The AE-1 is a great camera, and all the better because you can now get the great Canon FD lenses for next to nothing. With the 50mm and 28mm lenses you are pretty well covered, but it's easy (and not too expensive) to go wider and longer.

I have the big and clunky F1n with a pretty good collection of lenses (GAS truly is a disease), but the much lighter AE-1 is easier to carry around, and takes pictures just as well.