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Even if you do not buy the fact where Canon EOS was one of the greatest come back story of modern times, but I doubt anyone would disagree and admittedly those guys at the Canon's decision making rooms really have the guts and courage for the go-ahead on the decision on the EOS project back in the mid '80. Short for "Electro-Optical system" - it was a new concept pioneered by Canon where they redefined a new concept in photographic hardware to enable a series of possibilities never dreamt possible previously even by any other camera manufacturers. As the world's largest producer of SLR and compact cameras, the big decision of dropping the entire line of the FD-mount lens optics and cameras and replaced with a brand new, fully electronic lens mount which was totally incompatible with the previous series of lenses, was a decisive but a proven workable solution to spring board Canon back to the driver seat for the first time at the highly demanding professional users market which was long been dominated by in particularly, Nikon with their F-series camera models.

Well, to be fair, Minolta was the first and pioneered the AF revolution with the Maxxum back in 1985 with the advent of the Maxxum 7000 - the first SLR camera that equipped with a body integrated AF function and supplemented with a series of dedicated AF lenses. Incidentally, the new AF lenses was not compatible with any of the manual focus Minolta SLR camera bodies as well. Despite the advantage of pioneering the idea and lead the AF race, but Minolta never seemed be able to capitalize from the early entry and let Canon explored the vacuum. The EOS concept, centered around a line of EOS cameras which fully integrated electronic and optical operation with a new series of EF lenses and over system design for the first time has created a strong following as soon as users realize its advantage and immense potential in AF application .

But in the first place, Why did Canon went ahead with such a controversial move to drop the FD mount ? Pride, may be. But personally, I think the lesson of Canon New F-1 could explained part of it, the Canon New F-1 has been designed with so much of creative ideas in its development that it has only a sole objective - to beat the Nikon at professional users market. The segment of the market was, in general, a let down all these years for CANON in terms of user's response and commercial benefits. Personally, I always thought the New F-1 was easily the most impressive professional SLR system introduced during the '80. Technically, it has packed enough muscle and features to "dethrone" the Nikon flagship model in a Nikon F3 with only bare basic electronic circuitry; well, Canon has probably fed up of being pictured as "second fiddle" to the Nikon F-Series models since the days of the original Canon F-1 in 1971. However, the New F-1 has considerably stamped a positive mark in creating a new pool of users who always appreciated the high quality and advance features that have been incorporated inside the camera, but more exciting to photographers were the revised series of Canon optics which has created more impression than the camera itself. During the chaotic period at the end of first quarter in the '80, amidst all the confusing state of of various attempt by respective camera manufacturers for an early model on autofocus SLR camera, Canon's first mass marketed Autofocus SLR camera was actually a FD-lens mount Canon T80. The interesting part was its first series of autofocus lenses called AC lens group designed for the FD-mount Canon T80. When Minolta unveiled the Maxxum 7000 AF, Canon realized they were confined within the capsule and brave and decisively abandoned their future AF SLR design with a totally new approach by an electronic mount which proved to be revolutionized from every perspective. The FD-mount Canon T90 of 1986, once was hailed as the most advance manual focus SLR camera with its all new camera designing concept formed the basis for the Canon EOS series SLR models which appeared a year later in 1987.

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The "L' Series FD lenses have created more followers than any other brands in sporting arenas and many other action related photographic scenes, such as at news, wildlife and even journalism. Both factors have played a major role has helped to laid a solid foundation especially on user's confidence for high quality of Canon products which have in turns path the way for the success of the EOS system after sustaining through the period of observation when it has introduced.

