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Canon ft-qi the film advance is locked up. is this fixable?

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  • jayess99 Mar 30, 2008

    I guess I didn't put my question very well. It should have said. "how do I fix this?". I don't want to pay $10 for someone to tell me to bring it into the shop.

  • jayess99 Mar 30, 2008

    If it's the one by the rewind lever, it is: 589620

  • jayess99 Mar 31, 2008

    I have looked at every square inch of this camera and 589620 is the only number to be found. I looked inside and out, took off the lens, looked in there. Nothing.
    I also own an FTb so I tried to see what one did that the other one wasn't doing. On the FTQL, the white double-geared feed mechanism turns freely in either direction, while on the FTb (which works fine, by the way), that is not the case. Also, the mirror on the FTQL is in the up position. I managed to get a fingernail under it and moved it back down, but when I let go it immediately jumped back to the up position.
    I had this camera repaired a few years ago for the same problem, some place in Arkansas. Now I'm wondering if I'm just wasting money if I decide to repair it again.
    Any light you can shed on this is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

  • jayess99 Mar 31, 2008

    I have checked as much as I can. I checked the feed spool (the white double-geared spindle), looked into the back of the case, tried to find something, found nothing. As I noted in the previous posting, the only # I could find was the one I gave you. What guide are you referring to? That white spindle, by the way, turns pretty freely. I noticed on my FTb that this is not the case. Also, the mirror is stuck in the up position. Not sure what all this means.

  • jayess99 Mar 31, 2008

    I'm presuming that you have access to my previous posts, so there really isn't much more that I can add, except that no one has yet told me how to fix this camera. Any ideas will be appreciated. thanks.

  • jayess99 Mar 31, 2008

    can you tell me where I can find info on taking this thing apart? I have no idea where to start. Whoa!!! you aint gonna' believe this: I just opened it up and trIed to moving the take-up spindle then clicked the shutter release and IT WORKED!!! But leaving nothing to chance, can you tell me where I can find out how to disassemble the camera? Thanks.

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If the feed is turning freely then there is a broken catch, was anything rattling inside before you opened it up. Sometime when little plastic pieces break they break cleanly and it's difficult to see if something was there before. I would look to eBay for parts or even a dead (electronically) camera that you could pull the parts from. Good Luck!

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    Dean Joly Apr 01, 2008

    This guy sells it for $10. It's usually VERY difficult to find service manuals for free on the net. Plus your camera is from 1966 so I would doubt anyone has this kind of thing for free.



    Ask around at classic camera forums to see if anyone can walk you though it. Try the classic camera forums somewhere like photo.net and is if anyone could explain how to do it.

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    Dean Joly Apr 01, 2008

    Oops, forgot the link to the manual: http://www.dukesmanuals.com/Canon/ndex.h...

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The FT QL came with the quick load feature (QL) and the film advance is controlled by an interneal mechanism ... it can be repaired and is well worth doing so as this is a great little camera .... a common issue is a brocken piece of film getting lodged in the lowere end of the feed mechanism ... check for this and remove anything you find ... otherwise bring it into the shop

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Can you please post the model number for this camera

Posted on Mar 30, 2008

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    Benjamin Patri Mar 30, 2008

    Yes the camera is fixable, and no that isn't the model number, if you have a guide, the guide should have the number on it, or it may be anywhere on the outside of the camera. If you open it up, then you should find either a piece of foreign material lodged in there, or a broken part which then would need to be replaced to become good as new. let us know what you find when you open it up. Thank you.

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    Benjamin Patri Apr 01, 2008

    you can call canon about a service manual because we can't provide one without the model number and then the service manual should have diagrams in it to show how everything goes

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