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The Canon AE-1 Program - Advanced Camera Operation - Part V

 
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26. Interchangeable Focusing Screens * Never change the screen with your fingers unless you are 'seasoned' enough to do so. A special tool is provided with each accessory focusing screen to facilitate screen replacement. You can change the focusing screen in your AE-1 PROGRAM according to your specific focusing needs. Canon offers EIGHT (8) different types of focusing screens for the AE-1 PROGRAM.

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* MORE Technical Info relating to AE-1 PROGRAM focusing screen.

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New Split/Microprism Standard screen with the AE-1 Program
A. Microprism Matte/Fresnel field with microprism rangefinder spot in the center of the screen. Especially suited for general photography when using an aperture of f/5.6 or larger.


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B. New Split Matte/Fresnel field with split-image rangefinderspotin the center of screen. Jheiens is in focus when the bottom half is even with the upper half. Suited for general photography since, unlike former focusing screens, rarely does one-half of the rangefinder darken, even when using small maximum aperture lenses.
C. All Matte Matte/Fresnel field with clear matte center spot. Especially recommended for macro and telephoto photography, this screen enables the entire field of view to be seen without distraction. The lens is in focus when the subject can be clearly seen.


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D. Matte/Section Similar to C screen but with horizontal and vertical reference lines. Recommended for architectural photography and copy work in which accurate image placement is essential.
H. Matte/Scale Matte/Fresnel field With fine matte center plus horizontal and vertical scales in millimeters. Recommended for close-ups, photomacrography, copy work and architectural photography where it is useful to know the size of the subject or the magnification involved.


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I. Double Cross-hair Reticle Matte/Fresnel field with 5mm clear center spot containing double cross-hair reticle. While focusing, move your eye left to right. If cross-hairs stay in the same position on the subject, then the subject is in focus. Recommended for photomicrography, astrophotography, or other applications requiring high magnifications.
L. Cross Split-image Matte/Fresnel field with cross split-image in the center of the screen which divides the subject in half both horizontally and vertically. The subject is in focus when the four quarters merge to become one unbroken image. Suitable for general photography when using fast lenses at full aperture.


Other features:

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Hot Shoe Matches all Speedlites for synchronized flash photography. A "S" in the viewfinder lights up to show flash charge completion.


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Battery A single 6-Volt battery will power the camera's varied electronic functions for a year under normal use.


Convenient Action Grip A Canon idea designed to help you keep the camera rock-steady and look very well balance and elegant indeed. It has my vote as one of the best looking Canon bodies beside the Canon A-1 and the mighty T-90. This feature and the raised contour of the battery cover provide a firm grip for excellent mobility in action situations


27. Optional Accessories


CANON A-SERIES SYSTEM ACCESSORIES Your AE-1 PROGRAM's advanced electronics has enabled Canon to design a number of unique accessories for it. Controlled by the AE-1 PROGRAM's microcomputer, these accessories expand the AE-1 Program's shooting versatility and handling ease.

More info available on: Winder A and Winder A2 as shared Resources. Attached to the AE-1 PROGRAM, this accessory advances the film, readying the camera for the next shot automatically. Lightweight and compact, the Power Winder A2 is very effective in capturing a subject's movement. Simply set the main switch to "C", hold in the shutter button, and you can shoot at about two frames per second at any shutter speed from 1/60 to 1/1000 sec.; single frame shooting is possible at any shutter speed when the main switch is set to "S". Since the Power Winder A2 is equipped with a socket for remote control, remote controlled shooting is possible with Canon Remote Switch 3 or 60, the Interval Timer TM-1 Quartz or the Wireless Controller LC-1.

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Note: The original Canon Power Winder A can be also used with this camera. Both continuous and singleframe shooting modes are controlled by use of the camera's shutter button. But remote control photography is not possible with the earlier Power Winder A.


Motor Drive MA
(More info available as shared resources) This accessory will enhance the versatility of the AE-1 PROGRAM. At the Motor Drive MA's maximum speed, you can shoot continuously at four frames per second. Especially suited for fastmoving subjects, this accessory can freeze action at its peak. Continuous shooting capability at about 4 fps or single frame shooting is possible as well.

A choice of three shutter buttons ensures the utmost in handling ease when shooting in either the horizontal or vertical format. A choice of two power sources, Battery Pack MA and Ni-Cd Pack MA, is available.

Note: The usable shutter speeds at the "L" and "H" positions are 1/60 - 1/1000 sec.


Canon Wireless Controller LC-1
This older accessory is a remote control photography device using infrared rays to control cameras from a distance. The LC-1 is particularly useful in sports photography, wildlife photography, news coverage, and for numerous other fields.

