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Canon EOS Elan 7 35mm SLR Camera (Body Only)
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- Fixed new laser-matte screen with 7 focusing points
- High-speed or silent rewind modes
- 7-Point wide-area autofocus
- 35-Zone evaluative metering system
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|Film Format Type||35mm|
|Package Height||6.1 x 6.3 x 6.6 inches|
|Shipping Weight||1.55 pounds|
The EOS 33 is a very nice camera and it feels very much like a Pro camera. Very quick and quiet shutter and well built with lots of features. Anyone who is used to using cameras like EOS 300, 500, 3000 etc, this is the next step up and you will notice the difference. The Canon EOS 33 / Elan 7 is a ruggedly constructed SLR film camera with an alumite coating on its body for a tough exterior. This Canon 35 mm film camera weighing 575 g (20.3 oz) with dimensions of 14.7 cm wide by 10.3 cm high by 6.9 cm deep (5.8 inches by 4.1 inches by 2.7 inches) has easy-to-operate controls and user-friendly features. Canon EF (Electro-Focus) lenses may be mounted on this SLR film camera using the bayonet-style EF mount. Autofocusing is done using an electric motor built into the lens that works using seven powerful CMOS sensors and the matrix metering system with 35 sensors. The Canon EOS 33 / Elan 7 has a pentaprism viewfinder that gives 90 percent vertical coverage and 92 percent horizontal coverage of the image. The vertical-travel shutter has curtains operated using a dedicated electromagnetic release mechanism and electronically-controlled shutter speeds ensure timely action for high-quality photographs. Shutter speeds range between 1/4000 s and 30 s increasing in half-stops and the Canon 35 mm film camera also has the bulb B settings. Four focus modes, three light metering modes, flash metering, multiple exposures with up to nine preset exposures, ten exposure modes, and built-in retractable TTL flash are highlights of this Canon 35 mm film camera.
The Canon Elan 7 uses seven focusing points, arranged in a wide cross pattern with a central "cross-type" sensor. The wider-than-usual area gives the photographer the ability to achieve a remarkably sharp, focused image instantly. This function works whether the subject is off-center, stationary, in motion, in low light, or even in low-contrast situations. The shot will still come out sharp and crisp, and without the need to recompose the shot. By using the focusing-point selection keys, the user is able to select any of the seven focus points simply by pressing a key. Representing a bold innovation in speed and usability, this feature gives an additional amount of image control back to the photographer.
A highly advanced metering system, comprised of 35-zone evaluative metering sensors, is linked to the seven focusing points. Whether shooting indoors or outside, day or night, a seamless integration of exposure and focus ensures remarkable clarity and contrast in any image. This system gives the photographer accurate control over situations that combine light and shadow or that feature strong backlight. When metering subjects against very dark or very bright backgrounds, partial-area metering measures 10 percent of the viewfinder around the chosen focusing point. This provides accurate image results when dealing with shadows or highlights. The photographer can also use the Elan 7's center-weighed metering function. This mode places greater emphasis on what it reads as the center of the frame by measuring the entire scene. No matter which function the photographer chooses, precision metering is guaranteed--whether the camera is in a vertical or horizontal position.
Giving the photographer even more creative control is the command dial. This allows manual-control light, speed, aperture, and depth of field. Shutter priority lets the photographer choose the shutter speed, while the Elan 7 automatically selects the correct aperture. This function is especially useful when capturing action shots. With aperture priority, the photographer picks the aperture setting while the camera chooses the correct shutter speed. This is helpful when control over the depth of field is essential. It's even possible to check the depth of field using the preview button.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Why bother with a film camera when digital is so much easier?
For one thing, all Canon EF lenses fit on this camera body. And it's full frame, unlike the crop sensor in your consumer Canon camera body. So your wide-angle lenses get wider shots. It's an affordable way to get your hands on a full-frame camera, which costs about 20 times more for the digital version.
Canon's Speedlite flashes also work on this body. If you like burst mode, the Elan 7 shoots at a decent 4 frames per second, which is faster than some DSLRs. You also get that very nice film-grain color quality to your photos.
But the main reason to buy this camera body is that shooting film adds a dynamic that really makes you think before you click that shutter button. You're paying money for each shot in film and developing costs, so you're thinking a lot more about the composition of the scene, the lighting and all the other ingredients that make a good picture. It makes you a better photographer.
The blessing and the curse of a film camera is you can't immediately check your shots -- you have to wait until the film is developed. But it's a treat when the waiting is over and you finally get to see your prints.
1. The fastest shutter speed is 1/4000th of a second. On a sunny day, even with a ISO 100 film, I tend to overexpose my frames when shooting wide open with the 50L. Wish I could kill another stop of light with a faster shutter speed
2. The focus screen cannot be swapped out. I use a Eg-S screen on my 5DII which is bright and clean and wish I could do something similar on the Elan
Minor quibbles but for a camera that was introduced back in 1999-2000 area, Elan 7 works remarkably well. When I developed and scanned my first roll of film (Delta 100 Professional), my jaw dropped. Very happy with the purchase.