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My film advance lever will not advance

The lever won't advance and sending it off to get fixed will cost just about how much it would to buy another used one. Do you know a way I can fix this faily cheaply? A camera store once told me that it had to do with an electromagnetic charge in the camera. Thanks for anything you can offer.

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  • reecer May 11, 2010

    Hmm... You're probably a bit more advanced than me at these things, but just confirming that the film isn't full, the lens settings are correct, and whatnot? Is it just a jam or what? Try opening the back without film and manually turn the film advance wheel. Sorry in advance for improper names for these things... I just got an AE-1 about a few weeks ago, so I'm learning too.

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Make sure the arm that slides into top of the film canister is engaged all the way. Sometimes, if it doesn't seat properly, it won't hold the film canister tight enough.
Also, check to make sure the little film advance cogs are lined up properly with the holes in the edges of the film. This is the problem 90 percent of the time.

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