Question about Canon EOS-AE-1 35mm SLR Camera
My 25 year old Canon AE-1 Program's mirror suddenly got stuck all the way in the up position and I cannot wind the film. The battery is brand new. How can I release the mirror myself without causing further damage to the camera? Thank you!!!
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of.(from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones)
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Posted on Jan 02, 2017
The film is either at the end or stuck. The shutter will not release unless the film advance lever has gone all the way and back.
Make a note of the frame counter. Rewind the film and remove it from the camera (When you feel the film to come loose from the receiving spool, stop rewinding to prevent the end of the film to disappear inside the can. This way you can reload it if it was stuck in the middle.) If the film was completely exposed, take it to be developed.
With the empty camera, try to advance the lever and release the shutter. If this works, the problem was the film and not the camera. Everything is fine. If the problem persists, take it to be repaired.
If the film was stuck in the middle, load it again into the camera. With the lense cap on (preferably in a dark room or similar) 'shoot' as many 'empty' frames as you had on the counter plus two more. Finish the film and develop the pictures.
If the film stucks again at the same place, rewind it and develop normally. It was a bad film.
Hope this helped you to solve the problem.
Posted on Dec 05, 2009
If the batteries are flat or missing you wont get LED's to light up and it will set itself to 125 naturally. I know as I have tried it. It could be that the shutter has got stuck on its way down and it is preventing the mirror from coming down as a result this is a mechanical issue, not battery related. The best way I found to release the mirror was to gently, really gently stroke the shutter nearest to the film down towards the groove it goes home in. Recommend a cotton budd so you don't damage the shutter leaves or get grease from your fingers on the movement. This should release the mirror. The next thing to do is try preventing the shutter getting stuck again by removing the bottom plate which will allow you access to the cogs for the shutter. it is tight in there and it is recommended by some that you remove some of the movement to see and clean them up. I did this but it is tricky and it involves winding on the camera and rocking parts out with itself. Not easy to do. The shutter cogs are brass (or look like it) and they may have old oil stuck inbetween the teeth which needs cleaning out with a tooth pick and then lubricate but not with WD40 which gets sticky with age. Use a cotton budd again with the lubricant on so you don't affect other sensitive parts around this section. Alternatively send the camera for a good service. I just had mine done, got it sorted with a warranty for 12 months to and cost me just £45. They cleaned everything up, new light seals and sorted issues common to this model of camera. The photos are instantly back to their best. Compare a good service to a series of wasted film with an inconsistent camera. Peace of mind too, it is worth it and so is the camera!
Posted on Jun 02, 2010
I wonder about answering posts that are a year old but here goes. The Canon AE-1 Program is a solid working classic but unfortunately Canon won't repair them anymore at least not in m y country anyway. However there are many individual repair people still bringing these cameras back from retirement to full service. Check with a local camera club or cruise e-Bay I've seen auctions selling service for these cameras in the US for as little as $79.95.
Posted on Dec 11, 2010
Tips for a great answer:
Jun 27, 2011 | Canon EOS-AE-1 35mm SLR Camera
Mar 03, 2011 | Canon EOS-AE-1 35mm SLR Camera
Apr 27, 2010 | Canon EOS-AE-1 35mm SLR Camera
Oct 17, 2009 | Canon EOS-AE-1 35mm SLR Camera
Sep 13, 2009 | Canon EOS-AE-1 35mm SLR Camera
Dec 10, 2007 | Canon EOS-AE-1 35mm SLR Camera
Nov 22, 2007 | Canon EOS-AE-1 35mm SLR Camera
Jun 27, 2009 | Canon EOS-AE-1 35mm SLR Camera
602 people viewed this question
Usually answered in minutes!
Step 2: Please assign your manual to a product: