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Canon EOS Elan 7E • Accessories

Peter Kun Frary

Essential Accessories

The Elan 7 series may use any of the 50 plus Canon EF lenses and most other EOS system accessories. If you're tempted by a third party lens, try it before you buy. Older Sigma and Tokina lenses will not work without a new CPU or ROM chip. My 1999 Sigma 50 mm F2.8 macro didn't work on both my EOS 3 and Elan 7E.

St. Helens, Washington • Elan 7E, BP-300 Battery Pack, EF 28-135 3.5-5.6 IS USM, Hoya Polarizing Filter & Elite Chrome

If you're an EOS newbie, the dealer will tempt you with the Elan 7E and EF 28-90 4.0-5.6 kit or Elan 7E and EF 28-105 4.0-5.6 kit. Just say no. Like the EF 28-80, the EF 28-90 4.0-5.6 and EF 28-105 4.0-5.6 lenses are bow-wows. Save your skeckels and buy the body with the EF 28-105 3.5-4.5 USM or the EF 24-85 3.5-4.5 USM. It's worth paying a little more for better optics and zoom range, silent AF motors, metal mount, faster AF, manual focus override and half a stop faster aperture. The EF 28-135 IS USM is also an excellent all-purpose zoom--albeit at twice the weight, bulk and expense.

Canon EF 28-105mm 3.5-4.5 II Zoom Lens. Just like the original EF 28-105 3.5-4.5 USM but with an aluminum barrel, metal gear train and seven-blade diaphragm.

Remote Controller RC-1

The Remote Controller RC-1 works with the EOS 10S, Elan, Elan II, Rebel TI Date, EOS IX, Digital Rebel series and Elan 7 series. It also triggers Canon point 'n shoot cameras that use an infrared remote, e.g., Elf Z3. The RC-1 can trip the shutter from 15 feet in front of the camera or slightly behind the camera. It will also fire the shutter from a few feet above, below or to the side of the camera so it makes a fine cable release. The range of the infrared beam increases indoors or in places with reflective surfaces, e.g., white walls and ceilings. You have a choice of immediate release or 2 second delay. If you hate plugging in electronic releases, especially removing that darn little cap, the RC-1 is the way to go.

RC-1 in VictoriaElan 7E, BP-300 Battery Pack, EF 28-135 3.5-5.6 IS USM, Elite Chrome. The RC-1 was made for self portraits like this.

Unfortunately, the camera manual doesn't mention use of the RC-1 with bulb and mirror lockup (MLU). This omission has lead to confusion and misinformation about the RC-1 and these features. Take heart, the RC-1 is fully capable of controlling both bulb and MLU. In this regard, the Elan 7 series and RC-1 behave sexactly like the 1991 Elan. For bulb exposures, fire the RC-1 once to open the shutter and again to close it. For mirror lockup (with CF5-1), fire the RC-1 set to 2 second delay: the mirror immediately swings up and the exposure is made 2 seconds later. MLU is not available with Rebel film series bodies.

RS-60E3 Electronic Release

An inexpensive electronic cable release is available, the RS60-E3, for exposures requiring vibration control. The RS60-E3 behaves like the shutter button: half depress locks AF and exposure and a full depress fires the shutter (the RC-1 triggers AF, exposure and shutter in one press). You may trip the shutter from 2 feet away. If you have the RC-1, the RS-60E3 is redundant for most people. The RS60-E3 is may be used for the Rebel Ti, Rebel 2000, Digital Rebel, Elan II, EOS IX and Elan 7 series.

The Battery Pack BP-300, Eyecup Ed-E and Speedlite 420EX are also on my list of essential accessories.

 

Final Words

If you have never used ECF, try it before you buy. Calibrate an empty channel or erase prior calibrations or ECF won't work correctly. ECF must be calibrated for your eye only, not every person who walked in the store. If you like ECF, buy the Elan 7E. If you hate it or ECF doesn't work for you, save 50 bucks and buy the same camera without ECF, the Elan 7.

There's also a variant with date imprint, the Elan 7E Date. If you're the forgetful type, you should avoid it or risk spoiling your images with a glowing date imprint in the lower right corner.

This feather weight is capable of heavy weight performance: refined ergonomics, easy operation and photographic flexibility. Although it has a few warts, the Elan 7E boasts the best value to performance ratio in the EOS film line. Only those who frequently shoot in murky darkness will find the low light performance lacking (they'll have spring for an EOS 3 or 1V!). For the rest of us this a wonderful camera, especially for travel and hiking due to its petite stature and full feature set. If you're upgrading from the Rebel series, the Elan 7E is a major step up. If you're coming from an earlier Elan, the upgrade will be less dramatic and perhaps unwarranted. However, weekend action shooters will find the improved ECF, AI Servo and faster motor drive reasons enough to upgrade. Highly recommended.

A minor upgrade of the Elan 7E, the Elan 7NE, was released in Spring 2004. Click here to read my comments.

Elan 7E Image Samples • Click to Enlarge

Source Materials

Canon EOS Elan 7E/Elan 7E Date/30/30 Date Instructions. Tokyo: Canon, 2000 (CT1-1226-000).

Canon Speedlite 420EX Instructions. Tokyo: Canon, 2000 (CT1-1718-002).

Canon EOS 3 Instructions. Tokyo: Canon, 1998 (CT1-1114-004).

Canon EOS A2 Instructions. Tokyo: Canon, 1992 (CT1-1002-004).

Canon EOS Elan II/Elan IIE. Tokyo: Canon, 1995 (BRO-828E 10/96).

Canon EOS Elan Instructions. Tokyo: Canon, 1991 (PUB.C-IE-16K).

Canon EOS System. Tokyo: Canon, 2001 (0026W670 10/01).

Canon EOS Related Links

Bob Atkins Canon EOS forum

Canon Camera Museum

Photo.net • Canon EOS 35mm SLRs

Technical Report On EOS 7

Technical Report On EOS 7 Accessories

6/1/2001 • Updated 5/23/2007

©Copyright 2001-2012 by Peter Kun Frary • All Rights Reserved

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