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    Quote Originally Posted by fencer View Post
    Well, I guess you are right about buying another one. I'm just a guy who prefers fixing to disposing.
    Also, these cameras may be cheap like $20 in US but here in Europe it's more like $70-90 if you want to buy from a reputable seller.
    Need to think it through.
    Consider adding your location to your profile.
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    If it's an electronics issue, I'm not sure that you could repair it. If it's electrical vs. electronic, then you might be able to track down the problem. Of course, you might have the electronics knowledge to be able to take care of this problem, so I shouldn't have made that assumption (see the Benny Hill Show for a definition of "assume").

    Once you pull the top deck and see the wires and circuit boards, you might be able to see if there is an obvious issue.

    And I agree with Rich about adding a location. It does help. We don't need a street address or even a town but a country can help other members provide recommendations.

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    I could not agree more! Good luck! Priscilla

    Quote Originally Posted by elekm View Post
    If the repairman says the electronics are dead, I don't see any reason to think otherwise.

    And I agree that it should be less expensive to buy another body than to try to have this one repaired. Canon long ago stopped servicing its "A" series, and any repair attempt would be an electronics nightmare and require another AE-1 to salvage the electronics.

    These bodies aren't expensive. Just try to get one that doesn't have other issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fencer View Post
    Well, I guess you are right about buying another one. I'm just a guy who prefers fixing to disposing.
    Also, these cameras may be cheap like $20 in US but here in Europe it's more like $70-90 if you want to buy from a reputable seller.
    Need to think it through.
    Even if it costs more than twice as much as buying another one ?, because the last A series Canon camera I had repaired cost £95
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    Well, no. That wouldn't make much sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fencer View Post
    Well, no. That wouldn't make much sense.
    Exactly, and that's what I'm trying to tell you, that's the most probable outcome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fencer View Post
    Well, I guess you are right about buying another one. I'm just a guy who prefers fixing to disposing.
    Also, these cameras may be cheap like $20 in US but here in Europe it's more like $70-90 if you want to buy from a reputable seller.
    Need to think it through.
    OK you want to fix it then read this service manual and give it a try
    http://jameskbeard.com/Photography/L...ir%20Guide.pdf

    Otherwise if I were you I simply use it without the meter. With color negative film I got better result without the meter than with the F5 famous matrix meter. The electronics is not completely dead because if it is then the shutter won't work at all. The AE-1 is a fully electronic camera.

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    I didn't know these cameras would cost you that much money where you are. I wouldn't have recommended an At-1. If it were me, because I'm cheap, I'd buy a handheld meter, assuming you could pick one of those up for small money in your location. That would get you out shooting, and you'd learn a little about light.

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    My first SLR was a AE-1 I bought while in the Navy. I later sold it & years later my wife got me an AE-1program. I still use that camera, mof even got it cla'd after it came down with the dreaded canon squeal. Works like a charm now & if you can find one cheap enough I suggest you do the upgrade. Over here in the States you can almost find someone to give you one. I also have a T70 & an AV-1. The AV-1 is a fun camera to use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benjiboy View Post
    Dunno, it's f**ed, the repair costs are so high the best and cheapest thing to do IMO is to buy another one that works.
    Buying another one is buying another problem. Most sellers of old cameras will sell their problems, unless it is sold by a professional or a serious store like KEH. Once you realize one camera has a problem, depending how serious the problem is, you are better off trying to get it fixed by a local reliable tech. Once it is fixed, you can concentrate on what matters: shooting with joy !

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