introduced 2001 - discontinued 2004
Replacement for the EOS 50E. No major new features, but offers improved design and handling. However, the camera is the first non-professional EOS camera with built-in dioptric adjustment for the eyepiece. Features eye-control focus. The same camera without eye-c0ntrol focus (replacing the EOS 50) is the EOS 33.
EOS magazine, September 2000, page 10
Type and Major Components
35mm autofocus and autoexposure single-lens reflex camera with focal-plane (vertical travel) shutter, built-in motor drive and built-in flash.
Picture size: 24mm x 36mm
Compatible lenses: Canon EF lenses
Lens mount: Canon EF mount (metal)
Type: TTL-CT-SIR (Through-the-Lens Cross-Type Secondary Image Registration) with CMOS sensor.
Focusing points: 7 (extreme left, left, top, center, bottom, right, extreme right).
• One-shot AF: AF operation stops (AF lock) when focus is achieved. Set automatically in the portrait, landscape, close-up and nightn scene modes.
• Predictive AF with AI Servo AF: Tracks subject movement continuously up to the start of exposure. Set automatically in sports mode.
•AI focus AF: Automatically switches between One-Shot AF and Predictive AF / AI Servo AF if sufficient sunject movement is detected. Set automatically in the full auto mode.
• Manual focusing: After the lens focus mode switch iss set to M or MF, manual focusing is enabled with the focusing ring. In-focus indicator in viewfinder lights wehn focus is found. When metering is active, MF icon in viewfinder flashes when manual focus is selected.
Focusing point selection:
• Eye control: Creative zone shooting modes only.
(i) One-Shot AF: the eye selects the focusing point by looking at it in the viewfinder while the shutter button is pressed halfway.
(ii) AL Servo AF: AF operation starts in the same way as with the One-Shot AF, but while the shutter button is pressed halfway during continuous shooting the moving subject is tracked by the focusing points the eye looks at.
(iii) AI Focus AF: the AF operation starts in the same way as with the One-Shot AF. However, if the subject starts moving after focus is achieved in the One-Shot AF mode, the camera switches automatically to AI Servo AF.
•Automatic focusing point selection: Set automatically in the Full Auto and Programmed Image Control modes; can be set manually in Creative zone modes. Automatic focusing point selection is set when you try to select a focusing point beyond the outermost ones during manual focusing point selection.
(i) One-Shot AF: based on the subject information obtained by the seven focusing points, the camera focuses the nearest subject automatically. With the Eye Control switch turned ON in Full Auto or Program Image Control modes, the eye position is detected automatically and this information is incorporated in the automatic focusing point selection algorithm. This increases the chances for the camera to select the focusing point that the user wants.
(ii) AI Servo AF: AF usually starts with the centre focusing point. If the subject moves to another focusing point, AI Servo AI will continue to track the subject. If AF starts with the subject focused by an off-centre focusing point, the subject will still be tracked even if it moves to an adjacent focusing point.
(iii) AI Focus AF: the One-Shot AF mode focuses the optimum subject based on the subject information obtained by the seven focusing points. If the centre focusing point focuses the subject first and the subject starts to move, the AF mode switches to AI Servo AF and the subject is tracked even if it moves to another focusing point. Only the centre focusing point can detect initial subject movement; if an off-centre focusing point focuses the subject first, subject movement will not be detected.
• Manual focusing point selection: Enabled in the Creative Zone modes; not available in the Full Auto and Program Image Control modes. AF is executed with the manually selected focusing point. With Custom Function 11-0, pressing the focusing point selector button enables the focusing point selection keys. However, setting Custom Function 11-1 provides the following:
(i) Eye Control: after focus is achieved, the focusing point selection keys are enabled.
(ii) Automatic focusing point selection: while the shutter button is pressed halfway and the metering active, manual focusing point selection is enabled. During automatic focusing point selection, pressing focusing point selection keys starts the selection with the centre focusing point.
(iii) Manual focusing point selection: enabled while the shutter button is pressed halfway and the metering active. The focusing point selection keys can be used without having to press the focusing point selector first. During manual focusing point selection, pressing the focusing point selector switches to automatic focusing point selection.
Manual focusing point selection is disabled in Full Auto and Programmed Image Control modes, so this Custom Function setting does not apply in these modes.
During manual focusing point selection, if the selection goes beyond the outer-most focusing point, automatic focusing point selection is set.
Eye Control Calibration: calibration is enabled when the Eye Control switch is set to CAL. Up to five sets of calibration settings can be saved.
