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The Canon AE-1 was another great find. I bought it from a retired couple I met walking along the river. It came with an FD 50mm lens, some filters, and a tattered case for $25.00. It works perfectly, no light leaks or shutter problems. Introduced in 1976, it used a microprocessor and an automated assembly process to keep prices down. The viewfinder shows a split-image center, which works better with my worn out eyes. I can use this camera in stopped-down mode with M42 lenses using an adapter. The AE stands for Auto Exposure. This is shutter priority, meaning I set the shutter speed and it sets the aperture. FD lenses have an "A" on the aperture ring for that purpose. It's got the usual manual advance lever, but can also use a "power winder A" for faster shooting. You still have to rewind the film manually with the usual crank. This camera does nothing without a 6V 4R44 battery. There's also a data back which would be fun to have. It records information on the film like the date. Wonder if it's easily removable.

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6-14-24: Last shot on 12-31-22, this is the first roll shot on Kentmere asa 100 film, and developed in Caffenol-C for 8 minutes. I used a hearing aid battery and set the camera at ASA 100. The flash test lacks contrast, usually they're perfect since they don't rely on the meter. The riverboat shot was taken with a 300mm lens from a mile or so away.

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