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This is a basic feature listing for the Canon EOS 50 / Elan II.

Canon EOS 50 / Elan II:

A popular amateur camera, this product was the version of the Elan IIE/EOS 50E that did not support eye-control focus (ECF) - hence the missing E from the name. It was never marketed in Japan. Though not a pro model, it was nonetheless quite functional, with a solid plastic body.

For some reason it was sold with a "retro" colour scheme in most markets - black body with a silver top. Strengths include film transport and metering controls easily operated in the dark by feel (two levers) and a patterned red AF assist light for low-light autofocus. This camera was also the first to support Canon’s new E-TTL flash metering system. Weaknesses - only 3 focus points, 6 metering zones, no wireless E-TTL flash ratios.

  Canon EOS 50 / Elan II
Camera medium type 35mm film
European/Australasian name EOS 50
North American name EOS Elan II
Japanese name n/a
Asian name EOS 50
Date introduced September 1995
Date discontinued
Marketing position when introduced Advanced amateur
Physical body Canon EOS 50 / Elan II
Body type and material Plastic with aluminium top
Body build quality Reasonable, though a plastic-feeling body
Body colour Black with silver top; some versions of the European EOS 50 may have been sold as all-black
Lens mount type Canon EF
Lens mount material Stainless steel
Dimensions (width, height, depth) 153 x 105 x 71mm
Relative size Medium sized. People with large hands may want to add the battery pack.
Weight 595g without batteries
Weatherproofing None
Flash weatherproofing with supported flash units
Exposure settings Canon EOS 50 / Elan II
Basic (icon) modes Full auto, portrait, landscape, macro, sports
Program AE (P), aperture priority (Av), shutter speed priority (Tv), and manual (M) modes P, Av, Tv, M, DEP
Metering types Evaluative, partial, centre-weighted averaging
iFCL: Dual layer (red/green and green/blue) metering sensor
Manual selection of metering types Yes
Evaluative metering zones 6
Partial metering size 9.5%
Spot metering size n/a
Multi-spot metering No
Manual exposure metering Yes
Manual exposure metering display Simulated matchneedle
Metering (not autofocus) range at 20°C, ISO 100 EV 1-20
Shiftable DEP mode Yes
Exposure setting increments 1/2 stop
Exposure compensation increments 1/2 stop
Auto-exposure (AE) lock Yes
Single-shot AE/AF lock retention (keep shutter release halfway)
Multiple exposures Yes; up to 9 exposures
Auto exposure bracketing (AEB) +/- 2 EV (in 1/2 stop increments)
Tv/Av safety shift to reduce overexposure
ISO safety shift
Camera shake warning
Stop-down metering for manual-only lenses Yes
ISO (film speed/sensor sensitivity) Canon EOS 50 / Elan II
Manual ISO range ISO 6-6400
DX-encoded ISO range (film only) ISO 25-5000
Automatic ISO selection in icon modes (digital only)
Always displays ISO setting in viewfinder
Dedicated ISO button
Displays ISO setting in viewfinder when ISO button pressed
Digital image processing Canon EOS 50 / Elan II
Highlight tone priority (D+)
Auto lighting optimizer
High ISO speed noise reduction
Peripheral illumination correction
Peripheral illumination correction database
Ambience effect
Creative filters
Focus Canon EOS 50 / Elan II
Autofocus points 3
Additional “invisible” AF points No
Cross sensors 1
Autofocus modes One-shot AF, AI servo AF, AI focus AF, manual focus
Autofocus point expansion (verifies surrounding points if AF cannot be achieved)
Zone autofocus (enables multiple points as a cluster)
Spot (reduced area of points) autofocus
Manual selection of AF modes Yes
AF limit of linear sensors 5.6
High precision limit of cross sensor(s)
Focus point illumination Yes, illuminated rectangles
Autofocus speed Medium
Eye control focus (ECF) No
Autofocus beep confirmation
AE lock button can lock focus separately (sometimes known as CF 4) Yes
Dedicated rear-panel autofocus start (AF-ON) button
Low-light autofocus abilities (AF working range) at 20°C, ISO 100 EV 0-18
Manual autofocus micro-adjustment
IS (image stabilization) compatible Yes
Teleconverter (TC) compatible Yes
Tilt-shift (TS-E) lens compatible
EF-25 (25mm extension tube) compatible Yes
Autofocus Assist Canon EOS 50 / Elan II
Body integral patterned red autofocus assist light Yes
Incandescent white AF assist light No
Pulses built-in flash annoyingly to serve as AF assist light No
Can use external Speedlite AF assist Yes
Can disable internal AF assist Yes
Can disable Speedlite AF assist Yes
Can disable internal and Speedlite AF assists independently No
Flash support Canon EOS 50 / Elan II
Maximum flash sync shutter speed (X-sync) 1/125 sec
Type A or Type B camera body Type A camera (E-TTL flash metering)
TTL flash metering Yes
