My 13 year old son is taking a photography class at school, currently using Promaster equipment. He is wanting a camera for Christmas and due to having access to lots of cool equipment at school he naturally wants as much as he can get for personal ownership. I have looked at several things on Ebay and see some pretty good deals. What I am looking for are suggestions for a relative beginner. I have personally had good experience with a Canon AE-1 Program camera many years ago and wanted to see if anyone had any opinions regarding that particular camera. Sorry for the log post and thanks in advance for your feedback.