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To open back cover lift knob on top of camera ( this knob has a small arm that unfolds - used in rewinding). Once open you will see which side is the film side ( under this knob) and the take up side. On the film side raise the knob again in order to insert film case, the top of this should flip over later used to rewind film. with film trail out toward back of camera. Now push the knob down. Film should only be loaded one way so the knob can be lowered into film canister. Lower knob and Film canister is now secure. Next thread film leader onto take up spool. Some times these have a slot , but most Just have the teeth that fit the film edge.thread the film into slot then unto teeth. You will need to use film advance arm (There should be an arm on the top opposite side of film knob) you would move that would advance film. as you move this arm ( with cover open ) film holes should engage the teeth on bottom and top. ( if you can't advance after 1 or 2 advance arm swings) press take picture button ( releases springs). continue until film is captured top and bottom. Use the film spool knob gently wind film back into canniester until snug don't over wind. Close cover, take a picture with lens cap on, repeat that. As you wind ,the film cartridge knob should rotate. You are not wasting pictures film was designed for this waste. you should know how many photos were on film 12/24/36 pictures. you may have a knob to set to that number. When your ready to remove film ,push silver button on bottom and use winder handle ,rotating until free and easy. Open cover mention earlier. wow can't believe I remembered all that and hope that helps.
Canon AE-1 35mm SLR is a manual focus camera EOS is Canon's designation of auto focus EOS stands for Electro-Optical System. The problem you are experiencing is caused by several little things that throws the camera, wind and cocking leaver out of synchronization or simply come to the end of the roll. There is a frame counter window just to the left of the shutter release behind the shutter speed dial. Also if you have just loaded film in the camera it may not be seated correctly check by releasing the rewind button, wind the film back but not all the way and open the camera to restart the film.
You open the back by pulling upwards on the rewind crank. The rewind crank is on the top of the camera on the left (as you look through the viewfinder) in the center of the knob that sets the film speed. The crank is folded into the knob. DON'T open the back until you have rewound the film. You will have to press a button on the bottom of the camera to release the film before you can rewind.
It will be a lot easier if you can get an experienced person to show you the first time.
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.
to rewind the film back into the tin look underneath the camera you will see a button, press this, it will disengage the winding mechanism, looking on top of the camera to the left you see a knob. flip out the handle and start to turn this clockwise until you hear a click and the turning become a little easier. if it is hard to turn, ensure the button undeneath is still pushed in. once the film is wound back, lift this knob this should open the back door and of the camera and release the spent film can.
take your new film and take it out if its platic container. place the old film in the same container for safe keeping til it goes to processing.
place the new film into the camera on the left side with the brown tab of the film laying over the shutter window in the middle. press in the winder knob to help hold the film container in place. pull out the end of the film and guide it over the two wheels with teeth ensureing that the teeth fit into the perferation holes in the film. slide the film across the camera to the roller on the oposite side. slightly wind the camera on help guide the film tab into the slot once in the slot slowly wind the camera on ensuring that the film is running smoothly over the shutter gate. now close the back of the camera which should click to lock. now wind on the film until the winder leaver stops check the ASA or IOS rating of your film from the box it came in. and ensure this setting is correct on the setting wheel on the right. if your camera has automatic film recognition then this is not necessary. you are now ready to start taking pictures again.
Pull up on the rewind knob ( left side ) to open the film door. put film cassette in chamber then lower rewind knob and pull enough film leader to the take up spool. attach film to spool. close the film door then advance the film to #1 on the counter.
Sept 19th, 2008
On the bottom of the Nikon FE, there is a silver button to push in, and this releases a lock for the film.
Then on the left side, on the top, there is a white arrow and a silver lever tucked in. Wind your film, this it's all the way back in the canister. Then the black lever by the speed film (ASO) numbers, pull that back toward you. This will release the black 3/4" knob upward, and by gently pulling this upward, your door will release and the film canister will be allowed to come out. Just besure to wind your film back in the cansiter, before you open the door, or your photos will be over exposed. Best to do this in a darker area or shaddowed area, just for protection.
Good Luck. I've had mine since the mid 1970's and love it for double exposures and the special filters I have for it. The Hot Shoe for the flash attachment, just burned out on me a couple of days ago.