I know one of my primary reasons for choosing Canon as my first SLR was because it was the first camera brand I learned of when I was little and all of our cameras were from them ^^;. Besides a PnS, I also knew my dad has a SLR which I’ve seen from time to time when I was a kid (~15 years ago) but it’s only now that I’ve finally took a closer look at it.
So this is the Canon EOS Elan IIE, a FILM(!) SLR. Putting my XSi next to it and you can see the resemblances… it’s almost like father and son! Or ancestor of some sort at least. I googled to find out more about it, and apparently this camera came out like 15 years ago and was the first in a lot of things (namely electronics) but I won’t get into that.
From the way it looks, I’m sure this Elan IIe probably costed at least a grand. Despite my first time holding it, it only took me like a few minutes to familiarize myself with the controls; Canon kept the controls and dials fairly similar over the years it seems.
I have no idea when my dad bought this camera since it was something I thought that had “always been there”. Truth be told, I hated this camera back then because it was so stinkin’ heavy ^^;. Now I actually appreciate it a bit more but I’m too afraid to take photos with it… feels unsettling that I can’t just delete photos I don’t like and I would be wasting film if I just shot randomly ^^;.
Even though this lens came out 15+ years ago, it still works on my XSi! It’s a EF USM 28-105 mm zoom lens. Yay… I’ have a Suddenly Acquired Lens! xD
It’s around the same size as the 18-55 mm lens when retracted but it’s also a bit heavier due to the usm (motor inside). Also no image stabilization! (I don’t think IS existed back then…)
Haro wants to test out the lens… too bad its hands couldn’t reach…
Comparison Test shots with the “new” lens (Left). Fully retracted at 28 mm vs. XSi’s stock 18 mm. Please don’t look at the floor… really messy >_>. Both taken across the room at the same spot.
Maximum zoom at 105 mm vs. 85 mm. That extra distance would’ve been very helpful during Anime Expo…
So yea… pretty sweet lens… I don’t think I’ll be using it for my review photoshoots but it should come handy for outdoor events and the likes (if I ever decide to take my XSi outside again instead of my GF1…).
Have you ever used a film SLR or own one? How does it feel compared to a dSLR nowadays?