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Please note that The lens positioning line is marked in RED on the camera body. The RED DOT, on all Auto Miranda
lenses should be aligned exactly opposite this red line before turning the lens to mount it.
On the earlier series of Auto Sensorex EE cameras a green line was also marked on the camera body. However, this green line was only indicated for mounting a bellows unit and the camera and must NEVER be improperly mounted with the red dot opposite this green line.
Unless the above instruction is strictly adhered to damage to the equipment may result.
We feel very privileged that you have chosen our Miranda Auto Sensorex-EE camera. As a specialist manufacturer of single-lens reflex cameras in Japan, Miranda Camera Co. have long been producing novel products of unique and original design.
Auto Sensorex-EE, your constant companion, is a 35mm, EE (electric-eye) single-lens reflex camera, a new concept which
combines a through-the-lens light measuring system with a fully automatic exposure control. It employs two ways of light
measurement, one being the Average Light Measuring system and the other, the Spot Light Measuring, each useful for its
own specific application. The camera permits, besides EE photography, also manual photography.4www.butkus.org
The interchangeability of the pentaprism, lenses of superb resolving power, accurate and smoothly-working shutter mechanism, and other features--are the monopoly of only the highest-grade camera. In order to make the best use of these qualities in your camera, you are advised to read this manual through carefully before you take the first shot and you will be justifiably proud of the results.
1. Features of MIRANDA Auto Sensorex EE 2
2. Technical Data 3
3. Name of Parts 4
4. Guide to Picture Taking Procedure 6
5. How to Load Mercury Battery, Checking Power 8
6. Film Loading 10
7. Shutter and Diaphragm 12
8. Setting the Film Speed 13
9. How to Read the Meter in the Viewfinder 14
10. Coupling Range of the Meter
11. EE Photography . 16
12. How to Use "A" (Average Light Measurement) and ''S., (Spot Light Measurement) 18
13. Manual Photography 19
14. Pocusing 20
15. Camera Holding 21
16. How to Operate the Self-timer, Shooting at Slow Shutter Speed 22
17. Film Rewinding 23
18. Care in Handling 24
19. Meter System of MIRANDA Auto Sensorex EE 25
20. Flash Shooting 26
21. Depth of Field 28
22. Viewfinder Interchanging 30
23. Lens mount and Lens Interchangeability 31
24. Interchangeable Lenses 32
25. Accessories for Increased Versatility
26. Precautions in Storing, Care and Storage of Camera - 41
FEATURES OF THE AUTO SENSOREX-EE
1. Automatic Exposure through TTL + EE System
A high-class camera which combines a TTL (throughthe-lens) system of light measuring, under which critical measurement is made of the light transmitted to the film. Also a completely automatic exposure control mechanism which permits accurate exposures simply by depressing the shutter button.
2. Accurate Exposures through Average Light Measurement and Spot Light Measurement
Average and Spot Light Measurement are controlled by a switch and are used individually, depending upon the prevailing picture taking condition. The Average Light Measurement is used for general picture-taking under favourable light conditions. The Spot Light Measurement is used for special occasions which normally requires different techniques such as shooting accurately against-the light subjects, under stage lighting and subjects with sharp contrast.
3. Easy-to-Compose and Efficient Viewfinder
All the functions necessary for photo-taking are visible in the viewfinder, and the composing of a picture takes only a moment. The newly invented micro-split image rangefinder permits quick and sharp focusing and can be used with any type of lens.4www.butkus.org
4. Interchangeable Viewfinders for Increased Versatility
The Pentaprism Viewfinder is very convenient for general picture taking. In instances requiring special techniques, such as low and high angle shots,- closeups, reproduction and photo micrography, we recommend the use of the interchangeable reflex viewfinders.
5. Newly Designed Standard Lenses for Excellent Color Rendition
The newly~developed Auto Miranda-E f:1.4/50mm and f:1.8/50mm lenses are superb for color-photography. These lenses not only offer an extreme resolving power but depict scenic views with abundant peripheral light.
