Canon camera squeal

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WHAT IS CANON SQUEAL?

The Squeal is a problem often found in classic Canon cameras.

Especially the A-1 and the AE-1.

Far too many cameras are sold on ebay with this problem.

It is easy to spot - once you have the camera in your hands.

Just fire the shutter and listen. If the camera clicks, everything is fine. But if you hear a buzz or a whine or a squeal - if your camera sounds like it's sneezing - you may have a problem.

Many people refer to this sound as Shutter Squeal - but it has nothing to do with the shutter. It is caused by the the mirror mechanism as it dries out over time and starts to whine.

The occasional squeak is quite normal - especially if the camera has been out of use for a while. The barings are designed to lubricate themselves as they work. But if you hear the squeal every time you fire the camera - watch out!

At first it is just an irritating noise and will not affect the working of the camera. But as it grows worse, the mirror will fail to flip up quickly enough - and you will find yourself taking pictures of your own mirror!

The Squeal is not fatal. It can be cured. At the moment in Britain the cost of this repair is between £50 and £100.

This cost should be borne by the seller - not by you!

Never buy a classic Canon camera without asking the question
"Does it click or does it Squeal?"

You have a right to know.

If the seller says he doesn't know - refer him to this guide!

For Canon cameras that do not squeal, I guarantee it, see my ebay shop Beautiful Cameras


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