Worth it to repair Canon AE-1? (broken "linkage")

Discussion in 'Canon' started by MJL Photo, Oct 30, 2006.

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    MJL Photo Guest

    Seems my "linkage" is broken on my AE-1.
    Everytime I advance the film winder it takes a shot. (film does advance, but
    shutter does not remain cocked).

    Is it worth repairing, or just buy another?
    (This current one has a broken battery door and mirror foam is also
    deteriorating, though shutter speeds are very good.)

    Vancouver Canada,
    MJL Photo, Oct 30, 2006
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  2. Personally I'd replace it; eBay has some great equipment available (I
    recently got a T90 and 85mm f/1.8 lens for a pittance and just missed
    an AE-1 for about £30 - I only wanted it for the lens.)

    If you can find a really good repairer it'd cost more than that to take
    it apart and discover which unavailable parts it needs. It's a shame I
    know, keeping an AE-1 alive would be so much better, but not really
    Richard Polhill, Oct 31, 2006
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    That_Rich Guest

    If you don't care to hassle with eBay, try...


    A little more costly to shop here but everything is warranted.


    That's what is so great about buying things at auction: when you
    buy something at an auction, you have the satisfaction of knowing
    you paid more for it than anyone else thought it was worth.
    That_Rich, Oct 31, 2006
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    Tony Polson Guest

    Just buy another, but try to get one that has been serviced in the
    last five years. It will cost more to service a used AE-1 than it
    will cost to buy a replacement.

    Any camera of that era is likely to need the mirror foam and felt
    light traps replaced, so try to find one where the owner has already
    had this work done.
    Tony Polson, Oct 31, 2006
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