ANALOGUE: Canon EOS 3

MONDAY OCTOBER 15, 2018

PRO

Modern day tech

Sound of shutter

Accurate metering

Build quality

CON

Weight

Some plastic bits

SPECIFICATION

35mm film

EF 35mm f/2 IS

3 or 7 fps

780 gram

±RM 1000

Having decided where I would fully immerse myself into film photography, I went ahead and purchase something I have always wanted in a camera. Focus by pupil, eye control. This still is one thing that gets me wondering why isn’t more of this Hogwarts magic not being put into modern cameras.

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Despite its birth in 1998, its stats continues to amaze today. 45-point autofocus, 8000th of a seconds shutter speed and 7 frames per second. Moving both the mirror and film 7 times in a second, is mad. In the hands, the EOS 3 feels as if it were an alternative made alongside the 5D lineage where the only difference is that it feeds on film. If you’re familiar with Canon’s DSLRs, there will be little to no confusion with the EOS 3. Plus it reads DX so if you are not from Canon’s ecosystem, put it into shutter or aperture priority and you too are good to go. 

Unlike 500N, the Canon 3 fires regardless of focus on subject. The other thing is its weight, 780 grams without the inclusion of battery. Have a lens on, you’re lugging over a kilogram and as hours go by, weight is bound to be felt. Those things don’t annoy me as much as the flap on the right where settings like date/time, double exposure and so on are done. While holding the camera with both hands, the proximal phalanges tend to catch it a little.

Today, the Eos 3 could be had for about 250 dollars, about a sixth of its original price and for that not much can be faulted given that it is a Canon 5D equivalent. No, it is not as pretty as an AE-1 but this will land you with ‘the shot’ more of the time. After my time with the 3, I can’t help but to have thoughts for dipping into medium format.

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