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This is a basic feature listing for the Canon EOS 50E / Elan IIE / EOS 55.
Canon EOS 50E / Elan IIE / EOS 55:
A popular amateur camera, the EOS 50 or Elan II carried a decent range of features at a reasonable price. Though not a pro model, it was nonetheless quite functional, with a solid plastic body. All Japanese models had eye-control focus (ECF), but outside Japan two versions of this camera were sold - one with ECF and one without. (the non-ECF version did not have E in its name)
For some reason it was sold with a "retro" colour scheme in most markets - black body with a silver top. The Japanese EOS 55 also had a silly fake panorama feature which would simply mask off the top and bottom of the photograph. 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 Canons new E-TTL flash metering system. Weaknesses - only 3 focus points, 6 metering zones, no wireless E-TTL flash ratios.
Canon EOS 50E / Elan IIE / EOS 55 Camera medium type 35mm film European/Australasian name EOS 50E North American name EOS Elan IIE Japanese name EOS 55 Asian name EOS 50E Date introduced September 1995 Date discontinued Marketing position when introduced Advanced amateur Physical body Canon EOS 50E / Elan IIE / EOS 55 Body type and material Plastic with aluminium top Body build quality Reasonable, though a plastic-feeling body Body colour Black with silver top; all-black version available as the EOS 55 in Japan and some versions of the European EOS 50 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 50E / Elan IIE / EOS 55 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 DEP or A-DEP DEP 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 ISO (film speed/sensor sensitivity) Canon EOS 50E / Elan IIE / EOS 55 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 50E / Elan IIE / EOS 55 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 50E / Elan IIE / EOS 55 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) Medium-fast. Works in both portrait and landscape configurations 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 50E / Elan IIE / EOS 55 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 50E / Elan IIE / EOS 55 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 50E / Elan IIE / EOS 55 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 or eye control Shutter and mirror Canon EOS 50E / Elan IIE / EOS 55 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 50E / Elan IIE / EOS 55 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 50E / Elan IIE / EOS 55 Interchangeable backs Not interchangeable Date-printing back QD versions and EOS 55 models only Fake panorama masking On Japanese EOS 55 model only 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 50E / Elan IIE / EOS 55 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 50E / Elan IIE / EOS 55
Custom functions for the Canon EOS 50E / Elan IIE / EOS 55:
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
11) Eye-controlled depth-of-field preview: enabled or disabled
Canon EOS 50E / Elan IIE / EOS 55
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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 its 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 arent judgement terms here - just Canons descriptions of the market segments to which the cameras are aimed.
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