Classic SLRs Series :
Basic Steps in setting up / handling the Nikon EL2 camera
The automatic exposure control (Aperture Priority AE - meaning you set the aperture to gain your preferred depth of field and the camera takes care of the appropriate shutter speed to match your setting) facility of the Nikon EL2 greatly simplifies picture-taking with an option to turn it back to full manual control, permitting even an absolute beginner to achieve a high degree of success.
Once the camera has been loaded with the required battery and a roll of film (with the film's ASA speed set accordingly, this is a non-DX code camera, you need to adjust the ASA/ISO manually), observe the following steps, in conjunction with the EL2's instruction manual, to obtain the best results.
1. Check the battery power.
2. Confirm that the operation mode is set to A (Automatic).
3. Turn the meter on.
4. Set the lens aperture.
5. View and focus on your subject, and compose the picture. Then shoot.
Additional steps for special shooting situations
When shooting backlit or side-lit subjects, for example, you will find that using the memory lock will result in better exposure: Center the subject in the 12mm-diameter circle outlined on the screen, push the self-timer lever towards the lens and hold it; then, still holding the self-timer lever depressed, recompose the picture and shoot.
Memory lock / AE Lock lever.
To determine exactly which elements will appear in or out of focus in the actual photograph: Press the depth-of-field preview button before shooting.
Depth of Field Preview
Picture-taking with the EL2/AW-1 Combination
With the AW-1 Auto Winder attached, the photographer can follow the action just as easy as ordinary photography to capture the peak of the moment. Just take the same basic steps as with the EL2 on its own, but with some minor changes: After confirming that the shutter-speed dial is set to 'A,' turn the AW-1's power switch to 'ON.' Then, turn on the camera's meter.
Use the switch built into the collar around the shutter release button. The film-advance lever should be flush against the camera body. After making the exposure, lift your finger off the shutter release button - the Auto Winder will advance the film automatically readying the camera for the next shot.
For continuous shooting of backlit subjects, for example, or for deliberate underexposure to produce richer colors: make the necessary exposure compensation by adjusting the EV ring, which is positioned diametrically opposite the ASA film speed selector, before shooting.
To minimize camera vibration due to mirror movement (an important point to consider for time exposures or critical close-up photography): Lock the mirror up before shooting.
Mirror lockup lever.
Just in case you need to have something to refer to when you come across some photographic terms:
Basic Operation | Shutter Mechanism | Lens Mount | Exposure Control | Viewfinder info | Metering | Flash | Film Advance (Auto) / Transport
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Recommended links to understand more technical details related to the Nikkor F-mount and production Serial Number:
http://rick_oleson.tripod.com/index-153.html by: my friend, Rick Oleson
http://www.zi.ku.dk/personal/lhhansen/photo/fmount.htm by: Hansen, Lars Holst
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