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Takes a picture when film advance lever is moved

I was given a Canon AE1 and put new film and a new battery in and the shutter will depress but nothing happens. However, when the film is advanced it will take a picture. Any ideas?

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  • gurukiki Dec 04, 2008

    I also cannot take a photo after advancing the film! When I press down the button to take the photo it does absolutely nothing!!!! However if I wait a few mintues and then go back and try again it works! Hopefully it is just dirt in the way of the magnet, and can be fixed easily!

  • Anonymous May 20, 2009

    Yes, very interested. Please do describe. And thank you for being so helpful

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The magnets that control the shutter are the likely suspect. Dirt and debris can cause them not to hold properly. Hence, it fires the shutter when you advance the film. It is something you can repair yourself. I can describe the procedure if you are interested.

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I am interested. I was having the same problem, but now I'm having problems after I advance it and try to take a picture, it does shutter. It usually works after a few minutes and i try to take the picture again.

Posted on Oct 21, 2008

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