Canon F-1 first came out in 1971 as a professional SLR.
Their goal was breaking into the professional market which was dominated by Nikon F in 1960’s.
Brand new FD lens system was known for the good color balance, high quality zoom lenses and high quality series (later called L lens). That was how professionals who use “color films” started shifting to Canon.
10 years later, New F-1 arrived as 80’s version. Biggest change was adapting AE system. This was also my first Canon SLR.
This was an amazing machine….that is how people say…..but honestly, I did not like it at all!!
The reason I choose this camera in 1984 was….it was the only Canon camera which had metered manual exposure.
But, right after I got this camera, I lost interest in photography somehow.
I did not know the reason at that time….but I noticed when I got original F-1 later.
- Blight & clear…..but yellwish view finder was not my taste.
- Rough feeling on everything
Black paint is like rock and switches especially winding lever and release button were really harsh.
- Top heavy body made me feel heavier than what it is.
- Light meter…..it was not easy to use because the hand was constantly wobbling.
- Parts fell of off quite a few times. Winding lever and Release button fell off in my camera bag. ISO dial fell a part and moved all over while I was using.
I used 2 new F-1s…but those happened to both of them.
When I got Old F-1, I noticed that all the negatives of Old F-1 was improved on New F-1. But, at the same time, New F-1 did not have the good point of Old F-1.
To me, I did not need the useless AE mechanism which came with New F-1. So, I thought it was better for me to use Old F-1 which had better feeling on everything.
This camera told me although it was the best camera at that time, it did not mean to be good to anyone.
I have better photos with Old F-1 because I just liked using it and felt like taking it out all the time. At least none of parts fell of from Old F-1.
<Today’s Lesson> Feeling of Camera is extremely important.