Focusing point display: the selected focusing point is indicated by superimposition (SI) in the viewfinder and the icon is shown on the LCD panel. During automatic focusing point selection, multiple focusing points might be displayed. Custom function 10-1 disables the SI display. The SI brightness cannot be changed.
AF activation: by pressing the shutter button halfway.
AF operation speed: same as the EOS-3.
In-focus indicator: icon in viewfinder (LCD), superimposed (SI) focusing point display, and beeper. The in-focus beeper can be enabled or disabled in all the picture-taking modes. In the AI Servo AF mode, the in-focus indicator and beeper are disabled.
AF precision: same as the EOS 650.
AF working range: EV 1-18 (at ISO 100)
AF-assist: intermittent burst fired by built-in flash (no patterned beam). Fired automatically when necessary and linked to all seven focusing points. Effective range approx. 4 meters at centre. Coverage: 28mm lenses. Fired automatically in low light (EV 4 or lower at ISO 100). Automatic pop-up and AF-assist light in the Full Auto, Portrait, Close-up, and Night modes. Disabled in Landscape and Sports modes. Manual pop-up and firing in P, Tv, Av, M, and DEP modes. AF-assist can be enabled/disabled with CUstom Function 7. AF-assist light turns off when the in-focus signal is detected.
With EX/EZ/E-series Speedlites AF-assist beam is emitted by the external unit. Speedlite 420EX: compatible with all focusing points. Speedlites 550EX/540EZ: the AF-assist patterned beam is not compatible with top and bottom focusing points. With other EOS-dedicated speedlites AF-assist beam is not emitted when an off-centre focusing point has been selected.
Type: Eye-level, single-lens reflex type with fixed pentaprism and condenser lens.
Focusing screen: Fixed New Laser-matte screen with 7 focusing points.
Standard dioptre: -1 dioptre
Dioptric adjustment range: -2.5 to +0.5 dioptres.
Eye relief: 19.5mm
Viewfinder coverage: 90% vertical, 92% horizontal.
Magnification: 0.70x (with 50mm lens at infinity)
On the screen: focusing points with superimposed display.
Below the screen (icon; numeric and text information with 7-segment yellow/green LCD):
• shutter speed (if out-of-range, blinks at 2Hz as a warning)
• aperture (if out-of-range, blinks at 2Hz as a warning)
• FEL display (displayed for about 0.5 second during FE lock)
• DEP display (DEP-1, DEP-2)
• CAL display (CAL-1 to CAL-5; blinks if Eye Control fails)
• END display (END-1 to END-5
• AE lock, FE lock
• exposure compensation amount*
• flash exposure compensation amount*
• manual exposure level*
• AEB range*
• red-eye reduction lamp-on indicator (progressive)
• flash-ready indicator
• insufficient flash warning during FE lock
• high-speed sync (FP flash)
• eye control icon (blinks at 2Hz when eye control fails)
• flash exposure compensation icon
• AF in-focus indicator (blinks at 2Hz when AF fails)
• MF in-focus indicator
* ±2 stops in 1/2-step increments
Viewfinder information cannot be disabled.
Quick-return half mirror: transmission reflection ratio of 40:60
Viewfinder blackout time: 155ms or shorter with shutter speed of 1/60 second or faster.
Mirror lockup: enabled with Custom Function 5-1. Only one frame is shot even in the continuous shooting mode. Maximum mirror lockup operation time of 30 seconds.
Mirror vignetting: no vignetting with an EF 600mm f/4L IS USM or shorter lens (except for EF 50mm f/1.0L USM.
Depth-of-field preview: depth-of-field preview button provided; enabled in creative zone modes only (disabled in Full Auto and Programmed Image Control modes). With Speedlite 550EX or MR-14EX attached pressing the depth-of-field preview button fires the modelling flash.
Bulit-in eyepiece shutter: none (eyepice cover provided on the neck strap)
Mirror noise: lower than 70dB.
Other specifications: eye cup Ed provided. Angle Finder C, Angle Finder B, and Magnifier S attatchable (adapter required). Ed-series dioptric adjustment lenses are physically attachable, but not recommended. Built-in dioptric adjustment should be used instead.
Type: TTL maximum aperture metering with a 35-zone silicon photocell. The follwoing three metering modes are provided (selectable in creative zone modes with metering mode botton on the back):
• evaluative (automatically set in Full Auto and PIC modes)
• partial metering at centre; approx. 10% of viewfinder. Custom Function 8-1 enables partial metering to be linked to the active focusing point.
• center-weighted averaging metering.
