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Review posted 4/29/01

Introduction & Physical Views

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(The ELAN 7/7E is also sold as the EOS 30 (eye control) and EOS 33)

The EOS ELAN 7E features Eye Controlled Focus for faster way of selecting a focus point. The autofocus tracking speed of the EOS ELAN 7 /7E is extremly fast. Both models are compact, with easy to operate controls. The construction is rugged with WhisperDrive transport for silent shooting with Canon's USM lenses. Cameras features built-in, TTL automatic flash which pops-up automatically in low light or backlight situations. You can select single frame or continuous shooting at approximately 4 fps (3.5 fps in AI Servo AF), with additive frame counter. Shutter speeds range from 30 sec to 1/4000 (in 1/ 2-stop increments), plus bulb and 1/125 flash sync.


You get full view finder information: Eye Controlled Focus indicator (ELAN 7E / 7E Date only); AE Lock / FE Lock symbol; flash ready signal; High- Speed Sync in use signal; flash exposure compensation indicator; shutter speed and aperture indicating LEDs; Present DEP 1 / DEP 2 information, Calibration (Cal 1 to 5, END-1 to 3); Exposure compensation scale / manual metering scale, Red- Eye Reduction lamp on / reduction progress indicator; in- focus indicator. Metering modes include Evaluative, 10% partial metering linkable to the focus point by Custom Function control, and centerweighted average metering plus 35-zone E-TTL flash, linked to AF point with EX series Speedlites and 3-zone TTL Flash metering linked to focus point with built-in flash, and all other EOS Speedlites.

Exposure modes include Intelligent Program with variable shift, shutter priority, aperturem priority, Depth-of-Field, Full Auto, Programmed Image Control: Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports and Night Scene, manual, E-TTL Program Flash, A-TTL Program Flash, TTL Program Flash. Other top features include Auto Exposure Bracketing, exposure compensation up to +/-2 stops, in 1/2 stop increments, Quick Control Dial, depth-of-field preview, multiple exposure (up to 9), AE-lock, custom functions, remote control, dioptric adjustment, One-Shot AF, Predictive AF with AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF and Manual.

Physical Views

Canon EOS Elan7 SLR

Canon EOS Elan7 SLR

Canon EOS Elan7 SLR Canon EOS Elan7 SLR

Canon EOS Elan7 SLR

Canon EOS Elan7 SLR

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Canon EOS ELAN7 / 7E Specifications

Type 35mm vertical-travel focal plane shutter SLR (Single-Lens-Reflex) camera with multi-point autofocus (Eye Controlled Focus™ in ELAN 7E / 7E Date), auto exposure with built-in flash.
Lens Mount Canon EF Mount (electronic signal transfer system) .
Usable Lenses Canon EF Lenses.
Viewfinder, ELAN 7 Fixed eye-level pentaprism with approximately 90% vertical and 92% horizontal coverage of actual picture area and 0.70x magnification with 50mm lens at infinity.
Viewfinder, ELAN 7 E / 7 E Date Same as ELAN 7. Center and six outside focusing points controlled by eye movement.
Mirror Quick-return halfmirror (60% reflection / 40% transmission) .
Focusing Screen Fixed New Laser-Matte screen with 7 focusing points.
Dioptric Adjustment Standard diopter of-1, user-adjustable from -2.5 to +0.5.
Eye Relief 19.5mm
Shutter Vertical-travel, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically controlled. First and Second curtains both have dedicated electromagnetic release control.
Shutter Speeds 1/4000 to 30 sec. (in 1/ 2-stop increments), plus bulb.
Maximum X- sync speed 1/125 sec.
Viewfinder Information, Inside Image Area Focusing points with superimposed display.
Viewfinder Information, Below Image Area (from left to right) Eye Controlled Focus indicator (ELAN 7E / 7E Date only); AE Lock / FE Lock symbol; flash ready signal; High- Speed Sync in use signal; flash exposure compensation indicator; shutter speed and aperture indicating LEDs (blinks at 2hz when setting is unsuitable), also present DEP 1 / DEP 2 information, Calibration (Cal 1 to 5, END-1 to 3); Exposure compensation scale / manual metering scale, Red- Eye Reduction lamp on / reduction progress indicator; in- focus indicator (blinks at 2hz when focus cannot be achieved).
AF Control System TTL-CT-SIR (Through-the-Lens Cross-Type Secondary Image Registration) with CMOS sensor.
Focusing Point Selection Selected automatically by camera or manually by user. Focusing point selection via Eye Controlled Focusª available in ELAN 7E / 7E Date only.
Focus Modes (1) One-Shot AF (2) Predictive AF with AI Servo AF (3) AI Focus AF (4) Manual.
Focus Operation (1) AF activated by pressing the shutter button halfway. (2) Pressing AE Lock button.
AF Focus Indicator Icon in viewfinder (LCD), superimposed (SI) focusing point display, and beeper.
AF Working Range EV 1~ 18 (at ISO 100 with the standard chart).
AF- Assist Method Intermittent bursts fired by built-in flash (no patterned beam).
Light Metering TTL max. aperture with a 35-zone silicon photocell. Three metering modes available: (1) Evaluative (2) 10% partial metering linkable to the focus point by Custom Function control (3) Center-weighted average metering.
Metering Range EV 1~ 20 (ISO 100).
Flash Metering 35-zone E-TTL, linked to AF point (with optional EX series Speedlites) . 3-zone TTL Flash metering linked to focus point (with built-in flash, and all other EOS Speedlites).
Exposure Modes (1) Intelligent Program AE with variable shift (2) Shutter speed-Priority AE (3) Aperture-Priority AE (4) Depth-of-Field AE (DEP) (5) Full Auto (6) Programmed Image Control: Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports and Night Scene (7) Manual, (8) E-TTL Program Flash, (9) A-TTL Program Flash, (10) TTL Program Flash.
Exposure Compensation (1) Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) to +/-2 stops in 1/2 stop increments repeatable. May be used in Intelligent Program, Shutter- Priority, Apert re-Priority, Depth-of-Field, and Manual modes only. (2) User- set expos re compensation up to +/-2 stops, in 1/2 stop increments, with Quick Control Dial. (3) Flash Exposure.
Multiple Exposure Up to 9 exposures can be preset. Automatically clears upon completion. All data based on Canon's Standard Test Method. Subject to change without notice.
Film Speed Setting ISO 25-5000 automatically set in 1/3-stop increments according to DX code. Can also be set manually from ISO 6-6400 in 1/ 3-stop increments. High- speed infrared film cannot be used.
Film Loading Automatic take-up with a sprocketless system. Film is automatically advanced to the first frame when the camera back is closed.
Film Transport Choice of single frame or continuous shooting at approximately 4 fps (3.5 fps in AI Servo AF), with additive frame counter.
Film Rewind

