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Zero activity with ae-1 program camera

Have recently purchased a used canon ae1 program. Being a novice I know little but wiling to learn. The problem is when the shutter release button is pressed there is nothing happening and winder lever not winding all the way and is kind of stiff. The camera looks in mint condition but not working. I have tested the battery and shows (i think) just baout enough power to give some sort of activity, ie bleeps etc, but nothing. Please any experts, any advice?
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Alex

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  • jonnysaintly Nov 24, 2008

    same problem,  put a new battery and still won't advance film, won't wind, wind does feel stiff.


    is it fixable?



  • bcseeker101 Nov 26, 2008

    My AE-1 Program Canon has been stored for about 18 years. I never really used it much. I was going through some boxes and came across my camera and got really interested in it. I installed a new battery and re-read the manual. But , as you might guess I have the same problem. The shutter won't work and I can't feed the lever. It goes about halfway. I tried seeing what might be wrong so I took of the lens and noticed the mirror was in the wrong position. I know little about the workings of the camera but I did manage to reset it by playing around with some levers inside. The shutter clicked once but when I went to advance again I had the same issue. The manual says if you store it you should take it out a few times a year and work it so the mechanisms don't stiffen up. Still looking for a solution.

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Make sure it's set on "A" not "L".
I got a AE-1 program 2 days ago, love it to death and just replaced the battery with a 28L lithium.
Everything works better and faster now.
Make sure your battery tester beeps 5-6 per second. before I replaced my battery, it beeped maybe 2 a second.

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Is there film in it ? Remove it if there is,
If not you need to take it to a repair shop nothing you can do ... KC

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