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Date : 07:34 PM Sunday 25 January, 2004

Thanks Lindy, I'm not selling one or anything i just wondered about it. Do you know how many were actually made? and why is it considered the one to go for, when all it has extra is some gold lettering and LA in the serial number. I just wondered about it. Thanks

3. From : Lindy Stone (
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Date : 11:30 PM Wednesday 21 January, 2004

Hi Bob, Yes the 84 Olympics trades a little bit higher for used and bit more if 9+ condition. It really depends on condition. Some got alot of use and the F-1N shows use easily. One note though. These were all issued with AE finder with "CANON" in Gold paint. Over the past 20 years the correct AE finder sometimes get changed out to white lette "CANON" AE finder or (((worse~yet))), an eye level finder. Are you buying one? Are you selling one? Bottom line they are not rare bodies, but out of the 3 Olympic Isssue F-1 Family camera bodies: Montreal76 ,Lake Placid80 ,LA84 , The LA84 received the most unique more involved special details in gold paint highlights. And it was relative: Going for the Gold, is THE goal... The first two models only have a cool white Olympic graphic painted on the shoulder and of course are not F-1N.

4. From : Bob (
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Date : 04:36 AM Wednesday 21 January, 2004

Just wondared, Is the F1N Los Angeles olympic ediction camera worth more then the normal F1N? How much more or less? Thank You

5. From : Mister K (
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Date : 10:08 PM Saturday 17 January, 2004

Michael, concerning your comments on the lack of exposure lock: I look at it this way ... I consider the Canon F-1n as a full manual camera first, somewhat auto second. I have a AE-winder and the AE-finder. I also have the Average, Partial, and Spot screens. When I use the Spot metering I will always use full manual as I am taking my time "spot" metering multiple areas of the scene before I decide on what to expose the scene at. The only time's that I use the Shutter/Aperture priority modes is when I do NOT want to think about the shot. In these case's I switch out the screen to either the Average or Partial screen. I believe that this was the intention of the Canon F-1n developers. If you want Auto Exposure coupled with Spot metering then I would suggest getting the Canon T90 with it's multi-spot exposure algorithm metering.

6. From : Dean Walsh (
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Date : 07:09 PM Friday 16 January, 2004

oh... what ever it is, I am not selling my camera, because I think I am enjoying more in photography with my MF New F-1 than my son's "auto-everything" EOS 50 (other than action photography, his AF EOS does has its advantage over my MF F-1).. come to think of it, my family has contributed quite a sum to the corporate profit for Canon Optical LTD Japan.. ha ha !

7. From : Dean Walsh (
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Date : 06:51 PM Friday 16 January, 2004

The New F-1 has three metering options. Although it sounds superior in numbers but actually the difficult part is, you will need to change physically with the focusing screen in order to get the preferred meter option. The negative side is, very inconvenient. Whatever it is, this MF-SLR camera was the only available option on the market during that era that you can have three metering system at one go. Naturally, in mnay other areas, even the Nikon F3 is hard to challenge what the Canon New F-1 has to offer. Although I have great respect for the Leica but it is still not the kind of system that suits heavy handling primarily because it has a ridiculous price for its body, optic and the lack of high performance system accessories and technical features (interchangeable 100% viewfinders, multi-AE modes, databacks etc.) - not to mention the bill leica will charge you if the "R" ever got damage or multfunction one day... Well, he New F-1, with its full package of an AE finder and a motor/winder is a very lovely camera to use on the field, the best solution to offset the problem is to get the mid of the range partial metering screen along with a spare center-weighted screen in your camera bag. Well, to be honest, as a user, I think the only inferior part is, the camera lacks a TTL flash exposure control. So, if you are doing plenty flash photography like multiple flash setup, synchro-sunlight etc. it does has its short comings.. if you are the no-so-confidence type of photographer, peace..

8. From : Joe (
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Date : 09:20 PM Tuesday 13 January, 2004

Hello F1N users, I just bought a Metz MZ32-3. Can anybody tell me if the Metz SCA 3101 module will work with my Canon F1N, or is the SCA 311 a better choice? Thank you, Joe

9. From : Michael Wolf (
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Date : 08:19 PM Sunday 11 January, 2004

Hello out there, I'm interested in the F1n, because I prefer manual cameras with classic build quality and I want to have spot metering. Here's my question to F1-users: Could you tell me why the F1 has no AE-lock and how do you work with automatic-functions and spot metering? Or do you simply have to forget the idea to work with this very useful constellation? I'm afraid that I can't use this camera the way I want, though it has this great system with many options, but lacks only this very little and important(in my opinion) feature. For example, I find working with a R-Leica with spot-meter and AE-lock on the shutter release-button is very nice, simple and precise. I would appreciate any answer on this subject. Best Regards Michael

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Date : 12:33 PM Thursday 08 January, 2004

Cool site and a GREAT forum for my New F-1. Despite all these years, I am using my beloved New F1 with virtually complete secondary accessories offers in the Canon photographic system. I am not entirely crazy about photography these days, but your site has revived my interest and helped to recall many old memories during my services abroad. Thanks for the nice people (the maintainers) that keeps this site going. I will try to get a few fello users joining here, I will keep coming back to read more ... Cheers !

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