TTL flash metering zones 3
A-TTL flash metering Yes
E-TTL flash metering Yes
E-TTL II flash metering No
FP (high speed sync) mode Yes
Built-in flash unit Yes
    Guide number of built-in flash (metres, ISO 100) 13
    Maximum coverage of built-in flash 28mm
    Built-in flash can auto pop-up Yes
    Built-in flash can auto lower No
    Built-in flash has zoomable flash head No
    Built-in flash zoom detents
    Tall built-in flash No
    Manual output control of built-in flash
    MULTI (stroboscopic) mode for built-in flash
Wireless E-TTL Yes
    Built-in flash can serve as wireless E-TTL controller
    Supports wireless E-TTL group C when using built-in flash as master
    Wireless E-TTL ratios No
Flash exposure compensation (FEC) for internal flash Yes
FEC for external flash Yes
FEC scale in viewfinder No
Flash exposure lock (FEL) button No
FEL icon in viewfinder
Supports Speedlite modelling light No
Flash exposure bracketing (FEB) No
Can communicate digital subframe size to flash unit
Menu control over external Speedlites (with compatible flash units)
Can control flash unit custom functions (with compatible flash units)
Auto fill-flash can be disabled No
Flash hotshoe painted or bare metal
PC (studio flash) socket built in No
Supports high voltage (maximum 250 volts; not 6) studio flash No
Supports second-curtain sync Yes
Second-curtain sync custom function Yes
Redeye reduction lamp Yes
Viewfinder Canon EOS 50 / Elan II
Viewfinder quality Mediocre
Eye level pentaprism/pentamirror Pentaprism
Viewfinder coverage of frame 90% vertical and 92% horizontal
Viewfinder magnification (-1.0 dioptre w/ 50mm lens at infinity) 0.71x
Built-in dioptric adjustment Not adjustable
Eyepoint 19mm
Eyepiece shutter No
Viewfinder display information Focus points, shutter speed, aperture, FEL, DEP, AE/FE lock, AE exposure compensation, flash exposure compensation amount, manual exposure level, AEB range, red-eye reduction, flash-ready, FE lock warning, high-speed sync, eye control, flash exposure compensation icon, in-focus indicator.
Default viewfinder focus screens n/a
Viewfinder proximity sensor (turns off LCD when using viewfinder)
FEC scale on side of image in viewfinder No
On-demand grid in optical viewfinder
Interchangeable viewfinder focus screens Not user replaceable
Depth of field preview Tied to partial metering button
Shutter and mirror Canon EOS 50 / Elan II
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Bulb mode Yes
Camera maximum aperture range (available aperture range is lens dependent) 1-91
Shutter release lag time
Shutter life expectancy
Mirror blackout time approx 185ms
Fixed pellicle mirror No
Active mirror control No
Rotary magnet (low power) shutter No
Mirror lockup No
Mirror prefire (sort of lockup) Yes
Self-timer Yes; 2 (with IR remote) or 10 sec
Continuous (multiple shot) self-timer
Built-in intervalometer (interval timer) No
Intervalometer through external computer interface No
Film motor drive Canon EOS 50 / Elan II
Motor drive speed (frames per second) 2.5 fps
Framerate with booster n/a
Motor drive sound Quiet
Supports mid-roll rewind Yes
Custom function to leave the leader out on rewind Yes
Film winding type - standard or prewind Standard
Other film-related features Canon EOS 50 / Elan II
Interchangeable backs Not interchangeable
Date-printing back QD versions only
Fake panorama masking No
Optional leader-out rewind Yes
Barcode reader for loading shooting modes No
Computer interface for recording shooting data No
Data printing on film leader (frame zero) No
Compatible with high-speed infrared film No
Body and controls Canon EOS 50 / Elan II
Rear (quick control) dial Yes
Customizable function (C) mode dial setting No
Lockable top-deck mode dial (press to turn)
Rear cursor buttons No
Multi-controller joystick No
Multi-controller built into rear dial
M.Fn button by shutter release button
Film transport and metering controls operable by feel (lever position) Yes
Power-on time
Batteries One 2CR5 lithium
Battery charger
AC adapter
Official shooting capacity per charge
Battery increments in LCD
Backup battery (for date/time, etc)
Battery door
Wired remote socket E3 type (2.5mm stereo minijack)
Compatible wired remotes Canon Remote Switch RS-60E3 and many E3 (2.5mm minijack) third-party remotes
Compatible with RC-1, RC-5 wireless remotes Yes
Tripod socket aligned to centre line of lens mount
Tripod socket material
Backlit topdeck standard LCD No
Standard LCD size and position Right side of top deck
Secondary LCD
Standard top-deck mode dial Left side of top deck
Handgrip Optional BP-50 battery pack grip
Optional case Semi-hard case EH9-L
Custom functions See footnote at the end of this document for full custom function list for this camera.
Personal functions
  Canon EOS 50 / Elan II

