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    Quote Originally Posted by E. von Hoegh View Post
    Actually, a depressing number of people believe that anything sold in large enough numbers is good. Same basic type of halfwits who thought Michael Jackson was good because he made lots of money.
    True, equating popularity with quality in most things only proves how uneducated and undiscerning the public's tastes are.
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    And some people think that because the ae1 sold in large numbers, it is a great camera.

    My perspective is that the ae1 marked the switch over point where cameras became a mass-produced, disposable item, instead of something meant to last for a lifetime with periodic maintenance, and even passed down from one generation to the next. If/when it broke, it was meant to be tossed away. For me, the ae1 marked this change in attitude in cameras. (paradigm-shift) I understand that one can't blame this (first world) change in thinking on a single camera maker or model, but that is the personal association that I have with the ae1. I understand that not everyone feels the same way. That's okay. This is just an attempt at explaining my negative attitude to the ae1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frank View Post
    And some people think that because the ae1 sold in large numbers, it is a great camera.

    My perspective is that the ae1 marked the switch over point where cameras became a mass-produced, disposable item, instead of something meant to last for a lifetime with periodic maintenance, and even passed down from one generation to the next. If/when it broke, it was meant to be tossed away. For me, the ae1 marked this change in attitude in cameras. (paradigm-shift) I understand that one can't blame this (first world) change in thinking on a single camera maker or model, but that is the personal association that I have with the ae1. I understand that not everyone feels the same way. That's okay. This is just an attempt at explaining my negative attitude to the ae1.
    My AE-1 was passed down to me...farther to son...

    And is lasting with periodic (once every 30 years) maintenance...

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    Quote Originally Posted by StoneNYC View Post
    My AE-1 was passed down to me...farther to son...

    And is lasting with periodic (once every 30 years) maintenance...
    Ah, but remember, you're a special case.

    Joking aside, this just goes to show you how individual life experiences shape ones opinions. If my father bequeathed me an ae1, I would think differently about it.

    Understand that your view of the ae1 is highly influenced by an emotionally charged, singular, personal experience.

    I imagine that there are many people (of a certain age) who think that the ae1 is a great camera because they received one from their parents as a graduation gift and it was their first "serious" camera.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frank View Post
    Ah, but remember, you're a special case.

    Joking aside, this just goes to show you how individual life experiences shape ones opinions. If my father bequeathed me an ae1, I would think differently about it.
    That's sad, I'm sorry you wouldn't appreciate being given a thoughtful gift from your parents. That does tell of how one might have been shaped...

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    Quote Originally Posted by StoneNYC View Post
    That's sad, I'm sorry you wouldn't appreciate being given a thoughtful gift from your parents. That does tell of how one might have been shaped...
    I'm not sure how you got that conclusion from my post.
    I acknowledged that a gift from a parent WOULD shape ones view.
    Quite the opposit of your post.

    My father's gift to me was his old German Kodak Rettinette, which certainly influenced my preference for mechanical cameras.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frank View Post
    I'm not sure how you got that conclusion from my post.
    I acknowledged that a gift from a parent WOULD shape ones view.
    Quite the opposit of your post.

    My father's gift to me was his old German Kodak Rettinette, which certainly influenced my preference for mechanical cameras.
    Oh I see, I thought you were saying you would have been insulted if your dad gave you an AE-1 lol

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    You can say anything about the AE-1 but it got a lot of people into photography.

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    http://www.retrothing.com/2008/04/1976-the-canon.html

    "The AE-1 had a lasting legacy in the camera industry, as manufacturers introduced increasingly advanced electronic metering and focusing sytems. In the end, they managed to do away with film completely as cameras became highly specialized imaging computers."

    The beginning of the end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Kubach View Post
    You can say anything about the AE-1 but it got a lot of people into photography.

    Jeff
    You can say that again! When the AE-1 and the later Program went on sale we used to sell tons of them. At Christmas time we would have multiple stacks of them on the floor behind the camera counter and they would sell like hotcakes! They were very reliable and we rarely took back returns due to defects.

    My first camera was the AV-1. It was aperture preferred only with no manual mode. I bought it because I was going to the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville Tennessee. My boss had marked it down real cheap because it was a display model.

    The camera got me interested in photography but I soon discovered that I wanted a manual mode, After doing a lot of research I bought a Contax 139 on sale.



 

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