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I recently purchased an old Canon AT-1 from a flea market and took the time to evaluate it and noticed that the film advance lever will not move past the "free-movement". The camera has no batteries nor film and I know absolutely nothing about cameras. any suggestions?

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Is the lever moving at all? the lever will only advance after the shutter is released. You need batteries to do this.

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