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.
|Name:||Canon AE-1 Program|
|Type:||35mm focal-plane shutter SLR camera|
|Picture Size:||24 x 36 mm|
|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).|
|Dimensions & Weight:||41 x 88 x 48 mm, 565 g|
|Production Period:||April 1981 -|
|Original Price:||92,000 yen (w/New FD 50mm f/1.4SSC) |
86,500 yen (w/New FD 50mm f/1.8SC)
|Indexed Price (Approx.):||1.020 EUR|
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