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Canon 150u not working

When I try to use my new camera it has an "H" flashing on the screen and won't work. It worked fine a couple of days ago. Any help?

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That fault is typical of the AE1 and closely related models such as the AT1.

First, try seeing if the camera works without the lens attached. If so, then the lens needs attention.

Otherwise, your camera is around thirty to forty years old and needs a thorough CLA service (Clean, Lubricate, Adjust). The internal lubricant films have dried-out and gummed up the workings. Also the foam light seals and mirror buffer will have either decayed to a sticky corrosive goo or will have gone further and dried out completely, falling away as black powder or gluing some parts together.

A professional CLA and a one-off foam replacement (modern material does not decay) isn't particularly cheap and far exceeds the residual value of the camera. But once it's done the camera should be good for many more years and there are huge numbers of high quality dirt-cheap lenses for it. Shoot on film or slide and scan the images and you have results which will still give any full frame dSLR a run for it's money.

Try to use a Canon specialist as they'll have scrap examples of your camera to cannibalise if spare parts are needed, but that model is really well made and unless you're unlucky then you should get away with a CLA and new foam.

Alternatively, unrestored examples are commonplace and cheap/free, so it's not a bad model to gain your own experience on if you're confident with electro-mechanical devices (the simpler AT1 is a better model to start learning on though as it has far less electronic parts). If you ruin it in the process then you gain experience and spare parts for the next attempt.

Good luck.

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