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INTRODUCTION

Congratulations! You are now the owner of the most exciting and advanced camera on the market. Canon has good reason to have unbounded confidence and pride in the A-1.Embodied in this camera are the qualities of the finest SLR cameras and into it went the most sophisticated electronics technology available in the world today. Incorporating at least 20 novel technologies never before used in a camera, yourA-1is capable of operating in five distinct AEmodes–allwith an incredibly high degree of precision, reliability and ease of operation. A simple flick of a single switch will put you in any one of the AE modes. Simple manual operation is also possible. With its many AE functions, theA-1is not only the perfect tool in the hands of a professional but easy enough to operate even for novices. Even

the A-1'ssystem accessories are integrated into itspulse-controlled,digital computer system so that you can enjoy AE flash and motorized AE photography. In theA-1,Canon finally offers you a multifunctional AE camera that actually gives you more creative freedom through more control.

You will find that your A-1has many unusual features. For the fullest understanding of and benefit from yourA-1,please read this instruction booklet - carefully as you familiarize yourself with the camera. For the convenience of nonexperts, we have included as many photographic hints and facts as space allowed. We at Canon hope your newA-1will open to you a whole new world of photography, whether as profession or avocation.

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Focusing Index Mark with Depth-of-FieldScale

Focusing Ring

Mount Positioning Point

 

 

“A” Mark

Exposure Preview

Switch

Exposure Memory

Switch

Stop-DownLever

Viewfinder Display Lever

PC Socket

Battery Check Button

ASA Lock Button

Exposure Compensation

Scale

ASA Film Speed Scale Film Rewind Knob with Crank

Exposure Compensation

Lock Button

Film Plane Indicator

AE Lock Pin

Aperture Ring

Battery Chamber Cover/Finger Grip

Positioning Pin For Action Grip

Mounting Socket

for Action Grip

AT Dial Guard

AT Dial

 

Main Switch

 

Battery Check/

 

Self-timerLED

 

Multiple Exposure Lever

Frame Counter

 

 

Shutter Release Button

Accessory Shoe

(with Cable Release

Automatic Flash Contacts

Socket)

 

AE Mode Selector

Flash Synchronization Contact

 

 

AE Mode Window

Fold out both front and back nomenclature pages for easy reference while reading the instructions

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Main Features ............................................................

5

Pictorial Outline for General Use of

 

the Camera ................................................................

8

Setting the Camera for the Five AE

 

Modes and Manual Override ...................................

10

Preliminary Preparations .........................................

12

Handling the Lens ...................................................

13

NORMAL PROCEDURES ...................................

18

Loading the Battery .................................................

19

Checking the Battery ...............................................

20

Film Advance and Shutter Release ..........................

22

Holding the Camera .................................................

25

Loading the Film .....................................................

26

Setting the ASA Film Speed ....................................

28

The Basics of Exposure ...........................................

30

AE Photography ......................................................

32

Setting the Lens for AE Photography ......................

33

AE Mode Selector ...................................................

34

AT Dial ...................................................................

35

Shutter Speed Scale on the AT Dial ........................

36

Aperture Scale on the AT Dial ................................

37

Shutter Priority vs.

 

Aperture Priority .....................................................

40

Programmed AE ......................................................

45

Meter and AE Coupling Ranges ..............................

46

Metering at Low Light Levels .................................

47

Viewfinder ...............................................................

49

Viewing and Focusing .............................................

49

Optional Viewing Aids ............................................

50

Previewing the Exposure .........................................

52

Cancelling the Viewfinder Display ..........................

53

Numerals and Characters Composing

 

Digital Readout in Viewfinder .................................

54

Incorrect Exposure Warnings ...................................

55

Double-CheckBefore Shooting ...............................

57

Shutter Release ........................................................

58

Rewinding the Film ..................................................

58

Frame Counter .........................................................

59

SPECIALIZED PROCEDURES ..........................

