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Re: Canon AV-1, Film Advance Lever won't spin..
There's not anything you can do on a DIY basis, it happens to most of them (and the closely related AE-1). But you might be able to get it working temporarily by sitting the camera on top of a dry towel on top of a radiator or after placing it in a warm airing cupboard for 24 hours; this may soften up gummed lubricants enough to allow the parts to move as intended. If it works, this just leaves the camera in a better state to be assessed for a proper repair, it's not a true fix and will go wrong again.
The camera usually just needs a good CLA (Clean, Lubricate, Adjust) service by a professional camera repairer. This should include checking and adjusting the light meter calibration at the same time. Afterwards it should ideally be serviced every year or two, but will probably last another thirty or so years!
In the UK expect to pay at least £60 and about another £15 to £20 if you need the one-off repair of having all the gooey foam light seals/mirror buffers replaced. You can try haggling the price, but as there is far more demand than supply I doubt that you'll find the job much cheaper. If it is, corners ARE being cut: I've seen some cameras supposedly "fresh" from a CLA which have simply been cleaned, polished and had a little bit of WD40 or 3-in1 oil sprayed inside. Almost invariably these were done by less reputable folks on auction websites for around £40.
It's fair to advise that the repair will cost more than the camera is currently worth, but you can't buy a fully working and freshly serviced SLR for less than the repair cost, so it's definitely a worthwhile investment.
Good luck, you have an excellent camera with a great supply of excellent and relatively cheap lenses which can easily outmatch the photographic quality of current digital SLR's if used correctly.
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Your camera is in cocked position with shutter fully cocked and that is why you cannot advance the film advance lever. Set the shutter to x position ( on your shutter speed dial on the right hand side and top of your camera ) . The shutter should release and then you should be able to advance the film advance lever.
Have you rewound the film? If you rewind the file completely and pull out the rewind know, it will pop the back open . . . and can remove the film cassette. While the back is still open, complete the cycle on the winding crank. The winding crank should return to "Normal" arter you complete the winding cycle. When you close the back, everything should go back to normal.
A Canon AE-1 is not an EOS camera the Canon "A" series is manual focus while EOS is auto focus. First thought In answer to the advance lever stuck or jammed I'm going to assume the camera is in serviceable condition and has not been subjected to water damage or harsh use. If we are dealing with just the advance lever then I'd say that you have over advanced the film at the last frame. I've done this myself after loading a 24 exposure and thinking I had a 36 exposure film. At the bottom of the camera there is a little pin which releases the advance lever and allows the user to rewind the film. Under normal conditions when it's time to rewind the film into the canister this pin offers little resistance to pushing in to release, however depending on how much force the advance lever has been subjected to increases the tension on this pin. Push the pin in and rewind the film. Second thought is if you have film in the camera and it has not been used fully then it's possible that the film has already been advanced to a new frame and the shutter needs to be activated before the lever will become free and advance to the next frame. Other problems with the Canon "A" series cameras is they have a tendency to dry out the lubrication and begin to squeak when the shutter is fired. This condition can eventually result is a shutter seizure and give the same advance lever condition. Those are the three things that come to mind over this lever problem lets hope it's just run out of film.
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.
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.
I got lucky and recently purchased an AE-1 program that doesn't have this problem, it seems to be a hit and miss with these.
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:
I removed the advance lever cover as suggested and tightened the screw. This did not solve the issue. However, I then realized the film rewind button on the bottom of the camera was stuck on the "in" position. I could not get it to release which meant I could not advance the film lever to free up the shutter. To solve this issue I removed the bottom cover from the camera (taking out the 3 small screws) and then pulled the advance lever button all the way to the right. This released the button that had been stuck in and allowed me to advance the film lever properly again and take more pictures. Hope this helps!
No, it is not the battery. My guess is that the film leader did not stay in the take-up spool and is now bunched up around it. Try rewinding the film carefully as you normally would but remember that you are only rewinding a small portion of the length. You can even just open the film door and start over. You will only loose 3 or 4 frames on the roll.
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.