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The 50E is an old fashioned Single Lens Reflex camera (that's look through the lens to you and me) which has been around for 5+ years now.
It is know as the Rebel in the US and other countries but is basically the same.
The camera would be an excellent budget buy for a beginner, or a good second hand buy for those wanting a cheaper option or second camera.
It can come with a range of lenses - depends on package/store. I bought this with a 35-80mm Canon USM lens and later bought a 35-300mm Tamron lens to enable all shots from one lens.
Reliability ------------- Had this for years now with not a thing wrong. Excellent build despite plastic parts in some places.
Pictures ------------ Leave it on auto and 99% of all shots will be infocus and correctly exposed. It struggles with bright backgrounds on darker subjects so you have to learn to spot this and correct manually.
The pluses --------------- Small enough to be useable by men and woman - some SLRs are heavy and too big for small hands but not this one.
Features - good range of speeds up to 1/2000 and adjustments easily accessed from buttons on the rear of the case. The jewel is the 3 spot eye focusing feature. Basically you can set it to focus where you look. Neat and it really works. More modern Canons have 7 or 9 focusing spots but this is enough for any amateur.
Exposure control can be left on a very competent automatic, or set to a variety of modes for portrait, landscape and action.
The unit has a built in power wind which can take about a picture every 0.5 seconds, so action photos are easy.
Canon lenses can be interchanged onto the next Canon SLR you buy (film or digital).
The minuses ------------------ Old tech now but should be reflected in the price. Best buy second hand.
Film - it suits me nicely with a portable digital camera along side it. The quality is better but still a hassle getting the films developed and printed.
Overall ---------- I cannot recommend Canon highly enough. This camera was and is excellent.
Status: New - Hove Foto Books - User Guide - Canon EOS 50 / 50E (Elan 11 / 11E) The series ... more
of Hove Foto Books User Guides take an SLR film camera's manual one step further. Generally more in-depth than the original manual, each book's author is very well versed with the camera in question so you are helped through the use of each of the camera's functions rather than just told what it can do. This book covers the CANON EOS 50 50E (Elan 11 / 11E in USA) 35mm film camera. These are the publisher's final stocks of this title and the price includes 1st class P+P in the UK.