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CANON EOS 500/Rebel X/XS QD (Quartz Date) film-based 135mm (36 x 24mm) format AF-SLR camera,
Approx. Product Cycle: 1993 ~ 1996 - EOS 500/Rebel XS
Approx. Product Cycle
: 1993 ~ 1994/5 EOS Rebel X

Model: EOS 500 (other markets outside Japan & North America), Rebel XS (North American Market), EOS Kiss (Japanese domestic market)
September 1993
EOS Rebel X - no built-in flash (North American Market only).
November 1993

The Canon EOS-500 was introduced approx. 1-1/2 year after the popular
EOS-1000FN/Rebel S II QD. Carrying the same label in the US market as Rebel, although it seemed to be a replacement for the latter but the camera has went through major reconstruction internal and externally.

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With a dimension and weight of 145mm x 92mm x 62 mm, 370g, it is more compact and lighter than the comparing predecessor (EOS-1000FN/Rebel SII's 148mm x 100mm x 69mm and weighs 470g). The camera remains as an entry level AF-SLR and not intended to be designed as high end specifications model. But rather, many of the features embodied were carefully being chosen to be included in its features list. The basic business objective for the EOS-500/Rebel XS is to provide an affordable, compact, light weight AF SLR to attract potential first time user to select Canon as their base system. So, you can not expect this SLR to perform at par or better than many other high performance EOS bodies.
Canon Rebel Xs Canon Rebel Xs // KISS/ EOS-500 SLR camera
A pictorial Library of the US version of the Canon EOS-500/REBEL XS/KISS & REBEL X prepared by Dave Lindblom <>

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However, Canon still ensures the camera embodied with enough features and a reasonably good construction even if there are some short cuts in its design. A new interior layout for the motor and the use of two CR 123 batteries has given a slimmer body shape. The back cover, pentaprism and lower body have also been improved to enhance the new compact design. There are now more apparent plastic feel in its body structure. Similarly with the earlier EOS models, the lens mount section is still made up of a reinforced industrial strength plastic. The eye-level viewfinder now replaces conventional internal one-piece glass pentaprism with a hollow, hybrid glass/plastic roof mirror. Some of this re-engineering works have greatly reduced its production cost while at the same time, making the EOS-500/Rebel XS one of the world's smallest and lightest 35mm AF SLR when it was launched during early '90.

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Despite the unfavorable things that centered around the body construction which might made some serious users having some reservation over reliability issue, but the camera does carry some thoughtful features that may make potential buyers positive about the Canon's offering over many rivaling labels:

1) Easy operation with Command dial mode selection
2) Three-point wide area autofocusing silent film transport with pre-wind system
3) 6-zone metering sensor for evaluative and partial metering modes
4) Built-in auto pop-up flash with multi-zone flash exposure control
5) Clear information readout In viewfinder and LCD panel
6) Remote control terminal.

The central control of the EOS 50ON is the Command Dial. This allows you to select the shooting mode. The dial in the camera is slightly reduced in size in conjunction with the overall redesigning of the camera body. The dial provides easy to navigate and understand illustrations. Five Programmed Image Control (PIC) modes are available - Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports and Night Scene. Other settings on the Command Dial include manual film speed setting, auto depth-of-field mode and mid-roll rewind.

The depth-of-field mode (A-DEp) on the dial is a simplified version where it requires only a single push of the shutter release to activate. The audible beeper for self timer countdown (or alert) and there is also a setting for DX-ISO/film speed manual override as well as mid-roll rewind are also provided. However, the soft focus feature found on the earlier EOS 1000FN/Rebel S II has been omitted from the dial setting.

Many AF systems used in entry level models usually rely on a single focusing point in the centre of the viewing area. The EOS 500 uses three of such sensors in its Advanced Integrated Multi-points (AIM) AF control- a wide-area autofocus system with a cross-type BASIS sensor at the central for both horizontal- and vertical-lined subjects. Another two CCD that locate at outer positions are for handling horizontal-lined subjects. This makes it easier to keep moving subjects within the AF picture frame, and ensures that off-centre subjects stay in focus. In One Shot AF mode, an focus lock feature is provided to lock in specific focus when the shutter button is partially depressed. This means that you can focus accurately on a specific part of the subject, lock the focus, and then change the composition of the image before taking a picture. The AIM system communicates with the metering system all the time and keep tracking where the subject is within the frame so that exposure readings can be taken from this area. The film transport offers 1 fps in the EOS-500/Rebel XS is rather slow on continuous mode but a silent film transport has similar pre-wind system used in earlier EOS bodies and multiple exposure feature is also retained that enables up to 9 exposures for creative photography applications. With the prewind system, the entire roll is first wound onto the take-up spool. Then each time a picture is taken, the exposed frame rewinds into the cartridge.

