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1. From : TomR (
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Date : 12:50 AM Friday 02 June, 2006

Cindy, You can find the manual at Mr. Rollinger's web site: Sorry for the inadvertent deletion of your post. TomR

2. From : TomR (
Url : http://
Date : 12:49 AM Friday 02 June, 2006

Posted by user Cindy (
Date : 10:58 PM Thursday 01 June, 2006

"hello to all, i just a vintage F-1 camera without a user manual, can someone please tell me how to open the film door? please help i alos need a user manual ...thanks cindy"

3. From : Dennis (
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Date : 07:05 AM Saturday 20 May, 2006

Cinda, You can obtain the User Guide from this website page:
This will help you learn the how to access the functions on the camera.

I would highly suggest that you concentrate your energy on mastering light metering.
I believe this is the most important thing you can learn ... as photography is about manipulating light.
You can find a number of sites on the internet ... such as:

Ansel Adams was a master of manipulation.
He wrote three books, The Camera, The Film, The Print. If you can master Ansel's "Zone System" then the rest is easy ... though I will warn you that these are not very easy to read.

Remember ... photography is about manipulating light.

4. From : Dennis (
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Date : 06:40 AM Saturday 20 May, 2006

Cinda, there is learning to use the functions of the camera and there is learning to take photographs.

You can read the F-1 used guide from this website.
I don't need to say much more on this point.

There are a number of resources on the internet concerning how to take photographs ... maybe too many.
I would suggest that your first goal is to learn about how to measure exposure ... light metering.
I believe that this is the most important thing you can learn to take amazing images.
Ansel Adams spent a lot of time learning about light and how to manipulate light using a Camera, the Film, and the Print ... actually his books are very detailed in this aspect but he is not a very good writer so they can be difficult to read.

Once you have a grasp of exposure the rest is learning about composition and utilizing the lenses.

5. From : Cinda Stewart (
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Date : 06:48 PM Thursday 18 May, 2006

I just got my first F-1, it came with alot of lens, but no manual, can someone pls tell me where to go to learn how to use it manually. thanks Cinda

6. From : Master Jack Goh (
Url : http://
Date : 11:47 PM Thursday 11 May, 2006

Hi, My New F1 is with serial no. LA6167. Its the L A Oympic model. I bought then with the 85mm F1.2L and the 50mm F1.2 L and the 24-35 mm L lens and recently got a 20-35mm L lens for it besides some SSC lens. These are great lenses and its a great camera. Good Luck Best Wishes from Singapore Master Jack Goh

7. From : Dave Glass (
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Date : 06:01 PM Friday 28 April, 2006

Does anyone know the earliest serial numbers used with the New F1 introduced in 1981? I ask because my F1N body (with AE Finder) has a date code of Oct 1981 (according to Christian Rollinger) and the serial number is 1108xx. I bought the camera with Canon USA warranty sometime in 1982 and never gave much thought about how early an example of the F1N it might be. Just curious. I will appreciate any insights which can be offered.

8. From : Pam (
Url : http://
Date : 01:41 PM Friday 17 March, 2006

I recently bought a F1n (second generation) and have a question about the shutter speed indicator in the viewfinder. When I look though the viewfinder, the shutter speed indicator is stuck at 30. It doesn't seem to affect the actual shutter speed, but the number registered doesn't budge. Has anyone else had this problem and is there a way to correct this problem? Thanks Pam

9. From : Enrique (
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Date : 04:04 PM Thursday 16 March, 2006

Canon F1
Yes I have 3 F-1's and 4 New F-1's

For those looking for Lenses there are many on E-Bay.
THe Best FD Lens I have recently purchased is the 35-105 F3.5
Crystal clear. Nifty Macro feature.

Understand folks the F1 will not even use the Auto feature on your FD lens.

The F1N will if you have a winder FN or Motordrive.
Then you can get some shutter or Aperture priority level of Automation.

If you want a cheap and cool combo look for a 55mm F1.2 FL lens
if you have an AE Finder on your FN you cna use the FL lens in apeture priority. THen Open it up and enjoy the dark side.
The FL lens is about 30% as expensive as the FD.

For those just looking for lenses Purchase any FD type lens and you will have something to fit almost any Canon manual focus SLR. Post Canoflex.

The F1 and the T-90 are my favorite manual cameras.
A clean and sound F1 is however less likely to let you down than any camera I have ever used.
I also shoot digital a Canon G5 and a canon 20D.
I often take the G5 for test shots and then waste less film.
The G5 is a very nice light meter.

10. From : TomR (
Url : http://
Date : 11:34 PM Friday 03 March, 2006

Don, You may want to repost your question at the Canon A-Series forum:

or the Lens forum:


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