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    The "shutter squeak"on the A series Canons is nothing to do with the shutter, it's a bearing in the mirror breaking mechanism that needs lubricating, and although the camera will function when it makes this sound eventually with no maintainance it will cease up.
    I would recommend if you are going to inspect the camera with a view to buying it you buy a new PX 28 silver oxide battery before you go because the twenty year old original one has probably discharged even if it hasn't been used.
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    I have a A-1 for a few years, still runs great!

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    Hi Ben

    I am told by the owner that the Battery was removed when the camera was put in storage in 1990. I have picked up a replacement battery and I intend to get to view this camera tomorrow. Are there any other batteries needed in this Camera, as I have not seen one in the flesh before, its a first for me as I consider moving over to try film for a while. I have to get my head around driving this camera if I decide to buy. The guy who is selling it was gifted it by his father ( who was a professional photographer, saddly passed away). There are three lenses with this camera...and a couple of light meters Weston Master V and Sekonic Micro Leader

    I was also offered a Mamiya RB67 Pro and its supposed to be in good order... more decisions...! hmmmm

    Think I will stick with the A1... those Mamiya RB67s look like a handfull

    Paul

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    I have asked for more details on the lenses that are also with this camera...plus a couple of light meters..and a bag.
    Hoping to view it tomorrow..

    Thanks for your opinion..
    Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by eskerman View Post
    Hi Ben

    I am told by the owner that the Battery was removed when the camera was put in storage in 1990. I have picked up a replacement battery and I intend to get to view this camera tomorrow. Are there any other batteries needed in this Camera, as I have not seen one in the flesh before, its a first for me as I consider moving over to try film for a while. I have to get my head around driving this camera if I decide to buy. The guy who is selling it was gifted it by his father ( who was a professional photographer, saddly passed away). There are three lenses with this camera...and a couple of light meters Weston Master V and Sekonic Micro Leader

    I was also offered a Mamiya RB67 Pro and its supposed to be in good order... more decisions...! hmmmm

    Think I will stick with the A1... those Mamiya RB67s look like a handfull

    Paul
    The camera only needs one PX 28 battery which lasts for a long time, I've had the current one in my A1 for more than twelve years.years, but since the camera is completely battery dependant I always carry a spare.
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    Hi Ben....

    I will let you know the outcome of my inspection tomorrow... I will shove a new battery in and run some basic tests, give the shutter whirl and check the viewfinder optics and the light meter. I have a roll of film to run off to make sure the winder is also working. As I said, this A1 has been in storage since 1990 and I am told its in very good order, it was running fine up to the day it was taken out of service.

    I note on another thread you had an A1 fully serviced in the UK..? I am based in Ireland and if I purchase tomorrow I may decide to have it checked and serviced. I understand shoving more money into one of these may not be the most sensible thing to do, but I am not going to be reselling it.. I am happy to keep it and get some use from it. I will have to find an instruction manual for an A1... that said from what I am reading on forums its not a very difficult camera to use...!

    My 40D is looking a little sad tonight...!

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    You might be interested in getting a copy of the manual -> http://www.joe-chan.com/manuals
    If you haven't already checked out this site, they have the A-1 as well as others -> MIR on A-1

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    Quote Originally Posted by eskerman View Post
    Hi Ben....

    I will let you know the outcome of my inspection tomorrow... I will shove a new battery in and run some basic tests, give the shutter whirl and check the viewfinder optics and the light meter. I have a roll of film to run off to make sure the winder is also working. As I said, this A1 has been in storage since 1990 and I am told its in very good order, it was running fine up to the day it was taken out of service.

    I note on another thread you had an A1 fully serviced in the UK..? I am based in Ireland and if I purchase tomorrow I may decide to have it checked and serviced. I understand shoving more money into one of these may not be the most sensible thing to do, but I am not going to be reselling it.. I am happy to keep it and get some use from it. I will have to find an instruction manual for an A1... that said from what I am reading on forums its not a very difficult camera to use...!

    My 40D is looking a little sad tonight...!

    Regards
    Paul
    I bought my A1 second hand Paul, and have found it to be very pleasant and utterly reliable camera to use which is still in Ex ++ condition, that since I had no intention of selling I thought that the £110 I spent for a CLA was worthwhile although it was more than I could buy one for on ebay it's value to me wasn't monetary but in what it does, and at least know where mine had been for the past twenty three years I've owned it, and that no ham fisted kitchen table repairs had been attempted on it.
    Ben

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    Hi Ben...

    Well I took the plunge and I bought the camera. I did bring a battery with me and fired it up... It does have that slight squeak with the shutter is released but there was no sign of the shutter hanging up or sticking...the viewfinder LED is fine. I also checked the timer and that was working fine and the little LED on the top blinked in timer mode.

    Camera Number: 232353

    Lenses included are all in excellent condition

    Canon FD 50mm SSC f1.4
    Canon FD 135mm F3.5-22
    Tamron 70-210 1:3.8-4
    Light Meter: Weston Master 5 (Model: 461.5)
    8 x Ambico Filters
    5 x Polerisers
    Lens Reversing Adapter
    Various Adapter Rings
    Kenlock M25 Flash Head
    Bag

    The body itself is in excellent condition, no scuff marks or scratches on it.

    I will need to consider a CLA, i think its worth making this investment in it.. I think I did ok on the deal £170 plus £30 for petrol..!

    I did not buy this to sell on... its a camera I always wanted to have to give me the option to shot film rather then digital

    Who did you get for CLA in UK..?

    Regards
    Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by eskerman View Post
    Hi Ben...

    Well I took the plunge and I bought the camera. I did bring a battery with me and fired it up... It does have that slight squeak with the shutter is released but there was no sign of the shutter hanging up or sticking...the viewfinder LED is fine. I also checked the timer and that was working fine and the little LED on the top blinked in timer mode.

    Camera Number: 232353

    Lenses included are all in excellent condition

    Canon FD 50mm SSC f1.4
    Canon FD 135mm F3.5-22
    Tamron 70-210 1:3.8-4
    Light Meter: Weston Master 5 (Model: 461.5)
    8 x Ambico Filters
    5 x Polerisers
    Lens Reversing Adapter
    Various Adapter Rings
    Kenlock M25 Flash Head
    Bag

    The body itself is in excellent condition, no scuff marks or scratches on it.

    I will need to consider a CLA, i think its worth making this investment in it.. I think I did ok on the deal £170 plus £30 for petrol..!

    I did not buy this to sell on... its a camera I always wanted to have to give me the option to shot film rather then digital

    Who did you get for CLA in UK..?

    Regards
    Paul
    Hi Paul,
    The local technician who serviced my A1 has since retired, but I recommend a firm in Liverpool called Newton& Ellis http://www.newtonellis.co.uk/
    they specialise in vintage film cameras and have an excellent reputation, if you contact them they should be able to C.L.A your A1no problem
    Last edited by benjiboy; 02-27-2011 at 05:28 PM. Click to view previous post history.
    Ben

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