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1. From : erik (
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Date : 07:30 AM Wednesday 25 August, 2004

HELP! I recently bought a mint F1n. Love it. Today I added the motor drive fn to it. It worked great for the equivilent of about 3 rolls of film. Now it will shoot a frame or two and then the shutter gets stuck in the up position until I point the camera at the ground. If I keep the camera pointed at the ground it will fire continuously, as soon as a point it up the shutter gets stuck. Now it has this problem with or without the motor drive attached. I think the camera is from 1985 and is in beautiful condition, so it hasnt been abused. All the batteries check out. Can anyone help??? Thanks...

2. From : Bill Dunne (
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Date : 12:57 AM Tuesday 17 August, 2004

Anybody know where I can find just an AE finder for my F-1?

3. From : Uwe (
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Date : 03:47 PM Sunday 08 August, 2004

I want to service the FN Speedfinder myself because dust easily accumulates inside and by now it interferes with viewing. Does anybody have some instructions at hand on how to do this. On the outside i can only see 4 screws with which i could start... thank you for any help

4. From : Lindy Stone (
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Date : 01:22 AM Friday 06 August, 2004

Howdy Leonard! The lenses are the same. You had to send TS35mm 2.8 to Canon to fit certain newer designed bodies due to a bit of knob interference. Maybe Canon just put just put a smaller knob on it? Anyways TS35mm is like an FL lens. Stopped down metering only. No "A" selection on aperature. Other than the fact you may have a AE finder F-1N body I am not sure why a F-1 mechanical paired with the TS35mm isn't a better option. The grid screen is available secondhand. Lindy

5. From : DAVID YTREUS (
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Date : 01:23 PM Wednesday 04 August, 2004


6. From : Leonard Van Gulick (
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Date : 02:09 AM Monday 02 August, 2004

I am looking for a TS 35mm f/2.8 lense for use on a New F-1 with an AE Finder FN. According to the Instruction Manual, the shift knob of early TS lenses will touch the finder during rotation, preventing full rotation. There seem to have been two versions of the TS lense. Can anyone tell how to distinguish between them? I don't want to purchase an early one and encounter this problem.


7. From : Gorden HKL (
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Date : 05:18 PM Thursday 29 July, 2004

The modern classic Canon NEW F-1 is a very reliable camera in the sense it takes a good photographer to appreciate its true value. Great camera needs a great website to supplement, I am happy to see this site exists to allow fellow users for sharing info and experiences. Thank you for whoever that has created this site and immensely useful web board as I have picked up a couple of new tricks here !!! HKL.

8. From : Glenn Nockson (
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Date : 02:08 PM Saturday 10 July, 2004

GREAT website ! Have owned a New F-1 for years (but confined to casual shootings) but never thought of seriously look out for info via the net. But lately my camera is getting a little off its best so, just cheking around for some reputable places that I can send for servicing (Canon rejected). I am from Maine, so, any suggestions ?? Pls use the board to reply, I seldom use this box.

9. From : mike (
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Date : 12:25 PM Sunday 04 July, 2004

I have a 2nd generation F1 & am looking for some focusing screens. I understand that Canon no longer makes them. The 2 screens I'm interested in are: 1. just a plain matte screen, no split ring or anything 2. a grid screen I had similar screens for my Nikon F & would like to get them for the Canon. Thanks, Mike

10. From : Joseph (
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Date : 05:00 AM Saturday 26 June, 2004

Have a Canon F1 serial number 244110. It may be an original. My question is where can I get the nonresponsive meter fixed. It would be the same query if it happened to be a new model. Thanks for you answer,

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