|Eleven years after launching the worlds most successful range of SLR cameras, Canon has advanced camera technology a step further with the launch of the EOS-3 - a camera that further improves the speed and performance for which the EOS range is renowned. The EOS-3 incorporates the worlds first area AF system, a high precision focusing system, higher speed eye-control and improved high-speed focus tracking. Such technology combined with many of the features of the EOS- 1N and, of course compatibility with the extensive range of over 50 EF lenses and accessories, make the EOS 3 the perfect choice for advanced amateurs and professionals alike. The EOS 3 design is based on that of the EOS 1N - sturdy with easily accessible controls for quick and easy execution of camera operations. A range of accessories developed specifically for the EOS 3, including a new Speedlite flash, is being launched at the same time.|
|Model||EOS-3 Body Only|
|Lens Mount||Canon EF|
|Focal Length||38 mm - 80 mm|
|Battery Type||Lithium Battery|
|Number of Focusing Points||45|
|Minimum Focus Distance||2 ft.|
|Shutter Speed||30 to 1/8000 sec|
|Maximum Flash Sync Speed||1/200 sec|
|ISO Range - Automatic Setting||ISO 25 - 5000|
|ISO Range - Manual Setting||ISO 6 - 6400|
|Frames per Second||4.3 fps|
|Manual Shooting Modes||Aperture Priority, Fully Manual, Program Shift, Shutter Priority|
|Light Metering Modes||Center Weighted, Evaluative Metering, Spot Weighted|
|Red Eye Reduction||With Red Eye Reduction|
|Film Auto Transport||Loading, Rewind, Transport|
|Eye Relief||20 mm|
|Viewfinder Frame Coverage||97%|
|Additional Features||Auto Exposure, Bulb Shutter Speed, Focus Lock, Interchangeable Lenses, Self Timer, Zoom Lens|
Average review score based on 29 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
The EOS 3 is a professional spec camera.
Bought the EOS 3 9 years ago from new with BP-E2 motorwinder. This the best camera Canon have ever made and probably the best 35mm camera in world and I love it with all my heart and soul.
Its always gives me the type of professional spec photos I only dreamed of in the past.
It has all tools you'll ever need including 4 different metering modes + multi spot metering to name a few things. It can use all L series lenses, Eye control focus and has 45 AF points.
More AF points = more it can see.
I've used the EOS 3 in a monsoon, it was covered in rain water but it still worked and never let me down.
With BP-E2 motorwinder attached the EOS 3 can take up to 7 photos per second.
Most digital SLRs are not full frame, the 35mm film is full frame.
Even the new state of the art £7500 Canon EOS 1DS IV only has 16 mega pixel sensor which isn't full frame, The best 35mm film is full frame and the best 35mm film = 88 mega pixels.
No digital SLR has 88 mega pixels so 35mm film is still better than digital SLRs, 35mm film is superior to digital SLRs.
The EOS 3 can do things which even the newest most expensive digital SLRs including the Canon EOS 1DS IV can only dream of doing such as taking 7 photos per second in full frame format with a BP-E2 motorwinder.
In terms of picture quality for both landscapes and action photos NO digital SLR can ever match or beat quality of photos the EOS 3 and 35mm film can take.
Takes the best photos in the world, better than ANY digital SLR.
Build quality is excellent, the camera is built like a tank.
Its 100% reliable.
Weight and feel of camera is of very high quality, you know you can trust the camera.
Control layout is excellent.
45 AF points means EOS 3 can see and lock on to things which other cameras with less AF points fail to see and lock on to.
Auto focusing is perfect every single time.
Has many different metering modes.
Can use professional flash guns for special strobe light type effects.
Can use professional lenses and professional spec 35mm film.
EOS 3 can be used as a fully automatic point and shoot camera, as well as fully professional camera.
Using 35mm film on the EOS 3 means you will always get the BEST qaulity photos as nothing not even digital SLRs can better 35mm film.
BP-E2 motorwinder can use normal AA batteries (as used in calculators, torches etc), so you don't need to carry around a special expensive camera battery. You can buy AA batteries from any one, any where in the world.
