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1. From : Randy (
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Date : 12:57 PM Tuesday 25 June, 2002

Hi Folks: Thinking of buying an F1 New on ebay and was wondering if the A series screen works on the new F-1. Love those Canons!!! Have a good/safe 4th. Thanks everyone, Randy

2. From : YUEN SIU LUN (
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Date : 09:46 AM Sunday 23 June, 2002

I am recently bought a Data Back Fn for F1n, I found that there is a small circular Dial behind Year , month and Day, which provides 1-3 Choice for me , I would like to know what is the main purpose of this Dail , and how to set, because I can't find the manual online , could someone have the Data Back help me ? Thanks in Advance

3. From : Andrew Lam (
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Date : 01:37 AM Sunday 23 June, 2002

I have used both the F-1N and the A-1, and personally prefer the F-1N. It is more rugged (I've used mine in quite heavy rain without any problems, dare not with the A-1), more economical on battery power (the A-1 consumes a lot by comparison), and much easier when shooting manually set shutter and aperture (the match-needle metering of the F-1N is ideal for this). I also like the user interchangeable focusing screens of the F-1N (and these are brighter than the A-1's), and if I need waist-level shooting, I simply remove the pentaprism. And, the F-1N can perform quite a bit, from 1/90 sec to 1/2000 sec, and bulb, without batteries (using my old Gossen light meter or sunny f-16); I've had the A-1 battery die on me before :(

The main advantages I find of the A-1 over the F-1N are that all modes (shutter priority, aperture priority, etc) are in one lighter package (the F-1N requires motor-drive or winder for shutter priority, and this weighs quite a bit), the frame counter of the A-1 does not advance with multiple exposures (the F-1N's does which is rather annoying when keeping track of film frames), and its viewfinder display is easy to read at night (the light for the F-1N is only in the camera body, not in the AE finder), with a good flash ready ("F") confirmation signal.

Hope this helps in your choice!

4. From : John L. (
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Date : 11:21 PM Monday 17 June, 2002

Hi! I'm considering buying either a F-1N or Canon A-1. I'm not sure which one to choose from because I've heard both have excellent features. Can anyone tell me which are the pros and cons of both models? Thank you John L. Toronto, Canada

5. From : Duane k (
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Date : 04:57 AM Tuesday 11 June, 2002

Re: F-1N not stopping down lens. It sounds very much like a problem with the body. Does lens not stop down even when the preview button is actuated? (that's the one beside the mount on the left looking from the front). With the lens off you should see the little lever on the bottom of the mount move back and forth when previewing or exposing.

On a related note, I found out that the AE winder requires that the little metal cover over the rewind port be installed. I got my F-1N with the winder and the diaphragm would not close down as it should on auto exposure in shutter priority. When I found a cover and installed it, the lens worked as it should. I think the cover is needed for proper alignment. Now since you have a motor drive this cover must be removed but maybe by fiddling with the alignment you might get an insight into the problem.

Good luck

6. From : Jim (
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Date : 04:36 AM Saturday 01 June, 2002

I recently purchased a Canon F1N with AE finder and AE motor drive and all functions work great except that I cannot get the camera body to change the aperture in either manual or AE mode. Is there something I am missing as far as operation of camera is concerned? Even when stopping down manually, the lens stays at full aperture. I have used several different FDn lenses as well as FD breech lens to no avail. Suggestions or time for repair shop? Thanks.

7. From : Jomar Haktorson (
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Date : 01:24 AM Thursday 30 May, 2002

Hey Johnny If you meen the six contact point placed in a row in a slot at the edge of the bottom the camerahouse, there is no cover. When there is no motor attached to the camera there shall be 3 aluminium cowers under the camera: 1. One for advansing the film 2. One for rewinding the film (under film cartridge)
3 One little in the middle to control the automatic On the bottom of the Motor drive FN there is a chamber to hide the three covers when the camera is used with motoerdrive. I suspect the covers often are forgotten in chambers, and therefore many F-1Ns are soled without the covers, so, Best place to search for such covers: In the chambers under the motor drives.

8. From : johnnys (
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Date : 06:05 AM Wednesday 29 May, 2002

I am missing a film chamber cover on an f1n can someone tell me exactly what it has siz metal contact points exposed. And its on the motordrive. I don't believe it fogs film or anything. But if someone knows I would really appreciate your knowledge on the topic. thanks

9. From : Jomar Haktorson (
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Date : 03:23 AM Wednesday 29 May, 2002

Daniel According to my F-1N manual the two dots between 3200 ISO and 6400 ISO accounts for 4000 and 5000 ISO The full range af ISO-values on the F-1N is: 6,8,10,12,16,20,25,32,40,50,64,80,100,125,160,200,250,320,400,500,640,800,1000,1250,1600,2000,2500,3200,4000,5000,6400

10. From : Daniel (
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Date : 02:12 AM Wednesday 29 May, 2002


I'm not near my camera and trying to remember how many dots there are between the 3200 ASA setting and the 6400ASA setting. I think there are two which means the two dots account for a

4366 ASA setting and a 5333ASA setting...I'm talking about the new Canon F-1n...

Anyone out there?

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