Pro film cameras of yesteryear are getting ridiculously cheap these days. So, not heeding my own admonishment, I tried out a new-to-me Canon F1 New today that I fished out of the ‘bay.
I have a personal history with this camera. Thirty years ago, when my photography passion started, I bought into the Canon system with the then-revolutionary Canon A1. The camera was gadgety, but the system was impressive. Soon, I coveted Canon’s pro model of that time, and that was the F1 New. Totally out of my range, and I only got to handle one once, when my dad, God bless him, took me to a Canon trade show. I still vividly remember how solid it felt in my hands, businesslike and a bit menacing in it’s flat black color. All that came back to me today. How’s that for a fetish?
Anyway, the two lenses it came with (FD f/2.0 35 mm and FD f/2.8 28 mm) are something peculiar, too. Test photos I took on an autumn hike today on SPUR DSX show good resolution and tonality on center.
Most pictures today were taken at f/2.0 or f/2.8. The last two, three millimeters in the corner of the negatives suffered visibly.
Give it a bit more, and you could actually get a nice swirl effect.
These are lens faults I can work with. In an available light shot at night, these corners would even look interesting.
The camera body is built like the proverbial brick shithouse. I fully expect it to serve me some more decades.