Does the Canon A-1 have a fully manual mode?

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  1. LowriderS10

    LowriderS10 Member

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    I know nothing about A-1s, as I've always been an AE-1/AE-1P kinda guy and always shunned the A-1 because of it being too advanced...however, I might be able to pick one up cheap, so I'm looking for some info...

    Does it have a FULLY manual mode? All the literature I've been able to find on it just mentions the various semi-auto/auto modes (this or that priority, full auto, etc)...

    All the pics I've seen of it I've only been able to see an exposure compensation dial, but no shutter speed dial...am I missing something? Is there no full I'll-set-the-shutter-speed-and-aperture mode on the A-1?

    Thanks :smile:
    Tamas
     
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    Yes, there is. Set the shutter speed on the body like you would when using shutter priority but set the aperture on the lens instead of using the "A" setting on the lens.

    During all of this you will still have the internal meter to use as a guide.

    Kris
     
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    Thanks :smile: where's the shutter speed switch on an A-1? Why can't I see it in any of the pics I'm looking at? (And yes, maybe I'm just blind and/or slow in the head today haha)
     
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    It's also the aperture dial next the shutter release. Just turn the dial to reveal the shutter speed markings and activate shutter speed selection.
     
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    I should make that more clear. There is a little tab on the front side of the aperture dial. You rotate that and it reveals the shutter speeds.

    Once this is selected you then choose an aperture on the lens aperture ring.

    The problem with the A1 is the lack of a graduated meter reading such as a needle or bar indicator.

    It just reads M for manual and then recommends an aperture for you based on a centre weighed meter pattern.
     
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    Thanks! So shutter speed is displayed under that little window right beside the shutter button?

    Hmmm...the meter reading sounds just like the AE-1P's, then?
     
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    Yes, that is where the shutter speed is.

    The AE1-P had a single meter needle, where as the A1 only has a digital aperture readout. It reads the f number i.e. 5.6 or 6.7 etc

    The A1 was my first foray back into film a couple of years back. I found the digital readout counter intuitive, especially for calculating compensation. I like a needle a lot more - such as in an AE1. I now use a Nikon FM3a.
     
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    Yes, The metering is like the AE1-P in manual. viewing through the lens will give you an aperture value and then you set the aperture on the lens. It is not coupled.
     
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    The AE-1P has an LED-lit number readout...the AE-1 had the needle :wink: Sounds like the A1 has the same as the AE-1P but not the AE-1.

    I've used both systems and I kind of like the AE-1P's approach, though I do see where the fans of the needle are coming from :smile: