I have acquired a Canon AE-1 and an AE-1 Program SLR cameras and both of the film-advanced levers will not advance the film. Both of the levers only crank back about a 1/3rd of the way. I would like to...
This is a very common fault now on almost all AE1's and related models like the AV1.
Most of the time, it's due simply to age and dried out lubricants. The cameras need a strip down, thorough clean, and reassembly using fresh lubricants (known as a CLA service). It's wise during this process to remove and replace all light seals and mirror buffers as they'll have turned into a corrosive sticky black goo by now. The job is for professionals only due to the need for special tools and skills and the need to readjust the shutter speeds upon reassembly. Although it's not cheap (£80-£100 parts in the UK, cheaper in the USA and much cheaper in some Far Eastern countries such as Malaysia. If broken parts need replacing there is an extra charge), it's far cheaper than any new camera of the same quality and will ensure that the camera gives many more years of service. A freshly CLA'd camera has a resale value, a broken AE1 is usually completely worthless.
Aug 16, 2010 |
Canon EOS-AE-1 35mm SLR Camera