60

Stopped-downAE Photography ...............................

61

Manual Override ......................................................

65

Self-Timer ................................................................

66

Exposure Compensation ..........................................

69

Multiple Exposures ..................................................

73

Film Plane Indicator .................................................

75

Distance Scale ..........................................................

75

Infrared Index Mark .................................................

75

Checking the Depth of Field ....................................

76

Lens Signal Coupling ...............................................

78

Unusable Lenses ......................................................

79

Automatic Diaphragm Control .................................

80

Manual Diaphragm Control .....................................

80

Flash Photography with the A-1 ...............................

83

Motorized Film Winding .........................................

89

Data Back A .............................................................

90

Various Accessories for Close-upsand

 

Photomacrography ...................................................

90

Proper Care of the Camera .......................................

95

Using the Camera in Extremely Cold

 

Conditions ................................................................

96

Specifications ..........................................

97

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MAIN FEATURES

Quality from the Inside Out

The extraordinary qualities of the A-1start with its design. It is the first camera in the world in which all information, both input and output, is in the form of pulse signals, enabling it to be the first camera with a digital, rather than an analog, computer. It is the first camera to have aPure-IntegratedInjection Logic(Pure-PL),the most advanced type of logic circuitry yet produced by the electronics industry, which is so highly integrated that it is capable of processing many times the information possible with simple IC's. It is also the first camera in the world to have a program unit with programmable logic array (PLA) which makes sure that the camera receives all information and in correct order. In practical terms, all of this complex electronics circuitry boils down to the first camera which is capable of extremely precise and reliable automatic exposure in five different modes but which remains remarkably compact and easy to operate.

The use of such advanced technology is not limited to design alone. Building on the special 'production technology system it established with the design of the AE-1,

Canon has extended its use of computers and automation from automatic production of the main parts to at least partial automation in all facets of production including processing, assembly and inspection. In this contribution to a new system of camera manufacture, Canon is able to offer greater precision at less expense.

Other benefits deriving from the design concept of the A-1include greatly improved stability against great temperature changes and remarkably improved meter response. TheA-1will set AE exposure only a split second before shutter release.

Despite all of this electronic circuitry which would reasonably require a great deal of power, the A-1requires only one small battery which normally lasts about one year. Every part of theA-1,from its sequence circuitry, where the power is sequentially switched on and off, to itsPure-I2L and combination magnet, is designed to conserve power.

Five AE Modes and Manual Override

Besides five AE modes which cover all forms of photography, easy override of the A-1's

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AE functions is also possible.

Shutter priority AE is especially useful in action photography, aperture priority AE in still photography. The programmed AE mode, in which the camera controls both aperture and shutter speed for correct exposure, is good for general use and is the easiest mode for beginners. These three AE modes along with exclusive flash AE, are performed with an FD lens set at “A” for all the benefits of full aperture metering. Stopped-downAE, in which the shutter speed is automatically set, allows automatic exposure withnon-FDlenses and accessories and is a big advantage inclose-upsand photomicrography. And since all AE inputs have been consolidated into the AE mode selector and the AT dial, the operation of only these two controls suffices to set the camera for any one of the five AE modes.

For complete control for exposure correction or special effects, manual operation is a simple matter of moving the FD lens aperture ring from the “A” mark while the shutter speed is set on the AT dial. The A-1will even provide you with an exposure readout as a basis for your exposure adjustment.

Exposure Compensation

Along with the wide selection of AE modes,

the A-1has two controls forwide-rangeexposure compensation. These are the exposure compensation dial for stepped exposure correction between ±2 f/stops and an exposure memory switch for temporary correction. For special techniques such as lowandhigh-keyshots,contre-jourphotography, multiple exposures and flash photography, you pros will find quick response in theA-1.Even in AE, you have complete control over the image results.

Field-of-view-onlyViewfinder

This viewfinder is one of the A-1'smost unusual features. In the classic sense of the word, this bright viewfinder shows only the field of view for easiest focusing and composing.

