Canon auto-bellows manual needed

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  1. eli griggs

    eli griggs Member

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    Does anyone here have a working link to a pdf of the Canon manual in English?

    Alternatively, could someone here scan the manual and post it in the files section?

    I have the Manual in Japanese but that's not doing me a lot of good at the moment.:D I can likewise scan this if someone needs it in Hiragana or whatever character set it's in.

    Eli
     
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    What info are you looking for? It's a pretty straight-forward bellows. Are you looking for tables?
     
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    The main thing to know about the Autobellows is that the front cable release stops down the lens, and the one that attaches to the camera fires the shutter, so you need to set the front one to stop down the lens first. Alternately, use two cable releases and close the lens first before triggering the shutter.

    There is also a way of reversing the front standard, as I recall, to reverse mount a lens, but I didn't have much reason to do this when I had an Autobellows, because I had a few dedicated macro lenses. If you do decide to try this, I tested all the FD 50/1.8, 1.4, and 1.2L lenses in reverse position once and the best one to use that was was the cheapest--the 50/1.8.
     
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    eli griggs Member

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    Thanks for the feedback and tips. I already have an auto-bellows and wanted the manual simply because there is often bits of useful but not so obvious information included.

    It is interesting that the 1.8 was the top finisher in your test David, I think a lot of folks with all three pieces of glass most likely would not have bothered testing the non-L lenses.

    As far as the shutter release, since I have yet to find an affordable double-release, I will lock-down the aperture with a cable and trip the shutter with the self-timer.

    Eli
     
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    David A. Goldfarb Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    It's interesting, but I think the regular 50/1.4 and the 1.2L are more optimized for normal use and perform as expected when used normally, but the 1.8 is more of a traditional design, so it reverses well.