My cocking lever does wind the film on and resets the mirror, but when I press the shutter release, the orange light comes on indicating that the shutter is not cocked and ready for use. If I continue to press the cocking lever, sometimes it will lock as if it is ready to take the picture and then either it does work or it clicks and I have to continue to press the cocking lever again.
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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.
Your second curtain is not releasing the mirror to come down. This happens with weak 2nd shutter curtain tension. If the wind lever is stuck and the mirror does not come down then the mirror tension spring came off.
After taking the first shot, hold down the Multi-Exposure button while cocking the film-advance lever. This cocks the shutter without winding the film. You can continue to do this for as many exposures as you want. Just don't hold down the M-E button while cocking after the last exposure.
The Multi-Exposure button is the button on the front of the camera just below the shutter release button.
I don't know if you have film in the camera so I'll read the following and choose what works for you.
I will assume the battery is working if applicable.
As stupid as this sounds press the shutter release button. If the shutter is cocked it will hold the advance. I've had people come in with this problem.
If the film rewind has been pressed in it will disengage the film advance and stop the shutter mechanism as a result. Open the camera and close the back again resets the release.
If there is film in the camera remove it.
It there are important photos on the film and your rewind is not working use a coat to make a light proof black box. Just turn the sleeves inside out and put the camera in the coat. Wrap it so as it is closed to light. Open the camera remove the film and roll the film back in by hand.
OK so now we have a camera open with no film in it.
Open the back and look just below the shutter. On one side will be a very small "lever". This tells the camera that the film has been advanced and the shutter is cocked. Gently move the lever to the right. It should click. Now try pressing the shutter release. Note that without film in the camera some cameras will not advance the shutter.
It should clear the problem.
If not something physical in jamming.
The film advance system could be jamming. On the side the film advance is on there will be a plastic "gear" inside the camera. Try moving by hand it should turn. You can reset the shutter this way.
Give this a try.
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1) Open the top cover. 2) On the film advance gear, the shutter winding lever is attached to it. It has screw adjustment there. Unscrew the screw ( not all the way out ) You will need to adjust the wind travel and make the length of the wind lever ( made of spring steel) shorter and tighten the screw.
The first thing to check are the batteries make sure they are good.
Second thing to check, are you at the end of the film?, I have had lots of customers think they have a 36 exp film in the camera, only to find it is a 24 exp running out of film will stop the shutter and winding from re cocking
Third thing to check if the batteries are good is the position of the mirror, if it is stuck in the up position it may be that the shutter has just hung up, this happens when the camera gets a little olde and the grease in the shutter mech dries up and the shutter blinds get a bit stiff.
A shutter overhaul will fix this but you may be able to free up as a temporary measure. Follow the following steps.
1. Remove the film from the camera.
2. Open the back cover.
3. Hold the camera so you are applying a little pressure on the wind on lever.
4. Very gently and slowly press your thumb onto the shutter curtain material about 5-6mm, just enough to apply a little tension to the material but not enough for it to come out of its side locations.
If the shutter has just hung up this extra tension will cause the mirror to come back down and then allow you to carry on winding.
The problem is actually the mirror box controlling mechanism and not the shutter it self ,strictly speaking. What is happening is that the locking /unlocking of mirror, when it is cocked, is gummed up by perished rubber bushings and rubber shock dumpers ( life span of 15-20 years max ) . You need to get to the left hand side of the mirror box ( easy to locate once you take the m. box out ) and clean out with isopropanol ( can use benzine but is unhealthy ). Relatively easy but make a note of where the wiring goes ( shutter and l. meter ). And then also take care with the mirror box -cocking mechanism at the bottom ( draw picture of position before dismantling ).
Hi,powerpe. The mirror release rod can be located in the bottom of the body once the plate has been removed.(there are three screws on the old k1000's) There is a gear train on the left side when viewed turned over.The mirror cockong rod is towards the rear and a little right of the main shaft.You might need to move a little silver pawl with a pin or micro driver then you can push the mirror **** in to release the reflex mirror.the mirror cocking rod is about 1/8" dia.Hope this helps
Your camera is cocked but since the shutter is not working you cannot release it and hence your film advance mechanism does not work.
ME-super will work without batteries in full manual mode so set your shutter to B and try to release it.
If the shutter will not release in B mode then the shutter/mirror box will need servicing : rubber components in the mirror box mechanism have perished and need replacing. After that your camera will be fine for another couple of years.
Yes this is fairly common with K 1000 and the Spotmatics : although the shutter is cocked and hence you cannot advance film you cannot release shutter because mirror box is not cocked.
Remedy : remove bottom cover and locate mirror box lever which protrudes slightely and is movable up and down and is spring loaded. Move upwards until it licks in position ( moving up against spring tension ).
Now release the shutter and camera should let you advance the film .