Question about Canon EOS-AE-1 35mm SLR Camera
I recently bought a canon ae-1 on ebay. I had been using this camera with a friends older canon 50mm lens (silver ring type, not bayonet). When set to the "A" setting, the lens aperture would react according to the light conditions when I took the picture, as it is supposed to do. The problem appears when I try to use the newer bayonet type lens on this camera. With these lenses, the "A" setting alone does make the aperture change when I snap off a picture. If i depress the stop-down lever, the aperture kicks in, but when I wind the film, instead of returning the aperture to full open for the next shot to be metered, it opens and then closes down again. This leads me to believe that the stop-down lever is not used for this purpose. Using a piece of plastic or cork to stop one of the lenses levers, the aperture will do it's job in the "A" mode. Is this normal? Why do these lenses need modifications to work with the cameras they were made for?
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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