6. Unique Type of Lens Mount
The lens mount of MIRANDA Sensorex EE has on its outside a 4-claw bayonet mount and on its inside a screw mount of 44mm inner diameter (All MIRANDA cameras and lenses have the same standard lens mount). The bayonet mount is for attaching the auto E lenses, extension bellows, etc., quickly and easily by merely giving 1/8 of a full turn after mounting. The inner screw mount is for preset lenses and most other accessories.
7. Automatic Synchro-Switch and Hot Shoe
The synchro-contacts for electronic flash (X) and bulb flash lFP) are switched automatically by rotating the shutter-dial. The Hot Shoe flash gun accessory shoe is employed for the first time with an interchangeable pentaprism type SLR.
8. Complete Line of Interchangeable Lenses and Accessories
This is a system camera meeting every requirement of photography. With a wide range of interchangeable lenses and accessories, Miranda's Auto Sensorex-EE displays its superiority not only in general photography but also in the fields of scientific, medical, industrial and educational photography.
AUTO MIRANDA-E: 50mm/f1.4, 5-group 7 element (Gauss, modified type) AUTO MIRANDA-E: 50mm/fl.8, 4-group, 6-element (Gauss, modified type) TTL (through-the-lens) exposure meter, full EE coupling, fully auto matic diaphragm, angle of view 46°, smallest aperture f:16, preview lever, filter size 52mm¢1, closest focusing distance with 50mm/f1.4 43cm ( 17 Irish; 50mm/f 1.8 45cm (18 ins.)
Shutter focal plane, B. 1-1/1 000 sec., built in self-timer with maximum delay of 10 seconds.
Flash Synchro FP and X, automatic synch to X at 1/60 sec., cordless hotshoe.
Exposure Meter light measuring at open aperture, built-in TTL CdS meter with full EE-coupling, closed-down light measuring possible, light sensor behind the mirror, partial light measuring, switch to spot light measuring. EE coupling range EV3-18 at ASA 100 with 50mm f 1.4 lens, shutter speeds 1/4 sec.-1/1000 sec. The EE coupling can be disconnected when shooting at speeds outside its range by depressing the override button located in the centre of the shutter speed dial. Film speeds ASA 25-1600, battery-Mallory PX675 or Eveready EPX675, built-in battery checker.4www.butkus.org
Viewfinder magnification 0.92X with 50mm lens at infinity, field of view 96%, condenser and Fresnel lens combined, interchangeable viewfinder, focusing screen wimicro-split image rangefinder.
Miranda mount (4-claw bayonet and 44mm~screw mount)
winding angle 180°, marginal angle 25°, ratchet advance possible .
Film Rewind rewind crank, self-resetting button for rewind.
Film Counter advance counting type, self-zeroing, with film winding indicator.
Film Loading rapid loading type spool, hinged back cover.
Size 144 x 93 x 87mm (f:1.8), 144 x 93 x 95mm (f : 1.4)
Weight w/f:1.8 950 grams, w/f:1.4 1,100 grams
NAME OF PARTS
1. Shutter Release Button
2. ASA Film Speed Setting Ring
3. Neckstrap Eyelet
4. Lens positioning Mark
6. Standard Lens
7. Film Rewind Knob (back cover release)
8. CdS Meter Switch
9. Flash Termi nal
10. Preview Lever
11. Focusing Ring
12. Distance Scale
13. Depth of field Scale
14. EE Lock button
15. Pentaprism Viewfinder
16. Film Rewind Crank
17. Accessory Shoe (w/hot shoe)
18. Film Memory Dial
19. Film plane Index4www.butkus.org
20. EE Mark
21. Aperture Scale
22. Lens locking Button
23. Shutter Speed Index (w/Film Wind Indicator)
24. Shutter Speed Dial
25. EE overriding button
26. ASA Film Speed Dial
27. Automatic Film Counter
28. Film Advance Lever
29. Tripod Socket
30. Rewind Release Button
31. Mercury Battery Compartment
32. Film Rewind Shaft
33. Viewfinder Release Button
34. Shutter Curtain
35. Viewfinder Eyepiece
36. Film Guide Rail
37. Sprocket Wheel
38. Rapid Load Take-up Spool
39. Film Pressure Plate
40. Back Cover
GUIDE TO PICTURE TAKING PROCEDURE
A mercury battery is provided for the Auto Sensorex as the source of power for its EE CdS meter. If the mercury battery is not
inserted in the battery chamber, the meter will not function. Before using the camera, make sure that the mercury battery is
properly inserted in the battery chamber.
