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Canon A-1 - Instruction Manual - Part Ia

 

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Setting the Camera for the Five AE mode and Manual Override

Shutter-speed Priority AE
1) Make sure the lens aperture ring is set to the "A" (AUTO) mark. 2) Switch the AE mode selector to Tv setting. 3) Select a shutter speed by turning the AT dial.

Aperture Priority AE 1) Make sure the aperture ring of the lens is set to the "A" (Auto) mark. 2) Switch the AE mode selector to Av setting. 3) Select an aperture by turning the AT dial.

Note: when the mode selector is set to either Av or Tv, the value on the scale will change to either shutter speed settings or aperture value. The aperture scale is color-coded for easy reference so as not to mix up with the shutter speed scale.

Programmed AE 1) Make sure the aperture ring of the lens is set to the "A" mark. 2) Switch the AE mode selector to Tv. 3) Turn the AT dial to "P" at the upper limit of the shutter speed scale.

When you are in this mode, follow the instruction on the setting as described above, all you need is just to focus and shoot. Other than focusing, the camera will function automatically for both aperture setting and shutter speed selection.

Stopped-down AE 1) Dis-engage the lens aperture ring from the "A" mark. 2) Fold and push in the stopdown lever.

3) Set the aperture by turning the lens aperture ring (In stopped-down AE mode, you need to set the aperture manually. AE photography is not possible in this mode.

AE Flash 1) Insert the Speedlite 199A or 155A into the A- l's accessory shoe. 2) Set the ASA film speed on the flash

3) Make sure the lens aperture ring is set to "A". 4) Set the auto working aperture on the flash. 5) Switch the flash on. 6) Wait for the pilot lamp to light up and "F" to appear in the viewfinder.

Manual Override 1) Disengage the lens aperture ring from the "A" mark. 2) Switch the AE mode selector to Tv.3) Select a shutter speed by turning the AT dial. 4) Select an aperture by turning the lens aperture ring (using the camera-selected aperture in the digital readout as a basis if so desired).

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