CANON EOS 100/Elan QD (Quartz Date) film-based 135mm (36 x 24mm) format AF-SLR camera,
Approx. Product Cycle: 1991 ~ 1996
Model(s): EOS 100 QD and EOS 100 Panorama (Japan); EOS Elan in N. America; EOS 100 for European market
Marketed: August 1991; an EOS-100 Panorama (Japan) was introduced in November, 1993. Price: Approx. 118,000 yen with EF28-80mm f/3.5~5.6 or 76,000 yen for body only.
The 1993's EOS 100 or referred as Elan in the US was debuted along with the manual focus Canon EF-M. The Elan and Rebel series are Canon best sellers. It was originally acted as a replacement model for the EOS-630 and has a resemblance of the earlier EOS-10 QD externally. In fact some of the great features found in the EOS-10 such as Barcode reader, custom functions etc. were retained. Further, the camera was also the first EOS model after the professional Canon EOS-1 that incorpoarted a thumb wheel at its rear section for more responsive camera operations.
However, the camera has a few new inclusions as well as some new technological advancements deployed. It omitted the Tri- AF sensors system of the EOS-10 with Canon EOS-1's exclusive Cross-type BASIS sensor to detect focus on either horizontal or vertical contrasts. It has a EOS-1 type of thumb wheel operated Quick Control Dial at the film back to control different operational modes. The custom functions feature is very functional as it allows the user to configure individual preferences such as prerelease the mirror for vibrationless camera operations, and also be able to set the depth of field preview.
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One of the technological highlight in the design of this successful EOS camera is its silent Whisper Drive mechanism. Unlike conventional SLR with built-in motor, the Elan has a fiber-reinforced neoprene belts that deliver the same operation as conventional gears and noisy timing chains do. Canon claims a great reduction in operational noise level down to one-quarter the noise of comparable cameras. On top of that, rubber blocks was used to dampen vibration and an advance sprocketless infrared film system reduce the noise level down even further - the camera, with the advantage of equally quiet operation of USM lenses, making the Elan reputed to be the quietest operation AF SLR camera produced during the time of introduction.
Another interesting design was at the built-in flash section. Unlike any built-in flash that deployed in any camera, the EOS100's flash actually has a built-in zoom design which automatically adjusts flash angle to match angle of view of the lense. The TTL flash, with a slightly more powerful output of GNO 13 (28mm) to 18 (80mm) (ISO 100, m) automatically will fire in low-lit and backlit situations. However, strangely, the US Elan omitted this feature from its impressive list of features. The built-in flash also provides flash exposure compensation, and even second curtain synch. Overall, other than the many features it offers, the EOS100 QD is also one of the best looking EOS mid range camera. Although the body was not made of metal but the overall feel of the camera attributed from excellent design and choice of materials used projects a solid rigid feel. The camera also incorporates 7 custom functions for user to configure the camera best to their personal preference:
1) Camera noise on the EOS 100 has been reduced to less than half previous models with a newly developed silent mechanism.
2) Built-in bar code program
3) Built-in Flash's coverage adjusts automatically (auto zoom) to suit the lens focal length.
4) Built into prism housing, retractable automatic light-adjusted zoom flash, GNO 13 (28mm) to 18 (80mm) (ISO 100, m). Flash fires automatically in low-lit and backlit situations. (Flashes does not fire automatically on EOS ELAN.)
5) Back screen sync, light adjustment compensation and Red-Eye reduction modes are also supported.
6) Remote control
7) The remote control comprises an infrared remote control, remote control transmitter and built-in receiver.
9) Built-in AF Illuminator
10) The Quick Control Dial on the camera back also enables real-time exposure compensation adjustment while you looked through the viewfinder.
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Note: EOS 100 QD: The QD model supports eight imprint date items (including imprint OFF). All features on the EOS 100 PANORAMA are the same as those of the EOS too QD except panorama. Panorama can be selected at any time, and data can be imprinted in the panorama mode. The QD version features a data back, with a built-in programmed calendar. You can select from four date and time formats: Year/Month/Day; Day/Hour/Minute; Month/Day/Year; and Day/Month/ Year. This information is imprinted in the bottom right comer of the film frame as the exposure is made. The imprint function can be switched off when not required. For individual preference on how to configure some of the functions, the camera has seven built-in custom functions.
