Pellix QL without the Booster attached has a great resemblance with the FT QL of 1966, a and even the Canon TL in 1968 - a scale down version of the FT QL. However, the Pellix name is engraved while FT QL has a Canon name.
Exposure Readings with a very precise method used with TTLM System
With TTLM (Through-the-lens-Mirror), the CdS photocell is positioned in front of the film plane hence there is no deviation between the exposure reading and the exposure itself. It "sees" only the original light. This accuracy is not possible with cameras where the CdS photocells are located near the eyepiece. You can called it as revolutionary as this CANON Through-The-Lens-and-Mirror system makes it far superior than the competition and in theory - impossible for unwanted light to 'fool' the exposure meter (As the reading is till partial 1/9th segment in the middle of the picture frame). This does away with inaccuracy common to systems with independent windows.
TTLM does this by using a stationary pellicle mirror - the first of its kind in the world.
A very common cutaway illustration for modern SLRs marketing leaflet to explain technology used in camera. But this was the illustration used on a Pellix QL of 1965 and really you have to respect those designers at Canon. Similar concept was imitated for the last thirty years although pellicle mirror design was not as popular as it was supposed to be. This fixed mirror, a micro-thin "film", acts as a beam splitter sending light to both the viewfinder and the CdS meter in front of the film plane at the same time. Because of this unique system there is no image blackout with the PELLIX QL– even when long exposures are necessary. The fixed pellicle mirror, incorporated into CANON'S TTLM system, opens new vistas to the exploring cameraman.
Strange, seemed like Canon favours very much on partial metering than spot metering. Although in most cases, most modern manual focus models after the eighties they produced offer three types (Another was being the center-weighted). Well, some of the early competitions from rivalry makers were still providing average metering. The Pellix was incorporated with a Spot Selection System far precise (superior in a way for tricky situation) to meters employing the averaging method. Measuring light by the averaging method leveraging the bright light and shadow) does not always result in a sharp, clear exposure. the Pellix QL and the FT QL has improved on this system by allowing you to spot measure the center of interest. You can take a light reading at the same time as you focus on the subject.
The CdS meter takes a specific light reading (covering one-ninth of the total picture area) which is clearly outlined by the rectangle in the viewfinder. Whether you use a wide angle lens or the longest focal lens, the "one-ninth" portion of the exposure-sensing area never changes. With the CANON PELLIX QL, averaging is also possible. Well, use the primitive way - Just read the shadows and highlights. Then average. The original Pellix was named "Pellix". Pellix QL stands for models that has incorporated with Canon's 'new' Quick Loading mechanism which allows to change your film quicker and easier. Those models came with a 'QL' tag was employed with such mechanism.
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There are only three easy steps for you to follow in loading:
1. Open the back of the camera.
2. Place the film leader onto the specially designed take-up mechanism.
3. Close the back of the camera and your camera is now loaded and ready for use. The Quick Loading mechanism takes any standard 35mm film cartridge, whether color or black and white. And with this system, there is not much wastage of film or delays in film loading for more responsive handling.
Lenses, lenses... the Interchangeable Lenses available for PELLIX QL
The PELLIX QL takes a wide range of interchangeable lenses. To cover every aspect of photography Canon has around 22 FL lenses for use this camera (While the FD can still be used - with limitation). Among them are such extra-special lenses as: 19mm F3.5R, a super wide-angle lens which can be mounted on the camera without lifting and locking the mirror. Macro FL 50mm F 3.5, which has impressive resolving power for microphotography FL 55mm-135mm F3.5 and FL85mm-300mm F5, both high performance zoom lenses with automatic preset aperture diaphragms design.
Also Canon offers a great many attachments including Bellows FL, Extension Tube FL, Slide Duplicator to name a few. The BOOSTER is an accessory item with the CANON PELLIX QL. It is an important attachment that will greatly heighten the sensitivity of the camera.
Technical Data for Canon Pellix QL camera
Type: 35mm single-lens reflex camera.
Picture sized: 24x36mm.
Lens Mount: FL mount (Bayonet mount with three outer lugs)
Viewfinder : Fixed Eye-level system using pentagonal prism. Waist-Level Viewer 2 can be attached. (Pellicle mirror with 20/1000mm ultra-thin, vapor-deposited Mylar film.) 0.9x magnification (FL 50mm), 90% vertical coverage, 93% horizontal coverage. Microprism rangefinder at center of fresnel matte screen. Metering indicator, exposure match needle, and eyepiece shutter provided.
Focusing Glass: Highly efficient in resolving power, using Fresnel lens and built-in prism screen rangefinder.
Mirror : The Canon Pellicle Mirror, a half transparent mirror.
Standard Lens : FL 50mm F 1.8, FL 50mm F 1.4, FL 58mm F 1.2, FLP 38mm F 2.8.
Aperture : Fully automatic preset aperture built in. Preset release possible.
Shutter : 1/1000-1 sec. and B (T) X single pivot dial focal plane shutter. Two-axis, horizontal-travel focal-plane shutter with cloth curtains. X, T, 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000 sec. Built-in self-timer (self-timer lever also functions as a stop-down lever).
Built-in Exposure Meter : Zero-method type CdS meter coupled to shutter dial and aperture setting. Through the-lens-and-mirror (TTLM) system. EV1-18 (ASA 100 film at F 1.4) one-stage system. ASA 25-2000 (DIN 15-34). Utilizes one 1.3V MD type (#625) mercury battery.
Photometry : Exposure meter functions with the CdS actuating lever. Spot selection system. Continuous photometry is possible with the lock lever. Battery checker built in.
Measuring of Ultra-low Illumination : Using ASA 100 film, EV 1.5 1/2 sec. -EV -4.5 30 sec. at F 1.2 can be measured with the attachment of the Canon Booster (auxiliary meter for extremely dim lighting)
Flash Synchronization : Synchronizing possible for FP and X contacts and FP class, M class, F class and speedlight Automatic-time-lag adjusting type (FP- and X-sync automatic-switching sync contacts with German socket).
Built-in Self-timer : Time-adjusting type operated by shutter release button.
Film Rewinding : Done by button and Camera-top crank.
Film Advance Lever : Single operation 174° winding lever, possible to wind with several short strokes.
Film Loading : Back cover opening and closing, using only cartridge. The QL mechanism makes possible simple and quick loading of film. Auto loading after camera back is closed. Advances with camera-top lever's 174 stroke (partial strokes enabled). Ready position at 21.
Interchangeable Lenses : Automatic preset aperture type FL series lens system.
Film Counter : Self-resetting type.
Dimension : 144 x 91 x 43 mm (5-3/4" x 3-5/8" x 1-3/4"); 144 x 91 x 100 mm, 1,110 g (with FL 58mm f/1.2)
Weight : 755 grams (1lb. 10 1/2 oz.) - body only.
* Specifications and data : please use the Canon's official site as standard of reference. Information supplied here are merely for knowledge.
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