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Canon F1 35mm SLRs

4.64 star rating
                      4.64 / 5 (56 Reviews)
MSRP : $0

  • Lens MountCanon FD
    Camera TypeSLR (Single Lens Reflex)
    Focus TypeManual Focus
    Shutter Speed8 - 1/2000 sec
    Depth3.8 in.
    Height1.9 in.
    Width5.75 in.
    Weight36.32 oz.
    Product ID21481057

Product Description

Canon's original SLR workhorse. A rugged, manual focus professional body.

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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by richard hale a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: February 11, 2017

Strengths:    Build quality, simplicity

Weaknesses:    weight

Bottom Line:   
I'm coming into this review from a modern viewpoint. All the basic strengths of this camera have been covered elsewhere. All the pro features which were needed at the time of its introduction are really now obsolete so what we are left with in this day an age is an extremely well made, beautifully balanced, simple mechanical camera with a wide range of reasonably available lenses.
I had a New F1 but did not quite like the balance of it compared to the original, so I did a swap. Both cameras are beautifully made handle very well and are very robust. This doe not come cheap. Everything you would want the F1 to do the Ft and Ftb's can do as well, the F1 is just more refined. If you want a film camera to survive just about anything on a budget they would be my recommendations..... but there is no getting away from it, for the pure tactile pleasure and pride of ownership the F1 models are up there with the best.
I only have 2 quibbles:-
I do not particularly like the meter display were the aperture and the shutter speed needles both move. I would prefer a simple +/- display
I would prefer a separate MLU lever as per the Ft rather than the combined self timer/dof/mlu of all the other Canon f
But as I say these are quibbles and subjective.
The only downside that is not subjective is the weight. It is heavy. This does not bother me if I going out with a view to take a specific photo, but for a walk around camera I choose something lighter,

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Price Paid:    $175.00

Purchased At:   United Kingdom

Similar Products Used:   Canon Ftb, EF, Ft QL, Nikon F3,F4,FA, FM2, Pentax KM,MX,KX, Minolta XE1, Fujica St801

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Richard Tibor a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: February 21, 2009

Strengths:    Built like a tank.

Weaknesses:    Weighs as much as a tank.

Bottom Line:   
Best manual focus camera ever build, period! g out and buy one now!

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Similar Products Used:   Almost every other manual focus SLR ever made. The F-1 is the best.

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dgrohne a Expert

Date Reviewed: November 5, 2007

Strengths:    As other reviewers have stated, this camera is rugged; I have never needed any type of service. It is heavy; it is almost manual-everything; it is not forgiving for photographers' mistakes, but it takes the best 35 mm pictures.

Weaknesses:    For one focused more on the art of photography rather than one focused on who has the most gadgets, there are no weaknesses

Bottom Line:   
The Canon F-1 was my first SLR, purchased in 1981. It has been a mainstay through 26 years of traveling through Europe and the United States, and has survived tinkering by 3 children and curious pets. I can honestly say that this camera has taught me the mechanics of photography, and that all other cameras that came after it, including the digitals, had slight disappointments in comparison to the F-1.

I use mainly the 50mm f1.4 lens, a Spiratone Portdragon portrait lens, and a Spiratone 500mm Minitel Catadioptric lens. In the past I used an 80-300 mm Vivitar zoom lens but the quality wasn't there.

Now my daughter is using the F-1 in her high school photography class. I had missed how well black and white prints from this camera came out, even the night shots on the bulb setting. Needless to say the instructor is green with envy, as I am sure this is the best camera in the class!

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   Camera store in Illi

Similar Products Used:   Canon AL-1

Type of photography:   People

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bidi a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: July 29, 2005

Strengths:    Solid, dependable, natural-feel, Interchangable vieuwfinder, focusing screen, back, winder.

Weaknesses:    Slow on sudden action, but it's an allover manual camera! And for a manual camera pretty fast.

Bottom Line:   
I'm using the 2nd improved version of the old F1.
This is truly a great camera! It took me a week or 3 to get used to it. It feels so natural, and the meter works really good on my Velvia slides! No more over- or underexposure, just what I want. Really solid and heavy. Quiet shutter and mirror lock-up. And it looks really nice!
Only the batteries for the lightmeter are expensive, special mecury replacement batteries. But that says nothing about the camera itself.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $230.00

Similar Products Used:   Canon A1
Canon EF
Canon AE-1
Olympus C3000Z
Praktica TL
Ricoh 35 ZF

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lisa Peters a Professional

Date Reviewed: January 31, 2005

Weaknesses:    Haven't found any weakness's yet.

Bottom Line:   
Canon F-1. Hmmm, I love my F-1. I don't know what I would do without it. It is showing signs of wear & tear but has never let me down. This camera was made for hard work. I am pretty careless when it comes to my photo equipment and it takes a beating. I have been using this camera professionally and personally for many years. A+

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Purchased At:   Ken Hansen, NYC

Similar Products Used:   Canon A-1,Ae-1, and similar

Type of photography:   Other

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