Film Cameras

35mm Focal-Plane Shutter SLR Camera

F-1N/OD F-1

F-1 (Later model)

F-1 (Later model)

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Marketed F-1N: September 1976
OD F-1: March 1978
Original Price F-1N:
161,000 yen (w/FD 55mm f/1.2SSC)
143,000 yen (w/FD 50mm f/1.4SSC)
104,000 yen (body)
OD F-1:
111,000yen (w/strap and case)

An F-1 with a few improvements. The film advance winding stroke was reduced from 180 to 139. And the film advance lever’s ready position was widened from 15 to 30. This made film advance faster. The film advance lever also had a new plastic tip. The film speed range was also increased from ISO 2000 to ISO 3200. The PC terminal had a fastener to prevent the PC cord from disconnection. In all, thirteen improvements over the old F-1 were made.

The Canon OD F-1 (released in March 1978) is a color-variation model of the F-1(later model) released in 1976. OD stands for Olive-drab, the camera's body color, which was reminiscent of the U.S. army and a color popular with young people. Its specifications are the same as the F-1 (later model).

Type 35mm focal-plane shutter SLR camera
Picture Size 24 x 36 mm
Normal Lens Canon FD 55mm f/1.2 SSC, FD 50mm f/1.4 SSC
Lens Mount FD mount
Shutter Four-axis, horizontal-travel focal-plane shutter with metal curtains. X, B, 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 sec. Built-in self-timer (self-timer lever also functions as a stop-down lever). Multiple exposures enabled.
Flash Sync FP- and X-sync automatic-switching sync contacts with German socket (locking pin provided).
Viewfinder Interchangeable eye-level pentaprism. 0.77x magnification and 97% coverage. Split-image rangefinder encircled by microprism rangefinder at center of fresnel matte screen (Type E standard screen). Eight other interchangeable focusing screens optional. Metering indicator, exposure match needle, stopped-down metering needle, shutter speed indicator, overexposure and underexposure warnings, and light window for exposure display provided.
CdS cell for TTL full-aperture, match-needle partial metering at center or TTL stopped-down, match-needle partial metering at center (12% of center). Metering range at ISO 100 and f/1.4: EV 2.5 – 18. Film speed range from ISO 25 to 3200.
Power Source One 1.35 V HD mercury cell. 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 from 0 to 40. Resets automatically when camera back is opened.
Film Rewind Camera-top crank
Dimensions &
147 x 100 x 50 mm, 845 g