I got the camera back from Canon. The receipt said "Shutter Repair"... Agh, the guy at the counter said it was probably going to get a new shutter, which I was excited about. I guess the issue was repairable, I'm not sure if there's a way to tell if it was replaced or not.
I'm currently running a roll of Tri-X through it to see if the issue has bene resolved. I'll get this developed next week and find out.
Contax 645 w/ Zeiss 80mm F2
Canon AE-1 w/ 50mm F1.8
Polaroid 250 Land Camera
The receipt said "Shutter Repair"... Agh, the guy at the counter said it was probably going to get a new shutter, which I was excited about. I guess the issue was repairable, I'm not sure if there's a way to tell if it was replaced or not.
Don't worry about it. It takes a veeeery long time before the shutter of an analogue SLR of the 1v's calibre reaches its nominal death. It's much more likely that the previous shutter broke down because of operator error or some other external cause than from some inherent shutter defect.
Hoping that the camera is fine now! If so then it should last you forever (quite a long time actually).
I have the same issue! Got mine off ebay and the film roll count was only 21. I made a mistake of not shooting a test roll and I shot four or five important rolls. I thought it was uneven development at first but all the rolls had the same dark band at the top. I requested a refund but I'll check Canon if they will still repair the shutter for under $100.
I has exactly this same problem with a 1V I bought on Ebay from Japan last year. I search the web and took it to camera shops and the consensus was it need a shutter replacement. I returned the camera to seller for full refund and bought another from him. It has been absolutely perfect.
I also suspect that mechanical objects with delicate mechanism that are stored unused for long periods fare less well than those with regular use. That could be a factor. It's not unusual to read of someone finding slow shutter speeds hanging on an old folder, for example, and then comment that after firing the shutter a couple dozen times it seemed to start working.