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"The Canon F-1 was a leading professional SLR camera that was competitive in all aspects with the other SLR models available in the early '70s. It had an extensive following with photojournalists and active pro photographers of all types in its heyday. It is still a very competent camera today if you like a manually operated camera." reviewed by Shutterbug.com read more here.
"Canon introduced the 35mm, single lens reflex F-1 in 1971. At that time Nikon’s professional-level cameras, the F and F2, were dominant among the Japanese brands, and had been for a while. Canon, however, was serious about catching up, and after 5 years of design and development, they introduced the F-1 as the centerpiece for a professional system....
With all the fine FD glass available and its wide mechanical latitude, this camera is capable of great pictures. If I were to complain about anything it would be the meter reading in the viewfinder. It’s illuminated via an opaque “window” to the left of the prism. In dim light its hard to see the meter needles. (But apparently there’s an accessory light for that!)" by Brian Moore read more here.
Superseding the Canon F-1, the New F-1 which was launched earlier in 1981. The new Canon FD lens mount was introduced along with the F-1, but the previous Canon FL-mount lenses were also compatible, although without open-aperture metering. Older R- series lenses could also be used with some limitations. The Canon F-1 was clearly placed as a solid competitor to the Nikon F and Nikon F2 line of single lens reflex cameras by Nikon. Read More
It is thought that the last New F-1 was made in 1992. It was officially discontinued in 1994, and factory support ended in 2004.
The New F-1 is a manual-exposure camera capable of TTL full-aperture metering and stopped-down metering with the included Eye-Level Finder FN.
The New F-1 is an expandable system. It consists of interchangeable viewfinders, focusing screens, motor drives, and alternate backs, all of which are specific to the New F-1. All other Canon components, such as the FD lens series, close up accessories (bellows, extension tubes, etc.).
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