Type: 35mm single-lens reflex (SLR) camera
Format: 24 x 36mm
Interchangeable Lenses: Canon FD (for fullaperture metering) and Canon FL, R and non-FD (for stopped-down metering) series lenses.
Standard Lenses: FD 50mm f/1.2L, FD 50mm f/1.2, FD 50mm f/1.4 and FD 50mm f/1.8
Lens Mount: Canon breech-lock mount.
Exposure Modes: Match-needle and stoppeddown manual exposure. Shutter-priority AE possible by attaching AE Power Winder FN or AE Motor Drive FN and se~ing lens' aperture ring to "A." Aperture-priority AE and stopped-down AE possible by attaching AE Finder FN and setting shutter dial to "A." AE flash possible with specified Canon Speedlites.
Viewfinder: Interchangeable eye-level pentaprism as standard. 97% vertical and horizontal coverage of actual picture area with 0.8x magnification at infinity with a standard lens. Aperture scale with f/stops from f/1.2 to f/32, overexposure and underexposure warning marks, meter needle, aperture needle and battery check/stoppeddown metering index are displayed to the right of the field of view. Shutter speed displayed below aperture scale. Speeds include 1/2000 to 1 see, " S "and "B" in green; full seconds of 2, 4 and 8 are in orange.
Viewfinder Illuminator: Provided; illuminates aperture scale and shutter speed for 16 seconds when meter mode selector is set to "LIGHT" and shutter button pressed halfway.
Eyepiece Shutter: Built-in. Keeps out extraneous light during self-timer and remote control operation.
Dioptric Adjustment: Built-in eyepiece adjusted to standard -1 diopter.
Focusing Screen: Standard split-image/microprism rangefinder. Twelve other types of interchangeable screens are optionally available.
Light Metering System: Through-the-lens (TTL) metering by silicon photocell (SPC). Metering area is determined by special optical element incorporated in each focusing screen. Center-weighted average, selectivearea and spot metering are optionally available by changing the focusing screen.
Meter Coupling Range: EV -1 (4 sec. at f/1.4) to EV 20 (1/2000 sec. at f/22) with ISO 100 film and FD 50mm f/1.4 lens.
Exposure Preview: By pressing shutter button halfway.
Meter Mode: At "NORMAL," meter activated as long as shutter button is pressed halfway. At "HOLD," meter, once activated, stays on for 16 sec. At "LIGHT," meter, once activated, stays on for 16 sees. and viewfinder information is illuminated. Cancellation possible.
Exposure Compensation Dial: ± 2 f/stop range in 1/3 f/stop increments: 1/4.. 1/2 .. 1 .. 2 .. 4
Shutter: Horizontal-travel, titanium focal-plane shutter with four spindles. Eiectromechanical hybrid control. Mechanically controlled at speeds from 1/2000 to 1/125 sec., "d " (1 /90 sec.) and B. Electronically controlled at speeds from 1/60 to 8 sees.
Mechanical Shutter Operation: By removing battery from battery chamber. Only mechanically controlled speeds can be used.
Mirror: Instant-return type with shock-absorbing mechanism.
ISO (ASAl Film Speed Scale: ISO 6-6400.
Shutter Dial: 1/2000 to 8 sec., "A" (for aperture-priority AE or stopped-down AE with AE Finder FN), "B" (bulb) and " S " (1/90 sec.). Shutter speeds from 1/2000 to 1 sec., " S " and "B" are in white, 2 to 8 sees. in yellow and "A" is in red.
Shutter Button: Two-step button with electromagnetic release. Mechanical release when battery is removed from the camera. Pressing it halfway activates meter circuit, pressing it fully releases the shutter. Can be locked by setting self-timer/lock lever to "L." With cable release socket.
Self-timer/Lock Lever: Three positions: "A," "L," and "S." At "L," the shutter button is locked as a safety feature. "S'' position is for self-timer operation.
Self-timer: Electronically controlled. Selftimer/lock lever set to "S." Activated bV pressing shutter button. Ten-second delay with electronic "beep-beep" sound. Number of beeps emitted per second increases two seconds before shutter release. Cancellation possible.
Stop-down Slide: For depth-of--field preview or stopped-down metering.
Power Source: One 6V lithium (Duracell PX 28L), alkaline-manganese (Eveready [UCAR] No. A544), or silver oxide (Eveready [UCAR] No. 544) battery. Battery lasts about one year under normal use.
Battery Check: By pressing battery check button. Battery power is sufficient if the meter needle registers above the battery check index.
Cancellation of Camera Circuit: By pressing battery check button. Cancels shutter operation, self-timer operation, meter reading and viewfinder illumination.
Multiple Exposure: Possible by engaging rewind lever before winding film advance lever to recock the shutter. Cancelled by lightly pressing shutter button.
Flash Synchronization: Speeds up to 1/90 sec. with electronic flash; FP- and M-sync at 1/30 sec. or slower. Direct contact at accessory shoe for hot-shoe flash. Threaded PC socket (JIS-B type) for cord-type flash or multiple flash photography. Accessory shoe has contact for normal automatic flash and special contact for AE flash with specified Canon Speedlites.
Automatic Flash: New Canon Auto Tuning System (New CATS) with specified Canon Speedlites. Shutter speed is automatically set to 1/90 sec. with shutter dial at any setting except B. Meter needle indicates auto working aperture in the viewfinder as soon as Speedlite's pilot lamp glows. Aperture controlled automatically when AE Power Winder FN or AE Motor Drive FN is attached and lens' aperture ring set to "A" mark.
Slow-Sync Flash Rhotography: Possible with Speedlites 199A, 533G and 577G. Flash synchronizes with shutter speed set at slow settings from 1/60 to 8 sees. Camera switches automatically to 1/90 sec. when shutter dial is set from 1/2000 to 1/125 sec. or " S ."
Camera Back: Opened by pressing safety stopper while pulling up rewind knob. Removable for attaching Data Back FN or Film Chamber FN-100. With memo holder.
Film Loading: Via multi-slot take-up spool.
Film Advance Lever: Single-stroke 139° throw with 30° stand-off. Ratchet winding possible.
Frame Counter: Additive type. Automatically resets to "S" upon opening camera back. Advances during multiple exposures.
Film Rewinding: By turning rewind leverclockwise and pressing it down and turning rewind crank. Rewind lever automatically resets when camera back is opened and when shutter button is lightly pressed.
Other Safety Devices: Camera will not function when power level is insufficient or when lens' aperture ring is set to "A" and the power winder or motor drive is not attached. Film winding impossible while shutter is in operation.
Dimensions: 146.7 x 48.3 x 96.6 mm (5-3/4" x 1-7/8" x 3-3/4") body only.
Weight: 795g (28 ozs) body only 1,030g (36-5/16 ozs) with FD 50mm f/1.4.

