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1. From : Raid Amin (
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Date : 10:57 AM Thursday 06 November, 2003

I am a Canon FD user, and have been very happy with my Canon F1N's and T90's. I used to depend primarily on the F1 while I had the T90 as a backup camera. Over the years, I discocered how much better flash photos were possible with the T90/300TL combination comared to using the F1 for flash photography. Effectively, the TL300 "killed" my F1's.

2. From : dan koebel (
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Date : 12:49 PM Wednesday 05 November, 2003

i have had my f1 since 1979. this marvelous wonder has never let me down. i've got multipal fd lens, also fantastic. us f1 users are loyal to canon as these fine specimans were one of the best cameras ever developed"in its day". my f1 still takes great pictures, only in the last year has my f1 failed. when i take flash photos it will not flash at 1/60. does anyone know who can repair this? it flashes at 1/125,1/250,1/500,1/1000. if canon made a new camera to accept fd lens i would not hesitate to buy one. come on canon make us a new 2003 f1.

3. From : Tony Heagren (
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Date : 12:15 AM Sunday 02 November, 2003

WANTED !! 50mm f1.2 L Any reasonable oprice paid. Please contact me by phone: +44 121 246 4250 Best wishes Tony

4. From : Gary Bell (
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Date : 04:45 AM Friday 31 October, 2003

I have owned my F1-N for several years now, but have been unable to use it for over a year now. I have been unable to get the camera repaired because I can't find a source of spare parts. I specifically need the film advance "barbell". Can anyone help find the part I need to fix my F1-N? I fyou can help please E-Mail me or call 215-443-0319 before 5:00 pm Thanks. Gary Bell

5. From : Lindy Stone (
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Date : 06:40 PM Thursday 23 October, 2003

Hi Geoff. Thats great that your entire family has used the same F-1N over the last couple decades! They are quite durable cameras, as you know. I have noticed the winders tend to sell at ebay for $100 to 125 for mint ones so hopefully the fix on yours will not excede this nominal replacement cost. As far T-90 and A-1, I have not owned either, nor do I plan to. If you read through the far more numerous posts at those forums you will find that these cameras require fixes to keep them running, from minor lubrication ones to major shutter replacements and LCD screens designed originally for only 5 years of use. The F-1N seems immune to these service requirements and I expect you will get many more years of faithful service from your family's F-1N. If your winder is not servicable due to cost you might consider a motor drive instead as it shoots twice as fast as the winder though it is a bit heavier. Lindy

6. From : Geoff Thornt (
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Date : 09:58 AM Thursday 23 October, 2003

The New F-1 is a very reliable camera. My father bought a good setup of the New F-1/AE Finder back in 1983. It has been the only camera that our family uses all these years, my elder sisters have used it for their art studies and now I am using it. Well, Winder FN latety is behaving strangely and I have sent it CLA (probably caused by corrosive electrical contacts). So, it is a good pratice to remove the bateries if you have not been using it for a long period of time. Anyway, I am very happy to have found this site (and great forum - except it is not very "crowdy: as compared to the A series and T90 board yet..). Overall, this is an exceptional website and wish to thank the creator for such an effort to put all the nice things about Canon in place. Cheers !

7. From : Ry (
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Date : 07:16 AM Thursday 16 October, 2003

Can anyone recommend a reputable repair shop for service on my Canon F1 camera body? I would prefer one that is local in Las Vegas or ?? Appreciate it & thanks.

8. From : Lindy Stone (
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Date : 04:10 AM Saturday 11 October, 2003

Ha! Good For You Jose! This F-1N is my favorite camera I have ever used too! Near mint is the perfect condition for a user body and it will likely give you 1 to 2 more decades of worry free service. These F-1 hybrid shutter bodies are very reliable when purchased like new, and rather easy to to find like new with little use, ever! The shutters don't freeze up from lack of use like the "flagshipT-90" does ~;^( There are many assessories that are made for it as illustated HERE at this OUTSTANDING F-1 site. I am not a flash photographer so your other questions will likely be answered soon. Enjoy the ride! Lindy

9. From : jose sanchez (
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Date : 10:41 AM Friday 10 October, 2003

First of all I want to declare that I´m utterly satisfied with the Canon F-1 New with hybrid shutter that I bought a month ago in near mint state. From my viewpoint a fabulous camera, different sensatios and feeling comparing it with what I had previously experienced with my Canon EOS equipment (it being said with all respect). The quality I have obtained with the standard Canon FD 50 mm f/1.4 is really very, very good, superior to many "modern" optics sold over 600$. From my standpoint and because of its superb mechanical and optical construction, the FD lenses are superior in bokeh (the beautiful out of focus effect) and durability for many years to the vast majority of "modern lenses" (except Leica lenses that constitute a world apart but terribly expensive). Regarding optical quality, I have made some 30x40 cm enlargements and quality and lack of grain is superb, with great detail and marvellous tonality. To exceed this in quality, one should be bound to buy the best of the best in Canon EF "L" autofocus series: Canon EF USM 85 mm f/1.2 L, Canon EF USM 135 mm f/2 L, Canon EF USM 300 mm f/2.8 L and very few more. But the real fact is that besides, you can find the previous "L" autofocus lenses in manual FD versions with exactly the same or very similar optical design with the same quality and superior mechanical construction and bokeh. Yes, I know that the setbacks are obvious, above all the sensibly inferior speed of working on having to focus manually, but from my standpoint the results are equally fantastic or even a bit better with a much less investment. And I´m doing better photographs with my new manual equipment. This has been a tremendous surprise for me.

Thank you very much indeed by this fantastic canon fd forum and my best congratulations to the American manual shutterbugs. Your knowledge is really deep,and I learn very much from you. I can understand now why historically a great percentage of internationally famed photographers and photojournalist were born in USA. You have my respect and top consideration. On the other hand, I´d like to be reported some advice on the use of a B+W polarizer filter on my FD 50mm f/1.4 attached to my Canon F-1 New. Does the camera automatically take the TTL measure through the lens with the polarizer filter on the lens or must I compensate manually?

10. From : Clive DT-Patterson (
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Date : 05:58 PM Thursday 09 October, 2003

Matthew: Canon compact range of speedlite 188A and 199A are supposedly good companion flash for the New F-1 - the 199A is more powerful with its GN30. They provide auto sync, tilt/bounce feature and viewfinder flash ready lights. If you are looking for even more powerful original Canon labelled units above GN30+ you can only select an handle-mount flash such as 577G, 533G with GN48 and 36 respectively. Well, since the New F-1 does not provide TTL and many thinks third party may offer a better choice in terms of osting so, if you can live without auto sync + readylight indication, you can look for alternate brands such as Sunpak or Metz where their top selling models may provide similar functions and features . The decision can boil down to your budget and specification you are looking for to suit your kind of photography.

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