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SLR Cameras - Additional information on Canon EOS-5 QD & EOS-A2/A2e

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CANON EOS 5/A2(E) QD (Quartz Date) film-based 135mm (36 x 24mm) format AF-SLR camera,
Approx. Product Cycle: 1992 ~ 2000

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At the Photokina in September of 1992, Canon rocked the entire photographic community with a new EOS SLR that embodied a significant breakthrough in applied technology for AF-SLR cameras. The Canon EOS 5 (or Canon EOS A2(E) as called in North America market) was the first EOS model that uses five autofocus sensors for focus detection. The AF sensors are not just being arranged at dead center but they have two additional outboard at either side horizontally to provide more accurate ad flexible autofocusing. This arrangement permits autofocus to be operated automatically at any of five spots across the image area.

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Other than the multiple sensors, actually the most amazing feature among the impressive list of features of the EOS-5 is, for the first time in an AF SLR camera, provides a very interesting eye-conrolled autofocus function. Probably the technology was adopt and modified from the similar principle found on some of the high end geometrical surveying equipment, the camera employs combination of two IREDs and infrared sensors that track the eye movements of the photographer and activate one of the five autofocus sensor corresponding to the area where the photographer is looking at for focus tracking. The eye-control feature is user calibrated, up to five different eye calibrations for for five different users and/or for different situations of the same user. In theory, the seemingly perfect solution presents a significant breakthrough as it was a quantum leap for autofocusing technology and further strengthened Canon's position as market leader in the highly competitive market place.

Well, the EOS-5 does not confined to just these two major operational improvements. This amazing camera has also perfected many other technological flaws previously faced by Canon as well as many new innovations being incorporated. Unlike the earlier EOS-10S QD, the EOS-5 offers focusing screen interchangeability even both bodies shares the same in-focus hot spots indicator feature. The Whisper Drive mechanism for film advance and rewinding adopted by earlier EOS bodies such as the EOS-100/Elan QD was also used. IT has a similar PIC modes for easy photographic reference but a new inclusion is a foolproof X-mode for users who often shoots with flash where it limits the camera within synchronization shutter speeds when a flash is used. Another feature is the ABC (automatic Bracketing Control) is built-in now.

The Canon EOS-5 (A2E) was also the third EOS body after the Canon EOS-1 and EOS-100/Elan that has the secondary thumb wheel control at the rear section. The dial controls various functions depending on various selected exposure modes you set. When using the manual mode, this permits user to operate the camera single-handedly, in this case, the thumb wheel dial sets the aperture while the main control wheel sets the shutter speed.

Canon EOS-5 (A2E) has a few different configurations and it can be quite confusing when relates to the various designations. Basically, the EOS-5 is referred as Canon A2E in North America. The US model has a sister model called Canon EOS A2, it is an EOS A2E without a built-in flash feature but the camera does has a built-in dioptre adjustment which is not found on the A2E. Overall, the EOS-5 and Canon A2E are essentially the same EXCEPT the A2E model doesn't has the active digital bar-code display inside the viewfinder to show changes of exposure settings. Instead, it has only a simple + and - indicator. Further, the A2E's built-in flash WILL NOT automatically pops up and charged up when light level drops to situations where the camera's meter calls for artifi