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Canon A1 tune up price?

dknapp1117
Contributor

My son is wondering about how to shoot pics on film.  I am the original owner of a Canon A1 that I loved back in the day. I haven’t used it for 20 odd years and I think the shutter is sticky. What price would I expect for a general tune up and cleaning for just the body? Where’s a good place to send it out to?

Thank you 

 

 

 

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shadowsports
Legend
Legend

Greetings,

Would be hard to guess about something like this.  Primarily because you might have difficulty finding someone who is capable or willing to work on a camera this old. 

Try garrys cameras in illinois.  Shows a flat fee of $78.  Note: I have no experience with this company

  

~Rick
Bay Area - CA


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shadowsports
Legend
Legend

Greetings,

Would be hard to guess about something like this.  Primarily because you might have difficulty finding someone who is capable or willing to work on a camera this old. 

Try garrys cameras in illinois.  Shows a flat fee of $78.  Note: I have no experience with this company

  

~Rick
Bay Area - CA


~R5 C (1.0.6.1) ~RF Trinity, ~RF 100 Macro, ~RF 100~400, ~RF 100~500, +RF 1.4x TC, +Canon Control Ring, BG-R10, 430EX III-RT ~DxO PhotoLab Elite ~DaVinci Resolve ~Windows11 Pro ~ImageClass MF644Cdw/MF656Cdw ~Pixel 8
~CarePaks Are Worth It

Thank you, I will give them a try. Pro Photo in Washington DC was also suggested, but I haven’t heard from them yet.

normadel
Authority
Authority

What leads you to think the shutter is slow? It is electronically controlled. Slowness is not very likely.


@normadel wrote:

What leads you to think the shutter is slow? It is electronically controlled. Slowness is not very likely.


I think you might be confused about what an Canon A-1 is.

Canon A-1 - Wikipedia

John Hoffman
Conway, NH

1D X Mark III, M200, Many lenses, Pixma PRO-100, Pixma TR8620a, Lr Classic

It’s definitely the A-1. It also has a sticker showing 1988 from an earlier repair visit on the inside. A 36 year old camera could still need a tune up. The shutter itself is mechanical, only the timer is electronic. Could be a bad battery though, I will check that before sending it to anyone. 

My post wasn’t to you. I don’t doubt you know what your camera is. 

John Hoffman
Conway, NH

1D X Mark III, M200, Many lenses, Pixma PRO-100, Pixma TR8620a, Lr Classic

Beg your pardon. I know full well what an A-1 is I own one, along with two AE-1 Programs. The shutter speeds are electronically controlled.

I had one many years ago, before I converted to EF. I had to have mine serviced. Repair tech said shutter was sticking. All I know is that whatever was done camera was working again. 

John Hoffman
Conway, NH

1D X Mark III, M200, Many lenses, Pixma PRO-100, Pixma TR8620a, Lr Classic

Just listening by ear, there’s a significant pause between hearing the shutter open and hearing it close. Could be a bad battery though. I will check.

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