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1. From : kaare smith (
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Date : 06:48 AM Wednesday 13 February, 2002

Redser! Black gaffatape or tape on top of black carton always worked excellent for me! Don't count on finding original caps. Good luck with your new treasure - and look out for the T-90 when you want to upgrade.

2. From : Redser (
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Date : 11:30 PM Friday 08 February, 2002

Hi Folks,
I was given a New F1 (yes I know how lucky I am). Unfortunately because of the winder the plates are missing from the bottom. I want to use it without the winder. Does anyone know where I could get replacement plates?

On a lighter note, I've put a roll of film through and for an obviously well used camera (ex Press) it still functions suberbly. As a relative newcomer to the photography world I think I learned more in one day using the F1 than I have in the past year using my Eos 100.

Fantastic site, by the way, keep it up!!!!!!

3. From : Tommy Holmes (
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Date : 01:42 AM Thursday 07 February, 2002

I was turning the shutter speed dial on my F-1N the other day when suddenly, the shutter speed indicator in the viewfinder stopped turning. It is now stuck on 250 no matter where the selector is actually set.

Anybody know of a quick fix?

Also, some time ago it became impossible to switch the shutter release lock from L to S. Does anyone know what's going on here? This is not an abused body.


4. From : Mansor (
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Date : 02:50 PM Saturday 02 February, 2002

just glanced through your site, i wonder if you know anything about new F-1's problem with high battery power consumption. i have a 2nd-hand F-1n which can't be used now because it just gobbles up the battery in no time (battery gets warm when inserted and rapidly loses power -- maybe because of short circuit?). my camera repair shop man says no way can make it work like before again as parts no longer available -- he seems to think it's an I.C. problem. any comment? i wouldn't mind buying another F-1n body as i like its ruggedness. also does anyone want to sell FD wide lenses (17mm, 20-35L).
thanks and cheers'
w.g. mansor

5. From : Jomar Haktorson (
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Date : 05:49 AM Tuesday 29 January, 2002

Thanks to Kjetil and Reggie for the answers

6. From : Reggie (
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Date : 09:28 PM Monday 28 January, 2002

Jomar Haktorson: That pin is for locking the AE finder - just like the Nikon F or F2 camera with their respective Metered finder. Once the metered AE Finder is mounted on to the camera, the protruding side will mate with the steel pin on top of the shutter ring, you can get Aperture Priority AE with the AE finder mounted on. See the difference between eyelevel finder and AE Finder:

7. From : reggie (
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Date : 12:59 AM Monday 21 January, 2002

the shutter curtain on my F1 has a pinhole. is there someone here who can help me find a shutter curtain

8. From : Ketil (
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Date : 12:00 AM Sunday 20 January, 2002

The steel pin is only used with a AE finder. When set on A, it pushes a lever in the finder and makes the finder show the AE speedscale instead of the normal scale. Ketil

9. From : Jomar Haktorson (
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Date : 10:16 PM Saturday 19 January, 2002

Hi, I'm new to this group, and have got my hands on a F-1N for the first time. After studying the user manual I have found out most of its functions and checked that everything works. I have just one question: Can anybody tell what the little steel pin on top of the shutter selection wheel is meant for. The grooved edge of the wheel gives good grip to the finger tip, and can't see that the steel pin should be more suitable as crank handle for the wheel.

10. From : roy tan (
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Date : 08:58 AM Saturday 05 January, 2002

Attention anybody from HongKong. Can anyone be my contact to look for used camera stuff that are a bargain in HK? We can do small business together. Not big time, just for my hobby which is photography. I also have a small collection of cameras. Right now, it includes: Canon F-1 old, new F-1, A-1, AE-1, T50, EOS 50E, EOS 500n.Nikon F3 and EM. please help feed my yearning for photo stuff. Thanks. please email me

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