Trends: Canon AE-1 & Fuji FP-100C

Just sharing with you guys a couple of postings I made to the YouTube channel but did not post them here till now.

These are segments I called “Tuesday Trends” where I look at topics that I feel are “trending” in the camera and photography world and even though they might not be mainstream news, I feel are interesting enough to put a spotlight on.

First up is the legendary Canon AE-1 from 1976, one of the most popular cameras of all time.

Just for you guys, I’ve cut to the chase in the above video. I came to the conclusion that the Canon AE-1 prices have been rising is because…YOU GUYS ARE BUYING THEM UP! ๐Ÿ™‚

Not you my camera savvy readers, most of you guys probably have or have had the AE-1 at some point in your lives, but hipsters (you know who you are!), newbies, and anyone just getting into film photography. Part of the problem is because the AE-1 was, and is still so very popular, it almost always shows up during a search for film cameras.

Now first off, let me say I love the AE-1 for what it is. It’s a great camera that introduced millions of people to the wonderful world of photography. Yet, especially today, its specs are hardly earth shattering. Keep in mind, I’m just talking about the AE-1 original, not the latter AE-1 Program though when it comes to rising prices we can count that camera in too.

Shutter priority, manual mode, and relies on batteries. If you’ve read my pages here, you could probably read between the lines. Especially that last part about the batteries.

Now I’ve never been an anti-battery camera person. On the contrary, I have always found most modern cameras that uses batteries to be reliable enough not to worry,

That said, if you have a choice, especially the choices we have in today’s used market then I would say I would much rather buy a purely manual camera that doesn’t need batteries to operate, other than the meter of course.

I was quite disturbed to find the AE-1’s prices rising, after not checking for a long time. I used to periodically buy this camera to give away to friends or kids who wanted to learn photography. They never cost any more than $25-50 for a whole package of body, lens, filters, etc. Not any more. Now prices for a body alone averages $70.

This is not right! This should be a CHEAP CAMERA in terms of used prices! Anyway, my reasoning is all in the video, please check it out if you’re interested. I repeat myself a lot in this video but the point is clear…The AE-1 should be a CHEAP CAMERA and the prices should still be CHEAP ๐Ÿ™‚

Second up is the Fuji FP-100C, the packfilm classic that Fujifilm discontinued in 2016.

I posted somewhere on social media a couple of weeks back that I was facing REALITY and giving up on packfilm. In fact, I already have a buyer for my Polaroid Land Cameras once I deplete my last few packs of FP-100C.

Even the honorable fellows at CATLABS of JP who declared two years ago: “WE WILL MAKE PACKFILM” have given up on the process as announced this week.

As I had made my decision and prepared this video before their announcement I thought it was very timely! That’s what I mean by trends!

Basically, to cut to the chase, and if you DON’T want or have time to watch the video, I’m stating that if you ever wanted to try this film this might be the time because after a period of relative stability last year, the prices for the FP-100C are rising back up which may or may not indicate that the remaining stocks are close to depletion.

A sign that it is nearly gone is that B&H and Adorama no longer show this film in stock. Even a couple of months ago, it was.

Anyway, I hope this is helpful to somebody out there. Oh please forgive me when I get into “character” lol. As I said, you kinda need “personality” when you’re doing this YouTube thing ๐Ÿ™‚

Catch you guys next time!

Sam

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4 thoughts on “Trends: Canon AE-1 & Fuji FP-100C

  1. I have to tell you — I don’t get all the AE-1 love out there. There’s nothing wrong with this camera, but in use it doesn’t spark the same joy as a competing Pentax or Nikon. And shutter priority is just not all that great. I know these are subjective things but I feel them so strongly. You’re spot on about looking instead for a truly manual SLR.

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    1. Hi Jim, I tried to be diplomatic but you said it far straighter than I did, love it! ๐Ÿ˜Š
      Yes, I donโ€™t get all the AE-1 love either. I suspect itโ€™s the โ€œretro hipstersโ€ and kids wanting to make YouTube videos who are buying them up! If someone wanted to stay with Canon FD, a T90 is far more value for the same money.

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  2. Back in 1980 I bought a AE-1 and later in the year an A-1. More options with A-1 but more plastic parts. That made it much lighter and an important consideration when back packing. I used it for a few years until I moved on to a Nikon F-3. I last used the A-1 in 1988, after many years with the F-3, while in the Presidential Range. I was also carrying two lenses for it and a Hasselblad body with two lenses, two backs and a small but stout tripod. I still have all of them and a file cabinet of other film cameras collecting dust.

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    1. Hey Buz, thanks for sharing your experiences. If anyone out there who used these legendary cameras I knew it would be you! I join you as a member of the dust collecting camera club ๐Ÿ˜Š cheers!

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