These are just a few of the many excellent things the EOS 3 has.
Canon stopped making the EOS 3 and roomers say 35mm film may be scrapped in 4-5 years time (I hope its not).
Most digital camera owners bad mouth 35mm film and take the mickey out of it as they think its old fashioned. But its not as 35mm film can still take better quality photos than ANY digital SLR ever made.
Camera magazines ignore 35mm film and concentrate on inferior digital SLRs.
Camera sellers ignore 35mm film SLRs and concentrate on inferior digital cameras.
I decide to brough this camera because I dont have money for full frame DSLR.
I can use my lenses which i also have anduse with my Canon 400D.
Camera is easy to use for user which have skills with any SLR or DSLR.
But this one have something special.
Eye control. With this function you can select point of autofocus only with your eye. I use it all the time. And really miss it on my DSLR.
other functions is also great. Like a 6 or 7 frames per second with boost motor or realy quick AF.
It is lovely with 15mm fisheye which i use with this camera a lot.
(And sorry for my english :-D )
I needed a professional film camera to complement my digital Canon. So it had to be an EOS camera. The two obvious choices are EOS 1V and EOS 3. They are very similar. In fact, the one significant difference is that EOS 3 has smaller viewfinder area, and 1V is more robust.
Finally I bought an old cheap (1998) EOS 3. One has to note that the build quality of this camera is very very high: it works like new even after 10 years! It is needless to say that it is a PERFECT camera with 45 autofocus zones and eye control. It has only few weak points:
* noisy shutter
* eye control did not work (unable to calibrate) with my prescription glasses (Ok with bare eye)
* No dedicated AF point selection joystick
Its strong points are:
* Lots of AF zones, easy to focus
* Very robust construction
* Very similar to EOS 1V, hard to tell the difference
I also got the PB-E2 battery pack and the Sigma 70-210 f/3.5-5.6 lens. The battery pack is quite useless: it is heavy and does not have any shutter button so it cannot be used as a hand grip. Better do NOT buy this one. There are much better choices like BP-E2 battery grip which has the button. The lens is also far from being perfect but it is cheap and very lightweight. I'll suggest this lens for use with cheaper DSLRs as a tele lens.
As a long time Canon camera user, I appreciate Canon's insightful camera designs and features. Through the years I've used Canon cameras almost exclusively. Any over the past 15 years I've used them exclusively.
The Canon EOS 3 is an eye controlled focus canon camera. I'v eenjoyed the eye controlled focus features on Canon cameras since my first one, the EOS A2E, which made me truly appreciate eye controlled focusing.
The EOS 3 is the most advanced eye controlled focus model ever made. I love using this camera.
I mostly appreciate Canon's incorporation of a feature that was last seen on Canon cameras in the T90 camera, multi-spot metering. This make this camera excellent.
I use this camera along with my digital EOS 40D. It's a shame the EOS 3 is no longer made.
It is one of the best Canon cameras ever made!
I got a steal on this camera on eBay and I have to say that the build quality is better than any of my digital cameras. I purchased it simply because I have a large investment in Canon lenses and I thought it might be interesting to go back to film, since my last 35mm film SLR was a 1973 Nikon F. Wow, film cameras have come a long way since then!
I am not going to use this review to go over all the features of the camera since others have done that but when you hold this camera in your hands and take some shots you get an amazing feel (and sound) of a professional quality work of engineering. The camera is rock-solid.
The best thing I like about it is a feature that has not made it onto ANY of the Canon digital cameras and that is the Eye Controlled Focus. You can set the camera to focus on what your eye looks at in the viewfinder!! It's not perfect but it works.
The only drawback is that as far as resolution and sharpness goes. digital has definitely surpassed film. I took some identical photos using the same lenses on my Rebel T2i and this camera, then did some high-resolution scans of the negatives, and the clarity of the digital images is significantly better. And of course there is the cost and hassle of developing film. Unfortunately I don't expect to use the EOS-3 as much as I would like due to being spoiled by digital SLRs, but boy this is one fine piece of craftsmanship.