Feature list of some Canon EOS cameras from late 1990s

I got interested in Canon EOS cameras in mid-1990s. Very little information about these (or any other) cameras was available on the early internet of the time, so I compiled this table, as well as the associated descriptions. Much better information became later available elsewhere on the web, including the Canon camera museum website.

This list was was last updated in mid-1999 with the Canon EOS cameras which were "current" at that time. Few film cameras were introduced after that, since the digital era was beginning. Comprehensive reviews of Canon digital cameras can be found at several sites across he web.

Names
U.S. Name 5000 Rebel 2000 Elan
II
Elan
IIe
A2 A2e 3 1N
Non-US name 3000 300 50 50E 5 3 1N
Other names 88 55
Note: EOS 3000 or EOS 88 were not sold in the U.S.A.
Materials and Construction
5000 Rebel 2000 Elan
II
Elan
IIe
A2 A2e 3 1N
Body plastic plastic plastic plastic plastic plastic
Top of body plastic plastic metal plastic plastic plastic
Lens mount plastic plastic metal metal metal metal
Film rails plastic plastic plastic plastic ? metal
Ergonomics
5000 Rebel 2000 Elan
II
Elan
IIe
A2 A2e 3 1N
Command dial top left top left top left top left buttons buttons
Main Dial (next to shutter release) yes yes yes yes yes yes
Quick Control dial (rear) no no yes yes yes yes
Other Dials none none AF mode none off-on-beep off-on-beep
Levers none none film advance mode, metering pattern none none none
Eye Control no no no yes no yes yes no
Custom Functions none none 10 11 16 18 14
Film Advance
5000 Rebel 2000 Elan
II
Elan
IIe
A2 A2e 3 1N
Direction reverse reverse forward forward forward forward
Film sensor infrared infrared infrared infrared infrared mechanical
Can fog infrared film yes yes yes yes yes no
Single Frame yes yes yes yes yes yes
Continuous 1 fps 1.5 fps 2.4 fps 5 fps 7fps (with booster) 6fps (with booster)
Midroll rewind possible possible possible possible possible possible
Leader-out rewind no no available available available available
Winding noise average average quiet very quiet quiet quiet
Rewinding noise average average quiet very quiet quiet quiet
Multiple exposures possible possible possible possible possible possible
Autofocus
5000 Rebel 2000 Elan
II
Elan
IIe
A2 A2e 3 1N
Number of sensors 3 7 3 5 45 5
Sensor Alignment | + | -
|| + ||
-
| + | | | + | | oval | | + | |
Automatic sensor selection available available available available available available
Manual sensor selection Center only, via button Any of 7, via button Any of 3, via button, then dial Any of 5, via button, then dial Any of 45 or any of 11 (CF-selectable) Any of 5, via button, then dial OR rear dial
Eye-controlled sensor selection no no no yes* no yes* yes no
AF assist light white white (infra)red (infra)red none none
(*) In the EOS 5, eye control works only for horizontal (landscape) camera orientation. In the EOS 50, it works for both horizontal (landscape) and vertical (portrait).
Shutter
5000 Rebel 2000 Elan
II
Elan
IIe
A2 A2e 3 1N
Shutter speeds 30-1/2000(*), bulb 30-1/2000, bulb 30-1/4000, bulb 30-1/8000, bulb 30-1/8000,bulb 30-1/8000,bulb
Settable increment 1/2 stop 1/2 stop 1/2 stop 1/2 stop 1/3, 1/2 1/3, 1/2, 1
Max synch. speed 1/90 1/90 1/125 1/200 1/200 1/250
Light Metering
5000 Rebel 2000 Elan
II
Elan
IIe
A2 A2e 3 1N
Range in EV; f/1.4 at ISO 100 2-20 2-20 1-20 0-20 0-20 0-20
Range in EV; fine spot meter n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 3-20
Evaluative pattern 6-segment 35-segment 6-segment 16-segment 21-segment 16-segment
Partial/spot meter 9.5%; works with AE and AF lock 9.5%; works with AE and AF lock 9.5%; can be tied to focus point 3.5%; can be tied to focus point 8.5%; 2.4% can be tied to focus point; multi-spot 9.0%; 3.5% can be tied to focus point; 2.5% fine
Exposure compensation +/-2 steps +/-2 steps +/-2 steps +/-2 steps +/-3 steps +/-3 steps
