Attaching the Lens


To remove the body cap, turn it counterclockwise until it stops and pull it off. To reattach, align the red dot on the cap with the camera's red dot. Then lightly push the cap in and turn it fully clockwise.

Turn the rear lens cap in the direction of the arrow until it stops and pull it off. To reattach, align the arrow on the cap with the lens' red dot. Then lightly push the cap in and turn it fully clockwise.

To mount the lens, align its red positioning point with the camera's red dot and turn the lens in the direction of the arrow until it stops and the lens release button pops out. To remove the lens, turn it counterclockwise while pressing the lens release button.


Do not mount the lens if the red dot inside the camera mount and the red line on the stop-down slide are showing. In this case, push in the stopdown slide so that it locks in the normal (retracted) position and these warning marks can no longer be seen.

The following lenses cannot be mounted on the New Canon F-1:

FL 19mm f/3.5 R 100mm f/3.5
FL 58mm f/1.2 R 100mm f/2
R 50mm f/1.8 FLP 38mm f/2.8
R 58mm f/1.2  


    1. Do not push the stop-down slide while advancing the film. Otherwise, it may be impossible to mount the lens.
    2. Do not press the lens release button while mounting the lens or it may not pop out, thus causing the lens to work incorrectly.


I. Loading the Battery

The action grip of the camera also serves as a battery chamber cover and therefore must be removed to load a battery. To do this, press the release button and lift up the grip.

Use one of the batteries listed below or an equivalent of another brand:

Lithium 6V Duracell PX 28L
Alkaline - manganese 6V Eveready (UCAR) No. A544 IEC 4LR44
Silver Oxide 6V Eveready (UCAR) No. 544, Durqceli PX 28, IEC 4SR44

To ensure proper contact, wipe the battery terminals with a clean, dry cloth before loading. Load a new battery so that its terminals are in the directions indicated by the diagram inside the battery chamber. Insert the negative~end first, then push down and insert the positive end. The camera will not function if the battery is loaded incorrectly.

Then slide the action grip's tab into the guide hole as shown, and lower the grip until it locks in place.

II. Checking the Battery

The battery can be checked with the shutter dial at any setting other than "A", and at any ASA/ISO film speed setting. With the shutter dial on "B," battery check is possible only after the film has been advanced. To check the battery, press the check button for about three seconds while looking in the viewfinder. Battery power is sufficient when the meter needle is above the battery check index. The weaker the battery, the lower the needle. However, even if the battery is weak, exposure will still be correct as long as the shutter is released when you press the shutter button.

If the meter needle rests at or below the index, the battery is almost exhausted. In this case, have a new battery ready.

With normal use the battery should last about one year. Battery po'wer may decrease, however, at temperatures below 0° C (32° F). In this case, load a new battery and keep the camera warm until you are ready to shoot. Do not throw the original battery away; keep it as a spare. Alternate the two batteries, keeping the one that is not in use warm. Although a battery may not perfomm well in the cold, it may work normally again at higher temperatures. Lithium batteries are recommended for use at low temperatures.


The New Canon F- 1 can be used even if the battery fails simply by removing the exhausted battery from the camera. The mechanically controlled shutter speeds are 1/2000 to 1/125 sec., "S" (1/90 sec.) and "B" (bulb).


    1. Remove the battery if you do not expect to use the camera for about three weeks or longer.
    2. Do not try to take the battery apart and never dispose of it in fire.

Try to make a habit of checking the battery at the following times:

    1. After loading a new battery.
    2. If the shutter won't function with the selftimer/lock lever on "A."
    3. Before and after making many long exposures at slow speeds other than "B."
    4. When you are using the camera at low temperatures.
    5. Before shooting important events.
    6. When the camera is used frequently.
    7. After storing the camera for a long time.
    8. Before going on a trip.

The battery check button also serves to cancel the self-timer, meter reading, illumination of viewfinder information ("LIGHT" setting of meter mode selector), and shutter operation during long exposures. The circuit is cancelled the moment you press the button, and the second curtain will close when you remove your finger. The shutter will not be released if you press the shutter button while pressing the battery check button.

Shutter Release and Self-timer/Lock Lever

The self-timer/lock lever of the camera has three settings. With the lever at "A," press the shutter button halfway to activate the meter. To release the shutter, gently press the shutter button all the way down. When the level is at "L," the shutter button is locked. It is advisable to turn the lock lever to "L" when the camera is not in use to prevent accidental shutter release and battery consumption. With the lever at "S," the camera's 10-second self-timer can be activated simply by pressing the shutter button. For further details on self-timer photography.

Shutter release is electromagnetic as long as there is a battery in the camera. Once the battery is removed, the camera switches to mechanical release, and only those speeds which are mechanically controlled can be used. The shutter button has a threaded socket in the center to accept a standard cable release.


The New F- 1 has a built-in safety circuit which prevents shutter release if the lens aperture ring is on ~the "A" mark and a power drive is not attached.

Film Advance

First push the advance lever out to its 30° stand-off position To advance the film, turn the advance lever all the way to the right in one continuous 139° stroke or several short ones. This also cocks the shutter and prepares the diaphragm and mirror for the next shutter release. The film must be advanced fully to the next frame or the shutter will not release.

Holding the Camera

The best way to prevent image blur from camera movement is to hold the camera as steady as possible, with your left hand supporting the camera and lens. Lightly rest your right index finger on the shutter button, and the tip of your thumb on the film advance lever or on the body. Wrap your other right fingers around the action grip. Then press your left elbow to your body and lightly press the camera against your cheek or forehead. For a vertical shot, steady at least one elbow against your body. Spread your feet slightly apart. one foot ahead of the other, and relax. Lean against a steady support if one is available.

There is, of course, no one correct way to hold the camera. Experiment to find the most suitable way for you. Select a method that provides comfort in addition to stability. It may help to practice in front of a mirror.

When shooting at a shutter speed of 1/30 sec. Or slower or with a telephoto lens, it is advisable to mount the camera on a tripod. If the tripod screw is especially long, be careful not to screw it in beyond the limit of the camera's tripod socket.

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