I have owned in the past two Nikon Fs an F2 and I currently own three T90 bodys ( two of these were gifts from friends who couldn't use them any more because the shutter magnets were stuck from lack of use, they become magnetized ) All the three versions of the F1 are dimensionally almost exactly the same and the controls and handling are almost identical so anyone used to the old one would have no problems with the new one the main difference between the old F1 and the New F1 are that the earlier models the F1 and F1n are purely manual mechanical cameras with matched needle metering and mechanical shutters the new F1 with the standard prism gives matched needle metering, with the AE prism aperture priority metering, and with the addition of the power winder FN or the motor drive FN shutter priority metering.the actual metering cell in the old F1 is Cadmium Sulphide and it runs off a banned Mercury 1.35V PX625 battery, the new F1 has a much more responsive Silicon Photo Diode that will read much lower lighting levels that runs off a either a PX 28 Silver Oxide battery or a PX 28 Lithium one that are easy to obtain these days.
Originally Posted by Les Sarile
The shutter on the new F1 is a part mechanical, part electronic one where only the slow speeds from 1/60sec to 8sec are battery dependant all the fast speeds from 1/125 sec to 1/2000 sec are mechanical so the camera will work even if the battery fails.Each of the interchangeable focusing screens are available in a choice of three different light metering patterns, centre weighted, partial, or spot metering and they are very quick to change.
Finally the materials used in manufacture, weather proofing with rubber seals, general build quality design and engineering and ten years research that went into it's manufacture to improve on the original F1 ( that to be fair some photographers prefer ). make this the best and most robust professional manual focus SLR ever, and I sincerely wish I had bought one in the days that I used to sell them but I had a young family in those days and they cost in 1986 £ 818 ($1,118 U.S.D.) which was much more than I could afford and I had to wait another ten years before I could buy one, and they still command a good price today in good condition.
If you read Canon New F1 World it will explain it all Les.
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