• intelligent program AE (shiftable)
• shutter speed priority AE (no safety shift)
• aperture-priority AE (no safety shift)
• depth-of-field AE (DEP/Shiftable)
• full auto (intelligent program AE / not shiftable)
• programmed image control modes: Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night scene
• metered manual
• E-TTL program flash AE
• A-TTL program flash AE
• TTL program flash AE
Metering range: EV 1-20 (at 20"C with 50mm f/1.4 lens, ISO 100)
Insuficient exposure warning: LCD digital display blinks at 2Hz on LCD panel and in the viewfinder.
Exposure metering: activated when shutter button is pressed halfway. Metering continues to be active for 4 seconds after the shutter button is released.
Film speed range: ISO 25 to 5000 with DX-coded film, set automatically in 1/3-stop increments. The ISO film speed is displayed on the LCD panel during the initial film advance to the first frame. ISO 6 to 6400 in 1/3-stop increments manually. With non-DX-coded film, the ISO film speed of the film previously loaded is displayed during initial film advance to the first frame; the ISO on the LCD panel then blinks, stopping when the film speed is set manually.
• AEB (Autoexposure Bracketing): is enabled with the function setting and settable in the creative zone modes. The bracketing range is ±2 stops in 1/2-stop increments. The bracketing sequence is correct exposure, underexposure and overexposure. Compatible in single-frame and continuous film advance modes. With the self-timer, all three bracketed shots will be taken after 10 second self-timer delay. Cancellation enabled by setting the AEB range to 0. AEB is not cancelled if the lens is changed. AEB is not available in the Full Auto and Programmed Image Control modes.
• Manual exposure compensation: is enabled in the creative xone modes. Compensation amount ±2 stops in 1/2-stop increments.
If AEB and exposure compnesation are combinded, the AEB range will be shifted in accordance with the exposure compensation amount.
• Flash exposure compensation: is possible with built-in flash and EOS-dedicated external Speedlite and enabled with the function setting. The compensation amount is ± stops in 1/2-stop increments. If flash exposure compensation is set on both the camera and the external Speedlite, the Speedlite's setting will override the camera setting. Flash exposure compensation is not available in the Full Auto and Program Image Control modes.
• AE lock: automatic AE lock is enabld with One-shot AF and evaluative metering, AE lock is applied when focus is achieved. An AE lock button enables AE lock in creative zone modes. AE lock is applied during partial metering at the centre focusing point (Custom Function 8-1 enables partial metering to be linked to active focusing point). With an EX-series Speedlite, the AE lock button becomes an FE lock button. Custom Function 4-1 enebles AE lock with the shutter button.
Multiple exposures: a maximum of 9 multipe exposures can be set )enabled with Function setting). Cancelled automatically after all multiple exposures are taken. The number of multiple exposures can be altered (increased, decreased, or cancelled) during multiple-exposure shooting. Not avaiable in Full Auto and Programmed Image Control modes.
Type: Vertical-travel, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically-controlled. First and second curtains both have dedicated electromagnetic release control. Curtain speed: 4.8ms/24mm.
Shutter speeds: 30 seconds to 1/4000 second in 1/2-stop increments. X-sync at 1/125 second. No elapsed-time indicator during bulb exposures. If the shutter button is fully depressed while the camera back is open. the shutter speed is always 1/4000 second (this protects the shutter curtains).
Shutter release: soft-touch electromagnetic release. No cable release socket.
Self-timer: electronically-controlled, 10 second delay. Set with the film advance mode lever. Enabled in all picture-taking modes. Can be cancelled before shutter button is pressed by turning the command dial to 'Off' or by turing the film advance mode lever to another setting. Can be cancelled after the shutter button has been depressed by turning the command dial, popping up or retracting the built-in-flash, or changing the lens. Reflex mirror swings up at the start of the 10-second period.
Self-timer indicator: red-eye reduction lamp blinks at 2Hz for the first 8 seconds then lights for the remainging 2 seconds. Frame counter on the LCD panel counts down from 10 to 1 seconds. Beeper sounds at 2Hz for first 8 seconds and then at 8Hz for the remaining 2 seconds (beeper sounds only when enabled with the Custom Function setting).
Camera shake warning: provided in Full Auto and Programmed Image Control modes. If the shutter speed is slower than 0.5 stop below the reciprocal of the lens focal length, the shutter speed display blinks at 2Hz.
Film loading: automatic take-up with a sprocketless system. After the film leader is positioned correctly the camera back is closed, the film advances to frame 1 automatically (as displayed on the frame counter), taking about 1 second.
Film advance system: automatic film advance using a small coreless motor: Film perforation detected with an infrared photo reflector (not compatible with infrared film).