Features at a glance: Three Dials for Precise Finger Tip Control
Most functions of the EOS 100 are controlled by three simple dials. The 'Command' dial sets the exposure modes and selects the setting modes for film speed, multiple exposure, auto-exposure bracketing, and custom functions.
The "Electronic Input" dial is a multipurpose control which sets the shutter speed, aperture, film speed, custom function, multiple exposure count and other functions. On the back of the camera is the 'Quick Control' dial. In the manual exposure mode, this dial sets the lens aperture (with the shutter speed set by the Electronic Input dial). In any of the automatic exposure modes, the Quick Control dial can be used to set exposure compensation values.
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Whisper Quiet Film Transport Reduces Camera Noise The motors and gear chains used to control film transport and shutter movement in many cameras can be quite noisy. To overcome this, Canon has introduced six different types of noise reduction techniques to make the EOS 100 quieter than any other EOS model, Film transport is by an almost silent belt drive mechanism.
This reduces vibration noise during film advance and eliminates the noisy film rewind gear chain. In other cameras, sprockets engage with perforations along the edges of the film to determine the film advance distance - this produces a ratcheting sound. In the EOS 100, Canon uses a noiseless optical detection system which measures the frame advance distance without coming into contact with the film. Two coreless motors replace conventional motors. Rotation is smoother, with reduced vibration, resulting in minimal vibration noise from the drive system. Rubber and acrylic foam are used to produce 'floating' supports inside the camera, isolating vibrations which would otherwise reach the camera body.
The Predictive Autofocus With conventional AF systems, the focus is locked as the shutter release is pressed. This means that fast-moving subjects may have raced out-of-focus before the Mm is exposed. Canon's 'Predictive AF systems eliminates this problem. Using the unique Canon BASIS focusing sensor, the camera tracks the moving subject and assesses its speed and direction. It then predicts where the subject will be when the shutter opens, and focuses the lens on this distance. All this happens in a fraction of a second, ensuring pin-sharp pictures.
Photographic Possibilities with a more quiet SLR camera Some subjects react to camera noise. You can only shoot one picture before the Scene changes. But the EOS 100 is quiet enough for you to take a series of shots without disturbing the subject, If you enjoy photographing birds, you will be able to take several pictures of your subject resting or feeding before it flies away.
If you photograph shy or nervous animals, you will have more opportunities to capture the images you want. Sports photographers, too, will appreciate the benefits offered by the quiet EOS 100. No longer will the camera upset the concentration of players and affect the progress of a game or match.
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Depth of field Control Aim the camera at the nearest point of your main subject and partially press the shutter button. Then aim at the furthest point of the main subject and partially press the button again. Now you are ready to frame the subject and shoot. The camera's computer will automatically set a lens aperture and focusing distance which keeps all of the subject in focus. You can use the Depth-of-field AE mode with landscape photography to extend the zone of focus from the foreground to the horizon, or with portraits to isolate your subject against an out-of-focus background. In the fully automatic ('Green Zone') shooting mode, a Camera Shake Alert function uses the built-in focusing sensor of the EOS 100 to detect camera movement. Where necessary, the camera then selects a suitable shutter speed, taking into account the focal length setting of the lens, to overcome the effect of this movement. A handheld camera fitted with a telephoto lens will set a fast shutter speed - a camera on a tripod will set a slower shutter speed.
BAR CODE SYSTEM The innovative Canon Bar-Code Program takes the guesswork out of difficult shooting conditions. You search for a similar situation in the handy bar-code picture book and then use a bar code reader to input all the camera settings into the EOS 100. Up to five bar-code readings can be pre-entered into the camera and stored in Command dial positions.
Simply turning the dial to one of these positions will automatically adjust all the camera functions to the predetermined settings, ready for instant action. This feature allows you to customize the camera to suit your favorite subjects and Situations.
