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    AE-1 light metering not working

    Light metering feature in my Canon AE-1 suddenly stopped working. When I press shutter release halfway, indicator doesn't even move - it stays below 1.2 all the time. With or without lens attached - all the same.

    Battery is full and battery check works properly. The shutter works fine.

    Repair shop says the camera's electronics is dead and repair is beyond their capability. It's not the tungsten wire anyway.

    How do you think - what can be broken?

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    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.
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    Unless you need the AE function, I would recommend an AT-1 camera as a replacement. Mine was a lot nicer than the AE-1's I've owned. No problems w/ AE-1's, but they're old cameras w/ complicated electronics (for it's day), and the AT-1 is a better camera in my opinion.

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    I had similar problems with Canons myself recently,and got a lot of good advice here- http://www.apug.org/forums/forum52/1...mendation.html I then bought a Canon t70,for very cheap just to see what it was like-I'm very impressed.2 AA batteries,partial metering mode,beautiful clear split screen viewfinder and nobody wants these things anymore.Buy one for less than $20 in good shape and throw the AE 1 out.If anything happens get another one-there are plenty of them around in great shape.

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    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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    If the electronics are shot just get another. KEH has a few including a cool black one, ranging from $25-45. Or as high as $69 if you want to pay more. Lots of threads praising KEH lately on APUG and I've bought many items from them over the last 15 years or so, bodies and lenses, mostly BGN and UG grade, and have been thrilled with all.
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    I've used A series cameras over the years as my main SLR, and still use an A-1. If the camera seems dead, it probably is and isn't worth fixing. Get another body - KEH is good as they offer a warranty. As Alan W pointed out, a T70 might be a better choice as it uses the same lens mount, is more modern and as a bonus uses AA batteries. You can usually buy a user grade T70 for not much money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan W View Post
    I then bought a Canon t70,for very cheap just to see what it was like-I'm very impressed....Buy one for less than $20 in good shape and throw the AE 1 out.
    I got two. Nice cameras. BUT without DOF-preview feature. One would have to take the hazzle and manipulate the lens.

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    The Canon AE-1 was for a very long time the highest selling SLR - it may still be.

    If you have a dead one, look for another, live one, from that big pool of under-used ones out there.
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    “Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”

    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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    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.

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