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Canon A1- Just stopped working

I'm a first year photography student at Northumbria University, and I recently bought an A1 Canon from Smokey Joes in Newcastle. Anyway, every time I use this camera it goes to about 14 out of a 36 exposure film and the button stops working. The film is then not moving, the shutter button failing to work. In desperation last time I tried fiddling with the buttons to no avail. I then wound the 14 photos I took to save them, but was VERY disappointed I couldn't finish my shoot. Someone please help. Sofie

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Re: Canon A1- Just stopped working

Get a dummy film and put it in the camera , make shure that the film is fully loaded on to the take up spool and test it all the way through, It sounds like the film is coming off the take up spool. I have repaired a lot of these A1's and they don't suffer from this problem. yours Tim 01689 818009..

Posted on Oct 10, 2007

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We have a Canon A1 that hasn't been used in years. We loaded it and used it a few times yesterday, but now it wont' advance the film, it's stuck. Ideas?

Could it be that it thinks it needs to have the trigger pressed?
The film will not advance past an unexposed frame.
The other possible is that the end of the film has been reached.
Try pressing the release button and rewinding the film.
If you have a dark room available you can always resort to opening the camera.
Excellent camera. Have had one for many years back when film existed.

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I purchased a used Nikon FA camera for my daughter to use in her photography class. None of the pictures came out during developing. Any ideas what the problem could be? I was only given a 7 day return...

If it's still within the 7 days take it back. The Nikon FA was a great camera but time and lack of use has probably caused the shutter to seize. To put this camera back into serviceable condition for any photography will require a clean, lubrication and adjustment by a qualified camera person. I'm in Canada and have cameras service fairly regularly older ones to have this type of work performed will cost about $120.00 Canadian. The instructor is probably asking for the students to have a manual camera to be able to learn from the ground up which to me is the best way but, these old cameras are failing just because the grease is drying out. There are still a lot of good used working camera out there I just bought a great Canon Elan 7Ne for $199.00 CDN and it's a 2005 model the last year of the Canon film cameras. I guess it depends on if you want to spend the money (and time) to get the FA repaired or step into something for a little more money that works properly right from the get go.

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Underexposure problem maybe? please help!

Your camera probably needs a new battery.
The light meter needs sufficient power (5.5v to 6v) to work correctly.

Your ISO could have moved, even a double or halving of it will over/underxpose a full stop.

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How to load film ?


just pull the rewind knob up.

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Canon T90 Problems Loading Film

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The old canon A1

Dear FreshEarth,
This is definately not a common problem the battery under normal use should last about a year. I beleive what is causeing this is you either have the exposure preview switch or the exposure memory switch turned on causeing the exposure meter to be taking a reading all the time and draining the battery. Those switches are located on the front of the camera to the left of the lens. If this doesn't resolve the issue I would have the camera looked at by an camera repair technician.

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I think I scratched something inportant....PLEASE HELP ASAP!

Do not worry. The part that is scratched or has some dirt on it is called fresnel lens ( or the focusing screen ) and scratches to this part will NOT effect quality of your pictures ( i.e. you will not see any of the scratches on your results ) . True it is a hassle to have to look through a dirty viewfinder but just ignore it for now and just take pictures.

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