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So it seems that our hosts don’t shoot much in the way of Canon cameras, but we do have a decent selection not to mention the full lineup of the professional Canon F-1 cameras!

Cameras Featured on Today’s Episode

Canon F-1 – The F-1 was the direct answer to the Nikon F2. This professional system camera also introduced the famous Canon FD mount and remained fairly similar; there was a slight upgrade in 1976 with the Canon F-1n that made some minor changes both to the operation and cosmetics.

Classic Camera Revival - Episode 29 - Clan O'Canon

  • Make: Canon
  • Model: F-1
  • Type: Single Lens Reflex
  • Format: 135/35mm, 36x24mm
  • Lens: Interchangable, Canon FD Mount
  • Year of Manufacture: 1970, 1976 (F-1n)

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Canon F-1 – Canon Lens FD 28mm 1:2.8 – Fuji Neopan SS @ ASA-100 – Kodak Xtol (1+1)

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Canon F-1n – Canon Lens FD 28mm 1:2.8 – Fuji Pro 400H

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Canon F-1n – Canon Lens FD 28mm 1:2.8 – Fuji Pro 400H

Canon F-1N – The Canon F-1N is a full upgrade to the classic F-1, with a new prism, and plenty of bells and whistles that kept the old pro camera running until the introduction of the Autofocus EOS system.

Classic Camera Revival - Episode 29 - Clan O'Canon

  • Make: Canon
  • Model: F-1N
  • Type: Single Lens Reflex
  • Format: 135/35mm, 36x24mm
  • Lens: Interchangable, Canon FD Mount
  • Year of Manufacture: 1986

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Canon F-1N – Canon Lens FD 28mm 1:2.8 – Ilford HP5+ – Kodak HC-110 Dil. B

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Canon F-1N – Canon Lens FD 28mm 1:2.8 – ORWO UN54+ – Kodak Xtol (1+1)

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Canon F-1N – Canon Lens FD 50mm 1:1.4 SSC – Ilford HP5+ – Kodak HC-110 Dil. B

Canon FTb – The FTb is a favourite around the table, a mechanical beauty with the amazing QL (Quick Load) system that the team is surprised never made it into other Canon Cameras, especially the professional F-1 series.

Classic Camera Revival - Episode 29 - Clan O'Canon

  • Make: Canon
  • Model: FTb
  • Type: Single Lens Reflex
  • Format: 135/35mm, 36x24mm
  • Lens: Interchangable, Canon FD Mount
  • Year of Manufacture: 1971

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Canon FTb – Canon FD Lens 50mm 1:1.4 – Fuji Pro 400H

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Canon FTb – Canon FD Lens 50mm 1:1.8 – ORWO UN54 @ ASA-100 – Kodak HC-110 Dil. A 7:30 @ 20C

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Canon FTb – Canon FD Lens 50mm 1:1.4 – Kodak ColorPlus 200 @ ASA-200

Canon EOS A-2 – The only EOS camera on the show the A-2 looks more like it was designed by Minolta then Canon. But don’t let that fool you, this is no entry level camera, the A-2 is a direct successor to the FD Mount A-1 series and aims more at the Advanced Amateur or Prosumer market.

Classic Camera Revival - Episode 29 - Clan O'Canon

  • Make: Canon
  • Model: EOS A-2
  • Type: Single Lens Reflex
  • Format: 135/35mm, 36x24mm
  • Lens: Interchangable, Canon EF Mount
  • Year of Manufacture: 1992-2000

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Canon EOS A2 – Canon EF 28-105mm 1:3.5-4.5 – Kodak TMAX 100 – SPUR HRX (1+19) 12:30

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Canon EOS A2 – Canon EF 28-105mm 1:3.5-4.5 – Kodak TMAX 100 – SPUR HRX (1+19) 12:30

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Canon EOS A2 – Canon EF 28-105mm 1:3.5-4.5 – Kodak TMAX 100 – SPUR HRX (1+19) 12:30

Looking for a good spot to get your gear and material fix…check out Burlington Camera, Downtown Camera, Film Plus, Belle Arte Camera and Camtech, if you’re in the GTA region of Ontario. In Guelph there’s Pond’s FotoSource For those further north you can visit Foto Art Camera in Owen Sound. On the West Coast (British Columbia) check out Beau Photo Supply. Additionally you can order online at Argentix (Quebec), buyfilm.ca (Ontario), the Film Photography Project or Freestyle Photographic.

Also you can connect with us through email: classiccamerarevivial[at]gmail[dot]com or by Facebook, we’re at Classic Camera Revival or even Twitter @ccamerarevival

2 Comments

  1. The A2 built on the 650, the first EOS/EF body, which came out shortly after the T90, the last (real) FD mount body which introduced the shifting control wheel found on pretty much all DSLRs today (wheel changed its meaning depending on modes and whether a button elsewhere is depressed). The T90 is the last of the “bridge” cameras which Canon used as technology test beds on their way to a modern true autofocus camera, and was the first Canon to disconnect controls from the mechanisms (first fly-by-wire Canon camera?)
    Check out the T80 – FD/AC mount camera with autofocus in the lens, just like it is today. The T70 had shifting controls much like cameras of today, except instead of a control wheel it used up/down push buttons.
    Finally the earlier AL-1 is worth mentioning as it has integral focus assist. There was no lens motor, however the camera would tell the user which way to turn the focus ring to achieve good focus.
    Canon had been working on this for a long time. The A2 owes much more to the T90/T80/T70/AL1 than it does to the F1.

  2. A series hot shoe covers do show up on eBay for about $7 each. I’ve found plenty of A series cameras with intact hot shoes covers, but will admit very few of the series the FTb is a part of.

    I’ve never heard the idea before that the A-1 is in any way related to the A-2 (EOS 5), and on to the 5D. Interesting perspective. I personally think they are related for marketing purposes only, and there is essentially nothing technically related between them. Will have to mull on this a bit more.

    Thanks for the podcast – interesting perspectives!

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