokes enabled). Ready position at 30°. Winder A also optional for power winding.
  • Frame Counter: Counts up. Resets automatically when camera back is opened.
  • Film Rewind: Camera-top crank
  • Dimensions & Weight: 141 x 87 x 48 mm, 590 g
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