Need help assessing the damage to my Canon AE1 Program

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absquatulate Forum Pro • Posts: 11,576
Re: Need help assessing the damage to my Canon AE1 Program
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yahtzee577 wrote:

absquatulate wrote:

yahtzee577 wrote:

absquatulate wrote:

I would use a little bit of adhesive to stick that back down again if possible, just use a thin paintbrush to dust the area out and crack on. Don't worry about it, these cameras were generally well made and will carry on firing as long as they're not abused too much. If the shutter curtain is moving freely and your shutter speeds are correct then it's all good. I've re-resurrected old cameras that people have written off just by removing the baseplate and oiling the working parts with clock oil. Most of my film cameras are between 40-70 years old and still work fine, in my experience, the more simple they are the longer they'll last, which makes sense if you think about it.

the shutter moves totally fine, doesn't seem slow or anything. I'm worried if I futz with it, it might make the problem worse. It's probably fine to leave it as it is right?

If you're not confident then just leave it, it will probably be fine. Personally I'd use a tiny bit of superglue and stick it down just because that's how I roll, but I really wouldn't worry about it, you'll know if it becomes a problem because the shutter curtain will become restricted and shutter speeds will be affected.

I also noticed a very slight vertical discoloration on the shutter curtain, is that something to worry about?

No, you're worrying over nothing, don't fret over cameras like this unless you're seeing issues in your negatives, and trust me, you will see it if there's a problem. The camera is 35-40 years old, if it's working, just enjoy it and carry on.

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