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Canon Ae-1 Installed battery and meter worked however the film advance does nothing and shutter button does nothing. Other that those problems everything else on the camera is in top shape for it's age. Any suggestions?

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Hey, I ran into the same problem, and messing around today I found the electro-trip. The battery is dead, but when I fire the shutter manually, there's no lag between the two blades. Is this just because the battery has died? I fear the circuit that trips the shutter may also be blown. The one capacitor, or whatever the large solder bumps are, was severely corroded and so where some of the terminals. I tried cleaning them, and I'm not sure what else to do. I have no real attachment to this camera and it's been broken for 15 years, since my dad took it to the Galapagos. They're revolutionary, but I must say poorly built with their circuitry easily exposed to moisture on the bottom and the copper plated PVC parts.

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Re: Canon Ae-1

Shutter release magnet faulty ( your camera is cocked but since you cannot release the shutter you cannot wind the film ). Remedy : open bottom cover by removing the two screws. You will see two small electro magnets one on the left hand side and the shutter release one on the right hand side ( it is the bigger one of the two ). The very thin wires from the magnet to the small circuit board on the right hand side may be broken : inspect and resolder 10 joints you see on the p.c. board. If no joy replace the s.r.magnet.

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Camera has a bad magnet, the A series were plagued by this.
Repairs will cost more than probably what it's worth.
The AE-1's used an electromagnet system to activate the shutter for a smoother press and less shake from the camera system.

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There is a large circular cover on the bottom of the camera. Inside is a button battery. Yours is dead and should be replaced with one of the same I.D.number.

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The first to check is the battery condition. Press the battery check button on the top cover and see where the meter needle rests in the VF. If the needle is above 5.6, battery is getting weak and it will cause irratic shutter release or no release. It's time to change the battery. If needle is below 5.6, then you have magnet problem or other fault. -James. For further assistance by email, go to

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In most film cameras, a battery is not necessary to manual advance film using the lever. Your Canon AV-1 is no exception. I have owned two cameras from the same group, the AE-1 and the Canon A-1. Neither required a battery for manual film advance.

Make sure the ring around the shutter release button is set to "A", otherwise the shutter won't release and the film lever won't work correctly. If the ring shows an "L", the shutter release is locked.

Here's a graphic of the batteries that can be used in your AV-1:

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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

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The magnets that control the shutter are the likely suspect. Dirt and debris can cause them not to hold properly. Hence, it fires the shutter when you advance the film. It is something you can repair yourself. I can describe the procedure if you are interested.

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The problem is usually caused by a dirty release magnet. I can tell you how to fix it if you are handy with small tools

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To open the back pull on the rewind knob ( pulling up ) until back opens. Check that your 6 volt battery is ok ( ae -1 has an electronic shutter so will not work without a battery ): battery situated on the left hand side of the camera ( if it is facing you ) underneath small flip up door ( lock is at the bottom on the left of the small door ) . Check the battery by pressing the shutter release gently and seeing if your light meter needle moves. No movement ? replace battery. You have two modes for taking pictures : auto which is actually AV ( aperture priority) or full manual : both are set by moving the shutter speed dial on the top right hand side ( underneath film winding lever ).

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This happened to me to both the Canon's I had. I found out it was a dead battery. Once I replaced those it worked fine. The battery is hidden under the hand grip which can be taken off using a coin in the screw slot.


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