The EOS 3 SLR camera takes EOS speed and performance one step further and also includes the world's first area auto focus system. A good choice for both advanced amateurs and professionals.
CMOS AF sensor with wide-area 45-point AF
Maximum continuous shooting speed of 7 fps
E-TTL/A-TTL/TTL autoflash metering with speedlites
18 custom functions
The EOS 3 incorporates the world's first area AF system, a high precision focusing system, higher speed eye-control and improved high-speed focus tracking
The advanced camera technology of the EOS 3 further improves on the speed and performance for which the EOS range is renowned.
45 focusing points
The EOS 3's ground-breaking area AF system uses 45 focusing points for accurate subject capture. The seven focusing points at the centre are high precision cross type sensors for f2.8 lenses, or faster, while the other 38 are sensitive to horizontal lines at f/5.6. Even with an f/4 or faster lens, the centre focusing point works as a cross type focusing sensor, greatly enhancing the prospect of capturing the desired subject. Any one of the 45 focusing points can be easily selected using a button and dial operation with the selected point superimposed in red in the viewfinder. The seven metering methods the EOS 3 offers are compatible with the area AF system.
The new power drive booster allows seven frames per second shooting with both predictive AF and AI Servo AF. The EOS 3 built-in motor drive enables shooting up to 4.3fps with low noise.
Fast auto focus and eye control
A 32-bit microcomputer allows faster auto focusing and gives the user rapid and precise eye control operation through pupil edge detection. The viewfinder has also been improved by the addition of an eye-controlled indicator and a high-speed sync indicator. The result is greater control for the user.
The EOS 3 has seven metering methods compatible with the area AF system:
1 .21 zone evaluative metering linked to the focusing points
2. Partial metering at centre (8.5% of viewfinder screen)
3. Spot metering at centre (2.4% of viewfinder screen)
4. Spot metering linked to focusing point
5. Centreweighted and average metering
6. Preflash metering and off the film TTL
7. Multi spot metering is possible for up to 8 points
The EOS 3 features a advanced rotary magnet-controlled ultra-fast shutter for speed ranges of 30sec to 1/8000 sec. Shutter speeds are electronically regulated for the greatest possible accuracy.
With similar operation to that of the EOS 1N, the EOS 3 contains an illuminated LCD panel, displaying camera settings at a glance, including a remaining frame counter. Up to 18 preset functions can be preset for enhanced flexibility.
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eeyore Knight Grand Cross of the Wild Empire
Registered: February 2006 Location: i'm right here Posts: 11139
Review Date: Sun 8, October, 2006
Would you recommend it? Yes |
Total Spent: £300.00| Rating: 10
Very fast auto focus, build quality
I bought my EOS3 second hand for a RIB trip to grassholm off the welsh coast where I did not want to take my expenisve DSLR (a previous trip having killed my 10D)
It is an amazing bit of kit to use, especially its tracking auto focus which is so much faster than even the pro level DSLRs. I would say that it is well worth its second hand price (circa 300 notes) and if I was in the market for a new Film SLR then its £700 price tag would not put me off
Its build quality also stood up to the flying salt spray and it survived the gannet trip unscathed and remains my hazardous environment camera of choice.
The only downside if you can call it that is that it eats film - you can rip off a roll on one diving bird , which I did (25 rolls of provia 400f to be precise ).
A brilliant piece of kit that I would highly recomend - I just wish it was digital
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