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Re: The old canon A1
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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Take off the BP300 and put in the appropriate batteries in the camera. If the camera works without the BP300, you know the problem is in the battery pack. If not, you know the problem is in the camera. On eBay, you can replace the camera body for about $35 and the battery pack for about $20.
Canon AE-1 will not work without a battery,so if your battery is low then most likely that is your problem.Battery compartment is located on the front of the camera.Replace the battery with a brand new one,used batteries even though they will read the right voltage(6 volts)will not have enough amperage to allow proper cycling of all moving parts.Buy a good quality battery like eveready,duracell,etc.hope this helps.
Its gonna need repair. Most likely causes: Lubrication dried up/deteriorated internally Shutter electromagnets need repair/ clean/ replace. (This was a constant issue with the Canon T-90) Shutter blades out of alignment Shutter speed stuck on B (not likely)
This is in german. Look hard at the pictures. You only need to remove
the bottom plate. Use a hypodermic needle loaded with just one drop of
non-acidic oil. Practice first. Stick the battery back in an operate
the shutter 30 times. leave the camera overnight upside down.
Running the text through Babel will give you a good idea. It does work.
I assume you've tried cleaning the battery contacts & trying to ensure they aren't bent out of shape. So, the most likely cause is that the power switch has failed.
I have an A1 myself which is now around 23 years old and very well used so I would hate to do this to it - but my only suggestion is to forget it and pick up a secondhand one, perhaps on eBay. They go for £50 or less there - less than the cost of even getting an estimate for repair, let alone getting the work done.
Sorry I can't be more helpful.