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My 23yr-old Canon AE-1: should I trade up or keep it?

Discussion in 'Through-the-Lens Club' started by The Pontificator, Jul 8, 2004.

  1. The Pontificator

    The Pontificator Angry Samoan

    Sep 18, 2000
    What are these things worth these days?

  2. Spen84107


    Feb 17, 2003
    SLC, UT
    I feel your pain. :) I bought a Ellan IIe...for just under 1000 dollars is 98. Today, I cant' sell it for 200 bucks. ^9 Needless to say, I decided to keep mine.
  3. CheesyD

    CheesyD Nyet to Marxism

    Oct 7, 2001
    Under God
    My first "real" 35mm was an Olympus OM-1. I thought I needed auto-everything so I sold it and got a Maxxum 7 with four or five new auto lenses. Spent a small fortune. I missed the manual world so I sold all of my Maxxum equipment and now use a Nikon FM2n. I much prefer an all manual camera, although now that I'm getting on in years I'm noticing the eyes ain't what they used to be. Might have to bite the bullet and go back to an auto-focus someday.
  4. Clyde in CO

    Clyde in CO LOL WUT?

    Aug 7, 2002
    the Springs
    To me cameras are like guns.

    I've always regretted getting rid of one.
  5. hwyhobo


    Jun 3, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    Isn't that the truth. The most I have regretted getting rid of was an old 120 twin-lens reflex. I love looking at the old b&w photographs taken with that camera.
  6. Keep it. If it works and you are happy keep it. My first camera was a plainjane Pentax K1000 that I bought in early 80s and it my all time favorite camera and more reliable than my current batch of auto-foucus/auto everything.

    Guess what when you get the AE-1 fix compared to a modern Canon EOS "insert model type here". That AE-1 would be much easier and cheaper.
  7. I've got an old AT-1 that was made before the AE-1. It still works just fine. Only thing I don't like about it is the weight. Although I will go digital someday I'm going to keep the old Canon.;c
  8. Sundog

    Sundog Thread Killer

    I have an AE-1 and an AE-1 Program, and I still use both of them frequently. They both take good photos, and it would take mucho dinero to buy a digital or even a new 35mm slr and lenses to equal what I have. Also, since Sams Club will put your photos on a cd for a nominal fee when developing, I can email and edit on my computer.
  9. Dragline


    Nov 5, 2003
    Coastal SC
    Used later model (1970-1990) cameras have very little resale value.
    If your AE 1 still works fine then keep it since it's worth more as a working camera then it would be cash value to sell oor trade in.
  10. eisman

    eisman ARGH! CLM

    Jul 28, 2002
    Moving Target
    I haven't used my A-1 in years. I remember (like a bad dream) the huge sums I spent on film and developing, and then reach for my Minolta Dimage 7i.
  11. jolly roger

    jolly roger

    Apr 28, 2001
    Knob Creek
    Keep it! I have a Nikon N80 AF and a Nikon 4300 digital, but also an AE1 and an AT1. The AT1 is my "truck camera". It was given to me by my sister in law. The AE1 was bought when I was in the Navy. The old FD lenses are superb also. While these things command pretty decent prices from used camera shops, they don't get much on trade in or resale.

    I also recently was given a Konica Autoreflex T3 with 2 Hexanon lenses. That was excellent stuff back in the day..and still is. The old Konicas are highly underrated. Konica was the "Kodak" of Japan starting in the 1880s. Built like a brick outhouse! Like my older guns, I like playing with my old cameras also.
  12. mini14jac


    Mar 6, 2001
    A few years ago, I was looking at my AT1 and made the mistake of touching the gasket around the mirror.
    It had practically turned to liquid.
    It smeared on the mirror.
    I sent the camera off for repair, but they couldn't get all the stain off the mirror.
    Has anybody else had this problem?

    I'm wondering if the heat in top of the closet was too much for all those years?

    Well, it still takes great pictures.
  13. Generalcarry

    Generalcarry NRA Member

    Apr 25, 2004
    Keep it. I still have my FTb as well as a AE-1 prog. I'm playing with an A80 now, but the old cameras have more history then the photo's taken with them.