The Canon EOS system, introduced with the Canon EOS-650 & EOS-620 back in 1987 which followed with a series of entry EOS SLR models, and eventually with the debut of 1989's EOS-1 at the top of its helm - was Canon's first professional grade SLR SLR camera that has did what all the manual focus Canon F-Series models failed to do - snatch the lead from Nikon in the professional 35mm SLR camera users market; The direct comparing Nikon F4, although sold very well in numbers during the first few years when Canon switched to development of the EOS system, but soon found its conventional camera driven AF system was far behind to the superiority of the EOS system offers. Canon has never looked back since. But there was another reason for the decision made to go for the EOS system and abandoned the older FD system. Canon may have played second best to Nikon in the pro market over the last few decades before the EOS system was introduced but it has an undisputedly a leading edge for 35mm consumer SLR cameras and P&S market all these years, the EOS system has completed a vision that has been long awaited and catapulted Canon as the undisputed largest camera manufacturers in the world in all aspect today.

Men 100m final at the finishing line at Athen Olympic, pictured by Vincent Thian, AP
Canon's Dominance...

The tense moment among professional photographers awaiting at the finishing end of the men 100m final. Athens Olympic.

Credit: Vincent Thian, AP.

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The EOS system, in its infancy during the mid-eighties, has raised some serious thought on the wisdom adopting the move by replacing the faithful older FD system, even the managing director for Canon's Photo Products division then had personally staked his own reputation and career on the line should the new EOS system fails to make an impact in the consumer SLR market within six months of its worldwide introduction. Needless to say, the rest is history.

Canon EOS-1 1989-1994
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Canon EOS D2000 Digital Camera 1998
Canon EOS1v 2001 -
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Additional information on other EOS AF-SLR Models:
EOS-650 (1987.2) | EOS-620 (1987.5) | EOS-750QD (1988.10) | EOS-850QD (1988.10) | EOS-630QD (1989.4) | EOS-1 (1989.9) | EOS-RT (1989.10) | EOS-700QD (1990.3) | EOS-10S QD (1990.3) | Canon T-60 | EOS-1000F /RebelS QD (1990.9) | EOS-100 / Elan QD (1991.9) | Canon EF-M (1991.9) | EOS-5/A2E QD (1992.10) | EOS-1000FN /Rebel S II QD (1992.4) | EOS-500 / Rebel XS / KISS (1993.10) | CANON EOS-1n (1994.9) | EOS-888/5000QD (1995.1) | EOS-1n RS (1995.3) | EOS-50/50E / Elan II(E) /EOS 55 (1995.9) | EOS -500N / Rebel G / KISS II (1996.9) | EOS-IX (1996.10) / EOS-IX Lite /IX-7 (1996.3) | EOS-3 (1998.11) | EOS-88/3000 (1999.3) | EOS-300 / Rebel 2000 QD / KISS III (1999.4) | EOS-1v (2000.3) | EOS-30 / EOS-7 / EOS Elan 7E (2000.10) | EOS-3000N /EOS-66 / Rebel XS-N (2002.2) | EOS-300V / Rebel Ti / KISS V (2002.9) | EOS 3000V / Rebel K2 / KISS Lite (2003.9)

Quick Downloads (External Links - Combination from & others ) for PDF/HTML Instruction Manuals for various Canon film-based SLRs:
| Canon EOS-650/620 | Canon EOS-600/630 | Canon EOS-100/Elan | Canon EOS-50/50E/Elan II/IIe | Canon EOS-10s | Canon EOS-1 | Canon EOS-1n RS | Canon EOS-1v | Canon EOS-3000v | Canon EOS-30v | Canon EOS-33/Elan7 -PC.exe file | Canon EOS-30/33V/Elan 7n(e)(s) | Canon EOS-3 | Canon EOS-300V/Rebel Ti/Kiss 5 | Canon EOS-300X/Rebel T2/Kiss 7 | Canon EOS-300/Rebel 2000/Kiss III(L)| Canon EOS-1000 (F)(N) QD (P) /Rebel (II) (s) (II) QD | Canon EOS EF-M |

Canon EOS Digital SLRs:
| Canon EOS D30 | Canon EOS D60 | Canon EOS D10 | Canon EOS D20 | Canon EOS 300D/Rebel/Kiss Digital | Canon 350D/Rebel Digital XT/Kiss N | Canon EOS-3 | Canon EOS-300V/Rebel Ti/Kiss 5 | Canon EOS-300X/Rebel T2/Kiss 7 |

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