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Shutter Only Fires at 60

I just picked up an AE-1 and EVERYTHING works well...except....the shutter only fires at 60 no matter what the dial is set at. 1000? 60. B? 60. Heeeelp!!

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Re: Shutter Only Fires at 60

Remove transport/winding lever and loosen the retaining ring underneeth. Gently lift shutter speed dial and reseat it. Tighten the retaining ring and reattach winding lever. ( the shutter speed dial is not engaging the mechanism inside the camera and you need to establish proper connection ).

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The AE-1 requires, that when the camera's shutter speed dial is set on A or Auto, that the lense must be set on the highest aperature (22, 32, whatever that lense has). In all other settings you can move around however you'd like.

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Hi, I have taken over 20 rolls of film so far and haven't had a problem until now. Whenever, I go outside to take pictures (in the daylight), my pictures come out black (last 5 rolls of film) In the same...

I think the aperture is not shutting down to the opening you set it to. In an SLR, the aperture is normally fully open for viewing through the lens. When you press the button, the mirror flips up and the aperture closes to the figure you have set, then the shutter fires. If you have set a daytime aperture and the aperture sticks, you get a wide open aperture and an overexposed shot, but at night, you have set an open or almost open aperture anyway.

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The shutter release button will not fire. every once in a while it will shoot but most of the time it does not release and take the photo.

The most obvious cause is a failing battery. Your camera has a magnetic shutter release which needs a good battery to work. A tired battery will have a marginal voltage which might not always be adequate to release the shutter. Change the battery to see if there is an improvement, you should use 1 x 4SR44 cell.

If that fails, you may have a dirty shutter magnet but it's rare on the AE-1. If the battery doesn't fix your fault then please report back for guidance regarding shutter magnet maintenance.

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