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1. From : Co-Developer (
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Date : 10:03 PM Tuesday 08 March, 2005

You are right. There are some confusion here but it has been addressed a few times in this site (as well as on this board). The original F-1 ( has an update caled Canon F1n (red: The 1981/2 is called the NEW F1: Unfortunately, during the time of creation of this website, the folder name has been named "canonf1n" which has created so much confusion here, Sorry.

2. From : Will Dodwell (
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Date : 11:52 AM Thursday 03 March, 2005

Superb site on F1n. Superb camera. Q. Is it possible that there were two (or more) incarnations of the F1n? And I don't mean limited edition Olympic versions of one-off unusable gold-plated nonsense. Was there a later model that was the F1n "even newer", with a redesigned film advance lever; and a changed & more detailed (but poorer quality?) aperture shut-down button, but with a much stronger spring arrangement; and a different far more matt black paint finish - a military version perhaps??? [But still with no mirror lock-up alas! Otherwise it really would have been perfect.] Why is this F1n slightly and subtlely different from my previous one? Anyone?

3. From : Jim (
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Date : 12:18 AM Saturday 26 February, 2005

Hello, Had new F-1 when they were introduced. Looking to replace it as I traded it a long time ago. I miss the camera and realize I should hae keot it.

4. From : Dennis (
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Date : 08:19 AM Wednesday 23 February, 2005

JD, SSC = Super Spectral Coating First series of FD type lenses had new multicoating process.

5. From : JD (
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Date : 06:10 AM Monday 21 February, 2005

On Canon FD lenses, what does SC or SSC indicate for the lens?

6. From : JD (
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Date : 11:40 PM Sunday 20 February, 2005

I have two Canons. One is an F-1 where the ASA goes to 1600 and the other is an F-1 where the ASA goes to 3200. (one purchased in mid 70.s and other purchased early 80,s). Are all FD lens mounts compatible with these cameras. Thanks, Joe Dickerson

7. From : Martin Epple (
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Date : 07:50 PM Saturday 19 February, 2005

As many of you F-1 users out there, I am also looking for a dedicated full frame digital back for this camera. I have not found anything and would be grateful for comments/email if anybody has news. It would indeed be a good business to develop and market such a digital back since many people (also professionals!) still use the F-1N System. One additional information: the Kodak Pro Back Plus Digital Magazine for Hasselblad Cameras (16 MP) can be used in combination with the Kapture Group Camera (can be ordered with Canon FD mount!!). This solution is primarily for studio work and allows you at least to use the FD lenses for high quality digital work.

8. From : Mark Wahlster (
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Date : 10:33 AM Saturday 19 February, 2005

There are three versions of the F-1 not including a number of short run variations. But basically F-1 this camera has a metal wind lever and a top ASA of 2000 with 1600 being the highest shown on the dial. F-1n This camera has a plastic tip on it's wind lever and a top ASA of 3200 Both of these first two versons have a mechanical timer lever on the front of the camera below the shutter button. They both take 1) PX-625 size battery, A Button cell the battery compartment is behind a cover on the bottom of the camera. They both should have 1.35V Mercury batteries or one of the many work arounds.

The last version of the F-1 known as the New F-1 or F-1N or F1N (note the capitol letter N) This camera uses a 6Volt battery in the compartment under the fingure grip it uses a PX-28 size battery of 6 volts Silver Oxide works best. The finish on the body is a Matte Black finish. The long distance tells are Plastic tip or not timer lever or not. Hope this helps you figure out what you have.

9. From : Andrew Horodysky (
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Date : 10:03 PM Friday 18 February, 2005

Hello, Would anyone know where I might be able to obtain a set of dioptric correction lenses for the Canon F-1N (with AE finder)? Thanks in advance, Andrew Horodysky

10. From : Dennis (
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Date : 07:56 AM Friday 18 February, 2005

David, the two look physically different.
The New F-1 has a flat black paint while the original F-1 has a glossy finish. The New F-1 offers multiple metering types based on the special ground screen inserted. Offers an Aperture priority with the AE view finder. Offers Shutter priority when used with a winder or motor drive. .... etc if you look at the shutter speed dial ... if it has an "A" setting ... then it is a New F-1.

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