Hey guys. First poster here! I've just recently picked up an AE-1 P from my mom who was the original owner in the 80's. The camera works pretty nicely other than having the squeaky shutter release, which I plan to fix once I've located a suitable syringe for oiling it. My problem is that I bought a brand new Eveready 6V battery for it before shooting anything. The original battery was still in there (eep...) so I naturally had to clean up the compartment a bit before installing the new one to make sure the contacts were functioning. The battery was $15! Yikes. This was about a week ago. I have since shot maybe 2 rolls of film, and the battery is dying now!!! The manual says it should last about a year, and my Mom recalled one battery lasting her 3 years once...so this cannot be right! I am hoping someone on here has a known solution or possible cause for this. Could it be the squeaky shutter draining whatever electronic mechanism actuates it? I am an electronics hobbyist on the side, so I have tested the battery to see that it is in fact dying and not a battery contact issue or anything. It tests way below healthy voltage at about 5.7V, and drops to under 5.6 under load, so it is definitely dying (Alkalines start quite a bit above their actual rated voltages, sag to and stay at their rated voltage for their rated lifetime, and then taper off at the end) I also have precision tools and the careful eye to be able to do the repair myself, if someone could point me in the right direction that has heard of this happening before. Everything else on the camera works fantastic, so what could be drawing excessive current to make the battery die so fast? Thanks for any help! I guess I'm going to have to keep feeding the sucker batteries until I can solve this problem PS: If anyone has a PDF copy of the repair manual for this camera I would be forever in your debt. I cannot seem to find a free copy on the net!