Quote Originally Posted by Andrey View Post
I don't know why, but I prefer F3 to F1. F3 is a culmination of Nikon's decades of excellence. F1 is a learning experience for Canon.
If you look at the releases of both Canon and Nikon, Canon matched Nikon's releases body for body including the interchangeable viewfinder pro body types.
  • 1959 Canonflex <-> Nikon F
  • 1971 Canon F-1 <-> Nikon F2
  • 1980-81 Canon New F-1 <-> Nikon F3

This is a convenient link that shows the timeline for both, as well as Minolta and Pentax -> http://minolta.eazypix.de/slrtable/