How to load Mercury Battery
1. Clean the faces of the mercury battery with dry silicon cloth.
2. Open the battery chamber of the camera by turning the cover counterclockwise.
3. Insert the mercury battery into the chamber with the plus l+) side facing outwards, towards the cover, and replace the cover securely.
4. If the plus (+) and minus I--) poles are reversed, the meter will not function, although the misplacement will not affect the mechanism of the camera.
Checking of Battery Power
After the mercury battery has been inserted properly into the battery chamber, check the battery in the following manner:4www.butkus.org
1. Lift and turn the knurled ASA setting ring surrounding the shutter speed dial in either direction and set the figure 100 to the indicator of the film speed (ASA) indication window.
2. Turn the shutter speed dial and set the 125 (1/125 sec.) to the shutter speed indicator.
3. When using lenses, other than below mentioned, check the mercury battery power after removing the lens. Auto-Miranda-E Lens 50mm f: 1.4
Regular Auto Miranda lens f:1.4 with open-aperture indicator pin.
Regular Auto Miranda lenses without open-aperture indicator pin.
T-4 Soligor lenses without open-aperture indicator pin Preset T-2 Soligor lenses.
Lenses of other makes.
4. The diaphragm setting is unimportant in this connection.
5. When the power switch, located at the base of the film rewind crank, has been turned to the checker position (C), the meter needle, visible in the viewfinder moves to the check mark of the battery, indicating that the voltage of the mercury battery is normal (See page 14 for how to read the exposure meter in the viewfinder).
6. The moment the battery checker is released, it returns automatically to the Off position thus preventing a drain of power of the mercury battery.
> The mercury battery will provide sufficient power to work the meter for a duration of about one year. Its power, however, drops sharply towards the end of its life. When the meter needle fails to reach the check mark, due to the reduced power, replacement of the mercury battery is necessary.
> The mercury battery may be chosen from any of the following:
|Voltage 1.3V||JIS||H-C type|
When the camera is not in use, keep the power switch off to prevent waste of battery power. If the camera is
not used for a long time, it is advisable to remove the mercury battery from the camera.
Caution: Do not try to disassemble or burn the exhausted battery.
For the Auto Sensorex EE camera, 35mm film (20 or 36 exposures) is used.
> Always load or unload the film in the shade. If no shade is available, utilize the shadow of your own body.
> Whenever possible, avoid loading or unloading the camera in a dusty place or near the seashore, where salty winds may blow.
> While loading or unloading, take care not to touch the shutter curtain.
1. Open the camera back
Open the camera back by pulling up the film rewind knob. When the back is opened, the exposure counter automatically returns to the start (S) mark.
2. Insert the cartridge into the film chamber.
Pull up the rewind knob and insert the cartridge into the film chamber taking care that the projecting end of the cartridge faces down. After inserting the cartridge, push back the rewind knob to its original position.
3. Insert the trimmed end of the film into a slit of the film take up spool
Insert the trimmed end of the film into any slit of the spool, at the same time making sure that the film wind sprocket engages the perforation on the side of the film.
4. Turn the film advance lever and make sure that the sprocket engages both perforated edges of the film
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5. Take-up the slack in the film
Lift the rewind crank and turn it gently in the direction of the arrow and any slack will disappear. Care must be taken not to turn the crank in a reverse direction, as this may spoil the film.
6. Turn the film advance lever to take up the exposed film
Operate the shutter for some blank shots till the exposure counter registers "1". This will take up the film which has been exposed during loading. When the film advance lever is being operated, the film rewind lever must turn in a direction against the engraved arrow, indicating that the film is properly moving.
After the film loading has been completed, make sure to set the proper ASA film speed.
SHUTTER AND DIAPHRAGM
The shutter speed controls the amount of light reaching the film and "freezes" the image of a moving subject.
