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1. From : David M (
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Date : 04:43 PM Tuesday 15 February, 2005

Dear All, I bought a Canon F-1 from ebay last year. The seller told me it is a F-1n, but I am not sure it is a F-1 or F-1n. Who can tell me what features different are there between them. Thanks. My e-mail address is Regards David M

2. From : MilovanQSmallman (
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Date : 09:48 AM Wednesday 09 February, 2005

I would like to know some prices of cleaning the f1 in the washington DC metro area

3. From : Alan Yates (
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Date : 12:24 PM Monday 07 February, 2005

I read your comments about your problems with rewinding film on your F-1N, and I think I can shed some light on this. The rewind crank operates with a clutch, and is designed to slip (see “The New F-1 World” published by Canon P.163). This is a safety feature, added to the F-1N, to prevent hair or clothing from being caught and damaging the rewind crank. Apparently, even a photographer’s nose, can get in the way of a fast-spinning rewind knob - especially when using high-speed motor-drives. Perhaps you could look under the crank for obstructions, or have this bit serviced. Bearing in mind that the clutch and/or spring mechanism would have worn a little by now.

4. From : mark wahlster (
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Date : 11:20 PM Monday 31 January, 2005

Steve in the Uk no one can tell you the build numbers on this F-1N Canon has never released any production numbers on the FD line. There are a few guys who collect serial numbers and have a wide guess at some of these numbers. The only version I know of that anyone really knows how many were made is the OD green F-1N there were about 2500 made it was a limited edition for the home market. Pete If you want to when your camera or lenses were made you need the build code stamped on the rear of lenses in black ink or in the film compartment on bodies. There is a chart you can work it out from here:

Look for the file that says HOW TO DATE YOUR CANON FD GEAR.

5. From : mark wahlster (
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Date : 11:15 PM Monday 31 January, 2005

Steve the F-1N does not have MLU the mirror is dampened to the point Canon did not feel this was needed

6. From : Dennis (
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Date : 01:29 AM Thursday 27 January, 2005

FOR SALE F1-n with 2 lenses and AE power winder, all in excellent plus condition. CLA just completed.
e-mail for more info.

7. From : steve (
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Date : 09:45 PM Sunday 23 January, 2005

can anyone give be build numbers for Canon f1 (n) high speed cameras (1984) and values in todays market steve

8. From : Pete Peterson (
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Date : 04:53 AM Sunday 23 January, 2005

Can you tell me what year F-1 ser#652438 was made? thanks

9. From : Munendra Battan (
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Date : 02:47 PM Wednesday 12 January, 2005

Hi camera f1n users, I almost shed tears when my F1N took a fall and damadged the view finder prism. This camera is in mint condition otherwise. I am in desperate need of this viewfinder prism or even the brass ring or nut for eye cup. Please help any information is appreciated. Thanks in advance manny. phone 360 892 0874 vancouver Washington.

10. From : Dennis (
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Date : 11:18 AM Saturday 08 January, 2005

Eric, are you refering to the shutter button side of the camera ? I will make a guess at what you are looking at ... towards the front of the body ... in front of the back hinge ... there are two stoppers (plastic) that protect the body from the back door. As the back door is opened it comes to rest on the plastic stops and keeps it from rubbing on the metal body.

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