b: Set ASA

1. Pull up the ASA film speed selector ring.

2. Turn it until the ASA film speed setting index is aligned with your film's ASA rating.


Q:What is ASA?
A: ASA is a number which indicates the relative sensitivity of your film to light. Your camera must have this information to be able to give your film the proper exposure.


Q:What should I do to remember the ASA rating of the film loaded in the camera?
A: As a reminder, insert the film carton tab ~uhich indicates the ASA rating, into the camera back's memo holder

Note: Don't forget to reset ASA when you use film with different ASA ratings; otherwise, the film will not be correctly exposed.

c: Focus


Out of focus

In focus

Aim your camera at your subject, then compose the picture through the viewfinder. Rotate the lens focusing ring until your subject appears in the viewfinder.

*There are three focusing aids you can use. (scroll down)


Shutter speed scale


Flash ready-light


Flash photography bracket


Shutter speed needle


Splitimage range finder spot


Microprism ring


Fine matte outer field

Split image rangefinder spot: Suitable for subjects with well-defined outlines. Turn the focusing ring until the two halves of the spot coincide, forming a single image.

Microprism ring: For subjects without definite contours, or for rapid focusing. Turn the focusing ring until the image in the ring appears crisp.

Fine matte outer field: Ideal for close-ups or when shooting with telephoto lenses. Turn the focusing ring until the image in the field appears sharp.

To "prefocus" the lens (i.e., when time does not permit focusing through the viewfinder), turn the focusing ring until the estimated distance is aligned with the lens aperture/distance scale index. With this technique, however, the focus may not be as sharp asyou expect.

Note: When you're using lenses with small maximum apertures (e.g., f/5.6, f/8) or taking closeups, you may find it difucult to focus with the split-image spot or microprism ring (i.e., they become "dark"); in this case, focus with the fine matte outter field.

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