Canon AE-1 Program On Location, Canada, 2002

SEPTEMBER 2002 – Photographer Mark Zanzig with his Canon camera in British Columbia, Canada. Photo © by Petra Zanzig/

The story behind the image

As you might have noticed, I have been using my trusted Canon AE-1 Program body with various lenses for almost 25 years, from the early 1980s until 2005. It was a robust, reliable camera that could capture stunning shots on film. I created ten thousands images with this body (and its twin, another AE-1P body which was used by my wife for this photo.)

Like with most SLR and DSLR bodies, the image quality significantly improved with better glass. Though I did not invest into L glass at that time, I had acquired a nice portfolio of lenses, ranging from the 17 mm to the Reflex 500 mm f/8. And many of these I took to Canada for our trip in 2002.

I like this photo because it’s one of the rare images that shows me with a AE-1 Program. And, well, I look so much younger. Serious, yet self-conscious and determined. Gosh, that’s “just” two decades ago, and it’s incredible what has happened since then. High-end digital photography! Ubiquitous Internet! Fibre-optics to the home! Really smart phones! And on the private side: Married Petra, got our beautiful daughter Clara. Bought a house. And many more events that happened during this time.


The high resolution image

Capture DateSeptember 2002
LocationWest Canada
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions5882 x 3921 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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