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Lens inside the camera locked in the upright position and shutter not retracting?

So this is my parents camera and Im using it for a black and white photography class this semester. It has been working fantasticly up until a few hours ago. I had take around 10 pictures on the roll and when i went to snap the 11th one the shudder opened up like normal then just stayed in place. I can not advance the film at all and the lever only goes about half way till it can not go any further. By taking of the camera lens, the lens inside the camera is in the upright position (letting light in) and will not stay down at all. I know this is asking alot since you can not physically see the problem but I need to solve the problem as quick as possibly since I need it for a class. Buying another one is sadly out of the question as well. Thanks!

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  • Christopher Feb 09, 2012

    I also changed the battery out and that is not the problem.

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SOURCE: AE-1Problems... Advance lever, Shutter, and more.

This happened to me to both the Canon's I had. I found out it was a dead battery. Once I replaced those it worked fine. The battery is hidden under the hand grip which can be taken off using a coin in the screw slot.

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Posted on Nov 24, 2007

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SOURCE: Canon AT-1 (Similar AE-1) Shutter Fires Upon Advancing Film Lever

No need to look at the schematics. It only will give you a little headache. Replace Shutter release magnet (MG#3). While winding stage the Mg#3 suppose to catch the lever and any dirt or particle may prevent it. Clean it and it shoud take care of the problem. Good Luck -James. For further assistance email, go to www.camerarepairjapan.com

Posted on Mar 26, 2009

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SOURCE: Automatic aperture setting on canon FD lenses not working on AE-1

You have a case of AE(auto exposure) Unit faulty or getting bad. It suppose to register as it move within the AE unit according to the exposure calculation but somehow it is broken. Technician usualy replace the AE unit and takes care of the problem. It can also be rebuilt if new parts are not available. This requires complete disassembly and mirror box removal. The average cost of repair probably runs around $100. Yes, "A" mode is correct for most of the shots and it was a state of art electronic system and more computerized than you think. It has 3 IC chips in there for precessing and 1 chip for the exposure. All works together for good. -James

Posted on Apr 01, 2009

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SOURCE: have a Canon AE-1 Program that I've received

Camera has a bad magnet, the A series were plagued by this.
Repairs will cost more than probably what it's worth.
The AE-1's used an electromagnet system to activate the shutter for a smoother press and less shake from the camera system.

I got lucky and recently purchased an AE-1 program that doesn't have this problem, it seems to be a hit and miss with these.

Posted on Nov 14, 2009

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SOURCE: I have an Canon AE-1 and the film advance lever

The film is either at the end or stuck. The shutter will not release unless the film advance lever has gone all the way and back.
Make a note of the frame counter. Rewind the film and remove it from the camera (When you feel the film to come loose from the receiving spool, stop rewinding to prevent the end of the film to disappear inside the can. This way you can reload it if it was stuck in the middle.) If the film was completely exposed, take it to be developed.
With the empty camera, try to advance the lever and release the shutter. If this works, the problem was the film and not the camera. Everything is fine. If the problem persists, take it to be repaired.
If the film was stuck in the middle, load it again into the camera. With the lense cap on (preferably in a dark room or similar) 'shoot' as many 'empty' frames as you had on the counter plus two more. Finish the film and develop the pictures.
If the film stucks again at the same place, rewind it and develop normally. It was a bad film.
Hope this helped you to solve the problem.

Posted on Dec 05, 2009

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