Sometime you find gold in a coal mine. I always look for cameras at second hand stores. I had visited this particular store several times. All the cameras are piled on a metal shelf. I'll dig through them one by one, but most are broken. Shutter hangs, aperture blades are stuck or the camera is just beat up.
At the bottom of the pile I saw it.
Isn't it a beauty? Canon AE-1 with a 50 1.4 lens. Even the battery is fairly new. Several cameras had price tags and they were extremely over priced. So, I put it back on the shelf. To be more specific I put it two shelves higher and a little further back then several other items. You know you do the same thing.
I wasn't sure. Do I really need this? Film processing and scanning can be expensive. I walked away and continued looking through the store with my family.
The next day I swing back by with my son just to ask the price and take a look again. I quietly walk back to the area and start looking the camera over. Again I open the back and watch the shutter curtain. Sounds great and appears to work without fault. It just feels so solid.
I walk the camera up to the desk and ask the prices. I put the camera on the desk as to say, " how much for this old piece of junk". I've watched plenty of shows and I know how to bargain . . . kinda. He responds with a price. I return with, " would you take?". The store attendant said sure. Done deal!
It was several weeks before I finished the first roll of film. It was a roll of Fuji 200 speed color film. Nothing special, but enough to make sure the camera is good to go. The meter in this camera is straight forward. You set the shutter speed and the meter shows the correct aperture. It's a center weighted meter with this camera. I also set the film speed around 2/3 of a stop slower. This allowed me to push the exposure in camera and use the meter.
I had Indie Film Lab in Montgomery, Alabama develop and scan the film. A friend of mine Todd Helzer recommended this company.Over all I'm extremely happy with the camera. It will have many more rolls of film to expose in the future.
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