Modern Classic SLR Series :
Canon EOS-1N Series AF SLR camera

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Don't pick on me for preparing this comparison chart. Frequent visitors do know me dislike making such kind of comparison because there is no end to this. Each of the models mentioned herein are true classic at their own production cycle. It is natural commercially one tried to out performed the other as the cycle of professional models between the manufacturers such as Nikon, Canon, Minolta etc. are quite well timed - either coincidental or planned move (closest was being between the Canon EOS-1 (1989) and Nikon F4 (1988). Like any consumer electronic products, a few years of difference can make a lot of catching up games in the difference in technology advancement. So, there is no point in making such kind of direct comparison which is/are better. The reason I felt it is necessary to have a brief chart here was solely based on highlighting various factors that might be contributing to the "RISE" and acknowledgment of Canon's EOS-1N by the 35mm SLR professional users at this highly competitive yet demanding market segment within the professional user group. The Minolta Dynax series were not used here simply because I am not too entirely familiar with the Minolta's cameras (other than the oldies such as the early Minolta X1-XM/ XK series) but that doesn't implies models from Konica-Minolta are not good enough to make a comparison here.

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Actually, I would rather think ALL these fruitful products of SLR models by the respective cameras are representation of intelligence of the design/marketing team of individual Companies. In the hands (& minds) of a creative photographers, any of them can be a working tool for visual expression. Come to think of it - many oldies such as the manual focus bodies of Canon, Nikon, excellent range of Olympuses, Asahi Pentax's bodies of old days still have been used by the millions, why bothers picking up the minute differences among the few and think it could make a world of differences in your eventual results, huh ?...

Canon EOS-1, 1989 Canon EOS-1 with Booster, 1989 Canon EOS-1N, 1994 Canon EOS-1N with PDB-E1, 1994 Nikon F4, 1988 Nikon F4s, 1988 Nikon F5, 1996
             

Canon EOS-1

Canon EOS-1 w/ Booster

Canon EOS-1N

Canon EOS-1N w/PDB-E1

Nikon F4

Nikon F4s (w/MB-21)

Nikon F5 (power pack integrated)

Lastly, I could be missing something like a few special feature(s) unique enough found in one system or missing in another. Anyway, it is just a quick, rough scratch with what I can think quickly relating among the few models that I am familiar with without the hassle of going through into too details technically. Well, you can add or correct anything you think not correctly spelled out within the columns For the hard core Canon or Nikon diehard who still wants to make absolute comparison, just create one on your own, as I said earlier, the reference chart here serves another objective for the Canon EOS-1N site. Peace....!

Comparison of Specifications of Canon EOS-1N, Original Canon EOS-1, NIKON F4/F4s and Nikon F5

Items

Manufacturers

Canon

Nikon

Camera Models

Canon EOS-1N

Canon EOS-1

Nikon F4

Nikon F4s

Nikon F5

Focusing:

Manual / Auto focusing

One-shot AF

Moving object prediction AF

Manual

full-time manual

AF speed

Focusing area

|| + ||

+

+

+

+
|| + ||
+

Focusing point selection

High precision AF applicable to f/2.8

Changeover corresponding to light source

AF Working range (EV)

0~18

-1~18

-1~18

-1~18

-1~19

LED / Beeper sound alert

/

/

/

/

/


Viewfinder

Built-in Diopter

Magnification (50mm / OO)

0.72

0.72

0.75 *

0.75 *

0.75 *

Eyepoint

20mm

20mm

22mm

22mm

20.5mm

Indications

Digital full indication

Digital full indication

Digital full indication

Digital full indication

Digital full indication

Interchangeable viewfinders

Interchangeable screens

x 8

x 8

x 13

x 13

x 13

Depth of field check

Manually Set

Calculated

Built-in diopter adjustment function

Built-in eyepiece shutter

Superimposed display

LED

LED

Electronic Viewfinder (old lenses)

not applicable

not applicable

Metering Systems

Number of evaluative metering zones

16

6

5

5

1005 pixels color Matrix, 5 (DA-30)

Vertical-horizontal changeover of evaluative metering

Partial[ metering

Spot metering photometry: Linked to focusing points

/

/

/

/

/

Center-weighted average metering

Scalable Center-Weighted Average Metering

3D Colour Metering

Metering range (EV, at normal temperature)

0~20

0~20

0~21

0~21

0~21

ISO film speed (Applicable to DX)

