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Canon New F-1 - Reliability Issues

 
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Is the Canon New F-1 matches a level of reliability that professional users demand it to be ? You bet it is. When it relates to professional cameras, one will always expect it would provide top grade reliability and performance. Each of these expecting elements demand their respective manufacturers to have the best of choice of materials use to match the best of its functions and expected long life span under the worst harsh working environment imagined. Quality components and parts has to be manufactured to precision tolerances that can withstand taxing, rugged treatment; appearance that will reflects quality rather than just styling trends; fits properly in the user's hands in order to reduce fatigue in the wake of best human engineering factor considered; functions that can respond to any task the photographer demands of it; most of all - safety features and mechanisms which prevent operational errors and minimize malfunctions wherever possible for error and malfunction-free operation. When it fails, things and news could spread very fast like a virus indeed among users. Especially within the powerful media circle where a negative review could easily or possibly killed a product that could have taken the manufacturers years of research and millions invested into production line to realize. Basically, the pool of news and sports photographers are your living reference because these guys use a lot of these 'high-end' stuffs.

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Thus, even the best reviewers in the photo magazine aim to revert the situation may not able to save the day for an early negative feedback from these elite group of users. As a general guideline, pro-grade camera has around twice or triple the life span in term of exposure cycles in its longitivity of shutter mechanism; Of cause, that usually interprets with a corresponding price tag where it usually sells doubles the price than a general consumer's up market model.

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Generally, product development cost for a pro-class camera models such as the New F-1featured here could be extremely high and thus, it usually has a longer product cycle of round 6- 8 years (with electronic AF cameras, it could even be far shorter, due to ever fast changing electronic /autofocus technologies and evolving production methods to stay competitive).
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Over the years, the New F-1 has proved its worth with the time test; matching demanding durability test by hard working professionals in all fields: sports, reportage, journalism, you named them. What it remains now in the used market was the dedicated manual focus camera users who has treasured camera equipment that was built this way. Unlikely that remaining hard core loyal users will gave up the New F-1 based on reliability reason. As far as the New F-1 is concerned, I haven't heard of any negative views or news over the last 1-1/2 decade - other than the ssue of in-ability to provide a smooth migration path to EF mount lenses, but that is not relevant in this article). It goes without saying that a camera intended for professional use must exceed the durability standards set for the average camera.

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A professional camera must not give up under extreme climatic conditions, nor can it be allowed to surrender to the punishing stresses generated by a 5 fps motor drive. And, of course, it should not break or fail. By adapting techniques originally used in the F-1 and the "A" series cameras, the New F-1 meets these durability requirements.

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The combination of precision machining, sophisticated electronics, and good optics in and around its viewfinder/rangefinder system thus gives the New F-1 an indisputable feel of quality. The significance of Canon's extensive testing of the New F-1 cannot be overestimated. Shutter and electronic systems were thoroughly tested, but also the entire system underwent 100,000 exposure cycles. (A simple calculation shows this to be almost 2,880 rolls of 36-exposure film). Perhaps, some literature that I managed to get from the Canon Marketing's service Team members can have a good lead to how Canon F-1 was built within to meet such stringent quality. Just absorb the good ones, and leave the marketing 'lingo' aside - after all, credit still given for their cooperation in providing these informative materials, ha!

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