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I have a Canon AE-1 SLR camera for my high school photo class and it was working fine but all of a sudden my film advance lever locked and now it wont take any pictures, does anyone know how to fix this?

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  • kakima Sep 02, 2010

    Is the shutter button locked? If so, turn the lever around the shutter button to the A position to unlock it.

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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.

Posted on Sep 03, 2010

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Here's a graphic of the batteries that can be used in your AV-1:
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