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1. From : Dennis Oyama (
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Date : 09:56 AM Sunday 01 May, 2005

Andreas' comment is probably the correct one.

It could be that the window on the left side is blocked by something.
If you look carefully enough you will see a red line and a small circle.

2. From : Andreas Kohl (
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Date : 06:21 PM Thursday 21 April, 2005

To Boris: Regarding your hanging match-needle, it is in the camera. If you remove the finder and check under the left rail, you see a small slot. Right above the focussing screen. Light comes in from the milky window on top and reflects the display to the right side in the finder. Please watch my discussion for match-needle invisible problem which is ongoing right now. Looks like you are also from Germany, if you have a good hint for F1N repair, please let me know. Best regards Andrea

3. From : Andreas Kohl (
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Date : 06:16 PM Thursday 21 April, 2005

Thanks Mark for thinking about it so deeply ! When I look through the prism, I see the slot clearly. And I have standard prism to exchange. The failure is not in the prism. I also took a laser pointer and moved it very close to the milky window, no ray of light comes through, even when I have the prism removed and watch the match-needle directly on the left side.

A test on my old F1 showed light immediately. There must be something in the way between the milky window and the match-needle itself. The light still works okay if I switch on and touch the release button. Thanks again and best regards Andreas

4. From : mark wahlster (
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Date : 04:36 PM Thursday 21 April, 2005

There is no New F-1 repair manual on line. People have been looking for one for years. First dose the meter light up when you press the shutter button it should if you have the switch turned to light. If you remove the prism is there anything blocking the little slot on the side of the prism or the matching area of the body? If there is something blocking the light coming through the milk glass then it must be either a light baffle that has come loose or someone has put something in there to block the light.

The space between the underside of the milk glass and the meter is only a mm or two so there ain't a lot of room for something to get in there. also if you can see the meter there must be some light getting in there. what happens if you remove the prism and shine a small flashlite through the milk glass do you see the light through the slot? if you look through the prism while it is off the camera do you see an open slot where the meter display should be? Maybe it's possible the meter lamp moved does it still work turn the switch to light and depress the shutter button half way. Hope this helps.

5. From : Andreas Kohl (
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Date : 06:48 PM Wednesday 20 April, 2005

Hi F-1N friends, maybe someone can help me or give some hints regarding match-needle meter problem with my F1N ? The display on the right side in the finder does not appear, neither with standard nor with AE prism ( A unlocked ). If I dismount the finder, I can see match-needle on the left side above the mirror. It is moving and reacts on setting of time and aperture. It looks like something is blocking the light coming into the body through top-side illuminator before it goes through the meter display. Did anyone hear or solve such problem ? Also, I look for repair manual, but I could not find it, even on C. RollingerĀ“s website. Thanks for any helpful comment ! Andreas

6. From : mark wahlster (
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Date : 08:24 AM Tuesday 19 April, 2005

The 7.5mm f5.6 fisheye comes in FD mount and will fit your F-1 so will the 15mm f2.8 nFD fish eye will also fit the F-1.

7. From : Milton (
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Date : 04:44 AM Tuesday 19 April, 2005

Hello Would someone be so kind to let me know if canon made a fish eye lens for the f-1 and the new f-1? If so what model are they.
If they are to difficult to get would you recommend another brand and model. Thank you Milton

8. From : Jim (
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Date : 02:44 AM Friday 15 April, 2005

Looking to purchase Canon F1-N in good working order. Will need 50 mm 28-85 and zoom lens. Thanks

9. From : Mark Wahlster (
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Date : 01:41 PM Wednesday 13 April, 2005

Will your finger nail will be all that is needed to remove the screen. Put it under the chrome lip and lift. The screen unless something is very wrong will easily come right out.

10. From : Will Dodwell (
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Date : 06:50 AM Tuesday 12 April, 2005

Thanks Dennis and Wayne for your imputs - both appreciated and made note of. But I'm still playing the supid card..... Can I surmise that I can 'pry out' the fresnel screen with something like a cocktail stick? Or a biro lid? A small non-metallic point? I don't want to do any damage! (I'm in England, and here the word 'pry' is what 'cracksmen' (safe-breakers) do! I'm sure there was a yellow plastic tool shaped like a letter Y that was used. Or is my memory finally... er... going....?

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