Canon AE1 shutter problem, shutter will not release
Hi, as you advised we removed the bottom of the camera and can get the shutter to release by pushing the lever over, but continually have to do it. The meter reads fine. How do we check the magnets?? Thanks so much.
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Re: Canon AE1 shutter problem, shutter will not release
Well, here is where it gets a little tricky. You'll need an x-acto knife, some lighter fluid and some q-tip swabs. You need to carefully cut the plastic shield on 3 edges to make kind of a door to the magnet.
You are doing this to expose the magnet face so it can be cleaned with the lighter fluid using the cotton swabs. Careful how you make the cuts.
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The Minolta X-series (X-300/370, X-570, X-700) were known for this
issue. Two capacitors under the top and bottom covers go bad over time.
They prevent the shutter from releasing, so you cannot wind to re-****
the shutter. If you're handy at these things, you can buy the caps,
remove the covers, solder in the new caps, and be fine. This issue is
well known and you can find instructions on the web. Or you can send it
in for repair. Garry's Camera repair in Niles,ILL will do it cheaply at
$58 incl return postage. Look him up on the web.
If you opened the bottom you saw the magnet that holds the shutter /mirror mechanism closed- sometimes it and the lever it holds get dirt or corrosion on them and won't hold the lever when you **** the shutter? it can also be the battery is not dead, but not enough voltage to supply enough power to hold lever.
This is likely because the shutter has not been cocked all the way. Return the lens to the fully locked position and advance the film with the lever all the way down to reset the shutter. If it still doesn't work, move the lever to M for multiple exposure, make sure the back is aligned and trip the shutter release. Then fully **** the shutter again by pressing the advance lever down fully and again until it is reset. Then try to remove the lens again.
Hi -- yes if you cannot advance the transport mechanism ( and so cannot load the film ) this is because shutter is not working ! This a very common problem and is due to leaking capacitor ( 220 microF ) situated on the botttom of the camera. Remove bottom cover and replace the capacitor . You should be able now to release shutter and load your film.
Hi , to release the shutter open the lense and push shutter button , rotate the camera mode to auto or manual release shutter.donnot set on bulb or lower speed can cause stuck camera miror and stter curtain, or blade.
Remove bottom cover ( 4 screws ) and find small shutter release capacitor ( 6 v 220 microF ) and replace it. These older capacitors start leaking after 8 years and have to be replaced. Make sure you get the polarity and specs right when you are putting a new one in.