talkin bout camerasa blog by Branden Frederick

Canon EOS 3

Published 3 Dec 2018 – Updated 3 Dec 2018

film on easy mode

The Canon EOS 3 is the pinnacle of Canon's EOS film line. It is everything you ever want from a 35mm film camera except being small. It loads film automatically, exposes automatically, focuses automatically, compensates for tricky lighting automatically, and works with any and every of the hundreds of Canon EF lens models, flashes, and other modern accessories. It is as close to shooting digital as film gets.

How boring.

The EOS 3 wearing the quintessential EF 50mm f/1.4

I picked this up after being frustrated with older, lower-end models in Canon's EOS line of cameras. "Ugh! Why don't these cameras work better?" Well, the EOS 3 is definitely the answer to that frustration. Everything* that the current Canon digital cameras do, the EOS 3 does, but on film. It is remarkable that way.

*ok, not everything

Also I bought some flash color gels. Can you tell?

So my problem with the EOS 3 really is that there is no problem. It just makes shooting film boring. The camera is doing so much automatically that I might as well be using my old Canon 5D2. And that's not what I want from my film experience, so I sold the EOS 3. It's not that it's a bad camera – no, far from it. It's just that I'm shooting film to connect in a visceral way with the resulting photo, and the EOS 3 doesn't offer that.

I put a spirit level in the flash shoe for no real reason.

The EOS 3 did inspire me to do a hard return to manual cameras, though. Joining the EOS 3 out the door were all other automatic 35mm film cameras I had. I have that beautiful Leica M3; I should use it gosh darnit.

And now, some sample photos

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about Branden Frederick

I am a photographer: I have fun taking photos, and I always have.

I've had a camera in my hand my whole life, a 110 camera as a kid, and the high school's 35mm SLR later. In 2008 I spent six months doing nothing but taking photos and loved it. From that point on I've had my camera surgically attached to my hand (I lie). I went digital in the year 2000, and I came back to film in 2013. My parents tell me my photos are "nice".

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