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Canon New F-1

September 1981

The Canon New F1 L.A. Olympic Limited Edition, 1984.

One of the most elegant looking Canon SLR camera has an special edition to commemorate the Olympic Games that held in Los Angeles, 1984 where Canon was the official camera sponsor. The BASIC model comprised of a Canon New F-1 body chassis with gold paint on the letter "F1", as well as a Olympic Games emblem on the left hand side of the camera. The supplied AE -Finder FN also has "Canon" name printed in Gold and with the serial number behind encoding began from LA XXXX.

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The Canon New F-1 replaced the F-1n (an upgraded F-1) as Canon's top-of-the-line 35mm single-lens reflex camera in 1981. Like the earlier models, the New F-1 takes FD-mount lenses.

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.), and Canon Speedlights are also compatible with the system.

There is no completely automatic exposure mode on the New F-1. Aperture-priority and shutter-priority modes are available through accessories, in addition to the standard manual mode.

The New F-1 system has 5 different viewfinders, which can be quickly and easily changed by depressing the two buttons on the rear of the finder, pulling it off the camera body, and pushing the new finder into place.

* Eye-Level Finder FN
* AE Finder FN

The Eye-Level and AE Finders are the basic eye-level prism finders, similar to most other SLR systems' prism finders. Both include a hot shoe for on-camera flash, or attachments to remotely trigger the shutter. Both also include an integral eyepiece shutter, which closes over the eyepiece to prevent light leakage during long exposures.

When using the AE finder, setting the shutter speed dial to 'A' engages a small switch on the finder which puts the camera into aperture-priority auto exposure mode. The normal meter display to the right of the through-the-lens (TTL) image disappears from the viewfinder, and a different meter display appears below the TTL image, which indicates which shutter speed the AE system has chosen.

* Speed Finder FN

The Speed Finder utilizes two separate prisms separated by a swivel, to allow either eye-level or waist-level viewing, and the ability to switch quickly between the two. The optics are designed in such a way that the finder's image is visible up to 6 cm away from the eyepiece, enabling the photographer to use the finder even with glasses or goggles. The Speed Finder also has a hot shoe.

* Waist-Level Finder FN
* Waist-Level Finder FN-6X

Both Waist-Level Finders are useful in situations which require use of a low angle, or for copy work, photomacrography, or astrophotography. The image is reversed left-to-right in the finder. The Waist-Level Finder FN has a collapsible barrel and a flip-up 4.6x magnifier, while the 6x model has a 6x magnified image, and an integral diopter adjustment.

The New F-1 system also has 13 different focusing screens, in a variety of metering modes (center-weighted averaging, selective-area, and spot, though not all are available with spot metering), for a total of 32 different screens. The screens are named with a two-letter designation, the first indicating the metering type (A for averaging, P for area metering, and S for spot metering), and the second indicating the style of screen, as listed below.

* A - Standard Microprism (A, P)
* B - New Split (A, P, S)
* C - Overall Laser Matte (A, P, S)
* D - Laser Matte with Grid (A, P)
* E - New Split/Microprism (A, P, S)
* F - Microprism/Fast Lenses (A, P)
* G - Microprism/Slow Lenses (A, P)
* H - Laser Matte with Scale (A, P)
* I - Laser Matte with Double Cross-Hair Reticle (A, P, S)
* J - Bright Laser Matte/Short Lenses (A, P, S)
* K - Bright Laser Matte/Long Lenses (A, P, S)
* L - Cross Split (A, P)
* M - A/B Size Laser Matte (A, P)

The standard screen supplied from the factory in F-1 bodies is the Focusing Screen FN-AE (averaging metering, New Split/Microprism style).

Replacing a screen is a simple operation. The finder is removed from the camera, and the screen is then pried up using a fingernail along the silver rear edge of the screen. The new screen is pressed into place, and the finder put back on.

There are two different motorized film advance units in the New F-1 system: the AE Power Winder FN, and the AE Motor Drive FN. The AE Power Winder FN allows up to 2 frames per second (fps) in continuous mode, and the AE Motor Drive allows up to 5 fps in high-speed mode and 3.5 fps in low-speed mode. Both units also have single-exposure mode, where only a single frame is exposed when the shutter release is held down. Both units also have a second shutter release for vertical format shooting, a subtractive frame counter, and a motorized film rewind.

