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1. From : Dennis (
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Date : 12:05 PM Sunday 28 November, 2004

Sorry ... got the dates wrong.I purchased it in 1987.

2. From : Dennis (
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Date : 12:02 PM Sunday 28 November, 2004

Malcolm, Sadly I cannot give you an opinion on the L lenses ... as I have never been able to afford them.

I purchased my F-1n in 1979 ... at that time it was used for a couple years by someone else. When I got it it had a couple of dents on the body. I have always had the idea that if you don't use it to the extreme then you do not deserve it. So ... this camera has gone through many Springs and winters in Algonquin Park. It has had many new dents over the years ... a lot of the brass is showing. I have dropped it many times. I have even dropped it right on the AE viewfinder (that's got a dent too). My lenses also show this kind of wear and tear. I have even left it overnight in the rain once.

After all that it had only failed me once (after the rain I had to resolder a corroded connection in the base). I have used a number of camera types (and sold many during my stint in retail) and I have found the F-1n the best camera around. Canon really did a good job on the seals around the exposed dials and seams. The body is all metal so it will not crack ... I have banged out a number of dents. The electronics have never failed (except for the note below) ... and require very little to no servicing.

If (or when) I go digital, this camera will sit on my mantel as a memory of the great days of photography ... and also due it it's rough condition I would never get anyone to buy it.

3. From : Malcolm Ramsay (
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Date : 10:21 AM Sunday 28 November, 2004

Dear Gentlemen (and Ladies) Admittedly, I've used Leicas most of my life - However - my favorite lens used for most of my College photo assignments was a Canon f/1.2 screw-mount. Now, many years later I'm seriously interested in purchasing a F1n with motor, the 21-35 L Series zoom and maybe the 50 f/1.2. So, the questions I have are simple: who could be called specialists in this system, of course I am aware it is no longer made so a support network, parts availability, and any other things I should know. I would appreciate any information you could give me including the field durability of the equipment, etc.,,, I never did hear any bad comments about the L lenses then and if weren't for my Leicas then it was my next choice. Hope to hear from someone soon. Happy Holiday's,,,, Malcolm Ramsay

4. From : Gustavo Peña (
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Date : 01:36 PM Monday 15 November, 2004

Hello there! Well, heres my problem. I got a t90, new F1, and the A1. I regualary do not use flash but now i would like to try to improve my flash skill and get a nice flash compatible with the t90, f1n, and A1. I have been reading about the 300tl and the 299t but i dont know whish one is better or if is posible to use the 300tl with my f1N or if i shoud try another company rather than canon.

Well. thats all. If i made a misspelling sorry, in not a english speaker.

5. From : JWoods (
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Date : 08:05 PM Thursday 04 November, 2004

Dennis: The main issue is, we are using a computer monitor screen in RGB to view any picture. Next, the format of digicam is still confined to APS format (just like using a 35mm to crop). Many of those who may have migrated to medium format users, despite with the sluggishness in handling as compare to 35mm SLRs, are usually the one that complain the lack of "high quality". Well, if you are not in a hurry, just wait for FULL 35mm format Digicam to low down in prices as the time the image quality can be even higher. I am waiting.. so, in the mean time, just use the film-based bodies first, frankly, but I trhink the time will also be there the respective producers will implement some ways to force you to re-establish a new system for the "new camera" as evidence by some like Nikon, where older optice might not have the convenience of the newer lenses. Pity ..huh ??

6. From : Therese (
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Date : 07:48 PM Thursday 21 October, 2004

Kerrigan, Penn Camera in the Washington, DC area has fixed my F1 (meter problems). . To the person with a meter problem On the meter, (this was the 3rd fix) the technician told me that the electronic part that fails is no longer manufactured so the only way for them to get parts is to scavenge them from other cameras. Unfortunately, the parts are old so they will also likely fail-- which is what happened in my case. I finally retired my wonderful camera that I wish sorely that Canon would resurrect. The Nikon manuals are horrible with respect to the ease of use of their metering system.

7. From : Dennis (
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Date : 08:09 AM Monday 18 October, 2004

Thanks for the comments on my website. I have a general question to throw at all the "film" photographers out there. With the changes in technology, I see the eventual demise of film. I have no problem with this. When digital camera's first appeared on the market, I knew that this was the future and that when it became common the pricing of the products (like all new electronic devices) will come down to be equal to that of our current technology. My question is ... for those of you that have used digital SLR's is the quality of the "printed" medium equal to that of images captured on 35mm film?

8. From : Rafal (
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Date : 02:46 AM Friday 01 October, 2004

Hello. I have a problem with my New F-1. Last taime i was on Cyprus, and have a problem with move button from normal to hold or light position. After few days problem gone. I though that it was becous high temperature (39 degre C). When i come back to Polland that problem come again, and again after few days its gone. Have someone problem like this?? Please help. Greetings. Rafal

9. From : JWoods (
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Date : 10:47 PM Sunday 26 September, 2004

Dennis, your pictures in your site are real Cool.. actually, sometimes from MB we can find a lot of good photographers, if only they know how to make good use of it, there is another good site at the Nikon F3 Board : by the gentleman named: John

10. From : Dennis (
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Date : 04:24 AM Friday 24 September, 2004

Chris, If you have the lens removed from the body you can "feel" if the stop down lever is moving. Put your finger lightly on the lever and trip the shutter. You will feel it move quickly. Since you mention that you have two lenses that this happens to, I would agree in your guess that it is this lever. If the "L" shape of the lever is bent back towards the inside then there could be the possibility that it is not making contact with the stop down contact lever on the lens. The lens (not set in Auto) should always stop down the aperture if the stop down lever is engaged.

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