Film advance modes:
• single-frame shooting
• continuous shooting
• self-timer/remote conrol
Film advance modes set automatically in Full Auto and Program Image Control modes. Set manually with film advance lever in creative zone modes.
Film advance initiation: Exposure-completed signal automatically starts film advance.
Continuous shooting speed: maximum speed of approx. 4 fps (One-shot AF mode, shutter speed 1/250 second or faster, new batteries, 20 degrees C). Maximum speed in AI Servo AF mode of approx. 3.5 fps.
Film advance indicator: the frame counter counts up.
Film rewind system: automatic rewind with a small coreless motor.
Film rewind initiation: Automatic rewind: rewind initiated automatically under the following conditions:
• after 24 or 36 exposures (read from DX-coded film)
• detection of end of film or roll (increased tension)
• after 36 exposures are taken (overrides other conditions)
Midroll film rewind: midroll rewind button starts film rewind. During film rewind, pressing the midroll rewind button switches the rewind between silient and high-speed rewind. Custom Function 1-1 sets high-speed rewind.
Film rewind indicator: the frame counter counts down. The exposure level scale under the viewfinder screen also indicates film rewind is in progress; the scale bars 'flow' from right to left (also displayed on the LCD panel).
Film rewind: stops automatically after the film leader is rewound completely inside the cartridge (Custom Function 2-0) or automatically with the film leader left outside the cartridge (Custom Function 2-1). Film cartridge icon on LCD pannel blinks at 2Hz to indicate film rewind completion.
• LCD panel: indicated by the film cartridge icon.
• Film window: visual confirmation.
Frame counter: electronic counter with digital display. Counts up during film advance and down during film rewind.
Type: built-in, auto pop-up TTL autoflash head in the pentraprism. Manually retractable. Series-circuit controlled.
Guide number: 13 (ISO 100, meters).
Recycling time: approx. 2 seconds.
Flash-ready indicator: flash icon lights in viewfinder. Flash icon turns off when the flash is not reead, and the shutter cannot be released.
Flash coverage: covers 28mm lenses.
Flash switch: none. Automatic pop-up in low light and back lit conditions in Full Auto and Programmed Image Control modes (except Landscape and Sports modes). Manual pop-up (pull up by hand) in creative zone modes. Retracts manually (push down by hand) in all modes.
Synchronisation speed: maximum X-sync speed at 1/125 second.
• Full Auto, Program AE, DEP, Portrait, Close-up modes: automatically set between 1/60 and 1/125 second.
• Night Scene mode: automatically set between 2 seconds and 1/125 second (in 1/2-stop increments).
• shutter speed-priority AE and manual modes: set manually at 1/125 second or slower.
• Aperture-priority AE mode: set automatically between 30 seconds and 1/125 second to suit the ambient light.
In the night scene and sports modes, the built-in flash cannot fire, but an external Speedlite can be used.
Flash exposure system: TTL off-the-film autoflash exposure with focusing point-linked 3-zone flash metering. Flash metering is weighted on the selected focusing point.
Evaluative metering weighting: if the center, top or bottom focusing point is selected, the sensitivity of adjacent zones is reduced by one stop. If the right or extreme right focusing point is selected, the sensitivity of adjacent zones is reduced by one stop. If the left or extreme left focusing point is selected, the sensitivity of adjacent zones is reduced by one stop.
Flash output control: automatic flash output reduction for back lit conditions or fill-in flash.
Flash exposure compensation: up to ±2 stops in 1/2-stop increments. Flash exposure compensation can be set with the camera for built-in flash or external Speedlite.
Effective range: with EF 28-105mm f3.5/4.5 II USM lens
• ISO 100/28mm: 1 to 5.2 meters (1 to 3.7 metres)
• ISO 100/105mm: 1 to 4 metres (1 to 2.8 metres)
• ISO 200/28mm: 1 to 7.4 metres (1 to 5.2 metres)
• ISO 200/105mm: 1 to 5.7 metres (1 to 4 metres)
• ISO 400/28mm: 1 to 10.5 metres (1 to 7.4 metres)
• ISO 400/105mm: 1 to 8.1 metres (1 to 5.7 metres)
Distances are for negative film (distances for slide film in brackets) At shooting distances shorter than 1 meter the flash coverage will be partially obstructed by the lens barrel.
Sufficient/insufficient flash indication: none.
Curtain synchronization: first curtain synchronization. Second-curtain synchronization with built-in flash enabled with Custom Function 6-1.
Flash duration: 1 ms or shorter.
Colour temperature: equivalent to daylight.
Distance to optical axis: 73mm between the flash head centre and lens optical axis.
