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Shutter Speed I bought my Canon AE-1 a couple of years ago and used to be able to set and use the shutter speed without any problems. I can still change the setting of the shutter speed when the camera is set to manual but the shutter still fires at a quicker speed than wanted....even when it is set to B.

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If your shutter speeds are off you can compensate by changing the film speed setting,
quicker ( than should be ) shutter speeds require you to set the film speed to slower ASA .. KC

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Black line from bottom to half way up camera which gets higher as i increase shutter speed


Chances are you're using too high a shutter speed. Here's a link to understanding how that works. Good luck!

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Jan 09, 2013 | Canon EOS-AE-1 35mm SLR Camera

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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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Mar 03, 2011 | Canon EOS-AE-1 35mm SLR Camera

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I have a Canon AE-1 camera that I bought off of E-bay months ago. I just recently took the used film to get developed & when I picked it up the film only developed a few pictures, but the rest were...


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.

Aug 20, 2010 | Canon EOS-AE-1 35mm SLR Camera

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Aperture setting and shutter speed together?


Yes it does. Check your manual. If you don't have a manual you can get a pdf download from canon. This link should get you there. http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&tabact=SupportDetailTabAct&fcategoryid=214&modelid=9429#DownloadDetailAct

Sep 01, 2009 | Canon EOS Rebel K2 35mm SLR Camera

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Canon AE1 Shutter Problem


It could be a simple issue with the shutter magnets, or something more severe with the electronics. What does the meter needle do when you push the shutter release down? With the speed dial set at 1/125 or higher and no lens, the needle should move fairly high. If it pegs to the bottom right away, that is a bad sign.

You can check the magnets from the bottom with the cover removed. (2 screws) You can release the mechanicals of the shutter by pushing the silver lever arm (located next to the plastic shield around the magnet on the rewind side of the camera) toward the front of the camera. Be mindful of the spring attached

Sep 17, 2008 | Canon EOS-AE-1 35mm SLR Camera

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Shutter speed lagging.


There is a common problem that most A series Canon develop with age. There is a small set of gears that govern the speed of the mirror rising. One gear is brass and becomes dry, (lack of lubrication). You should have the camera serviced by a repair person or there are kits available to DIY. You can find the kits on eBay

Sep 16, 2008 | Canon EOS-AE-1 35mm SLR Camera

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Shutter stuck on Canon AE 1


Just now saw your problem.....I can repair this for you. No it's not "overwound" you possible have some small piece of plastic that caused your second curtain to get hung up and thus jam the entire camera. I have probably repaired 500 AE-1's with the same problem. Art www.flcamerarepair.com

Nov 22, 2007 | Canon EOS-AE-1 35mm SLR Camera

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Canon ae-1


To open the back pull on the rewind knob ( pulling up ) until back opens. Check that your 6 volt battery is ok ( ae -1 has an electronic shutter so will not work without a battery ): battery situated on the left hand side of the camera ( if it is facing you ) underneath small flip up door ( lock is at the bottom on the left of the small door ) . Check the battery by pressing the shutter release gently and seeing if your light meter needle moves. No movement ? replace battery. You have two modes for taking pictures : auto which is actually AV ( aperture priority) or full manual : both are set by moving the shutter speed dial on the top right hand side ( underneath film winding lever ).

Sep 16, 2007 | Canon EOS-AE-1 35mm SLR Camera

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Shutter Only Fires at 60


Remove transport/winding lever and loosen the retaining ring underneeth. Gently lift shutter speed dial and reseat it. Tighten the retaining ring and reattach winding lever. ( the shutter speed dial is not engaging the mechanism inside the camera and you need to establish proper connection ).

Aug 24, 2007 | Canon EOS-AE-1 35mm SLR Camera

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AE-1 Didn't Take Pics


Possibly the film did not go through the camera. If it did, the problem may be the 2nd(or closing)curtain magnet on the bottom of the camera. When the magnet is working the closing curtain of the shutter is held back 1 to 1000 miliseconds-depending on the shutter speed selected by you. 1ms=1/1000 sec. 1000ms=1 sec. You can tell by 1. removing the lens 2.setting the shutter speed to the "B" setting 3. opening the film door and looking through the camera 4. releasing or firing the camera and keeping pressure on the release button. If the magnet is working, the shutter will stay open as long as the release button is kept pressed down. The closing curtain will close as soon as the release button is released. When the magnet fails, both curtains travel across the film plane together and no exposure is made. Sometimes there is corrosion on the magnet where the wires connect. Sometimes there is some foreign substance or object that interferes with the face of the metal unit that attaches to the magnet when the camera is wound. Sometimes the magnet just fails and needs to be replaced. If the magnet checks out OK the problem may be in the circuits that control the release of the magnet. If this is the problem, the camera needs to be looked at by a competent repair shop. Just so you know, new parts are getting hard to come by, but there are tons of used cameras around that parts can taken from. Hope this helps.

Jun 24, 2007 | Canon EOS-AE-1 35mm SLR Camera

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