My Canon F1 came to me just after I’d committed to no more cameras. I have about six or seven good cameras working in a rotation and for the most part I’m an SLR shooter, (I have a a Leica M4-P which I’ve yet to fully engage with, it is a very nice ‘thing’ though). It all happened after I’d been chuntering away about wanting a super simple, super sexy, 35mm SLR, that gave me the things that I love about the Leica without without having to compromise on the stuff I like about SLRs in general.
It came to me with perfect paintwork, a broken meter, and a few nice lenses. I added a 55mm f/1.2 to the bag and have basically just shot that since. I took the pictures below back in sunny August, while on the Street Hunters meet up. This was the first outing of my F1 with the 55mm and I was super pleased with the results. I shot on portra which both looks great and has massive dynamic range. (It smoothes the rougher edges of my slapdash metering).
I love the feel and the speed with which I can shoot it and the simplicity of operation, I like the meaty-ness of it, and the lack of ergonomic consideration. I also really like the shutter lock. At 1.4 kilos it is not light or compact, but it has become my daily driver, (unless I’m trying to engage with the M4-P).
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