Downtown with a Canon EOS3




In March or April I bought a Canon EOS3 that was advertised locally. It lacked a few small items like eyecup and weather plugs for various socket holes but that was reflected in a very good price. And as it turns out my Elan eyecups are the same and that is the one bit that I feel I need to shoot this camera comfortably, being a glasses wearer. I expect the little rubber plugs/caps are not that hard to find either.

These pictures are my first roll shot through the camera on a nice day in April, but only scanned this week. It is Fuji Superia 200 and my Filmtrackr notes indicate I metered it at ISO320. This is an error, of one kind or another. Either I did meter it at 320 (though the images don’t look that way) in which case I was thinking it was 400ISO film even though the notes say 200. Perhaps I metered it correctly, or I just got turned around and underexposed the film a bit when I intended to over-expose a bit. So, what all this means is I am not sure how I metered the film, but as you can see it came out pretty well which ever way the metering went.


I dressed the Canon EOS3 with an EF 50/f1.4 USM lens which is always a good place to start when testing an EOS mount camera as I use that lens a lot on my DSLR and know its performance well. I did take a couple of shots with a pinhole body cap (f222), one of which came out more or less (a subsequent roll from this camera will show more from that device).

I am not going to review the EOS3 in detail – it is a far more complex camera than I usually shoot for film and is well reviewed on the internet already. In most ways the EOS3 is comparable to my 5D Mark II – not quite the very top of the line pro SLR/DSLR, but very close. It does have eye-controlled focusing which I am messing with a bit to see if I can make it work with my glasses on and there are signs it might work once I have trained it enough. It has many more focus points than the 5Dii and seems to focus just as quickly and accurately as the more modern camera. It does not have a built-in dioptric compensation which is a bit of a drag as I don’t want to buy one without being able to try it to see if it is right.


The camera is hefty, similar to the 5Dii in dimensions. It is weather-proofed to a greater degree than the Canon Elan series cameras I own, which is one reason I bought it. In this respect it seems on par with the 5Dii, which I have been able to fog up the LED windows on a couple of times with horrid wet or snowy weather, but haven’t yet overdone it to the point of damage. I also bought it because the Elan series cameras, which I like very much (especially the 7N) are more cheaply made and have parts fail, especially the door latches which are plastic and getting hard to find. The EOS3 pays the price by being heavier so this is not a casual about town camera. But then the Elans are not either – that is why I have little pocket film cameras.


This promises to be a very reliable camera with predictable results – a nice companion to the 5Dii as it takes the same lenses, flash units and all that stuff that I already own. I think the results speak well for this camera – I am pretty thrilled with some of these photos, and am reminded also to use Fuji Superia 200 more often, it really is a nice film.



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2016-42: Canon EOS3, 50/1.4 lens, Fuji Superia 200, possibly metered at ISO320, commercially developed, home scanned.



14 thoughts on “Downtown with a Canon EOS3

    • Thanks Lou! Fuji ProH is not my first choice either, but I kind of like the magenta cast, in certain situations. I think Superia 200 is head and shoulders above Superia X-Tra 400 (a film I like quite a lot) – I frequently am struck by the difference (colour, grain, etc). It’s too bad ISO400 is so much more useful in general use than 200, at least for half the year.


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    • Hi Barnaby, I thought I had replied to this, but it must have disappeared into an electronic ether.
      Around here they seem to go for CAN$200-250 if you can find one. I felt pretty lucky to get this one for $80. It is missing the rubber terminus covers/caps on the body, but they can be found for a few dollars, if I get around to ordering some. Shipping is more than the caps, which I always find irritating when it is so obviously a big mark up.

      I could easily feel overwhelmed by the complexity of this camera. Luckily the time I have put into learning the 5Dii and Elan series cameras make a lot about this camera familiar. But, anyone could shoot this camera with an AF lens in P mode and get great shots.

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    • Thank you Donald.
      It is frustrating that I don’t remember what I did as these are excellent exposures. I did not do the scanning, so can’t comment on how much work they were to scan, but you can’t really hide an underexposed image with scanning magic. There was only one shot that seemed under exposed a bit, or rather which seemed poorly scanned. That was the bridge photo which I had to pull down the blacks and shadows a bit and boost the contrast to get it closer to where it should be.
      The two other rolls I have shot with this camera are not a good test for this kind of thing, as you will be seeing soon. One is Rollei CR200 which is an awkward film at the best of times, and which I shot at 160 not 200. The other is Agfa Vista 200, but mostly long exposure experiments with a pinhole body cap. There are a few shots at box speed with a lens, and they are well exposed – definitely not a bit overexposed which one might expect if I did underexpose this roll by 2/3 of a stop.
      So, these are all clues as to exactly what kind of note taking mess I made. The only real answer will come from putting more Superia 200 through the camera with different exposure compensation.


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    Roll 42 of my 52Rolls project is the first one I ran through a Canon EOS3. It is the rest of the roll which this morning’s diagonal splendor came from, and one of the consistently interesting and best rolls of film I have shot this year. So, you won’t be disappointed if you check it out on 52Rolls at this link:


    • I think it may be the best of the consumer grade colour films, at least of the various ones I have tried. Nice colours, good grain, forgiving exposure latitude.


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