Canon AE-1 | 35mm Film Camera


Canon AE-1 35mm Film Camera

with 50mm F1.8 Lens

The Canon AE-1 is a vintage masterpiece that embodies the essence of 35mm film photography. Easily one of the best cameras ever produced, the Canon AE-1 has stood the test of time and has a reputation of being a rock solid side kick to any adventure you could possibly throw at it. Born in 1976 there is a reason why it is a staple in a world dominated by the digital revolution. The Canon AE-1 35mm film camera offers a refreshing alternative—a journey into the past that sparks inspiration and creativity.

Our dedicated team meticulously restores, tests, and cleans each Canon AE-1, ensuring that despite the years, your camera performs with the same flawless charm it did in the summer of '76. It's not just a piece of equipment; it's a time machine that transports you to soulmate smiles, puppy dog eyes, and the sunsets of college days—straight out of the box.

Whether you're an experienced photographer expanding your collection or a novice venturing into the world of film, the Canon AE-1 35mm Film Camera is your gateway to timeless moments and endless creativity. Grab your piece of history and start your film photography journey now!

When it comes to the Canon AE-1 35mm film camera, you can’t go wrong. Don't forget to put on a camera strap before you walk out the door! (PS we sell straps too!)

By the way, protect your camera for 1-2 years with our protection plan. We cover all boo boos at no cost to you.

Features + Benefits:

  • One of the best selling film cameras of all time
  • Ability to choose your own ISO (it’s all manual, remember)
  • Offers Shutter Priority mode
  • A great starter camera for learning how to shoot film 


  • Classic Canon body
  • 50mm F1.8 lens
  • 35mm film (check out our film selection)
  • 1 4LR44 battery
  • Compatible with Canon's FD lens mount and all other Canon accessories

Professionally restored, tested, and cleaned. 

Functions 100%, including the light meter.

How We Grade Our Cameras

We restore, test, and clean all of our cameras to ensure that despite its age, your Cute Camera works as well as it would have if purchased it in 1976. This means that you’ll be able to capture your soulmate’s smile, your puppy dog’s eyes, or the sunset of your last day at college – straight out of the box. 


A "very good" body will have minimal signs of wear and tear. Examples include slight impurities like  worn leather or metal, signs of age on the bottom plate, and dull marks. 


A “good” body will also look nice but have some additional potential cosmetic wear such as spots with discoloration,  worn down metal or small scratches somewhere on the body.


An “average” body will be a more severe case of cosmetic wear like more extreme discoloration or worn down metal, exterior or interior black
specs, deeper scratches, or lines in the eye prism.

Hassle Free Returns

We want you to love everything about your new camera. From its vintage design to its perfect imperfections. But if you don't, we make returns as easy as possible.

If you are not feeling your Cute Camera, just send it back within 30 days and we will take care of the rest.

🌍🌄🌊 Ready for adventure

All of our Cute Cameras come ready to use as soon as you take it out of the box. We include the lens and battery** so you can start making nostalgic memories. Just add the film of your choosing and you are good to go.

Don't forget to pick up some film before you checkout! :)

**Non-USA Customers: Due to shipping restrictions we are unable to include the batteries for your Cute Camera. However, they can be easily picked up at most drug/grocery stores.

Protect Your Camera

Protect your new travel buddy, pocket historian, or sunset catcher with one simple plan that covers you no matter what.

If it breaks, we will fix it.

Easy Returns

Not in love with your Cute Camera?

We make returns easy.

Just send it back to us and we will take care of the rest!

Cute Camera Support

We are here for you! Have a question about your camera? Photography in general? what you should name your new cat? We would love to chat!

Canon AE-1 Photo Examples


Customer Reviews

Based on 136 reviews
Karla Navarrete

Love the camera but was the camera supposed to come with a lens protector? I’m confused because I’m looking at these reviews and the pictures show it too.

Garrett Sheehan
Everything I wanted!

Aside from some light leaks, this camera is perfect and works great! Purchased the "good" level and have no complaints.

Katie McCracken

I got a Canon AE-1 from a different seller a couple of months ago and it broke within the first two uses. I was so disappointed but really loved the camera so I knew I wanted another one. A friend bought a Canon from Cute Cameras and had nothing but good things to say about it, so I went for it! I've used it about 5 times already and it's absolutely perfect! I got one roll of film developed and dang they were good. If you are hesitant about getting one, I am shouting from the rooftops to do it!!

Erin White
Great camera, great service!

The camera I received was in great condition and looked basically brand new. I tested out the first roll of film on it, which came back with light leaks on many images. I reached out to Cute Camera Co and they initiated a free and easy return/ replacement. Their customer service reached back out to ask if I would be okay with a repair on the original camera I ordered (since it was in great condition otherwise), they fixed the back door and resealed the edges. No more light leaks! The turnaround time was so fast, I probably got my camera back less than two weeks after the original return. Such great customer service, quick responses and great communication! So happy with my dream camera! :)

Ava M
5 stars review from Ava

5 stars review from Ava

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