The Canon AE-1 is a 35 mm single-lens reflex (SLR) film camera for use with interchangeable lenses.

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Canon AE-1 program. shutter not firing properly

can you please tell me why my shutter stops working when the battery voltage falls below 5volts?

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The Canon AE-1 has an electro magnet shutter release. As such it requires power from the battery to charge a capacitor to offset the magnetism through a coil of the release magnet which is controlled by the exposure logic.

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