Replace Shutter on a Canon Ae1

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the shutter had had it and the electrics were dead halfway through i found that a track on the flexible circit board had broke but it was too late to worry about that.

Step 1: Ensure You Have a Clean Well Lit Organised Space to Work

the teardown

Step 2: Make a Hole

i kept changing my choice of power source and voltage i ended up with an adapter made from a golf tee and 4 aaa bats taped to the strap

Step 3: Rubber Band Drive Rocks

mirror run by motor on right , shutter by motor on left (from video camera) magnetic stop down thing

Step 4: New Brain

i love relays

Step 5: Mirror Lock Up Switch

Step 6: Amazingly It All Fits Inside

there were a few shorts so a fair bit of insulation was required

Step 7: Brain Installed

Step 8: Some of the Leftover Parts

not all of them!

Step 9: Results

the speed is effectivly b or lock open, bit bouncy so lens cap is good idea. mutltple exposure enabled

Step 10:

addad some reference pics, lookout for a cabel mechanism that runs across the back of the cam under top plate goes past the viewfinder. if your trying a proper repair on this camera i can only wish you the best of luck ,i have fixed a fair few russian cameras with no problems this one is a whole different ball game, its horrible in there so much unnessasaryness .
short video of shutter working

Step 11: The Little Light Leak Can Kll Some of the Film So Addad a Shield

some unexposed film should filter down some of the brightness, and its nice and thin ,i dont want anything catching on the shutter, might even painttheb shutter black!



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    7 Discussions


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    no solonoid, its a motor type thing but only turns about 80 degrees


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    That's technically a rotational solenoid. It's sort of like a motor, but it probably only has two positions - 0 and 80 degrees. That said, beside the rotation limit, I don't think the mechanics / construction of the thing has too much functional difference from a tiny motor.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    You crazy young whipper snappers! The film is advanced using your right thumb on the "film advance lever" located on top of the camera. One crank counterclockwise and the film is advanced perfectly for the next frame.  After you put a few hundred rolls through the camera, you get pretty fast at advancing the film. 

    I'm more curious as to how you disassemble the camera from the start?  Where are the screws?  I know they are under the black stick-on coating, but where under there so I don't have to peel the thing clean to find them? 


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    added some pic so you can have a look. i think peeling it all off is the way to go


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Great! I have the Canon FTb which preceded the AE-1 just a bit. Only electronics on mine is a primitive light meter.