Using any one of three ways to take an exposure preview, you will activate a compact LED digital readout which clearly conveys shutter speed, aperture, flash and manual operation signals, a bulb indication, improper exposure warnings and a malfunction warning. The viewfinder readout is below and out of the way of the field of view, and the LED's are clearly legible with no need for extra illumination even in very bad light.

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Wide Metering Range

With its extensive film sensitivity range (ASA 6-12800)and 16 shutter speeds(1/1000-30sec.), theA-1offers a wide AE metering range from EV18 (f/16, 1/1000 sec.) all the way down toEV-2(f/1.4, 8 sec.) with ASA 100 film and an f/1.4 speed lens.

Provided that you can even focus your subject in the viewfinder in a very dark situation, it is most likely that you will be able to meter it as well, even in an AE mode. This is especially advantageous in such dimly-litsituations as those in night scenes and photomacrography.

Other Special Features

Add to these features the A-1'ssingle-levermultiple exposure operation and its twointervalself-timerwith an LED warning. Switching one small lever before winding the film sets theA-1for a multiple exposure. The film and even the frame counter remain stationary for unlimited multiple exposures. You can set theself-timerfor atime-lagof either two or ten seconds during which an easily visible LED flashes. Flashing frequency increases as a warning prior to shutter release.

Finally, seemingly small features, but big advantages in photography, include the A-1's

detachable action grip, its 120°-strokefilm advance lever with a 30stand-off,its eyepiece shutter and its shutter button lock (main switch).

The System

Beginning with accessories which are integral parts of the A-1system, Canon offers the Speedlite 199A and the Motor Drive MA. Either the specified Canon Speedlite 577G, 533G, 199A, 188A, 177A, 155A or 133A can be mounted on theA-1for AE flash photography with automatic setting of shutter speed and aperture. With the Motor Drive MA, continuous shooting at up to five frames per second is possible, and theA-1also accepts the Power Winders A and A2. Like theAE-1,theA-1can also use the Data Back A, a date imprinting mechanism that will couple to both power winder and Speedlite. Plus, you have your choice of accessories from Canon's extensive SLR system. From its famous, high resolution FD lenses to its complete line of systemized accessories forclose-ups,photomacrography and photomicrography, Canon offers highquality equipment for all photographic fields.

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Load the battery.

Turn the main switch to the

 

Load the film and advance

 

“A” position and check the

 

it to the first frame.

1

2 power level.

3

 

PICTORIAL OUTLINE FOR GENERAL USE OF THE CAMERA

7

Look into the viewfinder.

8

Check the exposure.

 

Compose the picture and focus.

 

 

 

 

Flashes to indicate

 

 

overexposure

Out of Focus

In Focus

Flashes to indicate

 

 

underexposure

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Set the ASA film speed.

Set the aperture ring of the

 

Select the AE mode.

 

lens to the “A” mark (for

 

(Turn the AT dial).

4

5 AE photography).

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

 

10

 

11

 

 

Press the shutter

 

Advance the film to the next

Rewind the film after

 

button gently.

 

frame.

all frames are exposed.

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SETTING THE CAMERA FOR THE FIVE AE MODES AND MANUAL OVERRIDE

Shutter Priority AE

1.Make sure the lens aperture ring is set to the Amark.

2.Switch the AE mode selector to TV.

3.Select a shutter speed by turning the AT dial.

See pp. 34-36for detailed explanation.

Aperture Priority AE

1.Make sure the aperture ring of the lens is set to the Amark.

2.Switch the AE mode selector to Av.

3.Select an aperture by turning the AT dial.

See pp. 34-37for detailed explanation.

Programmed AE

1.Make sure the aperture ring of the lens is set to the Amark.

2.Switch the AE mode selector to TV.

3.Turn the AT dial to Pat the upper limit of the shutter speed scale.

See p. 45 for detailed explanation.

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