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      04-25-2009, 06:37 PM   #1
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Camera cleaning?

I just picked up a Canon AE-1 35mm camera for free from my dad but it hasn't been cleaned, ever, and it's 29 years old (1980) so it's got a few years on me. Does anyone know what a fair rough estimate for a cleaning would be? I'm taking it for an estimate on Monday but would like some input as to what's a fair price assuming nothing major needs replacing. Thanks.
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does it work? test it out.
battery in it? corroded? get a new battery to put it in before you go get it cleaned.
test the shutter. get some cheap film and shoot a roll, process it and see.
do this before paying $$$ for a cleaning that you may not need.

i've recovered a couple 30 yrs+ old 35mm cameras recently (one that i used to beat up as a toy when i was a child). and also a medium-format hasselblad from the 70s that had been in the same spot since 1983. none of them needed professional cleaning and shoot wonderfully. (granted only one was a type that used a battery) can't remember for sure if the AE-1 allowed mechanical use without a battery.
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does it work? test it out.
battery in it? corroded? get a new battery to put it in before you go get it cleaned.
test the shutter. get some cheap film and shoot a roll, process it and see.
do this before paying $$$ for a cleaning that you may not need.

i've recovered a couple 30 yrs+ old 35mm cameras recently (one that i used to beat up as a toy when i was a child). and also a medium-format hasselblad from the 70s that had been in the same spot since 1983. none of them needed professional cleaning and shoot wonderfully. (granted only one was a type that used a battery) can't remember for sure if the AE-1 allowed mechanical use without a battery.
It's seems completely fine. It's not like it doesn't work or anything. My dad has used it regularly for the past 30 years. It's survived a trip to Sudi Arabia for Desert Storm I, Bosnia, and OIF I and is still kicking. Just worried about all the crap that might be in there that might be affecting it's performance It shoots but some pics come out grainy but for the most part, they come out good. There's a little wine stain in the view finder but other than that I think after 30 years, it's just a good idea for a little PCMS.
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if the photos are grainy it's the film.

if you want it cleaned, go for it. should be $100 or less.
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Cool, thanks!
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