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The Wireless Controller LC-1 consists of a transmitter and a receiver. Up to three cameras can be operated in series when the receivers are set to different channels.


Data Back MA The Data Back replaces the AE-1 PROGRAM's back cover in seconds where it records the date in the lower right-hand corner of the photo automatically at shutter release or manually afterwards if you wish. You can leave it attached even when you are not using its data recording feature. Date-guessing will become a thing of the past.

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Since letters of the alphabet and Roman numerals can also be recorded, it is also a convenient coder - a point of particular interest for technical photographers.

More info available


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Angle Finders A2 and B There are some subjects which are uncomfortable to view directly through the eye-level viewfinder of the camera. This is particularly true in such fields as close-up photography and photomacrography. In these cases, it might be more convenient to view through an angle finder. Both of these angle finders rotate 90° for viewing from above or from the side. Angle Finder A2 gives a correct image top-tobottom, but is reversed left-to-right, while the more sophisticated Angle Finder B gives a completely normal image. Both show the entire field of view and viewfinder information.


28. Other Accessories


Lens Hood

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The use of a lens hood is to keep out side light which may cause flare and ghost images to form on the image. Rigid Canon hoods also help to protect the lens from shock. Use only a hood which is specified for your particular lens. Most Canon hoods fit into the bayonet mount and are fixed by turning. For more details, please see the respective lens' instructions.


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Dioptric Adjustment lenses S Those days, unlike modern AF SLR which has built-in correction lenses, dioptric lenses are accessory. Ten eyesight correction lenses are available in the powers of +3, +2, +1.5 +1, +0.5, 0, - 0.5, -2, -3 and -4 diopters.


They may make viewing and focusing easier if you are near- or farsighted. Choose the one which is closest to your eyeglass prescription, and make a practical test if possible.

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Magnifier S The Magnifier S gives a 2.5X magnification of the center of the viewing area for precision focusing in close-up work and wide-angle photography. Its power is adjustable to your eyesight within a range of +4 to -4 diopters. Its adapter is hinged so that the magnifier can be swung upward from the eyepiece, leaving the entire screen image visible.


Filters Most Canon lenses accept filters which screw into the front of the lens. Canon offers a wide variety of filters for both color and black-andwhite films. A holder for gelatin filters is also available. A successful picture is a blend of personal vision, a bit of technical know-how and effective use of equipment. Taking a special kind of picture often requires special equipment. Canon offers a complete system of accessories to assist you in your creative pursuits. From our famous line of FD lenses to bellows units and cable releases, we offer just about every accessory you will ever need to take any kind of picture.

30.Caring for your Camera As with any precision instrument, proper care and maintenance involve a few simple rules in addition to common sense. Observing these few rules will keep your AE-1 PROGRAM in top condition at all times.

1. The best thing you can do for your AE-1 PROGRAM is to use it regularly. In the event that you must store it for quite a while, first remove it from its case or camera bag. Remove the battery. Wrap the camera in a clean, soft cloth and place it in a cool, dry, dust-free place. If you store the body and lens separately, attach both the body and rear lens caps.
2. Keep the camera and lens out of direct sunlight and away from "hot spots," such as the trunk, rear window shelf or glove compartment of a car. Do not store the camera in a laboratory or other such area where chemicals may cause corrosion.
s3. To keep the camera in top condition during prolonged storage, occasionally insert the battery and take several blank shots to "exercise" the mechanisms. Check the operation of each part before you use the camera following long storage.
4. Water, spray, excessive humidity, dust and sand are your camera's worst enemies. Clean it especially well immediately after you use it at the beach.
5. To clean the exterior of the camera body, first blow off dust with a blower brush. Wipe off smudges with a silicone cloth or chamois leather. if smudges remain on the eyepiece after using a blower brush, wipe it lightly with lens cleaning tissue which has been moistened with a couple of drops of lens cleaner.
6. If the lens surfaces are clean, yet the viewfinder appears dusty, the picture will not be affected by the dust in the viewfinder. If the mirror gets dirty, it will not affect pictures but it may make viewing difficult. Dust it VERY gently with a blower brush. If further cleaning is necessary,
NEVER do it yourself but take the camera to the nearest authorized Canon service facility or any qualified service centre.
7. The film chamber needs cleaning from time to time to remove film dust which may scratch the film. Gently dust it out with a blower brush. Be careful
NEVER to press on the film rails, shutter curtain and pressure plate.
8. To clean the lens surfaces, use only a blower brush, cleaning fluid and tissue made specially for cleaning camera lenses. Carefully follow the lens' instructions. Chamois leather or a silicone cloth may be used for wiping smudges off the lens barrel -
NEVER use such cloth on the glass surfaces!

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