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|| News Item: Posted 1998-09-21

EOS3 Causes Stir
By Robert Deutsch, USA Today

Nothing recently has caused as much talk and internet traffic on the topic of professional cameras as the announcement last week by Canon of their new EOS3.

While the camera is not slated to be delivered until December, it hasn't slowed the questions about what it is, whether it is a replacement for the popular EOS1n and how it'll hold up to Nikon's new F5.

I have complied some information from Canon's Chuck Westfall and also information from a colleague who has seen the new camera:

The EOS-3 is equal to the EOS-1N in terms of weather resistance and durability. The EOS-3 body is based on the EOS-1N, and both cameras incorporate extensive sealing for the cover plates and rubber gaskets for all buttons and dials. All electrical contacts between body and grip are bipolar and gold-plated. The lens mount is made from stainless steel and the inner camera body uses an all-metal alloy construction from mirror box to film guide rails. The overall camera is highly shock-resistant and well-protected against electromagnetic interference. The EOS-1 and EOS-1N have established an outstanding reputation in terms of reliable operation and we expect the EOS-3 to match or exceed that level of performance.

The shutter mechanisms of both EOS-1N and EOS-3 have been tested to100,000 cycles, a specification that meets Canon's standard for professional cameras. The EOS-3's rotary magnet shutter uses new technology that eliminates sticking problems caused by dust and grit, thus improving reliability even further.

The EOS-3's specifications are equal or better than the EOS-1N in all but the following areas:
Feature EOS-1N EOS-3
Maximum X-sync speed 1/250 1/200
Viewfinder coverage 100% 97%
Built-in variable diopter eyepiece Yes No (slip-on diopters)
Built-in eyepiece shutter Yes No

We expect that many of our professional customers will prefer the EOS-3 to the EOS-1N, but both cameras will remain in our 35mm AF SLR lineup along with the EOS A2/A2E, Elan II/IIe, and Rebel G.

Chuck Westfall
Manager/Technical Information Dept.
Camera Division/Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Chuck Westfall showed up at the U.S. Open with the EOS3. Interesting. It feels almost like an EOS1 (metal body), 7 frames, eye-tracking thing, etc., etc., etc. He says it is at least equal to the EOS1 in everything except: 97% frame coverage, not 100%; 200th sec. flash synch, no adjust diopter (drop in only) and maybe a few other unimportant things. But he says the shutter is BETTER than the EOS1, 7 fps, cool auto focus that "remains to be seen" whether it can do anything for us, good price though.

The 550 flash is great! It's just like the 540EZ but will work on the digital cameras. Also has some very cool IF remote synch modes, you can do some fancy off camera remote firing with a few of these, very controllable. I would think it is a natural for news shooters wanting a very portable lighting kit.

The most important things for us are the flash and the remote cord. I saw an adapter that I would recommend over the RS80-N3 remote switch. We all have stuff wired already for the film cameras and DCS3, so they have a "RA-N3 remote switch adapter" a short patch that converts the older "T3" type plug to the new N3. The N3 is a quick release plug and it's right angled. So we just screw in the older plug to this patch, then plug that into the camera. It looks solid and the reason they changed is the new N3 plug is push-in, pull out (maybe with a small twist), so you don't have to screw in the connector (that was always a pain).

Robert Deutsch
Staff Photographer

EDITOR'S NOTE: My information also has the EOS3 backward compatible with the EOS1 power booster, however, it will not achieve the 7 fps firing rate. Also it will be necessary to use the nicad batteries for the PB-E2 booster to achieve 7 fps. The PB-E2 is not compatible with the EOS1. Intelligence has also has it that the 45 zone eye-tracking sensors are clustered in the center of the viewfinder and do not extend to the edges. This source also expects the EOS3 to street price around $300.00 less than the EOS1n. A great Canon site to check out more info on the EOS3 is a new magazine devoted to the EOS camera system.

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