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Canon AE1 program film advance locked

I can not seem to get the shutter button to do anything,,,It will not advance,,,I have the little black button on the bottom pressed in. I just replaced the battery... I have shot 3 rolls in the this camera with no problem,,,,Help!!

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  • jonathan99s Dec 25, 2008

    THis is exactly what's wrong with mine. I had a camera store tell me it had to do with an electro magnetic charge in the camera. Problem is, is that to get it fixed costs about how much you can buy one used: $120-$150. If anyone knows a way to solve this problem, please speak.

  • reecer May 11, 2010

    Make sure the button isn't set to lock... That's all I can think of as a solution to this problem...

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SOURCE: Film advance inoperative

check the polarities of the battery.

Posted on Apr 02, 2008


cammedic
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SOURCE: Canon AE1 Shutter Problem

It could be a simple issue with the shutter magnets, or something more severe with the electronics. What does the meter needle do when you push the shutter release down? With the speed dial set at 1/125 or higher and no lens, the needle should move fairly high. If it pegs to the bottom right away, that is a bad sign.

You can check the magnets from the bottom with the cover removed. (2 screws) You can release the mechanicals of the shutter by pushing the silver lever arm (located next to the plastic shield around the magnet on the rewind side of the camera) toward the front of the camera. Be mindful of the spring attached

Posted on Oct 02, 2008

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SOURCE: Takes a picture when film advance lever is moved

I am interested. I was having the same problem, but now I'm having problems after I advance it and try to take a picture, it does shutter. It usually works after a few minutes and i try to take the picture again.

Posted on Oct 21, 2008

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SOURCE: canon ae1 film advance

On the very bottom inside the plate there are many cog gears with levers and retractor springs. One may had come off causing your problem

Posted on Mar 07, 2009

pontelemon
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SOURCE: WHEN I LOAD A ROLL OF FILM INTO MY CANON EOS 600,

Jammed Advance motor. Unfortunately, there is no way to reset it or fix externally. Will need service.

Posted on Apr 19, 2009

Obertelli
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SOURCE: My AE1 is malfunctioning. The shutter is being

This is very common on all AE-1 variants and the closely related AV-1.

The simple answer is that your camera needs a thorough CLA service (Clean, Lubricate, Adjust). In most cases all that's happened is that the lubricants put in there thirty plus years ago have dried out and gummed up. If you're unlucky then gears or levers have worn, but there are plenty more of these cameras in good condition for free/cheap if that's happened (although they'll also be due a CLA if not done recently).

At the same time, you can get the camera's gooey foam light seals and mirror buffers replaced; most places charge extra for this one-off service, but sometimes they'll do it for free if you politely point out that you can take the camera elsewhere.

Freshly serviced, your camera can last for many more years.

If in the UK then I can recommend Colchester Camera Repair, they're Canon specialists and absolutely excellent, but you may have your own preferred repairer. Any competent camera repairer can do this job very easily.

Don't try to force anything on your camera until you get it repaired, and try to get the job done asap, as sometimes this fault weakens internal parts due to springs being held in stressed positions for longer than designed.

DIY repair is possible but quite tricky, but if you're prepared to risk it going wrong then the experience is worthwhile. You'll find various "how-to" guides online although I haven't got any bookmarked at present to refer you to.

I hope that I've answered your question, please don't forget to rate my answer.

Posted on Feb 18, 2010

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Garryscamera.com and many others will repair this camera for you. Luckily, AE-1 was a great seller for Canon, so there are lots of spare parts out there. On Ebay, they are inexpensive and common. Buy one as a backup or parts donor, as they are old enough to start falling apart.

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