35mm Focal-Plane Shutter SLR Camera
|Original Price||92,000 yen (w/New FD 50mm f/1.4SSC)
86,500 yen (w/New FD 50mm f/1.8SC)
60,000 yen (body)
It was five years after the AE-1 became a worldwide hit. Many users wanted the program AE mode that was featured in the A-1. This mode set both the shutter speed and aperture automatically. The user just had to press the shutter button.
The AE-1 Program camera was developed in response to the demand for program AE and to succeed the original AE-1. The camera now had both shutter speed-priority AE and program AE modes. It also sported a palm grip like the A-1. The camera was also compatible with the A-1's Motor Drive MA. The viewfinder featured LEDs. It was quite an advanced camera.
To make Motor Drive MA compatible with the AE-1 Program camera, it had three electrical contacts instead of only two which the original version had. Also, Power Winder A was converted into Power Winder A2 for higher performance.
|Type||35mm focal-plane shutter SLR camera|
|Picture Size||24 x 36 mm|
|Normal Lens||Canon New FD 50mm f/1.4, New FD 50mm f/1.8|
|Lens Mount||FD mount|
|Shutter||Four-axis, horizontal-travel focal-plane shutter with cloth curtains. 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 beeper).|
|Flash Sync||X-sync automatic-switching sync contacts with German socket and hot shoe.|
|Viewfinder||Fixed eye-level pentaprism. 0.83x magnification and 94% coverage. Microprism rangefinder-encircled new split prism rangefinder with double diffraction prism at the center of Laser Matte screen. Eight focusing screens interchangeable through the mirror box.|
|Exposure meter needle, aperture scale, manual settings, program AE, Flash-ready, flash confirmation, camera shake warning, and overexposure and underexposure warnings.|
|SPC for TTL full-aperture centerweighted averaging metering or TTL stopped-down metering. Exposure compensation with AE lock switch. Four AE modes: Shutter speed-priority AE, program AE, preset aperture-priority AE, and Speedlite AE. Metering range at ISO 100 and f/1.4: EV 1 - 18. Film speed range from ISO 12 to 3200.|
|Power Source||One 4LR44 alkaline battery. Battery check with button and beeper.|
|Film Loading &
|Slotted take-up spool. Advances with camera-top lever's 120 stroke (partial strokes enabled). Ready position at 39.|
|Frame Counter||Counts up. Resets automatically when camera back is opened.|
|Film Rewind||Camera-top crank|
|141 x 88 x 48 mm, 565 g|