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Technical Specification for EOS-5 QD & EOS-A2/A2e

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Models: EOS-5 QD, EOS A2 / EOS A2E (North America),
QD version is also available
November 1992. Discontinued: February, 2000
Type: 35mm focal plane shutter SLR (single-lens reflex) camera with autofocus, auto exposure, built-in flash and built-in motor drive.
Lens Mount: Canon EF Mount (electronic signal transfer system).
Usable Lenses: Canon EF lenses.
Viewfinder: Fixed eye-level pentaprism. Gives 92% vertical, 94% horizontal coverage of actual picture area and 0.73x magnification with 50mm lens at infinity.
Center AF marks for AF focusing point, Spot metering, calibration and Depth of Field check mark. Green LEDs for in-focus indicator, eye-select mode indicator, AE, AE lock, and flash ready and digital meter on Manual (not available on A2/A2e).

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Standard Dioptre: Adjusted to - 1 dot
Focusing Screen: Interchangeable, full surface laser-matte screens, exchanged from the lense mount. (1) Screen with autofocus frames (EOS5symbol1.gif) (standard screen); (2) Screen with actual focusing sensor marks (EOS5symbol2.gif); (3) Matte screen with grid; (4) Matte screen with scale; (5) All matte screen.

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Viewfinder information:
1) Inside image area
a) Autofocus frames b) Illumination of mothers frames by a superimposed display c) Depth-of Field Check Mark 2) Below image area: Numbers and characters displayed by 7-segment LCD (yellow-green): a) Shutter speed (out-of-coupling-range warning: blinks at 2 Hz) b) Aperture value (out-of-coupling-range warning; blinks at 2 Hz
c) Depth of Field AE mode (dEP1, dEP 2)
3) Below image area: LCD mask display (yellow-green)
1) EOS5symbol3.gif AE luck 2) ±,+: Exposure display dot scale, 1/2 stop increments (± 2 stops) 2-1) 1. Exposure compensation amount (in AE modes) 2-2) 2. Flash exposure compensation mount 2-3) Manual exposure level 2-4) AEB stop setting
c) EOS5symbol4.gif: Lights when flash exposure compensation is set
d) EOS5symbol5.gif: Flash charge completion
e) EOS5symbol6.gif: Lights when Eye Select Is on
f) EOS5symbol7.gif: AF in-focus (blinks at 2 Hz if focus is impossible)

Mirror: Quick-return half-mirror Shutter: Vertical-travel, focal plane shutter with all speeds electronically controlled. First and second curtain operation controlled by a dedicated release-type electromagnetic control system. Shutter Speed: 1/8800-80 sec. and bulb. X-sync is 1/200 sec. Set in 1/2-step increments.
The Canon EOS 5 puts you in control, even when you are shooting in the fully automatic modes. The viewfinder display shows a full readout of exposure data, giving you the chance to change modes or introduce compensation. On top of the camera, the LCD panel offers a comprehensive status report of all the camera functions.

Credit: Images was scanned from a Canon EOS-5QD sales catalogue.
AF Control System: TTL-SlR (Secondary Image Registration) phase detection type using CROSS-type BASIS (Base-Stored Image Sensor). Three autofocus modes available, One-shot AF, Focus prediction AI Servo AF and One-shot AF/AI Servo, AF auto switching.
Manual focusing: possible.
AF Working Range: EV 0-18 at ISO 100.
AF Auxiliary Light: Automatically emitted when necessary in a pattern corresponding to the 5 focusing points.

Exposure Control
Light Metering: TTL full-aperture metering using 16-zones SPC (silicon photocell). Three metering modes available: Evaluative Metering (corresponds to 5 focusing points), Spot Metering (occupies approx. 3.5% of finder area) and Centre-Weighted Average Metering. Metering system also rotates automatically when shooting vertically.
Metering Range: EV - 1 to 20 conversion with 50min f/1.4 lens at ISO 100) (normal temperature)
Film Speed Setting: Automatically set according to DX code (ISO/ASA 25 -5000) OR set by user ASA/ISO 6-6400.
Shooting Modes: 1. Program AE 2. Shutter-priority AE 3. Aperture-priority AE 4. Depth-of-field AE 5. Full Auto mode 6. Programmed Image Control (Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports) 7. A -TTL, Flash program AE (A -TTL programmed flash AE with external 540 EZ, 300EZ or equivalent) 8. TTL Flash program AE 9. X mode for use with strobes connected to PC terminal (1/60 sec. -1/200 sec.) 10. Manual exposure
Exposure Compensation: +/- 2 stops in 1/2-stop increments.
Auto Exposure Bracketing: +/- 2 stops in 1/2-stop increments, Three continuous exposures taken in sequence: one under, one at the standard metered value, and one over.