Power source: batteries in the camera.
Red-eye reduction: with the built-in flash popped up, the red-eye reduction lamp lights and then the flash fires.
• type: lamp.
• commpatible modes: all picture-taking modes except Landscape and Sports.
• setting method: function setting.
• lamp ON preconditions: lights after shutter button is pressed halfway and focus achieved with One-shot AF or MF. (in AI Servo AF mode, shutter release-priority takes effect even while the lamp is lit.)
• duration: under the conditions stated in above, the lamp lights while the shutter button is pressed halfway and dims after 1.5 seconds (with the self-timer it lights for 2 seconds before shutter release.)
• lamp ON indicator: the exposure level scale (bars) on the LCD panel and in the viewfinder indicates lamp-on for 1.5 seconds.
• shutter release lock: none (shutter-release has priority).
The above red-eye reduction operating conditions also apply when an external Speedlite is used.
Date imprinting (QD model only)
Type: auto date using 7-segment LCD in the imprinting element.
Data range: 1.1.1994 to 12..31.2019. Automatic adjustment for leap years.
• month, day, year
• day, month, year
• year, month, day
• day, hour, minute
Pressing the MODE button changes the imprinting mode in a looping sequence.
Imprinting position: lower right of picture.
Imprinting colour: orange.
Imprinting conformation: none.
Imprinting brightness: automatically set to suit DX-coded film speed.
QD power source: one CR2025 lithium battery (3volt) housed on the inside of the QD back. The date is reset when the battery is replaced.
Batteries: two CR123A lithium batteries (6 volt) loaded through the camera grip buttom.
Battery check: automatic battery check when the command dial is released from OFF. Battery level is always indicated on the LCD panel in one of four levels:
• battery OK
• keep spare batteries handy
• replacement warning (shutter release not locked)
• replacement warning (shutter release locked)
Main switch: command dial set to OFF turns camera off.
Other camera specifications
Custom functions: thirteen custom functions (C.Fn-1 to C.Fn- 13, 34 settings) provided. Settable with the command dial turned to C.Fn.
• C.Fn-1: film rewind speed (0: silent; 1:high speed)
• C.Fn-2: film leader position after rewind (0:inside cassette;2: outside cassette).
• C.Fn-3: DX-coded film speed setting (0: enabled; 1: disabled).
• C.Fn-4: shutter button ( o ) and AE lock button ( • ) functions (0:( o ) AF and AE star, ( • ) AE lock; 1: ( o ) AE lock, ( • ) AF and AE start; 2: ( o ) AF and AE start, ( • ) AF stop.
• C.Fn-5: mirror lockup (0: disabled; 1: enabled).
• C.Fn-6: shutter curtain flash synchronisation (0: first curtain synchronisation; 1: second curtain synchronisation).
• C.Fn-7: AF-assist light/flash firing (0: AF-assist/flash fires; 1: no AF-assist/flash fires; 2: AF-assist from Sppedlite/flash fires; 3: AF-assist/no flash fires).
• C.Fn-8: partial metering/FE lock linkage with focusing point (0: centre focusing point; 1: active focusing point).
• C.Fn-9: Flash sync speed in aperture priority mode (0: selected to suit ambient light; 1:set to 1/125 second).
• C.Fn-10: in-focus focusing point on focusing screen (0: superimposed; 1: not shown).
• C.Fn-11: focusing point selection method (0: focusing point selector and keys; 1: focusing point selector keys; 2: focusing point selector and main dial).
• C.Fn-12: start with centre focusing point (0: disabled; 1: enabled).
• C.Fn-13: lens AF stop button (some IS lenses only) (0: stops AF; 1: starts AF; 2: AE lock during metering; 3: switched from manual to automatic focusing point selection; 4: switches between One-shot AF and AI Servo AF; 5: start image stabilizer).
Camera back: opened with camera back latch. Film window provided. No film memo holder. Not detachable.
Camera orientation detection switch: provided.
Flash contacts: X-sync direct contact on hot shoe. Speedlite locking pin hole provided. No PC terminal.
External display: large LCD panel on camera top.
Shutter button lock: electronic lock when command dial set to OFF.
Remote control terminal: for remote switch RS-60E3 (2.5mm diameter minijack remote control terminal).
Interchangeable grip: none.
Body material: aluminium and polycarbonate resin with glass fibre.
Exterior colour: black.
