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    CANON AL-1 BATTERY LATCH

    Almost every Canon AL-1 I have ever seen used has a broken battery latch. This latch, which should hold the vertically placed two AAA cells, is one of the most flimsy 'works of art' Canon ever made.

    The camera is superb but how to keep the batteries from falling out taxes my imagination. Anyone have creative ideas how to secure this latch? I have thought of drilling a tiny hole on the center top of the battery compartment and working a bracket of some sort but I would like to know how others have dealt with this dilemma before taking drastic measures.

    It is so tempting to put in good batteries and then place a drop or two of crazy glue in the latch in order to seal up the mess. But then, when I had to change batteries I would be crying anew. Thank you. - David Lyga

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    Alabama chrome, aka duct tape. It really is a piss poor design.
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    Also:http://www.ebay.com/itm/Two-2-Battery-Door-Cover-4-Canon-AE-1-A-1-AE1-Program-/160589628362?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2563e3 43ca#ht_500wt_1091

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    nd you get for the price of one... No it is not my listing. And the pins I think you can get @ a watch band repair place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dances_w_clouds View Post
    Also:http://www.ebay.com/itm/Two-2-Battery-Door-Cover-4-Canon-AE-1-A-1-AE1-Program-/160589628362?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2563e3 43ca#ht_500wt_1091

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    nd you get for the price of one... No it is not my listing. And the pins I think you can get @ a watch band repair place.
    These are not for the AL-1 which has an entirely different battery door.

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    Thank you 'dances' but, as BobD said, it is not the correct door. (Thank you for the video BobD). The AL-1 (wisely in my opinion) takes two AAA batteries which are a lot cheaper than the 6V. (By the way, as a help for those who have the AE-1, AE-1 Program, or A-1: you can also use four button batteries (A76) taped together instead of a single 6V cell.)

    Probably Rick A said it best as it really is an amazingly 'piss poor design'. How the brilliant Japanese ever got that one through the R&D flabbergasts me.

    But I did want easier approaches to dealing with this, like an ingenious bracket of some type. Maybe others will offer suggestions or maybe I will just think more about this. - David Lyga

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    What I did. Drill a small hole on either side of the hinged "door." Find a paperclip (or some piece of thin but stout metal wire), cut to size, and bend it so it surrounds the door when closed. I did this about ten years back and it's worked fine ever since. The downside is that you'll deface your camera by drilling the holes, but at least the door swill stay closed.

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    Jim B: I am a bit confused as to what you are saying. Do you mean after the paper clip's metal is inserted into the hole, you then wrap the whole paper clip around the whole battery compartment housing? Or do you mean to wrap the shorter piece of metal (after you have cut it) AROUND the actual door and FORCE the door to remain closed (due to the tightness of fit)?

    Currenty I am using an inch of duct tape and it works better than I thought, given the strong spring tension to undo the whole thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Lyga
    Currenty I am using an inch of duct tape and it works better than I thought, given the strong spring tension to undo the whole thing.
    Glad you found a solution, even if it is a less-than-elegant one. I've done similar things on Digi P&S cameras to hold the battery door shut. Duct tape is amazing. It's like The Force. It has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the universe together.
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    I just did this repair a few weeks ago. I got one of these cameras for free with this problem and saw someone else's post who solved it this way: I got a piece of scrap aluminum that closely fit the bottom of the camera, and shaped it to hold the battery door closed. I use a screw from an old leather camera case to hold it in place. It took me about an hour to do. Please excuse the crappy cell phone photos.

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