Film Transport
Film Loading: Automatic. Film automatically advances to first frame whenever film back cover is closed.
Film Advance: Automatic using dedicated miniature motor. Two modes are available: Single exposure and continuous exposure (Switchable between "CHi" and "C".
Film Rewind: Automatic rewind at end of roll.
Frame Counter: Provided. Counts down on external LCD panel (counts up during prewind loading).
Multiple Exposures: Possible, Maximum 9 exposures only

Built-in Flash
Type: Retractable, TTL automatic exposure flash housed in the pentaprism By-pass control system.
Guide Number(ISO 100, m): 13 (28mm) - 17 (80mm). The shooting distance range changes according to film speed.
Recycling Time: Approx. 2 sec
Flash Coverage Angle: Automatically zooms to cover the field of view of 28mm, 50mm and 80mm focal lengths.
Flash Fixing: 1) In creative zone modes, forced firing is possible by popping up the Bush with the flash-pop up switch. 2) In Full Auto and Programmed Image Control modes (portrait close-up), the flash automatically pops up and fires in low light or backlit conditions.
Flash Duration: approx. 1 ms or less.
Flash Control System: 1) Program mode: Automatically set to 1/60 sec. - 1/200 sec. 2) AV-AE mode: Automatically set to 30 sec. - 1/200 sec. according to the set aperture value and ambient light level. 3) TV-AE, Manual: Any desired shutter speed up to 1/200 sec. can be selected in 1/2-stop increments. 4) X mode: Shutter speeds of 1/200, 1/125, 1/90 and 1/60 sec. can be selected.
Shooting Distance Range: 3.29 -12.50 ft / 1-3.8m (Based on ISO 100 print film. The shooting distance range changes according to film speed.)
AF Auxiliary Light: Automatically emitted when the shutter button is pressed halfway when necessary. Effective distance range: 16.43 ft/5m.

Camera Shake Warning: Camera-shake indicator blinks in viewfinder when the shutter speed (Tv auto) falls below 1/focal length minus 0-0.5 f-stop in Full Auto mode or a Programmed Image Control mode.
Red-Eye Reduction Function: Applicable for all shooting modes.
Self-Timer: Electronically controlled with a 10-sec.
Date Imprint (
EOS-5 QD only): Four formats available with a built-in date/time function using dot LCD and automatic calendar with built-in quartz digital/time clock. Programmed lapsed year is up to 2019.
Multiple Exposures: Up to nine (9) exposures can be present. Automatically clears upon completion.
Remote Control: 3-pin remote control
External Flash: Hot shoe, and PC socket for external flash.
Custom Function Control: 16 built in custom fractions selectable by user.

CUSTOM FUNCTION CONTROL CHART The Custom Functions let you configure the EOS 5 to suit your personal style of photography. You can leave each of 16 different functions at the factory setting, or change them to provide an alternative function.

1. Set rewinding to silent mode.
2. Leave the film leader out after auto rewind.
3. Do not automatically set film speed using DX code.
4. Change the AE lock button to an AF activation button.
5. During single-frame shooting, allow the next shutter release only after SW-l OFF.
6. Cancel AF operation with the AE lock button.
7. Do not emit the AF auxiliary light.
8. Do not reset multiple exposure operation after one frame.
9. Fix shutter speed at 1/200 sec. when using flash in aperture-priority mode.
10. Cancel superimposed indications in the viewfinder.
11. Close down the aperture (Depth-of-Field Check) when AE lock button is pressed.
12. Set the self-timer delay to 2 seconds and lock the mirror up at SW-2 ON.
13. Turn the metering timer off.
14. Set the built-in flash for second-curtain sync operation.
15. Link partial metering with the focusing points.
16. Do not automatically reduce flash output for daylight fill-in flash.

Power Source
Battery: Battery: One six-volt lithium battery (2CR5) supplies power to body and built-in flash.
Battery Check: Battery automatically checked when command dial moved to position other than 'L'. Battery condition indicator displayed on LCD panel.
Optional Power Source): BP-5 External Power pack, uses 4 x D size NiCd cells.

Date Imprinting Function of the Canon EOS-5 QD

: Built-in LCD (liquid crystal display), quartz digital automatic calendar and clock. Programmed to cover the period 1992-2029 -corrections automatically made for long and short months and leap years.

Imprint Formats
: (1) Year/Month/Day (2) Day/Hour/Minute (3) Month/Day/Year (4) Day/Month/Year. Can be turned off if NO imprint desired.
Clock Accuracy: Accurate within 90 sec. per month at moderate temperatures 68
° F / 20° C.
Power Source: CR2025 3V lithium
Battery Life: about three years.

Recommended Accessories: Vertical Holding Grip VG-10 which provides secondary functions such as vertical format shooting, with an additional shutter release, AE-Lock button, main control wheel and AF point sensor selector.

Dimensions: 154mm (w) x 121mm (11) x 75mm (D)
Weight: 665g without battery (body only).
* In some situations, Eye Controlled Focus may not be possible. All data are based on Canon's Standard Test Method. Subject to change without notice.

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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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