Film is automatically rewound at the end of the roll or after 36 exposures, with a mid-roll film rewind option. Choice of high-speed (5 seconds with 24 exposure roll) or silent rewind (13 seconds with 24 exposure roll) modes.

Type Built-in, retractable TTL automatic flash; pops-up automatically when needed in low light/ backlight situations except when in Landscape, Sports or Creative Zone modes; manual pop- up (pull up by hand) in P, Av, Tv, M, modes.
Flash AE Controls TTL automatic flash control by metering light reflected off film plane. In Programmed AE modes, flash aperture is set according to TTL program. In Aperture -Priority AE and Manual modes, user sets flash AE aperture. In Shutter-Priority AE, aperture is set to match shutter speed selected (1/125 sec. or slower).
Guide Number 43 (ISO 100, ft.)
Coupling Range (ISO 100 negative film, at f/ 3.5) 3 ft. / 1m to 17 ft. / 5.2m. Flash Coverage Angle: Covers 28mm lenses.
Flash Duration 1.0ms or less.
Recycling Time Approximately two seconds.
Color Temperature: Equivalent to daylight.
Battery Two CR123A lithium batteries (6V) loaded through the camera grip bottom.
BatteryCheck Automatic battery check when the Command Dial is released from OFF.
Optional BatteryPack BP-300 Compatible with four AA batteries or two CR123A lithium batteries.
Custom Functions Thirteen available.
Eyepiece Shutter None.
Remote Control Built-in sensor for use with optional wireless Remote Controller RC-1. Remote control terminal for optional 2-foot RS-60E3 Remote Control Cord. Data Display: In viewfinder and in LCD panel.
Camera Back Non-interchangeable; ELAN 7 E Date available with Quartz Date back.
Cosmetics Highly refined body with black alumite top and front covers.
Self-Timer When selected, ten-second delay and flashing red LED on camera front
External Flash Speedlite 420EX is recommended with this camera to employ E-TTL flash exposure system as well as High- Speed Sync to 1/ 4000 sec. & FE Lock. The camera is compatible with other Canon Speedlites designed for EOS system cameras.
Size ELAN 7/ 7E : 5.78 (W) x 4.06 (H) x 2.72 (D) in. /
146.7 (W) x 103 (H) x 69 (D) mm
ELAN 7E Date: 5.78 (W) x 4.06 (H) x 2.72 (D) in. /
146.7 (W) x 103 (H) x 69 (D) mm
Weight ELAN 7/ 7E : 20.3 oz. / 575g. ELAN 7E Date: 20.5 oz. / 580g.
(Add 1.12oz. / 32g for two CR123A batteries.)


Elegant Design / New Features Add Precision and Style To Newest EOS System Camera

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. – August 24, 2000 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., the company whose imaging solutions give people Know How, is expanding its evolutionary camera design concept into its third generation EOS Elan. The Elan 7, available in three versions, including an Eye-Controlled autofocus model (Elan 7E) once again raises the standard of performance and technological excellence of photography with its new and improved camera features. A Quartz Date (QD) version of the Elan 7E will also be available.