• QD model: 146.7 (W) x 103 (H) x 69 (D)mm
• non-QD model: 146.7 (W) x 103 (H) x 69 (D)mm
Speedlite operation in program AE mode
EX-series Speedlites: E-TTL autoflash; normal flash
When the flash is ready, the synchronization speed (1/60 to 1/125 second) is set automatically. The aperture is set automatically by the camera's E-TTL program. When the shutter button is fully depressed, a fixed-output preflash is fired just before the mirror swings up. The AE sensor meters the ambient light before the preflash and the light reflected off the subject from the preflash. The output of the main flash is thereby determined before the main flash fires. The main flash then fires.
If the EX-series Speedlite's high-speed synchronization (FP flash) switch is on and the brightness is still too high for the smallest aperture, the high-speed synchronization mode is set automatically. When high-speed synchronization is set, the appropriate icon lights in the viewfinder.
Automatic fill-in flash is possible.
EX-series Speedlites: E-TTL autoflash; FE Lock
When an EX-series Speedlite is attatched and the flash is ready, the AE lock button becomes an FE lock button. Pressing the AE lock button fires a preflash. The AE sensor, with partial metering, reads the preflash light reflected off the subject. The flash output is thereby determined and retained in memory. When the shutter button is fully depressed, the flash fires at the output retained in memory.
If the EX-series Speedlite's high-speed sync (FP flash) switch is on and the brightness is still too high for the smallest aperture, hgih-speed synchronization mode is set automatically. When high-speed synchronization is set, the appropriate icon lights in the viewfinder.
When the FE lock button is pressed and the flash is ready, a preflash is fired and FE lock takes effect. If the flash will be insufficient (underexposure of more than 0.5 stop compared to the correct flash exposure), the flash ready icon blinks as a warning before the picture is taken.
Automatic fill-in flash is possible.
Built-in flash: TTL autoflash
When the flash is ready. the synchronization speed (1/60 to 1/125 second) is set automatically. The aperture is set automatically by the camera's TTL program. TTL off-the-film autoflash control with 3-zone flash metering linked to focusing point. Automatic fill-in flash is possible.
EZ/E-series Speedlite: A-TTL autoflash
When the flash is ready, the synchronization speed (1/606 to 1/125 second) is set automatically. The optimum aperture is set automatically by the camera's A-TTL program and the result of the Sppedlite's near-infrared preflash to suit the subject's distance and brightness. TTL off-the-film autoflash control with 3-zone flash metering linked to the focusing point. Automatic fill-in flash is possible.
ML-3 and 480EG: TTL autoflash metering
Same as built-in flash: TL autoflash (above).
With all the above, a shutter speed of 1/125 second or slower can be selected when the camera is set to shutter speed priority AE. Also, when an EX-series Speedlite is attatched and the high-speed synchronisation (FP flash) switch is on, a synchronisation speed faster than 1/125 second can be set. In the aperture-priority AE mode, any aperture can be selected.
Manual or external flash metering required.
• picture-taking mode: manual.
• synchronization speed: set manually from 30 second 1/125 second or bulb.
• flash aperture: set the same aperture value manually on the camera and Speedlite.
Non-Canon flash unit
• compact flash units: set the shutter speed to 1/125 second or slower.
• studio flash: set the shutter speed to 1/60 second or slower (test required).
Enabled with 550EX or MR-14EX (master unit). Three-group (A,B,C) slave control, high-speed synchronization, FE lock, flash ratio (A:B) control, FEB, flash exposure compensation and modelling flash (with flash ratio) enabled.
Flash exposure compensation: settable with camera or EOS-detected Speedlite. ±2 stops in 1/2-stop increments (if set in both the camera and Speedlite, the Speedlite's flash exposure compensation setting takes priority).
FEB: settable with Speedlite (550EX, MR-14EX). Not settable with camera. Any flash exposure compensation set with the camera is not combined with FEB.
Modelling flash: fires (at 70 Hz for 1 second) with depth-of-field preview button when 550EX or MR-14EX is used.
Wireless remote control
Configuration: consists of a built-in sensor in the camera grip and Remote Controller RC-1 (sold separately).
Channels / modes (RC-1): 1 channel; 2 modes and lock
• immediate shutter release (mirror lockup is not possible).
• 2 second delay.
Setting method: film advance lever set to Self-timer/Remote control.
Transmission: enabled with RC-1's transmission button (emits intermittent infrared light with a peak wavelenthg of 950nm).
Reception: via the camera grip's built-in SPC.
Effective range: approx. 5 metres (with front and centre transmission angle) or 3.5 metres (with transmission angle of 25 degrees from film plane).
• immediate shutter release signal reception: the red-eye reduction lamp blinks once as the picture is taken.
