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    Quote Originally Posted by Les Sarile View Post
    Probably better to compare the Nikon F2 to the Canon F-1 or the Canon New F-1 to the Nikon F3 since these pairs are of the same era. Are you considering whole systems or specific prisms?
    There was a lot of overlap. I saw many Nikon F3's go to the shop, during the same years my Canon F-1n just clicked away with buttery smoothness. I always thought work and the time I did with my Canon wides was sharper didn't suffer from as much barrel distortion as my contemporaries using the Nikon 28 or 24mm lenses. I have used both have had a Nikon Af system for 25 years now. I switched because at the time I was exposing a lot of transparency film and the Nikon flash automation in the early 1990's was simply wizardry and allowed me to photograph with such confidence. If I still had Canon lenses I'd still have a F1n to make black and white images. I liked the F1n that much. I am now too accustomed to the focus direction of the Nikons (funny I use non-af lens so much), that I don't want to think about switching back.

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    It is a simple choice -- which one is best FOR YOU? Every person has a different way of taking photos and which weaknesses/strengths of which camera are best for you? What we think doesn't matter. I never listen to my own advice. If I did I would not have gotten rid of my Rolleiflex and my Leica M2R or my Olympic Sonnar 180mm f2.8 lens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snapguy View Post
    It is a simple choice -- which one is best FOR YOU? Every person has a different way of taking photos and which weaknesses/strengths of which camera are best for you? What we think doesn't matter. I never listen to my own advice.
    +1 although thought I would add my hands on experience with this item which I think was very well made perhaps the best --(sans electronic automation mentioned, my need for auto-focus, that I just don't use much now that I have it)
    -- in my opinion, and the reasons I don't still have it.

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    There were 3 versions of the F1, If it has a matte black finish it isn't an F1n, it's an F1N which is a New F1 a completely different camera, different shutter , different metering http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_F1 to the F1n which was an updated version of the original F1.
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    Buy Leica.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustafa Umut Sarac View Post
    Buy Leica.
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    Quote Originally Posted by benjiboy View Post
    There were 3 versions of the F1, If it has a matte black finish it isn't an F1n, it's an F1N which is a New F1 a completely different camera, different shutter , different metering http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_F1 to the F1n which was an updated version of the original F1.
    Right! And as log as the TO has not specified which Canon F-1 model we are talking about (old F-1 resp. F-1n [from 1971-81] or New F-1, often referred to as F-1N [from 1981-92]) all discussion is quite useless, because we are comparing apples and oranges here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SchwinnParamount View Post
    F2: Heavier. F1n: Lighter
    Note, based on my own "seat of the palm" feeling the F1 has always felt heavier. Various specs online also confirm his: F1(n): 820g (or 795g if New F1), F2: 730g. I don't personally own an F-1, but a friend does and it's always felt like a solid brick of metal to me.
    Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.

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    I used to own2 F2's, I now own 3 F1N-AE's, so you know which I prefer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas.Goehler View Post
    Right! And as log as the TO has not specified which Canon F-1 model we are talking about (old F-1 resp. F-1n [from 1971-81] or New F-1, often referred to as F-1N [from 1981-92]) all discussion is quite useless, because we are comparing apples and oranges here.
    My original post should have been specific. I did say that the finish is the matte black finish but did not say that it was the "new" F-1. So I'll say it now: I have the "New" F-1

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