The AE Power Winder FN is powered by 4 AA batteries, and is a single self-contained, unexpandable unit. The AE Motor Drive FN is a more complete system, as it has 3 different battery packs to choose from: the Battery Pack FN, the Ni-Cd Pack FN, and the High Power Ni-Cd Pack FN. The Battery and High Power Ni-Cd packs will power the motor drive for up to 50 rolls of film, while the Ni-Cd pack provides power for up to 30 rolls. The Battery Pack FN takes 12 AA batteries. The two Ni-Cd packs have to be plugged into a charger to recharge them. The High Power Ni-Cd pack will also power the camera body itself by replacing the camera's battery with Battery Cord C-FN.

Both units add the possibility of shutter-priority auto exposure mode by setting the lens's aperture ring to 'A'. The aperture needle disappears from the meter display, and the meter needle indicates what aperture the AE system has selected. Also, using either of the motor drive systems also enables use of electronic interval timers and remote shutter releases, both wired and wireless.

The standard camera back is also interchangeable with a couple other units. One is the Data Back FN, which has 3 dials with letters, numbers, and Roman numerals. The left-hand dial is labelled "Year", and has a blank, 0-9, 82-93, I-X, and a-g; the middle dial is labelled "Month", and has a blank, 0-31, and A-G; the right-hand dial is labelled "Day", and has a blank, and 0-31. The back imprints the dial settings onto the film for classification or dating purposes, either at the time of shutter release, or when the manual record button is pressed.

The Film Chamber FN-100 is a bulk film back which allows up to 100 exposures without reloading. It requires use of the AE Motor Drive FN.

Canon Camera Museum

Instead of being a next-generation successor to the F-1, this camera was called the "New F-1," and not the "F-2." With the first F-1 in 1971, Canon promised that the camera would remain unchanged for 10 years. This promise was fulfilled. During those ten years, there were remarkable advances in electronics, precision manufacturing, and optics. The successor to the top-of-the-line F-1 had to incorporate the best electronic technology for better automation, versatility, and specifications.

For metering flexibility, the New F-1 uses interchangeable focusing screens to change the metering pattern with a segmented metering element. For automation, system AE is incorporated for optimum operation. The camera's basic controls are also the same as the old F-1 so F-1 users can easily adapt to the New F-1.


Type 35mm focal-plane shutter SLR camera
Picture Size 24 x 36 mm
Normal Lens Canon FD 50mm f/1.2, FD 50mm f/1.4 ("New" is omitted from the lens designation from this point on)
Lens Mount FD mount
Shutter Four-axis, horizontal-travel focal-plane shutter with metal curtains. X, B, 8, 4, 2, 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 sec. Hybrid shutter with mechanical shutter speeds from 1/125 to 1/2000 sec. and B and X (1/90 sec.), and electronic shutter speeds from 8 to 1/90 sec. Built-in self-timer (with adjustable delay and beeper). Electronic shutter release. Multiple exposures enabled.
Flash Sync X-sync with German socket (with locking pin) and hot shoe.
Viewfinder Interchangeable eye-level pentaprism. (Eye-level Finder FN with 0.8x magnification and 97% coverage. New split prism rangefinder encircled by microprism rangefinder at center of Laser Matte screen.) Thirty-two optional interchangeable focusing screens (13 types) for three metering patterns. Metering indicator, exposure match needle, shutter speed display, aperture display, stopped-down metering needle, and various warnings provided.
Metering &
Exposure Control
SPC for TTL full-aperture, match-needle manual metering. System components (interchangeable AE Finder FN and AE Motor Drive FN) can provide shutter speed-priority AE. Metering pattern selectable with the interchangeable focusing screen: Spot metering at center (3%), partial metering at center (12%), and centerweighted averaging. Exposure compensation range of ±2 EV. Metering range at ISO 100 and f/1.4: EV 1 - 18. Film speed range from ISO 6 to 6400.
Power Source One 2CR-1/3N lithium 6 V battery or 4LR44 alkaline battery. Battery check provided.
Film Loading &
Camera back with safety latch and slotted take-up spool. Advances with camera-top lever's 139 stroke (partial strokes enabled). Ready position at 30.
Frame Counter Counts up. Resets automatically when camera back is opened.
Film Rewind Camera-top crank
Dimensions &
147 x 97 x 48 mm, 795 g (body only with Eye-Level Finder FN)
Data from Canon Camera Museum