> The indications "B. 1, 2 .... 1000" indicate "Bulb, 1 sec., 1/2 sec.... 1/1000 sec." shutter speeds. To set the shutter speed, the
shutter dial is turned to the left or right until the desired speed number lines up with the shutter speed indicator. The indicator
turns red when the film is advanced and white when the shutter is released.
> "Bulb (B)" is used for long exposures with the shutter remaining open as long as the shutter button is depressed.
> When the dial is set to the red "60" mark, the "X" contact is automatically set for synchronization with electronic flash (See pages 26, 27 for flash shooting).
> Shutter speed can be freely changed before or after the film advance.
> The shutter dial does not turn beyond the EE coupling range. To turn it, press the override button in the center of the shutter speed dial.
The diaphragm controls the amount of light reaching the film and determines the depth of field (focal range).
> The aperture ring of the lens is calibrated (F values) from the full-open to the smallest apertures and click stops at the red indicator position, on top of the lens barrel.
> The higher the aperture value the less amount of light is transmitted to the film plane. The calibration on the scale is so arranged that the setting to the next higher value reduces the volume of incoming light by half. If, therefore, the scale is adjusted in succession to the next higher value, the amount of light transmitted through the lens will be decreased in progression of 1/4,1/8,1/16 and so on.
> The lens, when set to the "EE" position, is set for EE (automatic exposure) shooting.
> By setting the diaphragm to the intermediate positions of the scale, intermediate apertures are obtained.
> The shutter and diaphragm are cross coupled to the exposure metering system. See page 14 for how to use the exposure meter.4www.butkus.org
Before taking pictures, see that the film speed dial is properly set to the ASA speed number of the film to be used. Failure to
make this adjustment on the dial will prevent the exposure meter from giving a correct exposure reading.
Film Speed Equivalents
The exposure meter is calculated for films quoted with the ASA speed rating. However, films indicated in other speeds can quite easily be converted to the ASA rating by uitilising the following conversion chart:
HOW TO READ THE METER IN THE VIEWFINDER
Mark for Checking Battery Power
Marks "A" and "S"
Overexposure Warning Mark
This is the warning mark for over-exposure. When the meter needle reaches this mark, an accurate exposure cannot be obtained. Reset the shutter speed dial to a higher speed until the meter needle comes within the indicated correct exposure range.
COUPLING RANGE OF METER
The coupling range is the range in which light can be measured by the EE meter. The range varies according to the film speed and to the maximum aperture of the lens used.
> In manual photography, to measure light with a closed-down diaphragm (for example, preset diaphragm lenses) other than the exclusive-Miranda EE lenses, light measurement is possible from wide-open to the smallest apertures.
> The meter's coupling range, according to film speed, is the field indicated within the boldlined frame in the diagram, outside of which coupling cannot be obtained. Outside of this coupling range, the shutter dial can not be turned and blocks. For instance, the shutter dial stops at "4" (1/4 sec.) when ASA-100 film is used, and at "8" (1/8 sec.) with ASA-200 film.
> When taking pictures at a shutter speed beyond the coupling range, turn the shutter dial while depressing the manual
overriding button located in the centre of the shutter speed knob.
> When the shutter speed is switched back to a speed within the couphng range, the manual overriding button is automatically unlocked and the EE-function be comes operational again. 4www.butkus.org
The Auto Miranda-E lens marked "EE", is a lens featuring completely automatic diaphragm. Photography by full-open light
measurement, EE system (automatic exposure), is possible by merely checking the markings in the viewfinder.
1. Film Speed (ASA) Setting
Make sure that the correct speed setting of film loaded in the camera has been made. (See page 13 for Setting Film Speed).
2. Determining the Shutter Speed
Turn the shutter speed dial and set the selected shutter speed to the exposure speed window. In average general photography, select 1/125 sec. to 1/250 sec. for bright outdoor shooting, and 1/30 sec. in the shade or indoors.
3. Setting the Diaphragm Ring to EE
Turn the diaphragm ring and align the red EE-mark with the red index mark. This automatically locks the lens into the EE-position.
4. Setting Meter Switch to "A" or "S"
"A" indicates average light measurement and "S" spot light measurement. In general photography, "A" is selected (See page 18 for how to use "A" and "S").
