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Canon A-1 - Instruction Manual - Part X


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Proper Care of the Camera Your A-1 should be a rugged, high-quality and well made SLR camera. It will work properly if operated and cared for properly. Basically, use your common sense. Never force anything to work.The best thing you can do for your A-1 is to use it regularly, but in the event that it won't be used or quite a while, first remove it from any camera bag or soft case. Then remove the battery to prevent possible corrosion to the terminals. Recap the lens, and if the body is stored separately from the lens, put the body cap and the rear lens cap on. Wrap it in a clean, soft cloth along with silica gel or some other desiccant to keep it dry, and store it in a cool, dry, dust-free place. Avoid storing it in the rear window glove compartment or other "hot spots" of an automobile, in a place such as a laboratory where chemicals could cause corrosion and rust, or in a dusty, damp, or hot place. Keep it out of direct sunlight.

Cleaning the Camera and Lens Before doing anything else, clean the camera with a blower brush. It is best to have two blower brushes, one for the camera body and the lens barrel, the ot,her for the lens surfaces, eyepiece and mirror. If the blower brush is aufficient to get the camera clean, stop there. By all means, avoid touching the lens elements. Should you accidentally get fingerprints or smudges on the lens or eyepiece, use lens tissue (
not eyeglass tissue!) or a clean, soft, untreated cloth, after breathing on the lens surface, if necessary. Never use a handkerchief, facial tissue or any other cloth which might permanently scratch the lens and never use a cloth treated with a chemical which might totally ruin the lens coating.

Put only one or two drops of lens cleaning fluid on the tissue, not the lens, and, starting at the center of the lens, lightly wipe it while working towards the outer edges in a circular motion. Use a silicon cloth, if necessary, to wipe smudges off the camera body and lens barrel only. The mirror is another part vou should never touch. A dirty mirror does not affect the image though it may impair viewing. If it is dusty, clean it very gently with the lens blower brush. If more cleaning is necessary, do not attempt to do it yourself but take it to an authorized Canon service facility. The film compartment also requires occasional cleaning with a blower brush to remove accumulated film dust particles which might scratch the film. When doing this, take special care
NEVER to exert pressure on the shutter, the rail surfaces or the pressure plate.

Salt and sand are your camera's worst enemies. After using it on a beach, clean it thoroughly. If you accidentally drop it in the water, it may be irreparable but take it immediately to an authorized Canon service facility.

Avoid extreme temperature changes. Condensation forming on a camera and lens taken from subzero outside temperatures into a warm room may cause corrosion. Let the camera gradually adjust to the temperature change by placing it in a completely sealed plastic bag for a while.

Using the Camera in Extremely Cold Conditions

In temperatures below 0°C (32 F), the battery may be affected, so you may want to carry a spare. Keep the camera and spare battery close to your body or in a pocket to keep them warm until you are ready to take a picture. Although the battery may not function well in cold conditions don't throw it away. It may work perfectly again when you use the camera in warmer temperatures.

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