The Elan 7/7E retains many of the advanced features of the extremely popular Elan II, while adding a number of new features starting with the re-design of its exterior. The camera’s compact body incorporates a durable metal top cover and a simplified control layout for easier access to the camera’s features and functions. In addition, the Elan 7/7E includes a 7-point wide-area autofocusing system based on a Canon-developed CMOS sensor; a high-speed, 4 frames per second film advance and 1/4000 top shutter speed; 11 shooting modes; 13 Custom Functions; 35-zone evaluative metering; E-TTL flash control; built-in dioptric adjustment; improved Whisper Drive; and a dedicated depth-of-field preview button. As with all EOS System cameras, the Elan 7/7E is compatible with all 56 EF-series lenses as well as the new Speedlite 420EX and Battery Pack BP-300.

“The introduction of the EOS Elan 7/7E will strengthen our position in the marketplace as the number one manufacturer of 35mm SLR cameras,” said Yukiaki Hashimoto, vice president and general manager, Photographic Products Group, Canon U.S.A.

“While it’s always been our objective to provide photographers with the most advanced technology available, we also have a responsibility to listen to our customers and provide the features they want in a 35mm camera system. We believe the EOS Elan 7/7E fulfills that responsibility,” Mr. Hashimoto continued. “Canon is continuing to offer choices within our line of EOS System products to help make photography -- at any level -- more enjoyable and affordable to consumers.”

Using a proprietary CMOS sensor chip, Canon was able to design the new camera with 7 focusing points which are clearly visible in the viewfinder, giving the photographer greater focusing flexibility, especially when used with the eye-control function. All focusing points are linked directly to the eye-controlled autofocusing system and its 35-zone evaluative metering system, providing sharp focus and precise exposure instantly, regardless of subject position. As with the EOS Elan II, eye-controlled autofocus is possible in both the horizontal and vertical camera positions. Line-of-sight detection response has been cut in half compared to the Elan II, making the Elan 7E the fastest eye-controlled focus SLR ever. Manual focusing point selection has also been made faster and easier with the addition of arrow keys located inside the camera’s Quick Control dial. By depressing the toggle-like buttons, users can quickly focus around the frame without ever removing their eye from the viewfinder.

The Elan 7/7E also includes a built-in, retractable flash unit with wide-angle covering power up to 28mm. The flash exposure control uses 3-zone TTL metering linked to all 7 focusing points. In the Full Auto and Programmed Image Control modes, the built-in flash pops up and fires automatically in low-light or backlit situations. In the Creative Zone modes, flash can be used at the user’s discretion.

At 4 frames per second, the EOS Elan 7 offers the fastest continuous shooting speed in its class. When set for the AI Servo mode for tracking moving subjects, maximum speed is 3.5 fps. In addition, the camera utilizes an improved version of Canon’s exclusive Whisper Drive transport system, making it the quietest EOS System camera available.

Using the Command Dial on the camera, users have immediate access to 11 different shooting modes including Night Scene, Action, Close-up, Landscape, Portrait, Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual and Depth-of-Field AE. Additionally, the camera’s 13 Custom Functions can quickly be accessed through the Command Dial. Within the 13 Custom Functions, 34 different camera settings are possible.

The EOS 7/7E offers a host of features that photo enthusiasts demand and expect in a high-quality camera, including a built-in dioptric adjustment. Through advanced design technology, Canon is now able to provide both eye-controlled autofocus and built-in variable dioptric adjustment. In previous models the eye-controlled hardware occupied the space normally allocated for the dioptric adjustment optics, making the availability of both features in a single camera body impossible. Photographers can now enjoy both features without sacrificing the camera’s compact size and weight.

New Battery Pack and Vertical Grip The new optional Battery Pack BP-300 accessory, designed specifically for the EOS Elan 7/7E, provides users with an alternative power source. The BP-300 uses four (4) AA-size alkaline, NiCd or NiMH batteries or a pair of CR123A lithium cells and offers a built-in vertical grip complete with auxiliary shutter release and an AE Lock button

Largest Selection of Lenses and Accessories Canon’s EOS System offers not only the largest and most popular selection of high-quality cameras, lenses and accessories of any 35mm SLR system available, it also provides consumers with the widest selection of price points. Offering 56 current lenses, several camera bodies and scores of system accessories, consumers can literally create an EOS System to fit their needs as well as their budget. The new EOS Elan 7/7E camera is also compatible with Canon’s sophisticated E-TTL flash exposure system, including the new Speedlite 420EX, and provides wireless remote control with optional EX-series Speedlite electronic flash units.

The Canon EOS Elan 7/7E measures 5.9 (W) x 4.1(H) x 2.7 (D)-inches (QD and non-QD models) and weighs 20.8 oz.

Pricing and Availability The EOS Elan 7 SLR camera will be available in three versions at retailers in October and have the following suggested list prices:

EOS Elan 7 -- $720.00 EOS Elan 7E -- $800.00 EOS Elan 7E QD -- $840.00 BP-300 -- $100.00

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