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1. From : Chris (
Url : http://
Date : 03:35 PM Sunday 19 September, 2004

I recently purchased a F1N with AE finder and AE power winder. I am having trouble getting the lens to stop down during exposure. It will remain wide open during each shutter trip. I have 2 lenses and both react the same way. I suspect the metal flap inside the body at the bottom lens mount on the camera. It moves halfway along the shaft when the stop down lever is released, however, lens will only stop down "occasionally" and when I fire the shutter with the lens off and not in stop down, I can't tell if the metal piece is moving or not. Any advice?

2. From : Lindy (
Url : http://
Date : 11:31 PM Thursday 16 September, 2004 The Canon F-Rb camera images got pulled right after the auction ended on aug 19th. But that ebay UK seller has much more info than was included in the question here so I thought I'd add the link. Lindy

3. From : Lindy (
Url : http://
Date : 11:22 PM Thursday 16 September, 2004

The F-Rb is a body used for eye photography. That body and the massive hardware it attached to are no longer used in the eye imaging industry. Without the necessary and enormous monitor, head rest and hardware package the F-Rb camera WILL NOT function. Its only a curiousity and not a usable camera now, whether it's mint or used. When this mint example traded on ebay UK last month and sold for 77 pounds it generated alot of questions on a few FD forums. A fellow FD system shooter: Austin, got a couple pages of detailed info from Canon. Until Canon cleared up the mystery of the F-Rb I thought it was pretty desireable, eventhough I had sold off my mint F-Rb example about 5 years ago on ebay. I sold mine cause it just didn't take pictures and thats where I draw the line with my collectables. I like using the cameras and lenses I collect.


4. From : peter greenway. (
Url : http://
Date : 10:38 PM Tuesday 14 September, 2004

hi, a colleague of mine has just purchased what i think is quite a rare new canon f1 derifitive. who out there knows about the CANON is fully based on a canon new f1,it was made in 1982. it is of course black.and is in mint condition with the canon box and warranty card,and quality control card. it appears to be a scientific camera,there is a motor drive fixed to the base,strange finder on the top which cannot be looked through and where the focussing screen should be the is a black mask with a circle into it,and a small square to the side of it. this is the same as the the normal 24x36 image of the film camera, this also corresponds to the base of the finder. on the front of the camera are 4 leads. one leads from the winder to a socket where the self timer would be,anotherto the camera,one to the finder,and the 4th to an outside power source. it is a definate canon product with the warranty card and the q/c card, and to the label on the box.any help appreciated. please e.mail me. great site, many thanks.

5. From : Dennis (
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Date : 07:19 AM Tuesday 14 September, 2004

Mr. Helgesen, The rotary switch concerns the meter. Normal will turn on the meter on only when shutter is depressed, Hold will continously enable the metering, and Light illuminates the meter display in the viewfinder. This website has an online copy of the entire manual.

6. From : Dennis (
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Date : 07:10 AM Tuesday 14 September, 2004

Matthew, try this ...

remove lens
unlock DOF preview switch
remove battery
remove any winders
complete winding if necessary
try to release the shutter

7. From : Matthew Tong (
Url : http://
Date : 11:27 AM Sunday 12 September, 2004

The shuttle of my New F-1 had been locked and cann't be released. I think this may caused by I plug in the lens when the DOF function is turn on. Can I fix this problem by myself or I need to bring the camera to repairing centre. Many thanks

8. From : stefano (
Url :
Date : 11:45 PM Wednesday 08 September, 2004

hello everybody, i have a Canon F1 new which doesn't work anymore, the curtain / shutter is broken, is there anybody who knows where i can found this piece ? It's very important for me ! Thanks a lot in advance. Best regards,

9. From : marcelo riquelme cruz (
Url : http://
Date : 12:56 AM Tuesday 07 September, 2004

beautifull page with beautufull images

10. From : Mr. Sverre Helgesen (
Url : http://
Date : 12:09 AM Saturday 04 September, 2004

Hi guys, just bought an F1-New AE LA 1984 for some serious money (but less than for my Minolta DiMage 7i, which, I suspect, will not last ten years, let alone the 20 the F1 is already, with another 20 left in it, at least). I fitted an FD 24mm 1:2 lens. Found lots of new switches and buttons to play with, and with no manual have been tearing my hair out. Sussed most of it now, but there is a black button at the rear of the ASA wheel that I can't make out, plus the 'normal' and 'hold' functions at the left upper-rear. The 'light' lights up the nearby frosty-plastic slot (why, I don't know - what is is for?) but not the one on the front of the viewfinder - what's that one for? I'll just have to hope that it works in full 'auto-mode' - I found that one eventually, they hid it well! - it seems it does it all by itself, speed and appature? I also eventually found the semi-auto appature-priority, the manual was a doddle. I found the lightmeter in the viewfinder very confusing, sometimes not wanting to work when I want it too, but that's me not pressing the right buttons at the right time, I think. I note the battery is a half-size AA of 6 volts, a GP Sylva-Cell Silver Oxide 475. I seem to recall seeing such batteries in the stores, so that seems not to be a problem. No, I think I've made a good, but expensive, buy, it'll all come with practice, cameras are like women, you have to spend time working-out which buttons to press, and when, with them too, but by god do they go when you do! The nr is LA 5666, bye the way (for those into that).
Keep up the excellent work, this is what the net is for.

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