The Canon F1


by Bellamy /

2 min read

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.
canon film camera
This is clearly a well thought out camera, well balanced and with a good meter. It feels solid and comfortable in the hands and has a wonderful shutter ‘clunk’. If you have been a longtime Nikon user like me, then it may take a little bit of getting used to as everything is basically backwards. But regardless of this, the movement is smooth and fast, and after a short amount of practice you will be shooting with confidence.

But besides all of this, it is a really pretty camera, with a lovely selection of lenses from when Canon actually made good lenses.

This camera was owned up until recently by Tokyo Camera Style, but now that he has his Leica MP and his Contax T3 he has decided to pass it on to someone who may make better use of what he describes as “a hell of a camera”.
This camera is for sale and you can come and find it on ebay or you can contact me directly through the site and we can make arrangements.


11 comments on “The Canon F1”

    RISHAD F UNWALLA March 9, 2015 at 3:03 am / Reply

    Is the camera still for sale?

    Marcin July 22, 2015 at 10:32 am / Reply

    Rishad I am selling one in great condition.

    Esther July 7, 2016 at 10:49 pm / Reply

    Hey, I would like to what would be the price for an canon F1 with lens.. P.S you should know I’m in the Caribbean.

    jess July 9, 2016 at 10:51 pm / Reply

    hey i would like to know if you can locate an canon f-1 for me please ?

      Bellamy July 11, 2016 at 8:43 am /

      please contzct me through the site and I can source one for you.

    M. Serruys November 2, 2016 at 7:28 pm / Reply

    I have a Canon F-1 for sale with a lot of accessoires and also the A-1 in a case

    Dank Spangle November 10, 2016 at 10:02 pm / Reply

    Dear M. Serruys, I’m looking for an F1. Can you send me details? Yours &c., Dank.

    Krista March 12, 2017 at 3:08 am / Reply

    Interested in any info or sources to locate item specific info (year, version, etc.) on a Canon Japan F-1 35mm film crank and lever camera (618092), no lens. I did locate an old instruction manual, which was helpful with the basics.

    Terry February 18, 2018 at 4:11 pm / Reply

    Hi. I have an F1 which I bought new in 1976. It is in great condition with the standard leather case. With it is a Vivitar 70-210mm lens and I would like to sell them as a package if anyone is interested. If you are genuinely interested please leave a post on this website and I will somehow get a message to you with contact details. I am in Perth, Western Australia.

    David Murray March 10, 2018 at 4:03 am / Reply

    I bought my F1n (1976 revision of first F1) in 1990. It had been used by a local newspaper and was one of three part exchanged for AF ones. Two assistants in the shop bought one each and I bought the third. I took it to Yugoslavia in 91 with 28mm f2.8, 35mm f3.5 & 50mm f1.8 FD Breechlock lenses. I had sourced a few PX625 1.35v mercury batteries but still took a Weston Master V with me. All in a Billingham F5.6 bag. Equipment worked flawlessly and pix widely sold. I still have all this equipment and it all works fine. I used the F1 today with the 35. As we can no longer get the mercury batteries and as the modern alkaline 625 battery is 1.5v, the camera reads 1.5 stops under. I have found that the Duracell 675 battery, although slightly smaller, gives accurate readings with the built in meter. They do not last quite as long as the bigger 625 battery, but that’s a small price to pay for an accurate meter.

    Jacob Garcia April 4, 2018 at 11:44 am / Reply

    I’d be super interested in that offer Terry if it is still available, thanks!

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