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Re: Canon AE1 Shutter Problem
It could be a simple issue with the shutter magnets, or something more severe with the electronics. What does the meter needle do when you push the shutter release down? With the speed dial set at 1/125 or higher and no lens, the needle should move fairly high. If it pegs to the bottom right away, that is a bad sign.
You can check the magnets from the bottom with the cover removed. (2 screws) You can release the mechanicals of the shutter by pushing the silver lever arm (located next to the plastic shield around the magnet on the rewind side of the camera) toward the front of the camera. Be mindful of the spring attached
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I guess it is actually an AE1 and not an EOS, as EOS is a digital camera!
You will have to scrap the film in the camera by opening the back and removing the film. Take out the film can, then pull the film off the take up spool press the windback button on the bottom of the camera. This should get it working again. Try a few shutter releases and wind ons before putting a new film in. If you have important images on the film you don't wan to lose just do the above in complete darkness, and wind the loose film back into the can using the knob at the bottom.
Jim, it really sounds like one of threethings. Either will require a repair shop. 1. the film sensor is not recognizing film in the film chamber, or film across the back, therefore not telling the advance motor to advance film... 2. The film advance motor itself needs replaced. 3. The rear door latch switch needs replaced. Since everything else seems to do OK, I doubt the main computer board is bad.
In most film cameras, a battery is not necessary to manual advance film
using the lever. Your Canon AV-1 is no exception. I have owned two
cameras from the same group, the AE-1 and the Canon A-1. Neither
required a battery for manual film advance.
Make sure the ring around the shutter release button is set to "A",
otherwise the shutter won't release and the film lever won't work
correctly. If the ring shows an "L", the shutter release is locked.
Here's a graphic of the batteries that can be used in your AV-1:
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.
Your camera is cocked but since the shutter is not working you cannot release it and hence your film advance mechanism does not work.
ME-super will work without batteries in full manual mode so set your shutter to B and try to release it.
If the shutter will not release in B mode then the shutter/mirror box will need servicing : rubber components in the mirror box mechanism have perished and need replacing. After that your camera will be fine for another couple of years.