Gotcha! Thatís understandable. Thanks.
My first assignment: Break out manual.
What made this confusing? The specifications for exposure modes lists 3 auto modes (which Iím not getting into because I'm interested in MANUAL). But after the 3 autos are listed it reads:
"manual, stopped down AE (only for lenses without AE signal pins), program flash AE and electronic flash AE
What Iím understanding from your description is "stopped down" IS manual correct? Why would that not logically be included in "manual" instead of coining another term???
The T-70 has a wide-open (full-aperture) manual mode, in which you set all of the camera's controls manually, but the lens aperture remains all the way open until you release the shutter. This is the way just about all modern cameras work. It ALSO has a mode (stopped-down AE) in which the meter is engaged with the lens stopped-down to the selected aperture. This is for use with lenses that aren't capable of wide-open metering.
If you can help it, you don't want to meter with the lens stopped down because with a small aperture, the viewfinder will get very dark. In the early days of TTL metering, the meters ONLY worked with the lens stopped down (my Pentax Spotmatic was that way). Wide-open metering was a big advance in usability because it meant that you always got to focus (with the meter on) in a nice bright viewfinder.
Hope this helps,