Exp.comp. settable increments 0.5EV 0.5EV 0.5EV 0.5EV 0.3EV 0.3EV
Flash exposure compensation Only if available on the flash Only if available on the flash +/-2 step; 0.5EV increments +/-2 step; 0.5EV increments (all EOS flashes) +/- 3 step; 0.3EV increments (all EOS flashes) +/- 3 step; 0.3EV increments (all EOS flashes)
AE Lock yes yes yes yes yes yes
Auto Bracketing no yes yes yes yes yes
Exposure Modes
5000 Rebel 2000 Elan
II
Elan
IIe
A2 A2e 3 1N
Full Manual yes yes yes yes yes yes
Aperture Priority yes yes yes yes yes yes
Shutter Priority yes yes yes yes yes yes
Depth-of-field yes yes yes yes yes yes
Program yes yes yes yes yes yes
Green (full auto) yes yes yes yes no no
Portrait yes yes yes yes no no
Landscape yes yes yes yes no no
Sports yes yes yes yes no no
Closeup yes yes yes yes no no
Night Scene no yes no no no no
Viewfinder
5000 Rebel 2000 Elan
II
Elan
IIe
A2 A2e 3 1N
Pentaprism material Mirrors Mirrors Glass Glass Glass Glass
Interchangeable screens no no no 6 9 9
Horizontal Coverage 90% 90% 92% 92% 97% 100%
Vertical Coverage 90% 90% 90% 94% 97% 100%
Magnification 0.7x 0.7x 0.71x 0.73x 0,72x 0,72x
Exposure data yes yes yes yes yes yes
Exposure comp. scale yes yes yes yes yes yes
Flash charged indicator yes yes yes yes yes yes
AF in-focus indicator yes yes yes yes yes yes
Selected focus point indicator no yes yes yes yes yes
Remaining frame counter no no no no yes yes
Flash
5000 Rebel 2000 Elan
II
Elan
IIe
A2 A2e 3 1N
Guide Number (m) 12 12 13 13 (28mm)
15 (50mm)
17 (80mm)
n/a n/a
Guide Number (ft) 39 39 43 43 (28mm)
50 (50mm)
56 (80mm)
n/a n/a
Zoom no no no 28-80mm n/a n/a
Covered Focal Lengths 35mm 28mm 28mm as zoomed n/a n/a
TTL sensor 4-zone 3-pt 4-zone 3-pt 4-zone 3-pt 3-point 3-point 3-point
TTL yes yes yes yes yes yes
A-TTL yes yes yes yes yes yes
E-TTL no ? yes yes no yes no
2nd-curtain Sync no no yes yes yes yes
High-speed sync(*) no up to 1/2000 up to 1/4000 no yes no
(*) EX-series external flash is necessary for high-speed synchronization
Miscellaneous
5000 Rebel 2000 Elan
II
Elan
IIe
A2 A2e 3 1N
Depth-of-field Preview no yes yes yes yes yes
Mirror Lock no no pre-fire pre-fire yes yes
PC terminal (*) no no no yes yes yes
Remote control wired wired wired & wireless wired (T3) wired (N3) wired (T3)
Self-timer 10 sec 10 sec 2 or 10 sec 2 or 10 sec 2 or 10 sec 2 or 10 sec
Battery type 2 x CR123A 2 x CR2 2CR5 2CR5 2CR5 or 4 x AA in BP-E1 or 8 x AA in PB-E2 or Booster 2CR5 or 4 x AA in BP-E1
(*) PC terminal is for connecting external (studio) flash, not for a Personal Computer :-)
Dimensions and Weight, Metric
5000 Rebel 2000 Elan
II
Elan
IIe
A2 A2e 3 1N
Width 145mm 145.7mm 152.5mm 154mm 161mm 161mm
Height 92mm 92mm 104.5mm 120.5mm 119.2mm 112.1mm
Depth 61.9mm 61.9mm 71mm 74.2mm 70.8mm 71.8mm
Weight 345g 350g 580g 585g 665g 675g 780g 855g
Weight with booster n/a n/a n/a n/a 1230g 1300g
Dimensions and Weight, U.S.
5000 Rebel 2000 Elan
II
Elan
IIe
A2 A2e 3 1N
Width 5-5/8in 5-5/8in 6-1/16in 6-1/16in 6.3in 6-5/16in
Height 3-5/8in 3-5/8in 4-1/8in 4-3/4in 4.7in 4-7/6in
Depth 2-7/16in 2-7/16in 2-3/4in 2-15/16in 2.8in 2-13/16in
Weight (oz) 11.9oz 12.3oz 20.3 23.5 23.5 23.9 27.5oz 30.9oz
Weight with booster n/a n/a n/a n/a 42.1oz 45.5oz

The following cameras have been left out of the table:

  • EOS 1N-RS - a variation of the EOS-1N with a fixed, semi-transparent mirror, which does not move during exposure. You lose some light as a result, but shooting at speeds up to 10 frames per second is possible. In a special "RS" mode, a 0.006 seconds time lag between pressing the button and release of the shutter is obtained. The weight and dimensions are also different from the EOS-1, the light meter is less sensitive, and one custom function is missing.
  • Date back versions of the 5000 (888), Rebel G and Elan II(e) are available. In Japan they are the only ones sold. In addition to date back, the 55 (Japanese version of Elan IIE/50E) also has a panorama adapter built-in.