Weight, the rather lack of it
Large information display
Maximum shutter speed
From RM 200
Why have I bought yet another midrange film camera from Canon? Well, it’s simply the weight or rather lack of it. The EOS 3 is great in many ways but I’ve always wished it was lighter. Thus, I travel with the 500N when it comes to shooting 35mm film.
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Like its predecessor, it’s mostly made of plastic and only got a maximum shutter speed of 2000th of a second. That's about it for similarities as the 300V twice as many focus points, a more sophisticated metering system, steel lens mount, a larger LCD that lights up yet tipping the scales at a mere 365 grams.
If you're used to Canon’s EOS series, controls on their film counterpart is identical. It’s as easy as jumping into a car with an automatic transmission and drive. It may sound too automated where the photographing process is diluted but if you are like me, lacking years of experience in focus by hand, it will be a pain to shoot with Leica Ms. More so when it comes to film photography. I'd suggest to rely on a trustworthy autofocus system that could still sometimes be a hit or miss and pay more attention on composition.
The 300V is good camera as film has reached its maturity in the 2000s before transitioning to digital. This camera came with box and papers, I just know it will be of choice more often than the 3.