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Old 02-02-2015   #41
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Stephen,

Former combat photographer Chris Morris ,from Agency VII, is largely recognized as one of Canon's strongest assets.

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He cut his teeth using "the Tank" in the Philippines, Chile, Afghanistan ...
(3)T90 Bodies, 20-35mm L, 135mm, Vivitar 285 + Fuji 100 (pushed to 200 asa).

Once at the Black Star photo library, he picked up my camera and said, " You drop the T90s and they bounce right up ... just avoid getting the control wheel wet".
Andy Levin was also another heavy T90 user.

I never got along with the 300tl flash, especially on vertical shots.

Marty Forscher, considered the original F1's motor drive "the best in its time" (American Photographer Magazine)

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My favorite is easily the T90. I regard it as one of the best film SLRs ever. It was the most technologically advanced of the FD series and the design inspiration of the entire EOS lineup. I love the versatility and handling of the T90, along with its outstanding 300TL flash.

While I appreciate the versatility and ruggedness of both F1 models, their design concepts are laughably inept. Whenever you see a pro 35mm SLR with only a hopelessly awkward 3.5 fps motor that requires baseplate removal before attaching the motor (1st model F1) or an improved model that connects motor batteries with the camera via an outside of the camera connecting cord, you know the design team didn't quite know what they were doing.

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Marty Forscher, considered the original F1's motor drive "the best in its time" (American Photographer Magazine)

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I once took pics of a wondrous Monterey Bay Aquarium Jelly Fish exhibit with both a T90 with 300TL flash and the Nikon N90 with SB25 -- thru the glass, jellies about 2 feet away from the camera. T90 flash exposures were perfect. The more modern N90 flash pics were over 2 stops off.

Marty certainly knew his craft. Yet it all depends upon what qualities are considered "best."

Reliability and repair/maintenance are not the same as good ergonomics and design concept.

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Old 02-02-2015   #43
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At one time I've owned a TX, AE1, AE1-P, A1, T90 and an F1N (new). All gone and replaced with Nikon F. I wonder why the FD series doesn't seem to provoke the same cult following as the Nikon models?
After reading this thread, I'm tempted to get one again.
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The popularity of this thread surprised me too. Now I have a couple more cameras for my wishlist, including the EF and the FTb. I was already on the hunt for a clean AE-1P and F-1.
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Old 02-03-2015   #46
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I like my T70 as an all rounder with the 35-105mm zoom, but when the winder dies it's time to search the bay for another.
The FX is great with black & white, especially with the 58mm f/1.2 it came with, but the meter is bit of annoying. Though it works well on black & white.
So, today I finally ponied up for an EF on the bay, with an SSC 50mm f/1.4.
Now I just want an EF-M like my 21st present.
edit. & now i've found an EF-M.
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Stephen,

The main problem with the 300TL was torque, when the camera was held vertically. The flash wouldn't fire most of the time (the camera's hot shoe didn't align with the 5 contacts on the flash).
Flash exposure was ok for single shoots, but not for secuences.

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I once took pics of a wondrous Monterey Bay Aquarium Jelly Fish exhibit with both a T90 with 300TL flash and the Nikon N90 with SB25 -- thru the glass, jellies about 2 feet away from the camera. T90 flash exposures were perfect. The more modern N90 flash pics were over 2 stops off.

Marty certainly knew his craft. Yet it all depends upon what qualities are considered "best."

Reliability and repair/maintenance are not the same as good ergonomics and design concept.

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Old 02-03-2015   #48
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My first camera was a AE-1. Given to me by a friend. I ended up with two bodies and a kit of lenses before having to sell them during graduate school. Today, I have a mint one sitting on a shelf in my office just for memories. They are simple great tools that get the job done.
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Old 02-03-2015   #49
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New F1, hands down.
Absolutely. Totally cracking camera. Everything you might want, nothing you don't. Weighs a tonne, though(!)
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For me it's the EF. A distant second would be the original F1
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Only ever owned the EF, and love it to bits. Handled both the A-1, AE-1 and F-1. Wouldn't complain if I was gifted any which one of them.
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F1, finally nabbed one, never going to look back.
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So FD shooters out there: what do you consider to be your favorite FD camera?
The FT for being the authentic FL system camera.
The F1 for design.
The F1N for performance.
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I'm sentimental about my A-1 which has been with me since 1981.

