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1. From : Norbert (
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Date : 05:21 AM Sunday 16 May, 2004

I picked up a F1new this friday in a very good condition. The Motordrive that came with it is also near mint. It looks like it has never been used. The only thin is somebody put in batteries some 20 years ago and left them their for a long time. You guess they leaked and some (4) of the springs/contacts are gone. I tried to fix it with new springs. However I can not solder (?) the metal of the batterypack, it will not hold. I ficked it up now in McGyver style but it's not good enough for a permanent solution. It's a bit shaky and sometimes I loose contact. So by now you guessed I am looking for a new batterypack FN (only the batteryholder will do) for my motordrive. I've seen one on but I think it's a bit expensive. Since I am in the Netherlands, they also have quitte a postage and customs are very keen on packages from the US so their is also the customfee and tax.

If anybody has one please let me know. Besides money I have some items to offer in trade: Batterypack MA in mint condition or; 50 mm newFD 1.4 in mint condition or; 28 mm newFD 2.8 in mint condition. Or if anybody can point me in the right direction then please, let me know. Offcourse I will be watching eb*y close until I found one. Thanks! Norbert

2. From : Tom (
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Date : 07:22 PM Friday 14 May, 2004

I am looking for a F1 diopter (+1). Please reply if available.

3. From : Dennis Clark (
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Date : 08:23 PM Tuesday 04 May, 2004

Looking to get the batteries replaced in my Canon F1 Battery Pack FN. Is there anywhere in Miami, Florida area? Thanks, Dennis

4. From : jason m. land (
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Date : 12:43 PM Friday 30 April, 2004

dennis: thanks for the help! when i have the battery in, the light meter *does* turn on, and the battery check *does* work. however, doing that did not allow the shutter to fire when the battery is in place. i removed the bottom plate as you mentioned, but don't see anything that looks corroded (this is my first time opening up the camera to see its inner workings!). one thing i should mention, and i don't know if this would make a difference but, when i left the camera out in the rain, the camera was lying on its back, not sitting upright on its bottom plate. so i'm wondering if there's any corrosion that it might be just beneath the front face of the camera (which had the most exposure to the rain) or somewhere in the back (which i doubt as there's probably not much electronics in the back). anyway, if you or anyone has other ideas, please let me know. thanks again!!!

5. From : Kenneth (
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Date : 03:57 PM Wednesday 28 April, 2004

After years of patience (thanks to the rush to the digital age of SLR photography) - I have finally got a reasonably cheap, mint condition New F-1 LA Olympic with AE finder and a motor drive FN. It is my dream setup (within my financial capacity). More satisfying is, I have found this website and this great forum. It is double joy ! Thanks everyone for upkeeping this place so up-to-date because no one seems to bother with older classic anymore. Cheers !

6. From : Smitty (
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Date : 10:30 AM Wednesday 28 April, 2004

Smeat, Thanks for the advice. I didn't think of testing it without the battery. The battery check still says the battery is o.k., but I have had fresh batteries not work properly straight out of the box. I am going to run your test on it and see how it turns out. Thanks again---Smitty

7. From : smeat (
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Date : 01:25 AM Monday 26 April, 2004

generally when that happens to me- it's happened twice- while the battery isn't "dead" it is "dead enough". I find putting a new battery in fixes the problem of the shutter occasional fire problem. To TEST my theory- take the batter out all together- you can still use the higher shutter speeds. And just fire away and see if it ever locks up. Using just the mechanical shutter it should do just fine.

8. From : Smitty (
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Date : 02:01 PM Sunday 25 April, 2004

I have a the newest version of the F-1. The camera is in excellent condition and everything has been functioning properly, until a couple of days ago. The problem is, that the shutter does not always release. The meter turns on, but when the button is full depressed nothing happens. It happens with the winder shutter release as well. It has happened with and without the winder on the camera. It doesn't happen very often and there is no set pattern. It will be greatly appreciated if anyone has any input on this problem or a solution. Thanks--- Smitty

9. From : barry Lockyer (
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Date : 03:16 AM Sunday 25 April, 2004

I was browsing in the local camera shop in their bargain box for old Canon F1 items, nothing worth bothering with, when I saw the new accessory rack opposite, they had Nikon FM eyecups for $8, it looked the same dimensions as the F1, when I got home, I discarded the Nikon plastic retaining ring, the rubber cup fitted niceley over the New F1 N retaining ring. They are asking up to $30 on EBay to buy them now.

10. From : Dennis (
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Date : 09:16 AM Saturday 24 April, 2004

Jason, when you remove the battery from an F1n the camera will use it's mechanical shutter. The F1n has mechanical shutter speeds between 1/2000 to 1/90s (this may be why you think it is all the same speed) and Bulb. Note that the F1n is the only camera that I know of that can do this. Does the meter turn on with the battery ... or the battery check ? If the battery check works ... see if you can release the shutter after doing a battery check. If so then there is a contact at the bottom of the camera is is possibly corroded. You will have to take the bottom plate off to see it.

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