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FOREWORD Thank you for purchasing the Nikon F501F50D camera. We are sure that you will enjoy using this camera and that it will make photography a bigger part of your life. In addition to this comprehensive instruction manual, the Nikon F501F50D comes with SHOOTING IN SIMPLE MODE-SHORTCUT TO GREAT PICTURES, a concise, pock etable guide that explains the easiest way to use the F501F50D. 2
CONTENTS FOREWORD .................................................................. 2 USING AE-L BUTION .............................................. 42-43 GETIING TO KNOW YOUR CAMERA ........................... 4-5 CASES WHERE AUTO FOCUS IS NOT BEFORE SHOOTING ................................... 6-12 ACCEPTABLE ............................................................ 44 MOUNTING LENS ....................................................... 7-8 MANUAL FOCUS ..........................
Learn the parts of your camera. Eyepiece cover DK-5: Attach to viewfinder eyepiece ~ to ward off stray light when using the self-timer. - If . uillJJ Ar.r.IP.~Sflrv shoe: For Nikon dedicated C:;nppr11i11ht~ ~ ~--~==~~~~~----~~-- LCD panel r camera. Self-timer button SIMPLE/ADVANCED dial Set/adjust buttons Flash lock release Shutter release button: Press lightly to activate exposure Self-timer LED meter and start AF operation; Lens index fully depress to release shutter and take p
AE-L (Auto Exposure Lock) button: See pages 42 to 43 for Auto Exposure Lock. Camera back Viewfinder eyepiece Film cartridge confirmation window Learn how to hold your camera Camera strap • Grasp the camera handgrip with your eyelet right hand. • Use your left hand to cradle the camera with the elbow propped against your body for support, as you look through Camera back lock release the viewfinder. • Use your right hand index finger to Rewind button depress the shutter release bu
BEFORE SHOOTING This section shows you how to prepare the camera for shooting, e.g., how to mount a lens, install the battery and load film. This section is for both SIMPLE and ADVANCED modes. 6
MOUNTING LENS , I I / I .:,,- 1 __ -Err ,~ ~ - 71-' With a non-CPU lens When the camera is powered on with a non CPU lens, Err and m blink in Position the lens in the the LCD panel and E ~ ~ 2 camera's bayonet mount so blinks inside viewfi nder. the mounting indices on the lens For using a non-CPU lens, and the camera body are aligned. see page 58. Twist the lens counterclockwise Remove the camera body cap until it locks into place. 1 and the front and rear lens caps. Usab
To remove Turn the lens aperture ring to its minimum aperture (the largest f While pressing the lens release 3 number, marked in orange, on AF Nikkor lenses). Then lock the lens button, turn the lens clockwise. aperture at its minimum setting (see lens instruction manual). If lens aperture is not set at its minimum setting When the camera is powered on with a lens not set at its minimum aperture setting, Err and ~ blink in the LCD panel and E,.,. blinks inside viewfinder. With the F501F
INSTALLING BATTERY ... J Make sure the camera's power Insert a 6V lithium pack with Switch the power ON. Check 1 is off, then slide the lock 2 "+" and "-" ends positioned as 3 the LCD panel to see if the release on the battery chamber shown on the inside of the cover. frame counter shows "E" or the cover to open the chamber. Close the cover by pushing until it frame number appears and no battery mark (~ or = ) appears. clicks. If ~ blinks: Battery is nearing exhaustion. Have a fresh on
LOADING FILM 000000000 Slide the camera back lock 2 Insert film cartridge. Pull the film leader out to the 1 release to open the camera 3 red index mark. back. • To avoid fogging film (especially high-ISO film), • Opening/closing the camera back resets the do not load/unload film in direct sunlight. frame counter to "E". • Usable film speed range for OX-coded film is ISO 25 to 5000. 10
Make sure the film is properly positioned with no slack and the film Gently close the camera back 4 perforations engage the sprockets. (See illustration.) 5 until the lock release snaps closed. Film automatically advances to frame #l. • If the frame counter still shows E (i.e., if the film does not advance to frame #1 ), with or without blinking Err and e, the film is incorrectly positioned. Reload film. • You can confinn the film speed of installed OX • With a non-OX-coded film, fil
SETTING CAMERA TO AUTO FOCUS MODE Regarding the FSO/FSOo's autofocus feature Your F501F50o is factory-set to Single Servo AF operation. This means that once your subject is in focus, focus remains locked as long as the shutter release button is lightly pressed. You can recompose the picture, and the subject will remain in focus, provided you maintain the same subject-to-camera distance. (See page 41 for Autofocus should be used for most picture-taking details.) If the subject moves, t
SHOOTING IN ADVANCED MODE This section shows you how to set your desired Program or exposure mode. C, ______ T_h_is_s_e_c_t_io_n_i_s_fo_r_A_D_v,_A_N_C __ E_D_m __ od_e __ O_n_IY_. ____ ~) 13
AVAILABLE EXPOSURE MODES In the Advanced Operation Mode, you can select any of four exposure modes-Programmed Auto (P), Shutter-Priority Auto (S), Aperture Priority Auto (A)and Manual (M). Programmed Auto Exposure Mode Shutter-Priority Auto Exposure Mode In addition to the four Programs in SIMPLE mode You manually set the shutter speed and the camera General-Purpose 0 , Landscape a, Portrait!l and sets the matching lens aperture. To freeze action, use a Close-Up «'-four more Programs are
Aperture-Priority Auto Exposure Mode Manual Exposure Mode You manually set the aperture and the camera sets the You select both the shutter speed and aperture. This appropriate shutter speed. Smaller apertures make the mode lets you experiment with and produce different background and foreground sharper (recommended for creative effects (e.g., intentional blur, intentional landscape pictures) while larger apertures tend to blur under- or overexposure). For more information on the background
PROGRAM SELECTION GUIDE / 1 . ... / .. . ' ,,;;, !Jr' . \ ~' \ ','t-f! : .\ '. AUto:' General-Purpose -9' Portrait Program "" Landscape Program o Program .......... Suitable for most situations. Use Use this Program whenever you're Use this Program whenever you this program if you are not sure making a picture of a distant scene. are taking pictures of people. It which program is right for your Don't use flash-the scene may be creates an artistically blurred subject, or for shooti
Close-Up Program ... !.'7 Sport Program N~ Silhouette Program :iHI!t." Use this Program when you are Use to freeze action. Recommend Effective only when the back taking pictures up c1ose-a flower, ed for use with Continuous Servo ground is bright and the subject is an ornamental detail, a butterfly, or AF (page 34). Do not use flash in shadow or comparatively dark. if you are copying a picture. because it restricts the available The result is dramatic with a shutter speed. wideangle l
Night Scene Program -,~ Motion Effect Program .dH!i~ Use this Program in the even ing or Use this Program to express movement. Stationary subjects will come out in sharp images and moving subjects in blurred images. Also suitable for at night. To capture the beauty of a night scene in available light, such when your subject is moving and you are following along with your as illuminated monument, traffic camera in a panning motion. The subject will come out relatively sharp, lights or neo
OPERATION IN PROGRAMMED AUTO EXPOSURE MODE CD ® Cbl 1 o u Q 00 Switch power ON and set the camera dial to Press the menu button CD to access the exposure 1 ADVANCED. The LCD shows the last selected mode menu, then press the button above P@. 2 exposure modeiProgram. (The origi nal factory setting is for General-Purpose Program.) • Steps 2 and 3 explain how to set a Program. If the Program shown is what you want, skip steps 2 and 3. With the Exposure Menu, pressing the menu button activ
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