Canon AE-1 35mm SLR with Canon FD 50mm f1.8 lens

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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). 

Condition notes
Both the camera and the included Canon FD 50mm f1.8 lens are in very good aesthetic condition (see photos) and excellent working order. The camera and lens were were tested with film and performed perfectly, delivering sharp, correctly exposed photos.

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