Fsking Canon AL-1!

Discussion in '35mm Cameras and Accessories' started by Tony-S, Aug 24, 2013.

  1. Tony-S

    Tony-S Member

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    I bought a used Canon AL-1 about a year ago that was in fabulous shape, except for its Achillies heel - the battery door latch. Found a source for a replacement and after half an hour of futzing around with it I finally got it installed and the camera put back together. Well, today, the battery door latch broke. I really don't understand what Canon's engineers were thinking when they designed it. The other A series cameras also had a poor battery door design. I wish there was a good solution for this problem, but I suspect it's going to be duct tape.

    Ugh. :mad:
     
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    I just think of broken battery doors as part of the charm of the A-series. If you've gotta fix it, I think electrical tape is less obtrusive than duct tape.

    -NT
     
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    There had been four different battery-door/finger-grip designs at the A-family. I'm not sure if all are involved in faults.
     
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    I wonder if age is a factor. I had an AE-1 Program in the 90's and had no issue with the battery door.
     
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    The A-1, AE-1, AE-1P, AT-1 and AL-1 all take 6V PX-28 equivalent batteries and the cameras had the door on the front of the camera. This door was prone to cracking after many years. I've replace the door on my A-1 and my sister's AE-1. The AL-1 was the last A-series camera has a bottom door and takes two 1.5V AAA batteries. The latch on it is what breaks - a notorious issue with this camera.
     
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    No. The operative factor here is the presence of a door. No door, no latch. No latch, no latch breakage. No breakage, happiness. :smile:
     
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    The Canon A series suffer from a less than sturdy door hinge that succumbs to excessive fingernail pressure. I use a paper clip, pressing inward and upward on the door latch, and have never had a problem.
     
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  8. Tony-S

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    The AL-1 is different than the other A series cameras.