Trouble with AE1-P cable release

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  1. Laurent

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    Hello all,

    I'm having trouble with my AE1-Program, which no longer triggers from the cable release. Everything else is fine, I don't understand what happens : I can push as hard as I can on the cable, it has no effect.

    Do you know if the trigger is actuated by a mechanism or an electric trigger ?
     
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    As far as I know it presses down on the same thing that the shutter button presses on. Maybe the hole has something stuck in it.
     
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    It closes a switch, there is a small peg in the center of the release button. If this is missing the cable release may not protrude far enough to close the switch.
    I have no idea why the peg would drop out or become misaligned. If the release works normally, try pushing a straight pin into the center of the release. If it releases it may be the cable release.
     
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    Thanks for your answers.

    I don't think anything is stuck in the thread, at least there's nothing I foudn there. The release(s) all work fine on my rolleiflex and LF lenses, so I'd assume they are OK.

    When I press a pin in the center of the thread, what happens is that it depresses the shutter button, so I guess something is missing/broken (when using a cable release, the button itself is not depressed).

    My camera was CLA'd once in 28 years, I don't remember using the cable release in the last years (it's seen very little use recently) so that could have happen during the CLA or something like this.
     
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    Yes, when the camera is taken apart to clean the switches the shutter release is lifted away. This would give the pin the escape route it was looking for.