As a long-time FD system user (old F1, AE-1 and even an EF since 80s) I finally acquired a New F1 recently with Speed Finder and AE Finder FN. I'm getting erratic meter readings and am not sure where the problem lies. Read the manual, a number of threads here and even the Ken Rockwell rant ... I do find the New F1 a little more complex than expected, based on instincts from the older bodies. This critter has a lot of gimmicks. I can't seem get the hang of when the meter is indicating correct shutter speeds under AE -- aperture priority mode. There's no motor drive involved. With the meter switch set to Normal, using the AE finder, at various times the meter needle is active but shows very slow speeds. After fiddling with battery check, lens stopdown button, suddenly it will read accurately. All the usual consistency checks (other cameras, light meters, light sources, multiple lenses, batteries) show no problems. I found this problem especially frustrating when shooting at a skating event, where I was counting on the AE function with large aperture lens (200 2.8) to help isolate and freeze skaters. Experience suggests 125 - 500 at 2.8 - 4 for the high speed film (Fujicolor Press 1600) in use, yet some were down at 1/2 to 1 sec -- a long time for the finder to be dark while follow-focusing figure skaters! Camera is used, and this may be a manifestation of poor contacts somewhere in the system ... but there are a lot of places to check and in any case, it's quite erratic. Just out of curiosity, are there TWO meter needles in the system -- one for the match-needle aperture and another for the shutter speed AE? Any tips or hints for a New F1 neophyte?