Canon New F1 Shutter Issue

Discussion in 'Canon FD' started by seanbond, Oct 19, 2017.

  1. Greetings Everyone,

    I just picked up my second New F1 and it looks beautiful, almost like it came off of the factory floor. Problem I discovered was, when I put a battery in, the shutter won't fire. Remove the battery and the shutter fires fine. When I push down on the battery spring loaded post, again the shutter won't fire. Let go of the battery compartment spring loaded post and the shutter fires fine. My question is, would this be a simple issue to fix, or is the entire circuit board bad, which means it's going back to the eBay Seller? If it is a minor fix, and since the seller knocked 50% off of the price to not have to deal with the return to Japan, I may have scored a huge win here, as again, the overall condition of this camera is absolute mint condition. Looking for everyone's input on this one.


  2. I assume you have checked the battery.
  3. Yes... Brand new battery... As Stated, when I stick my finger into the battery chamber and press down on the bottom spring loaded pole, the shutter will not fire... release the bottom spring loaded pole, shutter fires perfectly... Nothing to do with the battery. The F1 can fire the shutter without the battery, but needs the battery for metering.
  4. True, it will fire without a battery, but it won't fire with a dead battery in the camera. Ae you getting a meter reading? (brand new batteries can be DOA)
  5. Good tip... Yes, metered the battery and showing a full charge. Put it into one of my A1's and the A1's digital readout is there. One fellow who pointed me here thought it could be one of two things that he could think of... Short in the wiring or the nightmare of a bad circuit board. He said a bad circuit board would be the end of the camera, as they weave all through the camera and Canon does not make them any longer. I think I read somewhere else about gummed up "magnets???"
  6. You might try quickly exercising the battery spring.
  7. Sean, I once experienced a similar failure almost immediately after replacing the battery. As it turns out, that new cell was a dud! Installing a truly fresh battery solved everything. Be sure you try this before proceeding.
  8. Okay... Good Tip... I'll pick up a couple of new batteries tomorrow... I do sometimes wonder about these battery check meters and if they are accurate. I'll report back tomorrow evening after work to let everyone know what I found out with a brand new cell in the camera. Thanks!
  9. Another good tip... Will do, thanks for that one Chuck. Hopefully tomorrow I'll have some better news.
  10. Sorry but that's a load of hooey.
    Whoever told you that could also have told you it was a "Flux Capacitor" or "You need a new engine" - Meaningless/Rediculous
    You don't automatically go to the end of the "Block Diagram" when you're diagnosing a camera repair (Doubt he even inspected anything without the covers on). You first begin with the many simple remedies.

    The top-line Pro SLR's of that era (Nikon & Canon), had many internal defenses with Military Spec electronics.
    My experience dictates that since the camera has VERY low mileage on it, it likely has a contaminated 'release magnet' armature surface (Its sticking/stuck shut)...
  11. I agree with Gus. I too had shutter problems with my (N)F1. After many years of good service it cost me about $125.00 to get it up to snuff. Money well spent.
  12. I found something on another site, unfortunately this place keeps giving me an error for what I pasted in so I'll try the link... Nope, this place is off the deep end viewing camera text as "Spam," so I give up trying to share.

    Did that exercise and even though the battery checked good on a battery check meter, barely registered half way on the battery check on the camera. Went and picked up a new battery, did this battery check described above and the meter went to the top and test fired the shutter and it fired perfectly and as expected!

    Thanks for all the feedback from everyone!
  13. Great to hear. That is a cherry looking F1
  14. It's so great when our past experiences can be useful to others!

    Happy shooting, Sean!

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