FT-1 photography tips wanted

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I am currently using a FT1 after having owned a FS1 for many years. It was stolen recently but NEVER gave me any hassles in 13 years or so. Now the FT1 is a slightly more complex camera and my question is the following :

Can anyone give me some practical examples on how to use the 1 2f/stop exposure compensation facility, and what is meant by "bracketing exposures of the same shot" ? In which cases would one use AE on, AE off and AE lock ? How do I lock the shutter release like the FS1 ?

As you can see I am not a professional photographer, merely a hobbyist. Nevertheless, I do like to experiment with my camera.

Thanks, Gert-Jan

-- Anonymous, April 17, 1998


about the FT-1

Concerning the bracketing. It's a safe way of getting the right f-stop. With the FT-1 you must put the setting on the lense barrel to AE or EE. Then take a shot of whatever you're photographing. (Make sure the camera is in the ON mode, of course.) Then before taking the next shot add whatever overexposure you want between 1 and 2. Usually +1 is sufficient. Before the next shot move the over- under-explosure dial to -1 or -2, or anything inbetween. Again usually -1 one is sufficient. I've discovered that the over- under-exposure dial has not effect if you move the setting on the lense of the AE or EE. The camera will simply in that case go to the f-stop set by you and the camera, in effect, will be in manual mode. That's what bracketing is all about. Concerning the shut off, as in the case of the FS-1, you simply turn the off-on switch to OFF. The AE L (auto exposure lock) is turned on by the ON-OFF switch, but you must hold down the little "dot" switch as you turn the ON-OFF to the AE L position. This means that you can take a reading of your subject in the AE L position by pressing the shutter release button half way and holding it there, step back while still hold the shutter release button and recompose, then press the shutter release all the way to take the picture. The AE L position of the ON-OFF switch is used when the backlighting is stronger than your subject or much less than your subject. You need to do this in such situations because the light meter reads the average of any given scene. Hope this helps a bit

-- Anonymous, June 04, 1998

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