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Canon A-1 - Other Issues Part VII

 
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Other handy accessories to help you get closer

For close-ups, the handiest accessories are close-up lenses. They screw right onto the front of your regular lens and can be used with any lens in the 35mm to 135mm range. To increase magnification, several kinds of extension tubes are available, including the Extension Tube M set. This is a set of four tubes of varying lengths (5, 10 and 20mm). When combined with a standard lens, they enable up to life-size magnification.

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And since they have no full-aperture pin, stopped-down metering is necessary, no problem for the A-1's stopped-down AE mode. But if you should want your extension tube and full-aperture metering too, Extension Tubes FD 25U and FD 50U can also be used.


In addition to the above accessories, there are, of course, many others including a variety of macrophoto couplers for reversing the lens and Angle Finders A2 and B that can be rotated vertically or horizontally for easier viewing.

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Hub of the Canon close-up system Canon's system of close-up photography revolves around this product, the Auto Bellows.

The main feature of this unit is its automatic diaphragm coupling capability, using the Double Cable Release. Depressing the release halfway will stop down the lens enabling you to meter the light and check depth of field. Also, this bellows unit's front plate can be attached backwards eliminating need of a macrophoto coupler when using a reverse-mounted lens.

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Total of three slide duplicators

Slide reproduction is easy with these slide duplicators. Attachable to the front of the Auto Bellows,the Canon Duplicator 35 has a shift device for trimming and can reproduce slides from 35mm slides or 110-size film. Single frames from 16mm and 8mm movie film can be enlarged and reproduced by the Canon Duplicators 16 and 8.

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Others

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Macro-photo lenses Canon has some special lenses for this field of photography in which aberration has been highly corrected to suit their special application. There are two macrophoto ones, the Macro-photo lens 20mm f/3.5 and 35mm f/2.8 (Note: These two lenses are designed to used along with the Macro Bellow Extension unit). Used with a bellows, photography two to ten times life-size is possible. There are also two macro FD lenses, the 50mm and 100mm. By themselves, they give a magnification of 1/2 life-size; used with an extension tube, life-size photography is possible. To preserve automatic diaphragm coupling with accessories not having that feature, the Macro Auto Ring and Double Cable Release are available. For holding the subject in place, there is the Macro Stage while the Focusing Rail can be attached to a copy stand for easy fine adjustment of the camera position enabling exact focusing.

Copy Stands Especially in this field, stability of both subject and camera is a must. Copy Stands 4 and 5 provide the perfect base. The larger of the two is the Copy Stand 5. Its large base and square support rod provide rock-steady camera stability.

Marine Capsule A A third party product, an underwater housing, Marine Capsule A, can be used with A-series cameras and Power Winder A to depths of 200 feet. Interchangeable front housings permit use of lenses from fisheye to telephoto. I have never seen any product of such, but just like the my friend
* Michael Patrick Wong's modified Pentax LX's custom 'home-made' capsule, anything is possible, although nowadays, the convenience of autofocus and TTL flash really make underwater photography a less tedious experience.

Canon External Battery Pack A

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All Canon A and T series models are battery dependent. Meaning to say, if power supply deterioriate or run out, the camera will not function normally. Basically, that is the main weakness of any electrical cameras.

But since non of the Canon A and T series models have any mechanical back-up speed to work in case of battery failure, this is even more important if you are engaging any important photographic assignments. This is especially when you will be working in colder climate or high latitude. Just like any considerate camera manufacturers, Canon has also designed some back up power supply to support these cameras in be operate in very cold climate. For cold weather use, a special Ni-Cd battery pack is available. It plugs into the battery compartment of any A-series camera and also furnishes power to Power Winder A. The external battery pack connects to the camera and winder through cables so you can keep the external batteries warm by carrying them in your pocket. This device can be used and shared with any of the A series models. Since some of the power cells Canon cameras use are not exactly that common in some remote areas. It is always advisable to bring some spare battery cells along with you.

Data Back A (caution: Before you rush out to buy a Databack A, there is some minor problems that need to be rectified before the purchase.)

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The Canon Data Back A replaces the standard back cover of A-series cameras, removed by just sliding the hinge pin downward. The Data Back exposes letters and numbers onto the film in the lower right corner of the frame.

Instruction Manual for Databack A

Data to be recorded is selected by rotating three dials marked YEAR, MONTH and DAY. They can be used for dating the frame, but the dials also have letters and other symbols, so other kinds of data can be encoded using the available symbols.However, I am putting this accessory as the last option for any Canon A series user to 'notice' it among all the fine accessories made available for the various A-models. Why ? because, to a Canon Databack user, this can be a love and hate relationship.

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The negative side is, the main dial for 'year' is only provided up to year 1987. The positive aspect is - Canon underestimate how durable these SLR cameras that they have designed, so after twenty years, we are still haunted by a lack of an 'incomplete' Databack to use with any of the A series models.

However, you can still made use of the various input dials on the Databack to adjust to your own preference to overcome the 'defect'. More info is available in a separate section featuring Databack A.


The Canon A-1 Phtographic System (Click on each thumbnail to download a PDF file for your future reference)

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Canon Macrophoto Adaptor Manual (1980) Canon FD Extension Tube M Manual Canon Auto Bellow Unit Manual

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The Canon FD lenses
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Motor Drive | Winder A | Winder A2

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