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EOS 888 was introduced after the professional grade Canon EOS -1n (1994) as a new entry level EOS SLR for Asian market in 1995. It was also called the EOS-5000 in some countries. It was a fully automatic AF SLR and featured a few good features with its compact body dimension, low noise operation and a three-focusing points, wide AF focusing area with center-priority focusing.
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The EOS 5000 is very easy to use AF SLR camera. Although it is intended to be camera aiming to tackle entry level users, but it carries many advanced features that employed in many of the far advanced EOS models. Most of its functions are controlled by a single dial on top of the camera. The core camera metering system includes a 6-zone evaluative metering which links to the focusing points. Similarly, the 3-zones flash metering is also linked to various focusing points. The various metering and exposure-control modes are clearly displayed via the external LCD panel with easy to understand viewfinder information. Externally, it has a large mode selection and shutter speed dial. The number "888" carries a heavy commercial flavour as the number signifies good fortune and prosperity which is very appealing to many potential Chinese buyers. Further, a QD with a a built-in digital calendar and clock programmed to the year 2019 in four data formats (Year/Month/Day, Day /Hour /Minute, Month/Day/Year, Day/Month/Year or no print option) imprinting function is also available. Whatever it is, the EOS-888 do has some uncomfortable quality issue, especially in relation to its heavy plastic flavor but it is also easily beng regarded as one of the easiest EOS AF camera to operate. It is priced lower than EOS-500 as its name indicated as a step down version EOS-5000. The camera has no manual exposure control and remains as an fully automatic SLR camera. The closest thing you can use is Shutter Priority AE where you select a preferred shutter speed setting while the camera will match your setting by stopping the lense aperture for a theoretically good exposure. However, the camera has only 1/8 sec to 1/2000 sec labeled on the shutter speed scales but it actually can go down to full 2 sec when operating in full auto mode. The EOS-888/5000 was probably never being marketed directly in the US and eventually it was being updated with an EOS 88 / 3000 in 1999.
The Canon EOS 888 is very compact, lightweight, reasonably feature-packed and with a fully automatic operational control. To some, the heavy plastic flavour may not be that appealing but its main drawing point is its ability to provide an economical entry path to the Canon EF system. It is the kind of camera to bring along when you want to capture fun-filled moments for family and/or those who intend to start a journal in photography without bursting the budget.
For simple shooting, just select one of the four Program Image Control (PIC) mode positions. These will set the camera to shoot Portraits, Landscapes, Close-ups or Sports. Or choose the Full Auto Program mode for general photography. All five settings let the camera take care of both shutter speed and aperture settings. If you want more input, you can select one of the nine shutter speed positions, from 1/8 to 1/2000 sec. leaving the camera to select the best aperture for the exposure. The main dial onto the the panel has the various programmed functions clearly illustrated via icons and once you turned away from any of the icons, you are in shutter speed preferred mode. So, in a way, although the camera is regarded as a entry level model but it does has a vast potential for growth if you intended to pursue further once your photographic skills improve.
The 'B' setting enables you to take pictures with exposure times of several seconds, or more useful for night or special effect photography. The command dial will also set the self-timer, rewind the film mid roll, and lock the shutter to avoid accidental exposures.
Fully Auto Programmed Mode If you are new to photography, just turn the dial on top of the panel to the green rectangle position. It is an ideal setting designed to assist beginners for taking snap shots, with this programmed setting, you should be able to obtain favorable results as long as your subject is covered by the autofocus frame. The camera will check the focal length settings of the lens and even choose a shutter speed which will reduce the effects of camera shake, if the light level is not entirely favorable
Portrait Mode is a setting which helps to assist photographer to take portraits. It emphasizes your subject in the foreground while the background remains softer. The programmed auto will handle other factors to deliver good portraiture photography, especially in relation to taking human figures.
Landscape Mode Intended for letting user to take scenery pictures. The small lens aperture selected by this mode brings everything into focus and is particularly suitable for sweeping mountain scenes, sunset shots and night scene photography.
Close-up Mode One of the increasingly popular mode as many photographers like to take close-up of subjects. For clear, Magnified pictures of flowers or pretty ornaments, this Mode Sets the lense to a small aperture for successful shots.
