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I have acquired a Canon AE-1 and an AE-1 Program SLR cameras and both of the film-advanced levers will not advance the film. Both of the levers only crank back about a 1/3rd of the way. I would like to get them in working condition if possible so that I can use them. Thanks for any help you can provide.

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This is a very common fault now on almost all AE1's and related models like the AV1.

Most of the time, it's due simply to age and dried out lubricants. The cameras need a strip down, thorough clean, and reassembly using fresh lubricants (known as a CLA service). It's wise during this process to remove and replace all light seals and mirror buffers as they'll have turned into a corrosive sticky black goo by now. The job is for professionals only due to the need for special tools and skills and the need to readjust the shutter speeds upon reassembly. Although it's not cheap (£80-£100 parts in the UK, cheaper in the USA and much cheaper in some Far Eastern countries such as Malaysia. If broken parts need replacing there is an extra charge), it's far cheaper than any new camera of the same quality and will ensure that the camera gives many more years of service. A freshly CLA'd camera has a resale value, a broken AE1 is usually completely worthless.


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My Canon AE-1 Program will take a picture when cocking back the film advance lever, the shutter button does not have a roll in my camera what so ever.


Sounds as if the interlock between film advance and shutter mechanism may need looking at. Repair shop job, I'm afraid.

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Hi , I have a Canon AE-1 camera and I'm haviving a problem with the film advance lever . It seems to be stuck . It will not advance. Have you ever come across this problem before? Thanks ,John.


Canon AE-1 35mm SLR is a manual focus camera EOS is Canon's designation of auto focus EOS stands for Electro-Optical System. The problem you are experiencing is caused by several little things that throws the camera, wind and cocking leaver out of synchronization or simply come to the end of the roll. There is a frame counter window just to the left of the shutter release behind the shutter speed dial. Also if you have just loaded film in the camera it may not be seated correctly check by releasing the rewind button, wind the film back but not all the way and open the camera to restart the film.

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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.
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Those are the three things that come to mind over this lever problem lets hope it's just run out of film.

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This may not be the problem, but could it be that you've run out of film. The end of the film is attached to the 35mm film canister. When you run out of film it will prevent the advance level from moving.

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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:
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On the very bottom inside the plate there are many cog gears with levers and retractor springs. One may had come off causing your problem

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