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1. From : Jeremie W P (
Url : http://
Date : 01:47 AM Thursday 26 April, 2001

Great website with great web content for cameras. This has to be easily the BEST Canon FD website thus far you can find on the net ! JWP.

2. From : R. Isidro (
Url : http://
Date : 01:37 AM Thursday 26 April, 2001

The original batteries for the F1 which are supposed to power the light meter had an output of 1.3 Volts. Many of these 1.3 volt EPX 625 variety are no longer available and the ones on the shelf are the 1.5 Volt variety, plenty of them, also coded as 625, of the same size and will fit the camera. The effect of these new batteries on the light meter is that it makes the reading one to 1.5 times higher than what is normal for the selected area reading. This will in turn produce underexposures for slide film and just a slight darkening on print film. In my experience, after comparative testing with other camera meters and modes, the convenient way to have the F1 meter be accurate again when using the 1.5 Volt new cells is to SET the ASA dial one stop lower than the actual film speed. (The original F1 had no exposure compensation). This means that when I use 400 speed film, I would set the ASA dial to only 200, or if I use 100 speed film, I would set the ASA dial to 50. I have placed a card on the memo holder of the camera back which reads: Set ASA 1 stop lower to remind me or another user how to set the ASA when using different film speeds. A lot of users may think that the F1 inbuilt light meter may be inaccurate or expiring because of it s age when the only problem may be the use of the new batteries coming out from different manufacturers which have higher voltages. The F1 is such a great and legendary camera that it should not be relegated on the storage bin just because the meter seems out of whack.

3. From : Robert Sabelis (
Url : http://
Date : 01:36 AM Thursday 26 April, 2001

Hello, I own a New F1 with motordrive and HP NiCad battery pack and Ma/FN charger. I have two questions: 1. How can I check if the connector at the front side of the battery pack provides power (current) to a Battery Cord FN? I tried it with a other HP NiCad battery pack and the camera did not function and I could not measure any voltage between the poles of it. Now I bought another HP NiCad battery pack, charged it and still no voltage at the battery cord connector but it transports films. 2. How long and how do I know when the battery pack is fully loaded? Is it the status of the LED on top of the MA/FN charger maybe? Any chance to get a manual in PDF online for the HP NiCad Pack? Greetings to you all and keep up the beautiful work (I designed some websites for businesses), on this site, Robert Sabelis

4. From : John Lund (
Url : http://
Date : 01:35 AM Thursday 26 April, 2001

Original Canon F-1 users...anyone know where I can find a supply of diopters to fit my Canon F-1n bodies...I have three. I need the +1.5 power diopters, I have the +1.0 on them now. I'd appreciate any help locating them as it will save my system and the last years of my career. Thanks. JL

5. From : Kelvin (
Url : http://
Date : 01:35 AM Thursday 26 April, 2001

I ruined my original focusing screen for the Canon AE1 Program. Does anyone know the new F1 Split/Microprism will fit in Canon AE1 Program or not? Thanks

6. From : Tim (
Url : http://
Date : 01:34 AM Thursday 26 April, 2001

Hi everyone. I recently stumbled onto this site and it's great. I found a nice AE Finder FN in a second hand store that looks great. It has one problem. It's missing the plastic piece that lets the light in for the lower finder display. There's just a hole there. The cost is low ($90). Does anyone know if I'll have any problems with it in the future? Should I pass on this finder? Thanks, Tim

7. From : Duane K (
Url : http://
Date : 01:33 AM Thursday 26 April, 2001

Canon most likely left out the mirror lockup on the new F1 to save money. None of the other A series cameras had it either and there are design similarities with the F-1N. Another reason is that the body is quite full - the auto aperture servo is in the winder/motor drive as there is no room left in the camera itself. BTW, there's a real mechanical marvel in there to switch the camera to manual when the battery has been removed. I suppose the engineers felt quite justfied in doing so as the mirror damping in the F-1N is (IMHO) the best of any Canon FD SLR. I have a T90 as well and the T90 is noisier and I feel the images it produces suffer from slightly more vibration than the F-1N. When I do landscape work requiring crisper results I use the F-1N. Cheers, Duane

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