Subject to change without notice.

Caring for your Camera

As with any precision instrument, proper care and maintenance involve a few simple rules in addition to common sense. Observing these few rules will keep your New Canon F-1 in top condition at all times.

1. The best thing you can do for your camera is to use it regularly. In the event that you must store it for quite a while, first remove it from its case or camera bag. Remove the battery. Wrap the camera in a clean, soft cloth and place it in a cool, dry, dust-free place. If you store the body and lens separately, attach both the body and rear lens caps.
2. Keep the camera and lens out of direct sunlight and away from "hot spots," such as the trunk, rear window shelf or glove compartment of a car. Do not store the camera in a laboratory or other such area where chemicals may cause corrosion.
3. To keep the camera in top condition during prolonged storage, occasionally insert the battery and take several blank shots to "exercise" the mechanisms. Check the operation of each part before you use the camera following storage.
4. Reliable under normal use, your camera can be damaged by water, excessive spray or humidity, sand and shock. Clean it especially well after you use it in an area with excessive dust or saltwater spray. If you accidentally drop it in water, it may be irreparable but take it immediately to an authorized Canon service facility for inspection.
5. To clean the exterior of the camera body, first blow off dust with a blower brush. Wipe off smudges with a silicone cloth or chamois leather. If smudges remain on the eyepiece after using a blower brush, wipe it lightly with lens-cleaning tissue which has been moistened with a couple of drops of lens cleaner.
6. If the lens surfaces are clean, yet the viewfinder appears dusty, the picture will not be affected by the dust in the viewfinder. If the mirror gets dirty, it will not affect pictures but it may make viewing difficult. Dust it very gently with a blower brush. If further cleaning is necessary, take the camera to the nearest authorized.Canon service facility.
7. The film chamber needs cleaning from time to time to remove film dust which may scratch the film. Gently dust it out with a blower brush, being careful not to press on the film rails, shutter curtain and pressure plate.
8. To clean the lens surfaces, use only a blower brush, cleaning fluid and tissue made specially for cleaning camera lenses. Carefully follow the lens' instructions.

Using the Camera at Very Low Temperatures

When you use the New F-1 in cold conditions, try to protect it from outside air and avoid extreme temperature changes. Condensation forming on a camera and lens taken from subzero outside temperatures into a warm room may cause corrosion. To avoid this, place the camera in a plastic bag while still outdoors. Then seal the bag and take it indoors, leaving the camera in the bag until it gradually reaches room temperature. Generally, this takes about one-half hour. Also, remember that at temperatures below 0°C (32°F), battery power may decrease or fail. Please see page 9 for tips on battery care when shooting in cold conditions.

If you are using the camera in conjunction w~ith the motor drive, the High Power Ni-Cd Pack FN is the most reliable power source for uninterrupted shooting at low temperatures. It can be used as the sole power source for both the camera and the motor drive by attaching the Battery Cord C-FN.


Thread the tips of the neckstrap through the corresponding rings on the camera so that the tips are on the inside. Then adjust the neckstrap to the length most comfortable for you.

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