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Canon F-1 High Speed Motor Drive Camera - Even after decades, it is still a REAL Fast One here...

 

F-1 HSpeed Camera (22k Jpeg) F-1 High Speed with Power Pack.jpg
Based upon the F-1 body and Motor Drive, a High Speed Motor Drive Camera was developed exclusively for taking rapidly moving subjects, and provides a shooting speed of *4 to 9 frames per second. With single frame exposures as well.. This camera was first developed for reporting the Olympic Games at Sapporo in 1972, and became the talk of the photographic world on account of its dramatic photographing capability.

Canon F-1 High Speed Motor Drive Camera very rare high-speed camera for 9 frames per second, approx. only 100 cameras produced for 1972 Olympics, with original battery pack. Approx. Year 1974
Canon F-1 High Speed Motor Drive Camera

very rare high-speed camera for 9 frames per second, approx. only 100 cameras produced for 1972 Olympics, with original battery pack. Approx. Year 1974

Canon F-1 High Speed Motor Drive Camera

Credit: Image courtesy of Mr. Peter Coeln from LEICA Shop®, Austria who also operates a popular Westlicht Auction House. Image Copyright © 2008. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.
Rear section of Canon F-1 High Speed Motor Drive Camera for Montreal Olympic, 1976
This camera operates almost the same as the F-1, and it accepts FD and FL lenses. Subsequent High Speed Camera was designed with the backbone of the Canon F1n during the LA Olympic. Though specially made and conceived as a reformed type of the F-1, its body accuracy and durability were highly improved with the conditions of high speed operation in mind. An outstanding feature that distinguishes this Canon camera from any other is a viewfinder where one is able to see the subject all the time. In shooting at high speed in order to catch the fleeting process of motion, it is inconvenient to have the viewfinder black out because of the action of the mirror at the very time of shooting. This problem has been solved by means of a fixed pellicle mirror, which was previously used in the Pellix.

This is in addition to its high speed function with a capacity to shoot as many as nine frames per second.

Technical Data

Type: 35mm single lens reflex camera with focal plane shutter.
Picture size: 24mm x 36mm.
Usable Interchangeable lenses: Canon FD and FL lenses. Viewfinder: Removable pentaprism viewfinder.
Focusing screen: Using Fresnel lens, focusing glass with split image rangefinder. Without beam splitting mirror in the condenser lens.
Finder attachments: Angle Finder B, Magnifier R, Dioptric Adjustment Lenses, Eyecup.
Field of view: 97% of actual picture area or more.
Diopter: - 1.2, with standard ring.
Mirror: Fixed pelIicle mirror.
Shutter: Focal plane shutter with super-thintitanium curtains.
Shutter speed: 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000 sec.
Shutter release: By means of the shutter release button on the camera body. Cable release can be attached.
Diaphragm adjustment: Manually set by locking stopped down functioning lever.
Film driving: Power driven by means of a direct current motor with voltage stabilizing circuit.
Power source: 20 penlight (Size AA) batteries in battery case, connected with cord.
Shooting capability: More than 30 rolls of 36exposure film at normal temperature.
Frames per second and shutter speed:
4 fps; 1/60 - 1/1000 sec. 4 - 7 fps; 1/125 - 1/1000 sec. 7 - 9 fps; 1/1000 sec.
Film loading: With multi-slit film spool. By opening back cover.
Frame counter: Set in Motor Drive, automatically stops at 0. Manually reset Reversed type.
Dimension: 146.7mm x 136.8mm x 43mm. (5 - 3/4 " x 5-318" x 16 -15/16" ).
Weight: 1,100grs. (2 lb. 3 oz.) body only.

Deail view of Rear section of Canon F-1 High Speed Motor Drive Camera for Montreal Olympic, 1976

Top panel and Shutter speed dial of Rear section of Canon F-1 High Speed Motor Drive Camera for Montreal Olympic, 1976
Serial Number and Battery Charger for Rear section of Canon F-1 High Speed Motor Drive Camera for Montreal Olympic, 1976
Credit: Image courtesy of Mr. Peter Coeln from LEICA Shop®, Austria who also operates a popular Westlicht Auction House. Image Copyright © 2008. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.


Relative:
Canon New F-1 High Speed (1984); Canon F-1 Original Motor drive Unit & The much improved second version, the Motor Drive MF; Nikon's High Speed models for cross reference. Another Limited Edition variation: The Canon ODF-1 camera, .Montreal Olympic, 1976 & Lake Placid Olympic, 1980; Scanned Copies of Canon F-1 Repair Manual (4.8MB) at Christian Rollinger website.

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