Happy thoughts, that's how I felt as I was going through the just uploaded scanned images taken with the Canon AE-1 Program fitted with a Canon FDn 50mm f/1.8. I have had this camera, and an EF, sitting on the shelf for quite some time but has not been moved to give it try until I began to do this weekly blog posting. This roll of images was purely random, my first with the AE-1 Program, taken in and around where I live and was done with no specific assignment in mind.
The AE-1 Program turned to be a joy to use actually. The very compact body came with a huge and bright finder, one of the largest ever made, I had no problem holding the camera up with one hand, and focusing was effortless with the left hand (I was with a bit of luck here as the focusing ring on the 50mm f/1.8 is still silky smooth). Most of these shots here, if I remember correctly was taken in Program mode, and with the lens aperture ring set to the A setting, there was only the framing and focusing to be done. If you are going shutter priority all you had to do is to change the shutter speed setting and the camera will set the aperture automatically for you, which is indicated on a LED scale display on the right of viewfinder screen.
Introduced as a successor to the Canon AE-1 which was first introduced in 1976, the Canon AE-1 Program (1981) is acknowledged as one of the most popular cameras of all time. The 35mm SLR saw the introduction of the Program AE mode, which enables both the shutter speed and aperture automatically by the camera. The metering is slightly biased towards the shutter speed setting. The Canon FDn 50mm f/1.8, performance wise, is no slouch either. It was the lightest, and the cheapest, of all Canon FD interchangeable lenses, and the only lens in the Canon FDn series that came with only the S.C. (Spectra Coating) coating as opposed to the S.S.C. which all the others had. Handling, however, was superb and its solid reputation for stable picture quality and sharp, crisp pictures really shows in the images here. Couldn't really ask for more here, enjoy the show, folks.