Canon F1 35mm SLR film camera with 50mm 1.8 Lens, 430EZ Speedlite, Waist Level Finder and Speedfinder

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Condition 7.5/10 near mint with 6 months warranty

Body serial number: 138108

Description:

The Canon F-1 is a 35mmSLR camera introduced in the summer of 1970, together with the new Canon FD lens mount. It became generally available the following year. The FD lens fully communicates with the camera, and there is a capable range of lenses to choose from. They are backward compatible with the earlier Canon cameras. The FD lenses have an Automatic position on the aperture ring, at first identified by a green circle, later by a green A. This position is excluded if the lens is on a camera not supporting the automatic mode. The 1 to 1/2000 sec shutter has horizontally running metal foils curtains.

Specifications:

nterchangeable Lenses: Canon FD lenses (usable with 4 full aperture metering AE modes and with stopped-down AE) Canon FL lenses (usable with stopped-down AE).
Standard Lenses: Canon FD 55mm and 50mm lenses.
Viewfinder: Fixed eye-level pentaprism.
Field of View: 93.5% vertical and 95.3% horizontal coverage of the actual picture area.

Magnification: 0.83X at infinity with a standard 50mm lens.
Focusing Screen: Standard split-image microprism rangefinder
Viewfinder Information: Displayed in the form of LED digital readout below the visual field. Includes shutter speed, aperture, flashing warning of incorrect exposures and settings bulb indication, charge completion indicator with specified Canon flash units, manual aperture control signal, error indication for incorrect stopping-down operation. Shutter speed and aperture data displayed in 1/2 step increments. Viewfinder information can be cancelled by turning off the viewfinder display switch.

Eyepiece Shutter: Built-in. Keeps out extraneous light during self-timer or remote control operation.

Mirror: Instant-return type with shock-absorbing mechanism No image cut-off in the viewfinder even with the FD 400mm telephoto.
AE Mechanism: Electronically controlled. Employs 3 LSIs with 12L, one Linear LSI and one Bi-MOS IC for light metering.
AE Mode Selection: By means of the AE mode selector. Two main settings: Tv for shutter-speed priority AE, Av for aperture priority AE.
Light Metering System: Through-the-lens (TTL) Central Emphasis metering by silicon photocell located just above eyepiece lens. Light reaches the silicon photocell after passing through a Fresnel lens condenser.
ISO Film Speed Setting: ISO 6 to ISO 12830 in 1/3 step increments. With lock.
Meter Coupling Range: EV—2 to EV 18 at ISO 100 with FD 50mm f/1.4 lens. In the programmed AE mode, meter coupling range depends on the programmed shutter speed and aperture combinations.
Exposure Compensation: +2 f/stop scale gradations in increments of 1/3 of a gradation, with 1/4, 1/2, 1, 2, and 4 markings.
Exposure Memory: EV is stored and locked when the exposure memory switch is pressed. When pressed, the shutter-speed/ aperture combination can be changed for the same EV stored in the memory.
Exposure Preview: Viewfinder digital readout activated by pressing the shutter button halfway, or by pressing the exposure preview switch or the exposure memory switch.
Stop-down Lever: Operates when pushed in. Stopping-down an FD lens is possible only when the aperture ring is disengaged from the "A" mark.
Manual Override: Possible by disengaging the FD lens from the "A" mark and setting the AE mode selector to Tv. Aperture manually controlled with aperture ring, shutter speed with AT dial.
Shutter: Cloth focal plane shutter with four spindles. Electronically controlled, stepless, from 30 sec. to 1/1000 sec. Shock and noise damper mechanisms are incorporated.
Shutter Speed Scale: B, 30, 15, 8, 4, 2, 1, 2, 4, 8,15 30, 60, 125, 250, 500, 1000 plus P (with the AE mode selector at Tv). "P" setting is required for programmed AE mode. Intermediate speeds not on the scale cannot be set.
Aperture Scale: 1.4 2 2.8 4 5.6 8 11 16 22 (with the AE mode selector at Av).
Shutter Release Button: Oversized, 2-step button with electromagnetic shutter release. Pressing it halfway activates meter circuit; pressing it all the way sets shutter in operation. Can be locked by setting the main switch to "L" to prevent accidental shutter release. With cable release socket.

Review:

 

The canon F1, also known as the camera hewn from solid steel by Gods own hands
Canon got into the pro SLR market a little bit late, when compared to the release of the great Nikon F series, in fact you could say that they really missed the boat, as this camera was not actually released until the Nikon F2 had been released. But Canon being the huge corporation that they are did not do things by half. They invested heavily in research and development, to make a camera system that was completely adaptable to any situation, with over 200 accessories available to the user.

This camera system heralded a huge leap forward for Canon, not only in design, but in manufacturing techniques and capabilities. By developing this camera Canon developed the way it made cameras and turned itself into a major player in the world camera market.
The complexity of this camera knows no bounds, it is a monster of a camera with over 10,000 working parts. Yet it feels solid and hefty, as if made from a solid lump of steel. This stands testament to the manufacturing ability of Canon.
These cameras come from a generation when they over made cameras, so these things were really built to take punishment. The testing system that Canon devised was devilish and meant to replicate any situation that the camera may find itself in, no matter the temperature or the conditions.

Credits:

http://www.japancamerahunter.com/2011/08/the-canon-f1/

http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Canon_F-1

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