Canon New F-1 - Concept Part III
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First impression of the New F-1 presents anyone with a very classy look. The weight added a sense of rock sturdy feel. Compared with the original F-1, the corners of the upgrade are much smoother which was a trend in the eighties for most SLRs. I believe it is very much due to careful selection of materials to enble that 'feel' projected by the New-F-1. But the most significant departure of the New F-1 fom the older model was not at its styling and design, nor even its handling and performance, excellent though they are. Rather, it is the fact that it represents a radical breakthrough in design philosophy. But earlier experiences gained through with bodies like other other successful A-series models, those popular comsumer's models did help Canon a lot by carefully combining the good and functional features found in the previous F-1 and sensible use of electronic in many applications.

<< -- My Setup of the Canon New F-1 LA Olympic.

To either a speed oriented sports photographer, a motor drive capability is therefore an essential requirement. Sports photography also calls for a fast shutter speed with shutter-priority AE, by attaching either the AE Motor Drive FN or AE Power Winder FN, incidentally, the New Canon F-1 is the only professional camera model that provides shutter priority AE in its class, while ALL other rivalries have only the most, an aperture priority AE (and Stopped Down AE in certain models or whatever they called it in their names) as option. Well, for those who are depth of field minded, a special viewfinder, the AE Finder FN, when attached, instantly can provides aperture-priority AE and stopped-down automation on the New F-1. With both a power drive and the AE Finder FN in place, the New F-1 becomes a superbly versatile, multi-mode SLR. Similar flexibility is provided by the interchangeable focusing screens. Besides acting as focusing aids, they allow you to alter the metering sensitivity pattern as well.These made the New F-1 the most versatile professional camera during the eighties.

How does the users react to the New F-1 concept ? During a stop over in Kuala Lumpur on worldwide promotion lead by its chief designer (forgot his name), I was happened to be there and had a chat through a translator. The man certainly had a lot of pride but most of all and equally important - he has so much passion in his own creation. Frankly, I was then using the Nikon and I must admit the New F-1 is superior in certain aspect than the Nikon F3.

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The press were impressed and it reflected by some press photographers started to shift their system to the New F-1. The next few years after its official debut, especially in and after the 1984 LA Olympic games, the white lenses started to grow in numbers beside or behind the bench around most major sporting events. Canon's marketing team sure knew how to take the New F-1's advantage to its full extend, nobody can denied Canon started their invation through sport and action event into the professional market.

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But again, with the solid backbone with the camera and its system accessories, more importantly was Canon's swift reaction to synchronise to re-built its optical line up to supplement the New F-1. The New series of FD lenses has equally important role in helping the Canon to regain ground, new exciting optics were brought out, during the early days of the New F-1, there were around 50 FD lenses and it grew in numbers, eventually there were about slightly more than 70 lenses in total when another classic, the Canon T90 was launched in 1986.

Or may be this mail from a loyal user from Canada summarized it all: "I am a happy F1N user because the camera is as descrivbed in your web site "like a tank". I can take it out in the rain and not worry that it's going to fry. I can use it with studio lighting via the PC sync, I can change focussing screens based on my need. It truly is a solid, flexible, customizable camera which can be tailored to your style of photography... - Max J. Turavani -

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A full system like this illustration transformed the New F-1 into a full fletch multi modes SLR. Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Stopped Down AE, 100 Bulk Film Back, perhaps remote photography also permissible with the additional accessories attached. Just in case, Canon's most accessories came with either AE (means Automatic Exposure) or FN (Sytsem component that used on the New F-1 camera).

To outline the concept of system photography of the New F-1 of which the system itself embraces an immense array of accessories designed for every facet of photography. Its chief components, including the interchangeable viewfinders, remote control and closeup accessories, Speedlites and FD lenses.

You may click on or return to the main page to access for more detailed descriptions of how each component within the New F-1 system can help one to be more productive and creative. This site can only assist with options that these accessories that may broaden your scope of photography with the camera. Just in case, you have bought a used set, these info may also be very helpful to you to hunt for these accessories.

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Choice of Shooting Modes
AE chart
Motorized Film Advance Close-up and Remote Equipment  
Interchangeable Viewfinders Interchangeable Focusing Screens Electronic Speedlites  
Electronics in the camera Data Imprints/Back FD Lenses Other Issues  

Instruction Manual: Canon New F-1 Camera | Motor Drive FN | Canon High Speed Motor Drive Camera |
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Flash photography, Focusing Screens, Macro/Close-up,
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