Sports Mode Ideal for handling fast-moving subjects with the fast shutter speeds to freeze action. This keeps the subject in focus and allows for continuous exposures. Other than using the programmed function of the PIC system, the EOS 888 basically also features a shutter priority AE mode (via the various speeds indicated on the dial). You can simply by selecting a desired shutter speed and it will automatically sets the aperture value according to the lighting conditions around the subject You call also take pictures with creative effects by using slower shutter speeds down to 1/60. This is ideal for low-light photography or capturing objects with a feeling of motion.
Close-up Mode One of the increasingly popular mode as many photographers like to take close-up/Macro of subjects. For clear, Magnified pictures of flowers or pretty ornaments, this Mode Sets the lense to a small aperture for successful shots.
AIM control The EOS 5000 "knows" what you are doing and automatically adjusts to give the best results in a variety of situations. Canon calls this the AIM (Advanced Integrated Multipoint) system. For example, if your subject is to the left of the picture, the focusing sensor on the left will be used. This will activate the exposure sensors on the left of the camera, so that the light reading is also taken from this area, rather than from the centre. The result will be a sharp, well-exposed main subject. Similarly, if the subject is in the centre or to the right, the EOS 5000 will use the appropriate focusing and exposure sensors to give you excellent results time after time. All this happens automatically, leaving you free to concentrate on the subject and the composition.
Evaluative metering The 6-zone evaluative metering system of the EOS 5000 means that you can pointand-shoot. The camera analyses the readings and can identify dfficult lighting situations such as backlit subjects, or pale backgrounds. Exposure compensation is given automatically, so that your photographs can usually be able to achieve reasonably good exposure.
TTL flash The FOS 5000 has a built-in retractable flash unit. This uses TTL metering linked to the selected focusing point, so that even off-centre subjects are correctly exposed. With the flash raised, it will fire every time in the shutter-priority mode, giving fill-in flash for daylight shooting. In the Full Auto and PIC modes it only fires. Naturally, you can take advantage of the entire series of Canon TTL flash models for extended shooting coverage and/or other flash effects.
Lastly, the functional built-in flash system at the finder section when the light level drops to a situation where artificial illumination is required. However, the camera's flash exposure comes with a slow shutter speed which will enable you to record and balance the artificial light with the detail in both nearby subject and an illuminated background of night scene and everything can be done automatically without the hassle of troublesome exposure calculation.
If you like to keep track of when your pictures were taken, you need the QD (Quartz Date) version of the EOS 888. This model features a built-in digital calendar and clock programmed to the year 2019. Data is printed in the bottom right corner of the film frame in one of the following four data formats: Year/Month/Day, Day /Hour /Minute, Month/Day/Year, Day/Month/Year. The printer can be turned off when no imprint is required.
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The top view of the EOS 5000 is identical to the EOS 888.
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The viewfinder display is simple and straight forward, with only essential information pertaining to picture taking data illustrated at the bottom section of the viewfield. The center of the picture frame has a center ring signifies partial metering area with three AF focusing indicators (3 points cross-type BASIS (1+1) and Center AF mark, wide AF frame) position horizontally. The top panel LCD display shows critical information relating to exposures as well as battery status.
The EOS 888 can be enhanced with a whole range of Canon EF lenses. Whatever level of photography you're at, you'll have a wide choice from the ever-expanding EF range.
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One of the most popular len type used among photographers. It is flexible and very handy. For an example, when you can't or don't want to get close to the subject, zoom lenses provide a range of focal lengths. For example, from 75 mm to 300 mm - with the view angle changing accordingly.
The wide angle lens lets you get closer to the subject while giving more coverage. This is ideal for taking interior shots or group and landscape pictures. The prime wideangle lense has less following than comparing zoom lenses but generally, most of the prime lenses have faster maximum lense speed and singularly there are cheaper than many comparing high performance zoom lenses with exotic lense specifications.
There are a number of special applications lenses in the EF lens family for you to tackle many photographic opportunities The EF Macro Lens is one of such lens type, it is perfect for close-up photography since it gives you life-size images while retaining full autofocus and automatic exposure facilities.
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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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