35mm SLR Camera Proficiency Test

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Answers may be found in the 35mm SLR Camera Operating Guide. Complete this written portion and bring it with you to your scheduled operational proficiency. Call 867-6253 if you have any questions. Good luck!

  1. Explain what a film’s ISO/ASA number means.
  2. List the two main reasons for varying the shutter speed.
  3. Describe how to load the camera.
  4. How would you set the focus without looking through the viewfinder.
  5. How can you check to be sure the film is advancing through the camera?
  6. What are the two indications that you have come to the end of the roll of film?
  7. Describe how to rewind the film.
  8. Under what conditions should you always mount the camera on a tripod?
  9. What weather or environmental conditions might have a detrimental effect on the camera?
  10. What is the extent of your financial responsibility when checking out equipment from Media Loan?

Operational Proficiency


  • Identify all of the camera’s controls.
  • Set the ASA to 400.
  • Set the shutter speed to 1/60th of a second.
  • Load a roll of film into the camera.
  • Demonstrate how you would hold the camera to take pictures.
  • Mount the camera on a tripod.
  • Focus the camera through the viewfinder. Then without using the viewfinder.
  • Take a picture and advance the film.
  • Remove the camera from the tripod and then rewind the film.
  • Demonstrate proper lens cleaning technique.
  • Demonstrate how to change lenses on the camera.
  • Put camera away and return equipment to Media Loan staff.


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