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I have my late grandfather's Canon AE-1, and when I first got it I used it quite a bit, worked great. Unfortunately, for some reason it started taking blank pictures and I lived in a fairly rural area and couldn't find any repair shops. I had 2 blank films from Walmart and 1 blank film from Target, so I know it's the camera and not the developer (as it has been in the past). Due to moving, it has been stored in the top of my closet for a year or so. If it can be fixed, I would like to use it again, but due to the sentimental value I really don't want to mail it away someplace

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  • mamalacroix Mar 25, 2011

    Thanks. I was thinking it was the trigger release, but wasn't sure, since I am far from an expert. We do have a couple digital cameras as well, it's more the sentimental aspect that keeps me from getting rid of the Canon.

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Fortunately the older SLRs are mechanical and pretty simple to detect problems with. Without being there and having a "hands on" experience with it, my first explanation would be that your shutter is not functioning properly, (opening and closing) when you trigger it. This could be caused by dust or a faulty trigger release. It then needs to be taken apart and cleaned, and or mechanically checked for obstructions or broken parts from the trigger to the shutter. Either way, it's costly to have a shop perform these operations and there are few that do that anymore. You might want to consider going to a DSLR. Not to push you in that direction or try to sell you one....but I do have a Nikon D80 with 5 lenses and a metal carrying case available.
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  • ejandco Mar 25, 2011

    Cool. Another thing you can do is open the camera back with no film in it. Advance the film advance until it stops and then release the trigger like you're taking a picture. From the back that is open, look through the lens where the film would be. If you don't see the iris open and close at trigger release, it's done. Then refer to the above resolutions.

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