Compact EOS SLR?
I recently bought the Canon 40mm 2.8 pancake for my DSLR and really like it, and am wondering whether there are any EOS film cameras that would take the lens? Preferably something small-ish in keeping with the style. I have a range of FD cameras and glass but never got into their later bodies, so know very little about them, stuff like will the pancake auto focus?
I picked up a brand new Canon EOS 300 at a Camera Fair 3 or 4 years ago for £10, it's small and light. The seller had quite a few and I'd guess they came from bundled sets that were surplus stock. I bought an EOS (not film) for my wife a couple of months ago that was obviously from a bundled set and an image stabilised lens for my niece (separate sellers).
I'd look at the 500 or the 1000 as they are really small EOS bodies but still retain all the functionality of the lower body models.
a 1V will set you back about $2-400, a 3 or 1n are about $1-300, a 5 might cost you $50-100.
Besides those few, almost every other EOS film body are less than $30. Try out a rebel or something for extreme compactness. If you don't like whichever body you get you can just onsell it for a net loss of shipping-cost (if that).
I use my 40mm on my EOS 3, it works great for street-shooting with the eye-control focus, and it's not too big for me (although it's a lot bigger than my Bessa R3A with Nokton 40/1.4).
Regarding AF, be aware that there was a product advisory about the AF on the 40mm not working in certain circumstances.
It only affected the first few made (like mine, I bought it the day after it was announced), it happens on my 3 (and d***l) occasionally, but the disconnect-reconnect workaround works (I've never updated the firmware for a permanent fix, because I don't have a 5D3 or 1DX to do it).
If you've bought it recently, no need to worry about any AF issues.
The EOS Rebel 2000 and EOS Elan are very light cameras due to the lower build quality. Great for walking around super compact 35mm. They are available from KEH for next to nothing. I bought one from KEH for $12, and the shutter turned out to be sticky. They said it wasn't worth shipping back and credited me the $12! Great people.
I used to have a Rebel X, which is basically an EOS lens mount with a little bit of plastic wrapped around it. I think I paid US$6 for it at KEH---I was just looking the other day and inflation had brought that up to US$7 now. :-) Quite a functional little SLR, if plasticky-feeling. The electronics eventually died and I may buy another, if I ever get back to shooting much 35mm.
The EOS 300 is also known as the EOS Rebel 2000 in North America - and is indeed very light and reasonably small.
Originally Posted by Ian Grant
It is even fairly light and small with the BP200 battery grip.
My 40mm pancake lens and it go together quite well :).
Thanks for the replies, I'll check them all.
EOS 630 would be my suggestion.
My pancake 40 is mounted to an Elan 7NE. Love it. When I finish the roll I'm switching it over to the RT, just for the smallness of it.