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Canon EOS-3 35mm SLR Camera (Body Only)

by Canon

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  • Professional 35mm SLR camera with up to 1/8000 second shutter speed (body only)
  • Features 45-point Area AF, 21-zone metering, and proven EOS-1N control layout
  • 18 custom functions
  • Wireless TTL system with Speedlites
  • Large selection of interchangeable AF lenses, flash systems, and remote controllers
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Canon
  • Model: C12-8361
  • Film Format Type: 35mm

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 5.8 x 4.1 inches ; 2.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00006I542
  • Item model number: C12-8361
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,584 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

Product Description

A EOS-3 SLR body without the lens. the Professional 35mm SLR camera comes with up to 1/8000 second shutter speed (body only) and features 45-point Area AF, 21-zone metering, and proven EOS-1N control layout.

From the Manufacturer

Eleven years after launching the world's most successful range of SLR cameras, Canon has advanced camera technology a step further with the launch of the EOS-3 - a camera that further improves the speed and performance for which the EOS range is renowned. The EOS-3 incorporates the world's first area AF system, a high precision focusing system, higher speed eye-control and improved high-speed focus tracking. Such technology combined with many of the features of the EOS- 1N and, of course compatibility with the extensive range of over 50 EF lenses and accessories, make the EOS 3 the perfect choice for advanced amateurs and professionals alike. The EOS 3 design is based on that of the EOS 1N - sturdy with easily accessible controls for quick and easy execution of camera operations. A range of accessories developed specifically for the EOS 3, including a new Speedlite flash, is being launched at the same time.

Customer Reviews

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Now is the time to buy used SLRs and this is a great one.
Ocular/Orbital Surgeon
Film cameras have largely been left in the dust now that the quality of digital imaging has surpassed 35mm film.
David Siegfried
Excellent metering, very large viewfinder, extremely comfortable to hold in your hand.
Gheorghe Chistol

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Trevis Rothwell on October 29, 2006
The Canon EOS-3 is about half the price and has most of the features of Canon's top of the line film SLR, and is in nearly every practical respect a professional-grade camera.

Why bother buying one now, in this age of digital SLRs? It would quite possibly be a bad decision as DSLRs are now reasonably inexpensive and so much more convenient. BUT... if you need full-frame coverage from your lenses, and don't want to pay $2800 for a Canon 5D, then you can get that with an EOS-3 (or, in fact, ANY Canon film SLR). If you want 45 autofocus points or eye-controlled focus, then you can get that on the EOS-3. If you want a fairly solid, professional-style camera body for less money than it costs in DSLR-land, then you can get that on the EOS-3.

DSLRs are largely replacing film SLRs, yet film does still have some special qualities that make it enjoyable. If you want to work with 35mm film (or, at least don't mind it), then the EOS-3 is one of the best cameras you can get.

Be sure to buy a high-quality lens to go along with it, like the 50mm/1.4 prime lens or the 24-70/2.8 zoom lens.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ocular/Orbital Surgeon VINE VOICE on July 26, 2008
I doubt that digital cameras will replace film. Now is the time to buy used SLRs and this is a great one. The body is sturdy and well built and just fits well in your hand. The buttons and digital screen work well, but pushing buttons in combination etc is a little annoying to me. I personally am partial to the knobs on the some of the older canon SLRs. The metering works well as does the autofocus although my experience has been that the autofocus on my older Canon Elan IIe is a little bit faster and just as accurate, perhaps because of the infrared autofocus assist light. Also, the electronic automatic focus point selection seems to work better on my older Elan IIe than on this camera, but the Eos 3 has a lot more focus points and I almost always wear glasses which makes it more difficult for the computer.

For those not familiar with the Canon selection wheels on the back of the camera and on the right front, it is a wonderful design and has been continued on this camera. My only gripe is that I really dont like the little compartment that you have to open up on the right side of the body in order to access certain controls. A minor issue though. I highly recommend this camera, and along with it, get yourself the cheap Canon 50mm prime lens and you will be off taking great pictures in no time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Siegfried on February 18, 2012
Film cameras have largely been left in the dust now that the quality of digital imaging has surpassed 35mm film. My once thriving photography activities fell dormant in the 1908s and '90s. In 2008 I purchased a Canon T2i and a Canon 5D Mark II and a number of EF lenses, such as the 50mm f/1.4, 100mm f/2.8 macro, and 70-200mm f/4 zoom and got back into it big time. I thought it would be an interesting experiment to pick up this EOS-3 full-frame Canon film camera from the latter day product line to see how it performed with my new EF lens aquisitions. My original plan was to keep the T2i as my primary camera, resell the 5D Mark II and keep the EOS-3 for those times when I might want to take advantage of the full-frame lenses. I was able to pick one up in mint condition online at auction for the ridiculously low price of $135.

The Canon EOS-3 is the last in the line of "advanced amateur" 35mm film cameras. It was introduced in November 1998 and was still made as recently as 2007. The only Canon film camera still manufactured after 2007 was the professional EOS-1v model; as of this writing in early 2012 you can still buy it new at places like B&H or Adorama. The EOS-3 has most of the features of the EOS-1v, like 1/8000 second shutter speed, 45-point Area AF, 21-zone metering, and the most advanced focusing system ever developed, the high speed eye-control and high-speed focus tracking system. It's just not as fast as the 10 frames/second of the 1v, but that is inconsequential to me and probably to any sports shooter who needs that speed as they have moved to digital.

As soon as you pick up this camera and look through the viewfinder, you know that you are holding an amazing piece of equipment in your hands.
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