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Canon ae1 shutter button problem

The shutter button on my ae1 has been working intermitenly it seems like when its not working if i adjust the shutter speed it will work but i cant really tell for sure ive read some posts on here talking about the contacts on the bottom of the button is it possible that would be the problem with my cam and if so how hard would it be to clean or adjust

i changed the battery and that didnt seem to affect it also the contacts are clean

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It is possible dirty contacts but it sounds to me and I have run into this more than a few times you are moving setting the camera down picking it up sometimes all this moving it around can cause a cold contact solder joint. I hope this has been helpful. Jerry

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Usually cleaning the contacts becomes an effective solution, but if the problem continues take the camera to the service. All shutter problems requires professional care.

Posted on Sep 23, 2008

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