• 2-second delay signal reception: the red-eye reduction lamp lights for 2 seconds. A countdown of '2, 1' is displayed on the LCD panel. The beeper sounds at 8Hz (when enabled by the function setting).
Cancellation: no operation by user for 4 minutes cancels the Self-timet/Remote control setting automatically. Setting restored when the user touches the camera controls.
Bulb exposure: for bulb exposures, the remote control signal reception can start the exposure immediately or after a 2 second delay. When the signal is received again, the bulb exposure stoops.
Canon's latest EOS cameras have been designed with the advanced amateur photographer in mind. The only difference between them is that the EOS 30 offers eye-control focus; the EOS 33 does not have this feature
Although only the EOS 30 is mentioned in the following text and specifications, the information applies equally to the EOS 33, except where eye-control focus is discussed.
It comes as no surprise that Canon's newest 35mm single-lens reflex camera is called the EOS 30, nor that it is aimed at advanced amateurs. You only need look at the introduction of EOS models since the range was introduced in 1987 to see the trends. We have already had the EOS 3, EOS 300 and EOS 3000. There was an obvious gap between the near-professional EOS 3 and the popular EOS 300.
35mm single-lens reflex (SLR) film cameras are now mature products. Canon entered the market in 1959 with the Canoflex. Forty years of development has seen the SLR evolve from a simple, functional mechanical unit into the sleek, automatic, electronic design of today. Most of the innovations have already occurred, so new models tend to improve on existing features, rather than introduce radical ideas.
This is the case with the EOS 30. There is little that has not been seen before, but it is all brought together in a way that will have enthusiastic EOS users checking their bank balances to see if they can afford to change to the new model.
As often happens, the introduction of one model means farewell to another. This time it is the EOS 50E which makes its departure, after a five year term. And the EOS 5? It's still the oldest current model, with eight year's service, and has not yet been officially discontinued.
A quick guide to the EOS 30
While the EOS 30 has a familiar appearance, there have been some subtle changes to help improve handling. Various buttons have been reshaped and the finish is closer to the EOS 3 than the EOS 300. The camera is smaller than the EOS 50E.
The command dial and AF mode dial are knurled with a grid pattern that is, allegedly, based on the pattern found on Japanese caramel candy!
The EOS 30 uses the CMOS sensor with seven focusing points that was developed for the EOS 300. The points are clearly displayed in the viewfinder using a superimposition system.
Like the EOS 50E, there are three focusing point selection modes ? automatic, eye-control and manual.
The algorithm for automatic focusing point selection is based on the one used for the EOS 300, but has been improved.
Eye-control focusing, where the camera selects whichever focusing point you look at, is claimed to be about 15% faster than that of the EOS 3. The detection sensor is the Area BASIS, as used in the EOS 3.
Manual selection uses new focusing point selection keys situated within the Quick Control dial on the back of the camera. The four keys allow you to move left and right, or up and down.
The AF speed and precision in One-shot AF mode is the same as that for the EOS 3.
In low light, the built-in flash automatically fires a low-power rapid sequence aimed at the area covered by the active focusing point to assist focusing (as with the EOS 300).
The basic viewfinder specification is similar to that of the EOS 50E. However, the EOS 30 is the first non-professional EOS model with built-in dioptric adjustment. The viewfinder eyepiece can be adjusted from -2.5 to +0.5 dioptres, which will save many users to extra cost of a separate correction lens.
An improved drive transmission mechanism has reduced the viewfinder blackout time to about 155 milliseconds ? 20% less than that of the EOS 50E.
The metering sensor and the focusing point linked evaluative metering algorithm are the same as that of the EOS 300, with 35 zones. Other basic metering specifications are the same as the EOS 50E.
The Command dial is the same as that for the EOS 50E, except for the addition of Night Scene mode.
All the shutter speeds from 30 second to 1/4000 second are electronically controlled. The specifications are the same as for the EOS 50E.
The maximum continuous shooting speed is about 4 fps (after focus has been achieved in the One-shot AF mode) ? currently the fastest in this camera class. In AI Servo AF mode, the maximum speed is about 3.5 fps.
The film transport noise is as quiet as the EOS 100, which is known as the quietest EOS camera.
The film transport system uses an infrared transmitter and sensor for precise film advance control, so limited fogging is possible if true infrared film are used.
The built-in flash uses 3-zone TTL autoflash metering linked to the focusing points. The 3-zone TTL sensor is also used with EZ-series Speedlites.
When a Speedlite 550EX or Ring Lite MR-14EX is attached to the camera, E-TTL autoflash, FE Lock, FP flash, wireless flash control (three slave groups), flash ratio control and modelling flash are all possible.