Taking effective indoor photographs is easy. Simply select a similar shot from bar-code picture book and input the settings into your camera.
How do you 'freeze' water with your camera. You don't need to remember the ideal shutter speed if you use the Canon bar-code system.
Capturing action is easy with the EOS 100. Enter the appropriate bar-code setting and then concentrate on the subject.
Portrait Choose this setting for natural photographs of friends. The camera will concentrate attention on the face by throwing the background out of focus.
Close-ups Take stunning detail pictures by choosing the close-up setting. Partial exposure metering will be used for accurate exposures, and a small lens aperture will provide maximum depth-of-field.
Landscape Outdoor scenes usually give the best results when photographed with a small lens aperture, giving extensive depth-of-field. The landscape setting will provide this effect.
Sports Fast shutter speeds are essential if you want to capture sharp images at action sports events. Setting the sports mode on the Command dial will take care of this.
In addition to the barcode and PIC system,, the camera also has seven built-in Custom Functions for user to tailor configured the camera to personal preference.: 1. Film Rewind Mode: Enables automatic rewind / Rewind starts only after film rewind button is depressed 2. Flash Sync Timing: First curtain synchronization / Second curtain synchronization (red-eye reduction feature is not possible!) 3. ISO setting: Set by DX code / Manual setting only 4. AF Assist Beam: Enables auto emission of AF assist beam / Disengages AF assist beam 5. AE Lock Button: AE lock only / Sets AE lock button to Depth-of-Field Preview with AE lock function 6. Audible Beeper in self-timer Operation: Enabled/Disabled 7. Mirror-Lockup and Self-Timer: Enables normal self-timer and remote-control operation / Enables shutter release button to lock up the reflex mirror and release the shutter two seconds later.
The Built-in Flash of EOS100 Hidden inside the top of the EOS 100 is a powerful built-in flash (guide number from 12 to 17, ISO 100/metres). In low-light and backlit situations, with selected shooting modes, the flash head automatically pops up and fires. The flash zooms automatically to suit the focal length of the lens fitted to the camera, and exposure is fully automatic. The recycling time is a fast 2 seconds. To avoid 'red-eye' effects with pictures of people and animals, the subject can be illuminated by a built-in lamp for a couple of seconds before the flash fires. Creative flash photography is possible using 'second-curtain'; synchronization and flash compensation functions.
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Some operational features that can help to enhance your photography
Automatic Exposure Bracketing (AEB) takes three pictures of the same scene in rapid succession, each with a slightly different exposure. It ensures at least one perfect picture in difficult lighting conditions. The exposure variation can be set between ± 0.5 and ± 2 stops to give underexposed, correctly exposed and overexposed frames. Manual exposure compensation of up to ± 2 stops is also possible, using the Quick Control dial on the back of the camera.
For unusual and imaginative images, use the Multiple Exposure function. This allows up to nine exposures to be made on one frame of film. You can show the same person twice in one picture, create "ghost" images, superimpose the moon on a landscape, and create other eye-catching compositions. Multiple images of moving subjects can be very effective. The exposures can also be made using the EOS 100 built-in flash.
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The EF Connection Any of the EF line of lenses can be used, naturally, here it mentioned only the EF lenses, naturally, some third party lenses an also be used. However, Canon commitment to development of EF lenses is there and there are new optics being added to the lens family at regular intervals and you may capitalize such resources for more creative usage of these new optics.
All data exchange between camera and lens take place through the Canon fully electronic EF lens mount and there are more than 50 different items of information can be handled. The Electro magnetic Diaphragm provide quick accurate aperture control and one touch depth of field preview. Since each lens has built in focusing motors, with each of of them designed to suit individual requirements of each lens and they are usually faster and more responsive in AF operation. Arc Form Drive (AFD) motor generates high torque and are used in many of the lenses. Exclusive USM drive provides even faster operation and is virtually Noiseless and these are available in all high performance professional L-series lenses. Download a EOS100QD System Chart in PDF format (333k)
Technical Specification of EOS-100QD
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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) | 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)
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