The metering system uses in this ultra-compact AF EOS camera is a six-zone evaluative system. But the difference is, it is linked directly to the AF system which improves in determining exposure accuracy. Meter readings are taken from six different areas of the scene. A built-in computer then compares these readings with a library of typical scenes. In this way, the camera is able to detect light or dark backgrounds, or other difficult situations, and adjust the exposure accordingly. A secondary partial metering takes reading from the central 9.5% of the picture area. Along with a ±2 stop exposure compensation (cannot be used in any of the PIC modes), the partial metering is designed to supplement the 6-zones evaluative system. An interesting feature relates directly to the partial metering is, it uses central AF sensor, central metering zone and AE lock to provide more accurate exposure readings for difficult scenes.

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When shooting really tricky lighting conditions an when user wants to add insurance for exposure, the camera also provides Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB). It takes three shots in quick succession, each with a slightly different exposure. You can choose the best picture after the film is processed. As the shutter speeds range from 30 seconds to 1/2000 second, with Bulb setting that still sync quite slow at 1/90 sec. for flash photography. Other features include a fixed 10 sec. self-timer and a camera-shake alert.

The EOS 500/Rebel XS (not available with the Rebel X) has a built-in retractable flash unit, powerful enough for small portrait groups indoors, and fill-in flash outdoors. In some shooting modes, the flash pops up and fires automatically when needed. The flash system replicates an "up-market" advance A-TTL and TTL Programmed AE flash exposure control found in many other high performance EOS models (but the E-TTL / high speed FP-Sync are not provided, it was started to offer these features in the next upgrade of EOS-500N/Rebel G/New KISS). The four-zone evaluative flash metering is weighted to match the active focusing point. It uses three-zones, four-segment TTL flash meter that uses the active AF sensor to determine flash exposure. Despite its relatively small size of the camera, the built-in pop-up flash in the EOS-500/Rebel XS model has an effective flash range (GN 39 @ ISO 100 ft) extends from 35mm to 28mm and combined focus assist beam along with Red-Eye reduction light. The built-in flash automatically pops-up and fires when needed in the Green mode and the Portrait and Close-up PIC modes. In other modes (except Landscape and Sports), the flash can be popped-up when required by pressing the flash switch.

Exclusive accessories

Three new accessories have been introduced for the EOS 500. - Remote Switch RS-60 E3 allows the camera to be fired from up to 60 cm away. It uses a 2.5 mm mini jack socket with three terminals. The Remote Switch is also usable with EOS-50, 500N and EOS 888/5000.

eyepiceextender.jpg 60e3remote.jpg Eyepiece Extender EP-EX 15 moves the viewfinder frame back 15 mm from the camera body, giving a more comfortable clearance between the face and the back of the camera. Naturally, you can also make use other eyepiece accessories such as Angle Finder B for right angle viewing or low level shooting etc.

The proper eyecup for this model is Eyecup Eb - but I heard many users are complaining it is quite loose and can easily dropped off from the eyepiece.
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GR-80TP Grip Extension features a built-in mini tripod, it screws to the tripod socket, giving a larger grip for the hand, plus a detachable hand strap. The Battery Power Pack BP-8 is both a battery pack as well as a vertical grip for the EOS-500 (usable with 500N and EOS-888/5000 too). It accepts 4 alkaline-manganese or rechargeable NiCd size AA battery cells.

Compact Speedlites such as 380EX and 220EX provide A-TTL or TTL flash metering (E-TTL is not possible with this model). Naturally, as part of system integration, other Canon speedlites such as 300EZ, 200E etc. and even Macro Ringlite ML-3 can also be used for normal TTL flash mode. But the main attraction of this camera is centered around with its ability to get itself into the huge Canon's EOS 35mm AF photographic system which has an array of top performance EF lenses as the backbone that actually keep expanding in number and varieties

Overall, although the EOS-500/Rebel XS/KISS can be considered small and lightweight, but within its ultra-compact sized body packs with enough features that easily satisfy many photographers (Some of which also found in higher spec EOS camera models). It is an extremely easy to use, and intuitive camera - perfect for people who are looking for just an SLR camera that offers more than what an APS camera does not provide, interchangeability of lenses with some form of control over image making process. You can switch to manual if you think you like to experience control or just leave the camera to handle everything or decides everything for you. It provides good value of money but due to its original intention to serve as an entry camera, there might have some compromise on quality issue on choice of materials used in its design. Probably, it is not that kind of camera that was designed for heavy duty usage in day to day usage but as long as you do no fall into that category of users, this camera is indeed offers a great deal of value of money.

The EOS-500/Rebel XS/KISS was eventually replaced with an EOS-500N / REBEL G/New EOS Kiss in September 1996.

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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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