Modern Classic SLR Series
Canon A-1 - Camera Operation
- Part II


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Preliminary Preparation for the Camera

Thread the tips of the strap through the rings. Adjust the neckstrap to the length most comfortable for you.

Plastic Insert

Pull up the film rewind knob and open the camera's back cover. Remove the plastic insert which is designed to protect a new camera while in transport and snap the back cover shut. The insert is no longer necessary and may be thrown away.

Eyecup 4S This is an accessory eyecup which snaps into the eyepiece grooves.

Its use is not mandatory, but viewing with it may be more comfortable, and it blocks extraneous light from entering the viewfinder.

Action Grip The A-1 has a handy, built-in finger grip, but to make camera holding all the easier, it comes with a detachable action grip as well.

To attach the grip. first load the battery into the camera. Then, using a coin, screw it into the action grip mounting socket guided by the positioning pin on the front of the camera body.

Semi-hard Case To protect the camera, particularly when carrying it, insert it into its semi-hard case.The screw in the bottom of the case screws into the camera's tripod socket. You can easily shoot pictures even with the camera in the semi-hard case by removing the top cover. To do this, turn the top cover to the bottom, slide it straight up in the direction of the arrow and pull it out as indicated in the photo.

Handling the Lens

Lens Cap and Rear Dust Cap
The lens is provided with protective caps for both front and rear. Both should always be attached when the lens is not in use.

To remove the rear dust cap, rotate the bayonet ring clockwise until it stops. The red dot on the bayonet ring will be aligned with the positioning pin at the rear of the lens. When the rear dust cap is removed the bayonet ring is locked as a safety measure and cannot be turned in either direction. The rear dust cap can be remounted by aligning its slot with the positioning pin and, pressing gently on the cap, turning the bayonet ring counterclockwise.

The front lens cap clamps into the lens filter threads. It can also be attached to a doublescrew type filter screwed into the lens. It is easily attached and removed by pressing in the tabs on both sides of the cap. As a precautionary measure, please keep the lens capped when not shooting.

If the camera were to be placed lens-up with the lens un-capped in direct sunlight, for instance, the film might fog and the shutter curtain could be blurred.

Lens Hood The lens hood is an optional accessory which is very useful in preventing ghost images and flare.

To mount a hood, fit it into the bayonet mount at the front of the lens and turn it until it is tight. When not in use, the hood can be mounted in reverse on a standard or some wide-angle lenses, which enables both lens and hood to fit perfectly into the camera's soft case.

Mounting Procedure

    1. Pull the body cap off the front of the camera.
    2. Remove the lens'rear dust cap.
    3. Make sure the bayonet ring is properly locked into position with the red dot on the ring aligned with the positioning pin at the rear of the lens. It will not mount onto the camera otherwise.
    4. Align the red dot of the bayonet ring with the red dot on the front of the camera body just below the manufacturer's signature on the pentaprism.
    5. In this position, fit the rear of the lens into the camera body and turn the bayonet ring clockwise until it is tight.
    6. To dismount the lens, turn the bayonet ring counterclockwise until it stops and pull the lens out from the camera body.

Note: * Make sure the stop-down lever is in its unlocked position before mounting a lens.** Do not mount an FD series lens onto the camera when the film is only partially advanced. *** Whenever you mount an FD lens on the A-1, its maximum aperture is automatically transmitted to the camera's AE circuit. Even if you switch to an FD lens of a different maximum aperture, the mounting procedure is the same as that described above and requires no adjustment. ****All five AE modes are possible with an FD lens. See SETTING THE LENS FOR AE PHOTOGRAPHY. Of the five AE modes, only stopped-own AE is possible with an FL lens.

When changing lenses, you should take special care not to damage the protruding levers and pins on the rear. With the exception of the Fish-eye 7.5mm lens, always put down a lens with the rear facing up.

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