Question about Canon EOS-AE-1 35mm SLR Camera
If the camera is actually at fault here (and yes i always blame mine ;-]) it is usually due to the shutter getting out of time with the flip mirror. When you take a picture the mirror flips up out of the way and then the shutter opens and the camera actually takes the picture. What can happen i the track gets gummed up. Can be from old lube or the wrong stuff being used or dust. So when you take the picture the mirror doesn;t get out of the way and you get a picture of the back side of the mirror. I think that has a titanium shutter but older ones had a cloth shutter and those would stick a lot easier.
You can clean the track using isopropyl alcohol and cotton swabs. You need to be careful not to lave any cotton fibres in the tracks or the mirror or the shutter. Take the lens off and then push the mirror out of the way with a swab (don't touch anything in there with fingers) Wet a swab end and just follow the track a few times. It may take a few passes before any buildups start to loosen up. And you may not see much if any thing.
Don't use any lube unless you have a high quality silicon. So don't be tempted to spray some WD40 in there (yes I've seen some do that and then wonder why it doesn;t work). There is a reccomended lube but I'd have to dig out the shop manual for the series to find what it was. It either was a silicone lube or a graphite. Anyway if the cleaning improves or fixes the problem then you should be good to snap away.
Posted on Aug 20, 2010
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