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The Canon AE-1 Program - Advanced Camera Operation - Part V
Interchangeable Focusing Screens *
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.
|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.
|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.
Similar to C screen but with horizontal and vertical reference lines. Recommended
for architectural photography and copy work in which accurate image placement is
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
|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.
Hot Shoe Matches all Speedlites
for synchronized flash photography. A "S" in the viewfinder lights
up to show flash charge completion.
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.
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.
Note: The original Canon Power Winder
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
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 -
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
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.
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
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
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'
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
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
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.
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
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
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