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A-1 was my favorite by far for the control scheme. The combination of modern features like the control wheel and in-finder shutter speed / aperture / metering readout combined with the generous number of buttons and dials dedicated to specific functions excites me and I found the camera tremendously full-featured and easy to use. Kind of regret selling it, but shooting APS-C digital on Fuji X-system as my "small format" has proven to have numerous advantages while still keeping many of the things I liked about the A-1.

Maybe someday I'll get another A-1 "just for fun" and rebuild my old kit with the nFD 24mm 2.8 (quite possibly the sharpest small-format wideangle lens I've ever used), 35mm 2.8 and 70-210 f/4
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T90 the swan song of a great system
Probably shouldn't mention the T60.
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For me it's the EF. A distant second would be the original F1
can I ask why?
just curious, no disrespect meant at all.
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Old 03-08-2015   #59
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At the moment I have a couple of new f1, an ef and a1. Favs have always been the new f1, it's funny how so many people like the ef I always thought it too clunky but I do like the overhanging shutter speed dial. It's such a shame canon changed the lens mount as I would love to shoot some of the old fd glass on my 1dxs!
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can I ask why?
just curious, no disrespect meant at all.
Because the T60 actually came after the T90, and is the last of the FD mount Canons.
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Because the T60 actually came after the T90, and is the last of the FD mount Canons.
The comment may also have had something to do with the T60's utter inferiority compared to the T90.
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I used to really enjoy using the AE-1 as my first SLR camera. Lately, the F-1n is my favorite.



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WOW! Can't get much more exotic in FD-land than an OD F1n and a 14mm L!
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When a local photo dealer presented two green Canon ODF-1 he had imported directly from Japan, I got my nose flattened on his shop window.
But Canon never produced any color matching green lenses.
So it was better to forget that I could afford only two used FtBn, one after all a black one.
The A-1 was at that time my universal camera, until the center-weighted integral exposure measurement became inaccurate for photography on slide films.
Particularly in portrait format the different weightings of the exposure measurement of the two sides disturbed.
When Canon canceled its successful FD system and introduced the incompatible, misshaped and initially imprecise EOS system, I switched to Leica M - especially for landscapes.
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T90. I agree with CameraQuest and Raid, one of the very best SLR cameras. I got most fun, and quite a few good images, using the 35/2 FD, another brilliant lens, every bit as good as my Summicron 35/2. I found the 50/1.4 a brilliant lens but a little too contrasty for my taste with Kodachrome 64 in sunlight: it was as if a magical "vivid" button had been turned on - there was a brilliance to the colour slides - but it lost some shadow detail that I wanted to keep.

The metering system was very accurate. I experimented with all the various metering options but in the end settled for centre weighted average, and it never let me down.

The problem for me was the reliability of the shutter. It just stopped working after a few years (only serious amateur use though) and had to be replaced. Later I moved to auto focus cameras, initially Canon and later Nikon F100 and F6, but I still have fond memories of the T90. It was 100% reliable in getting the images I wanted until the shutter failed.

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I used to really enjoy using the AE-1 as my first SLR camera. Lately, the F-1n is my favorite.



Cheers,
Always thought those Olive Green F1n's were awesome. Wish there were more of them around.

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Always thought those Olive Green F1n's were awesome. Wish there were more of them around.
Only 2002 were made I understand.

I picked one up from an Australian collector many years back. I had no intention of buying the camera, but because it had a dent on the prism, he made me an offer I couldn't refuse. I use it on occasion, but not much.

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My first SLR, purchased new in the late 70s, was an AT-1. I still use it every now and then. It wasn't nearly as popular as the AE-1, but I've always been content not having any auto exposure modes.
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F1, n or not. Why anything else?

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Now you guys are making me look up F1N's. Dammit
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Three-way tie with the F-1N, FTb and EF.
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Besides the Old F-1, the New F-1.
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EF is the only one that has a jewel bearing inside of all the cameras I have serviced. My list is EF, F1 original, A-1, FTb QL.
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New f1 and A1.
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The A1 and the A1. Back in the day, I had two of them, so I get to vote twice, right?
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Classic F1- my dad bought a beat up one to use his exakta to fd adapter. The all ball bearing everything advance and shutter is so smooth and the mirror is very nicely damped
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I have previously owned a T70, A-1 and now own a F-1N. For me there is no question the F-1N is my favorite. Great camera and the build takes a backseat to no other camera I have owned.
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I would say the F-1N from the 1980s and FTb(n).
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