While based on the EOS 50E and EOS 300, the EOS 30 has several improvements to make camera operation easier and more intuitive. There is a new eye-control focus button and depth-of-field preview. The focusing point selection keys are also new.
Metering modes are now selected via a button, while the self-timer setting is on the film advance mode lever.
Remote control is possible with the RC-1 and RC-4 units (for wireless operation) and with the RS-60E3 (for cable control).
The EOS 30 has 13 Custom Functions with 34 settings. Most of these are similar to those on the EOS 50E, but new functions include mirror lockup.
Canon introduces powerful new SLRs – the EOS 30 & EOS 33
Canon has introduced the new high performance EOS 30 and EOS 33 – 35mm AF SLR cameras incorporating a host of features into a compact and neatly designed body with ultra quiet operation.
The EOS 30/33 features include a high precision focusing system using a CMOS sensor, powerful 7-point AF, Eye-control (EOS 30 only), fast and silent operation, plus 13 custom functions derived from the professionals’ most used settings. Such technology combined with other enhanced features, and of course compatibility with the extensive range of over 50 EF lenses and accessories, make the EOS 30/33 the perfect choice for advanced amateurs.
The EOS 30/33 aluminum design is compact and sturdy, with easily accessible controls for quick and easy execution of camera’s operations.
On the exterior of the camera are three dials serving as the user interface. This interface includes new focusing point selection keys within the Quick Control Dial, allowing for quick and easy selection of the seven focusing points.
Canon has refined its eye-controlled focus system first seen on the EOS 5, making it faster and more precise. Eye Control focus can be used with the camera held vertically as well as horizontally. The eye control system used in the EOS 30 is 1.5 times more precise than the previous eye control systems.
By combining the area AF and eye-control, focus is achieved at the point selected by the user’s eye.
The Eye Control mode uses a new algorithm for automatic focusing point selection. Eye Control information is registered and the selection priority for each focusing point changes accordingly, allowing the user to select the desired focusing point.
In addition to Eye Control selection, the focusing point can be selected automatically by the camera or set manually. Outstanding high speed focus tracking is achieved using a 32-bit micro-computer and high speed predictive algorithm. When used with Canon’s EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM lens the camera can track a moving subject approaching at a speed of 50kph up to as close as 8 metres, this is as fast as Canon’s top-of-the-range EOS 1V and EOS 3.
The EOS 30/33 is the fastest AF SLR in its class with four frames per second (fps) shooting in One-Shot AF mode. With the use of Canon technology in the built-in motor drive, it also ranks among the quietest EOS cameras.
The EOS 30/33 uses Canon’s evaluative metering, in which readings are taken from 35 different areas of the scene. However, for occasions when evaluative metering is not appropriate, partial metering can be used. This takes a reading from 10% of the viewfinder area (the important area of the subject) and ignores the background. Readings can be taken from the centre of the frame, or linked to the active focusing point. Centre-weighted exposure metering reads from the entire image area, but is influenced most by the central subject area. The shutter speed range of the EOS 30/33 is 30 sec to 1/4000 sec and maximum x-sync speed is 1/125 sec.
The EOS 30/33 offers a range of shooting modes for every subject. There are ten in total, with one of these settings offering a further choice of 5 programs including the addition of a Night Scene mode.
The ten AE-modes include:
Intelligent Program AE
Shutter Speed Priority AE
Aperture Priority AE
Program Image Control (Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports and Night Scene)
E-TTL Program Flash
TTL Program Flash AE (for compatibility with EZ-series Speedlites)
A-TTL Program Flash AE
Metered manual exposure
The camera has a retractable built-in flash, which uses 3-zone TTL auto flash metering linked to the focusing points. In Full Auto or Programmed Image Control modes, the built-in flash pops up and fires automatically in low-light or backlit conditions.
The EOS 30/33 features 13 custom functions allowing users to configure some of the camera settings to their own requirements.
Remote control operation is possible with the RC-1 for wireless picture-taking or the RS-60E3 for wired picture-taking. The film advance feature with a new self-timer setting can also be used with remote control operation.
To complement the EOS 30/33, a range of new accessories has been launched.
A new shoe-mounted Speedlite 420EX has an auto zoom head and E-TTL auto flash metering. It has attractive new features such as an AF-assist light linked to 7 focusing points, horizontal bounce flash and a wireless slave unit setting.
The new BP300 battery pack with vertical grip shutter button uses AA size (NiCd or Nickel hydride). The vertical grip features a shutter button and AF/FE lock button.
Other new accessories include a wide strap EW-100BK and semi-hard case EH14-L.