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1. From : Lindy Stone (
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Date : 08:09 PM Tuesday 06 January, 2004

Matthias: The Original F-1 began production in late 1970. You are correct that the build code is incorrect for the serial number on this one. The shoulder was likely replaced with a new one from Canon. They use to sell replaecement shoulders. Lindy

2. From : Matthias (
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Date : 07:52 AM Tuesday 06 January, 2004

Hi Lindy, I am watching an auction of a mint F1 at ebay. It is the second model which can be seen by the plastic film lever and the film holder at the back door. The date stamp is N629 which says it is built in 1973. I thougth this version of F1 was not built before 1976? How can this be? The serial number is 673938. Is the stamp incorrect?

3. From : mark wahlster (
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Date : 01:44 PM Saturday 03 January, 2004

yes all of those flashes will work with your F-1N the 300TL will be liminted in it's function you would have to check the manual for details.

4. From : Coppwe (
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Date : 04:47 PM Friday 02 January, 2004

I have learnt all speedlites produced by Canon has excellent backward/forward compatibility between flash and camera bodies. Can I assume all the flash models mentioned at this page be used with my New F-1 body ? just want to be sure.

5. From : Rafal (
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Date : 03:04 AM Wednesday 31 December, 2003

Hello all I have my F1n for couple of months, and i have a problem. When I relase the shutter, the mirror going up slow, not as fast as it should. And when last time i did a photos outside, in temperature les than 0 C the mirror has blocked for a while after i make a photo. It didn't come back immediatly, but after 3 sec. The baterries i dead very fast, but it maybe causes of temperature. What it is? How much cost repair of it and maybe i can do it by myself? thanks for a help

6. From : koko (
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Date : 11:47 AM Friday 26 December, 2003

Hi, is it true that you cant use a 1.5v battery with the F-1? since this was made with the 1.3 volts in mind, i wonder if theres a need to have the meter recalibrated before using the new 1.5 volts batteries available now.

7. From : Robert Bruns (
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Date : 02:21 PM Sunday 21 December, 2003

I have loyal to Canon since 1974. I still love my Canon FD lenses and F-1 film bodies. Based on my real life experience, I cannot believe that there are any superior lenses made today. I have had my work using(Kodachrome 25)blown up to fill entire walls and the sharpness, clarity, depth and richness of color was breathtaking. (The best custom photo lab in Texas and Kodak were used.)

I am not a great photographer, I just have a great love for this system,the art of photography and beautiful photographs. Canon's great equipment always made me better than I actually was and canon's lack of technical restrictions made me feel like I could take "any picture". My Canon's said "yes" to any challenging photo I wanted - no exceptions or limitations. I just can't part with them for the digital experience. So my wishes are clear, I wish for full frame digital back for my F-1s or a new digital FD mount F-1 (usinf the FD mount)to join the family of the loyal, dependable and beloved F-1s. Canon would sell millions of either one or both!! Thank you for this website, may peace be with you, Robert

8. From : Lindy Stone (
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Date : 10:44 PM Saturday 20 December, 2003

Thanin, You are correct. W1217 is 1982 December. It was the 22nd month of production of the New F-1N. Well into Canon's Flagship production and 3 years before the T90 hit the scene. You can also find the ink stamp on AE finder and eyelevel finder's base. Lindy

9. From : thanin (
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Date : 09:32 PM Saturday 20 December, 2003

My New F-1 code is W1217. What does it mean? December 1982? Can anyone confirm? And what about its serial number? Does it tell us anything? Thank you.

10. From : Lindy (
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Date : 06:33 AM Tuesday 16 December, 2003

P339 build code: P means the camera was made in 1975. The first number means March. The last 2 numbers are the inspector's ID. Due to the 1975 date, I can tell you have an original F-1 with metal tip film advance, not plastic tipped. Long Long the F-1, your Camera's 29th BirthDay approaches... Lindy

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