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I have a question concerning my canon AE-1. What does it mean when above the scale in the view finder a red ''M'' is blinking while slightly pressing the release button?

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It means that you switched to manual mode

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I have turned camera on and set up to take a photo and the shutter release button will not press in to take the photo. I used the camera yesterday and it worked fine!


Turn the camera on and look into the view finder while you try to press the shutter button. Check the information in the view finder to see whether you are getting an error message. If you see an error message in the view finder, remove the lens cap and proceed to take a photograph but, instead of pressing the shutter button this time, press the button near the top of the camera on the back which says "AF/AE. If the camera takes the photo it means you have somehow initiated the auto focus/auto exposure lock which the camera will not override when attempting to take a photo using the shutter button. When you use the AF/AE button, you override this system. To remedy this issue, when you get the error message try pressing the shutter button again. Also, remove the lens to see if the shutter inside has frozen in the "locked" position. If you find this to be the case you will need to contact Nikon Customer Support. The link for Nikon Support is below. The numbers are half-way down the page.

http://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/238

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The film has 36 exposures and indicator shows only 32 pics taken. Film is advanced and when I look into the view finder I have a blinking M and red circle on far right side. It will not let me take a...


You may be out of film. If you used too much leader to load the film, the counter would not know to keep up so you would be off a bit. On the rewind side, check to see if there is any slack in the film, If you can turn the rewind 2 or 3 turns then it is not loading error but mechanical problems.

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What does the flashing m and p mean when i press the button


The camera is no set correctly. Set the lens on P and the camera must match if AE-1P. If this is the AE-1 original and the camera is set on M then the lens cannot be locked on P

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Sounds like your custom functions have been changed to work this way. On the EOS 350 D it is Custom Function #04. To change it back to default you need navigate through Canon's menus. Here's how to get there: while in one of the creative zones go to your camera menu and navigate to the 5th tab on the right. Select “Custom Functions (C. Fn)” from this tab. This will open a submenu of numbered options. Select #04 and set it to 0: the default AF/AE lock on a half depress of the shutter. That should get your camera back to the expected auto focus with the shutter button.
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You press the shutter once and that opens the shutter (you do your light painting) then you press the shutter a second time to close the shutter.

When you press the shutter the first time and look in the view finder it will be dark . this is because the mirror has locked its self up while doing the exposure (this is normal) Once you click the shutter a second time the mirror will flop down and you will be able to see threw the viewfinder again.

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Both modes offer the ability to zoom in on your live view, excellent for confirming focus before capture. Using the Magnify button just right of the AE-Lock button, you can zoom in 5x or 10x, then press the AE-Lock button to focus if you like; but of course you can't confirm framing in that mode.

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Manual


Try Google!

I did a quick search and came up with these two links. Both have slightly different versions of the manual.

http://www.canonfd.com/pdf/ae1.pdf

http://www.butkus.org/chinon/canon/canon_ae-1/canon_ae-1.htm

Matt

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