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The Canon AE-1 Program
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AE-1 PROGRAM, along side with the five AE modes' Canon A-1, was one of the two best featured Canon A series models. It was a high performance SLR camera that offers you plenty of creative freedom through its many functional features incorporated within. It can be used in three automatic exposure (AE) modes: Programmed AE, Shutter-speed priority AE, or Flash AE. Manual override - where you set everything on your own with the precision of timing assured by the stable and reliable electronics provided by the camera body.

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Basic Steps

Attaching the Lens
Setting the Lens for AE Photography
Loading the Battery
Checking the Battery
Learning to Operate Basic Controls
6. Setting the
Film Speed
Loading the Film

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Hold the Camera Correctly
AE Photography
Programmed AE Photography
Shutter-speed Priority AE Photography
One Shot at a Time
Rewinding the Film
Dedicated Flash Photography with the Speedlite 188A
Carrying the Camera
  d. Pre-shooting

Making the Most of Your camera
12. Battery Issues
Viewfinder Information
Exposure Warnings
Exposure Control
How to Choose a Shutter Speed
Shooting at Shutter Speeds Slower than 1/60 sec
Aperture. Exposure's Other Half
How the Aperture affects the Picture
Checking the Depth of Field

Shooting with Light Behind Your Subject (and Other Unusual Lighting Situations
Shooting with a Non-FD Lens
Shooting with Close-up Accessories
Film Plane Indicator
Manual Diaphragm Control

Flash Photography
Display Information in AE Flash Photography
Auto-exposure Flash Confirmation Signal
Automatic Flash (with Ordinary Electronic Computer Flash Units)
Manual Flash
Shooting with Infrared Film
Shooting in Very Low Temperatures
Shooting at Night
26. Interchangeable Focusing Screens
Caring for Your Camera
Optional Accessories
a. Canon Power Winder A2
  b. Canon Motor Drive MA
  c. Canon Wireless Controller LC-1
  d. Data Back A
  e. Angle Finders A2 and B
  f. Lens Hoods
  g. Dioptric Adjustment Lenses S
  h. Magnifier S
  i. Filters

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Part I: Basic Camera Operations (3 parts)
II: Advance Camera Operations (5 parts)
III: Other Issues (2 parts)
Specifications and Main Reference Map
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Shared Resources: Winder A, Winder A2, Focusing Screens, Motor Drive MA, Databack A, Speedlites & Macro photography.

Canon FD Resources
A Series: AE-1 | AT-1 | A-1 | AV-1 | AE-1 Program | AL-1
T- Series:
T50 | T60 | T70 | T80 | T90
F-1 | New F-1
Canon FL Resources Pellix | FTQL

FL | Canon FDn lenses. | Early versions of FD lenses

Canon EOS SLRs | Canon EF lens Resources

Highly suggestive useful external links/resources created by Mr.Christian Rollinger:

Essentials: - Canon A1 Repair/Service Guide | Determine Years of Made of your Canon
Canon Flash models:- Canon 300TL flash(1.5MB); Macrolite ML-1(HTML); Macrolite ML-2; Macrolite ML-3; Speedlite 133a; Speedlite 155a(HTML); Speedlite 177a; Speedlite 188a(HTML); Speedlite 199a; Speedlite 244t; Speedlite 277t (HTML); Speedlite 533; Speedlite 577

Others:- Canon Auto Bellow Unit Manual; Canon Macro Photography Guide, Canon Slide Duplicator Manual, Canon Angle Finder User's Manual

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