Custom functions for the Canon EOS 50 / Elan II:

1) Film rewind - silent or high-speed.
2) Film leader: rewind leader into cartridge or leave film leader out.
3) Film speed: set by DX code or set manually.
4) AE lock operation and AF activation: AF operation with shutter button and AE lock with AE lock button, AF with AE lock and AE lock with shutter release, AF with shutter button and depth-of-field preview with AE lock button.
5) Mirror lock-up and self-timer: normal or press shutter release for 2 second mirror prefire.
6) Flash sync: first curtain or second curtain
7) AF-assist beam: enabled or disabled.
8) Partial metering and FE lock link to focus points: link to centre point only or link to active point
9) Shutter speed setting: automatic or to top sync speed of 1/125 sec.
10) Focus point flashing: enabled or disabled

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Product names

A note about names. The reason certain camera bodies may have multiple names is because Canon often use different model names for different regional markets. This usually applies only to consumer and some midrange products, and mainly to the USA and Japan. Whereas the international name is usually just a number or number/letter combination, the USA name will often be some cool or tough-sounding name such as “Rebel”. Canon Japan, on the other hand, typically use cute marketing names such as “Kiss” for their consumer products. Under certain rare circumstances there may be actual differences between the differently named products. For example, Japanese versions of the product may support wireless remotes whereas other versions may not.

In addition, note that date-back equipped versions of many film bodies are and were available, often with QD (quartz date) or DATE added to their product names. Japanese versions of consumer and midrange film cameras, however, almost always have date printing as a standard feature.

I generally organize the information by the European/Australasian name, since it’s usually a logical numeric system. Basically, the fewer the digits the more expensive the camera. Thus the 1000 cameras are consumer, the 100 cameras are advanced amateur, the 10, 5 and 3 cameras are semi-professional and the 1 cameras are professional. The terms “consumer” and “professional” aren’t judgement terms here - just Canon’s descriptions of the market segments to which the cameras are aimed.


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