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Canon EOS Elan 7...

Tue Dec 31, 2002 3:29 am

I'm looking to get a new camera very soon, and I'm leaning toward the Canon EOS Elan 7. Those of you Canon fans out there and those of you who own one or have owned one, would you recommend it? Is it reliable, any problems, service issues, etc.? Almost all of the customer reviews on were really positive. One thing I like about it is that it has an aluminum body, where cameras like the Nikon N65, N80 have plastic ones. I'm thinking of getting it with the 28-105 USM lense. I can always add other lenses later. Also, for those of you that have this feature, is it worth the extra $$ for the Eye Control feature?

Michael Licko
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RE: Canon EOS Elan 7...

Tue Dec 31, 2002 6:28 am


I Australia we have the EOS 30, which is the identical camera to the ELAN 7 overseas. Personally i think it is a great buy. Relatively cheap camera for excellent results!.

I have never onced used the eye control focus and cant really see myself doing so. With aviation photography it certainly wouldnt be that good. It seems to be very touchy.

Good luck with the camera purchase though, and i recommend the ELAN 7.

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RE: Canon EOS Elan 7...

Tue Dec 31, 2002 6:40 am

I have the Elan 7e with the eye control, I have never used this feature just is one of those things to use as a selling point not very useful IMHO. I love the camera however. If you look in my profile you can see some pics I have taken with it also search for some of Wietse de Graaf's stuff he has quite a bit more than me. I use Provia 100F. It is a great camera for the price, however if I could start over again I would have waited and saved my money and bought a digital. By the time you by the camera then a slide scanner plus a bunch more other things you have spent enough money to buy a good digital. Obviously there are other things involved but I use mine mostly for aviation photography and for that I think the digital would have been the better choice. Hope this helps.

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RE: Canon EOS Elan 7...

Tue Dec 31, 2002 9:11 am

Hi Michael,

I have the EOS 30 with eye control (without eye control it is the EOS 33).
I do not use the eye control for aircraft - I use the center focusing point. The eye control is great for stuff like wildlife (you must take the time to calibrate it properly) where you want a specific focus, i.e. the subject's eyes.

I considered digital - £2,200 D60 against £400 EOS30, and £680 for a Canon 4000 DPI film scanner. I worked out to break even with camera plus scanner, I would need to shoot 2 rolls of slide film every week for 3 years.

Yes, I have limited my ability to get shots on (I used to use a Pro90 consumer digital and my scanning still leaves a lot to be desired), but nothing beats projecting slides onto a 5 foot screen in front of family and friends. Much better than crowding round a 17 inch monitor.

The D30 looked like the EOS30, but as a camera did not come close. The D60 is half way there, but the EOS 30 is still miles ahead in functionality.

The only thing I would change about this camera is the exposure compensation. It is in 1/2 stops. 1/3 would be so much better, given its tendancy to underexpose slightly. +1/2 is sometimes a tad too much.

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RE: Canon EOS Elan 7...

Wed Jan 01, 2003 12:14 am

I have it and agree with what others said.

Eye control is not very useful. Most of the time my desired focus point doesn't fall on any of the 7 locations supplied but the camera. I focus with the center point, lock AF, then recompose.

Its evaluative meter underexposes. +1/2 compensation usually does it for me.

AF is much much faster than the rebel.

The plate covering the AF selection buttons inside the wheel on the back of the camera fell off a couple days after I received the camera. I glued it back. It could be a defect in my camera only.

Other important features: Mirror lock-up, silent shutter, film leader out after rewind.

Very well built. I dropped it on concrete with 3 pounds of lens on it, it got scratched but not damaged.

Overall, I'm happy with it. Good luck!

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RE: Canon EOS Elan 7...

Thu Jan 02, 2003 4:09 pm

I have the EOS 7E. I have never really used the eye control. I regret getting the camera. With camera, lenses, and scanner the price came out the same as if I bought a Sony 707 with the b300. I would much rather of purchased the 707. All in all its just not worth it.

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RE: Canon EOS Elan 7...

Fri Jan 03, 2003 8:48 pm

Count me in as another happy Elan 7 / EOS 33 user!

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RE: Canon EOS Elan 7...

Sat Jan 04, 2003 3:04 am

Well, I ordered the camera (without the eye control), with a Canon 28~105 zoom lense on Monday. Hopefully it will be delivered today. I'm looking forward to trying it out! Thanks for all the input.

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