5. Shutter Release
While looking through the viewfinder, adjust the focus. If the meter needle stays within the area of accurate exposure, depress the shutter button smoothly.
> In the event the needle of the meter stays within the warning mark for underexposure, reset to a slower shutter speed; and if the needle of the meter stays within the warning mark for over-exposure, reset to a faster shutter speed.
> In taking pictures when a specific lens opening is of prime importance, rotate the shutter speed dial until the meter needle indicates the desired aperture. Make sure that the shutter speed dial clicks into a proper position as otherwise no correct shutter speed can be obtained.
> Never depress the shutter button until the meter needle comes to a complete stop.
For a deliberate under- or overexposure, the meter reading can be locked and maintained, as long as the shutter release button is half way held depressed. When looking through the viewfinder, the needle locking may be observed.
HOW TO USE "A" (AVERAGE LIGHT MEASUREMENT) AND "S" (SPOT LIGHT MEASUREMENT)
"A" (Average Light Measurement)
Average light measurement is a system to measure a fair average of the light coming in through the lens. "A" is used in general photographic situations under favourable light conditions, shooting of landscapes and group subjects. The partial average light measurement system, incorporated in the Auto Sensorex-EE, has a special function by which the usually prevailing brightness of the sky is excluded from the light measurement. Unlike other systems of average light measurement, it does not cause a degradation of contrast. Just hold the camera, determine the composition and release the shutter.
"S" (Spot Light Measurement)
The spot light measurement is a system to measure a part of the light coming in through the lens. It produces wonderful effects on an open sea, a wide expanse of mountains and fields, subjects with a bright background, in against-the-light pictures, and in taking stage pictures with a high light contrast. In such extraordinary cases of photography, the determination of the exposure is normally rather difficult. With the Auto Sensorex-EE, however, by merely setting the meter switch to "S" you can obtain an accurate exposure without the need to adjust the film speed or the diaphragm opening. When the "S" (spot light measurement) is used, the multi-split rangefinder (focusing part) indicates the light acceptance area.
When measuring light with a closed-down lens aperture for a special purpose or when manually shooting without the EE function, disengage the EE
by turning the diaphragm ring in a clockwise direction, simultaneously depressing the EE-lock button of the lens. When measuring light at
open aperture, read the diaphragm value the meter needle indicates in the viewfinder, and transfer manually to the diaphragm scale on the lens barrel.
Using the closed-down light measuring system, the under exposure mark (red triangle at the bottom of the viewfinder) moves to the full open value of the lens in use. Correct
exposure can be determined by varying shutter speeds or diaphragm, until the needle
superimposes the full open value mark in the viewfinder. Both
Average Light Measurement and the Spot Light Measurement can be used for manual photography.
Note: F/1.8 and F/3.5are marked by a dot.
Focusing is done by means of the micro-split image that appears in the center of the viewfinder when the focusing ring is turned either to the left or
right. When the image is out of focus, the image looks blurred around the borderline of the micro-split image in the center, and the viewfinder looks
dim and blurred. When the subject is brought into focus, the left-or-right blurring of the image disappears, the image becomes crisp and the
focusing screen of the viewfinder becomes clear.
> The micro-split image rangefinder of the Auto Sensorex EE is an improved type of the conventional split image. It is a highly efficient split-image of Miranda's invention which can be used even with a Long telephoto lens.
> When looking through the viewfinder, observe the center part of the viewfinder. If viewed from a position at an upwards or downwards, or left or right angle using an ultra-telephoto lens, the micro-split may be partially blacked-out (one side is darkened and invisible).
> When an ultra-telephoto lens exceeding 450mm is used, the micro-split may be difficult to focus. In this case, adjust focusing on the matt screen surrounding the micro split.
> A near-sighted or far-sighted photographer can use efficiently an eye sight-compensation lens mounted in the eyepiece of the viewfinder to accomplish accurate focusing. Also, a rubber eye cup is attachable to the eyepiece.
Focusing in Infra-red Photography
When taking pictures with infra-red film, perform the focusing first and then shift the reading of the distance scale to the. "R" position, engraved on the lens barrel.
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