6~6400

6~6400

6~6400

6~6400

6~6400


Exposure
Control

Shutter-priority AE

Aperture-Priority AE

Depth-of field AE

Intelligent Program/M-shift

/

/

/

/

/

Manual

Flash A-TTL / TTL

/

/

/

/

/

TTL automatic flash exposure + multi segment flash meter zone(s)

x 3

x 1

x 1

x 1

x 5

3D automatic Balance flash exposure

TV and AV input 1/3 f-stop

1/2 f-stop

CF

1 f-stop

CF

CF

Exposure Compensation AEB

via MF-23

via MF-23

Manual

Exposure Compensation Steps 1/3 f-stop

1/2 f-stop

CF

CF

AE lock A/M

/

/

/

/

/

Flash exposure compensation

/

/

/

/

/

Mirror lock up

CF

CF

Multiple exposures (Preset)

/

/

/

/

/

Construction

Materials

industrial grade carbon fibre reinforced polycarbonated

reinforced Polycarbonated

Aluminum
alloy / ext. shock resistant. rubber compound

Aluminum
alloy / ext. shock resistant. rubber compound

Aluminum
Alloy

Modular (with options to assemble or custom set up) *

/

/

/

/

/

PC/Mac connectivity for upload/downloading/setup


Shutter

Materials

Carbon fibre +super duralumin

dual bladed super duralumin

carbon-fibre /aluminum alloy

carbon-fibre /aluminum alloy

epoxy Carbon fibre + Aluminum Alloy

Curtain Speed (vertical)

2.7 ms/24mm)

no info

2.9 ms/24mm)

2.9 ms/24mm)

no info

Balancer/Shutter Monitor

/

/

/

Speed Range (sec.)

1/8000~30sec

1/8000~30sec

1/8000~30sec

1/8000~30sec

1/8000~30sec

X-Sync Time (sec.)

1/250

1/250

1/250

1/250

1/300 via CF

FP-High Speed Sync (1/250 sec ~ 1/4000 sec.)

1/4000

Reliability (min. lab tested exposure cycle)

100,000

50,000

150,000

150,000

150,000

Film
Transport
(24 exp.)

Quiet Film Transport

4DdB

x 70 dB

CS 66dB

CS 66dB

no info

MD Functions (fps) S

CH

6.0 fps

5.5 fps

4.0 fps

5.7 fps

7.4 fps

CL

3.0 fps

3.0 fps

3.3 fps

3.4 fps

3.0 fps

C

3.0 fps

2.5 fps

 

Rewinding speed (sec.)  

5.0 sec

8.0 sec

8.0 sec

5.3 sec

4.0 sec

Manual rewinding  

Mid Roll rewinding  

Shooting capacity Normal temperature (rolls)

75

75 /100 (45)

45

45

250 (FR6), 75 (MN-30)

Low temperature (rolls)

30 (PDB-E1) KR15/51

12 /6 (30)

8

23

70 (FR8 x 8)


Power supply

Main power source

2 x CR5

2 x CR5

4 x LR6 (MB20)

6 x LR6 (MB21)

8 x LR6/FR6, Ni-MH Pack

Memory backup

CR1220 x 1

MD (PDB)

8 x LR6

8 x LR6

4 x LR6 (MB20)

6 x LR6 (MB21)

8 x LR6/FR6, Ni-MH Pack

Type-AA battery pack

4 x LR6

4 x LR6

4 x LR6 (MB20)

 

 

External power supply

PC terminal

External display / main input method

LCD / with electronic Dial

LCD / with electronic Dial

Mechanical Dial/levers

Mechanical Dial/levers

LCD/ electronic Dial / levers

Custom functions & number of types

14

8

24 + PS

Remote control terminal

Dimensions (W x H x D ) mm

161 x1 12.1 x 71.8

161 x 106.6 x 71.8

168.5 x 117.5 x 76.5

168.5 x 138.5 x 76.5

158 x 149 x 79

Weight (g) Excluding Batteries

855g

850g

1,090g

1,280g

1,210g

Year introduced /release date

Oct. 1994

Oct. 1989

Dec. 1988

Dec. 1988

1996

Listed Price (approx.) during respective date of release (suggested)

215,000, 230,000 (PDB-E1)

189,000

248,000

261,000

no info
on original release price


* Viewfinder magnification of Nikon F4: Nominal 0.75 x / Actual 0.705 x * Canon EOS-1 series:- Basic body with options to use interchangeable power source, film back, screen types but without interchangeable viewfinders. The Nikon F5 has single piece integrated unit of power source but has interchangeability for optional viewfinders, film backs, screen types & PC setup/downloading. Nikon F4 series scored best in this modular design criteria.

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