Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Canon EOS 3 Homemade Manual: The Basics

Here I am starting something new again: film photography. It appears I was a good enough girl this year and Father Christmas awarded me a mint condition Canon EOS 3! And so my learning in analogue photography begins and I'm going to document a bit of it here on the blog starting today.

What have I learnt so far? Well firstly I learn that the hardest thing about starting up in film is that online tutorials and information aren't what they are for digital. My "new" film camera came wrapped in bubble wrap, no box, no manual, not so much as a sticker telling what batteries it needed. I've almost had it a month now and I thought I'd throw together a little manual of the basics because whilst the original manual is out there, it's 146 pages long and if you're like me, when you get a new toy you just want to know how to tear it open and play! 

Here we go, the basics.

The Canon EOS 3 is a 35mm analogue camera. You need 35mm film and 2CR5 lithium batteries, two of. There's a plastic screw underneath that you untwist to insert the batteries. 



Shutter button - Where you expect it to be, it makes a brilliant sound when you take a picture.

To release the back to insert/remove film press the "Camera Back Lock Release" button and slide the "Camera Back Lever". The whole back will spring open. Have a look at this video to see how to load the film.

Lens release is the same as it is on a digital camera. Worth noting that this camera mounts all my EF lenses no problem. 


To select through any of the modes (metering, shooting, AF, ISO, focus selection or aperture) hold down the button labeled and roll through the options with the "Main Dial". 

If no other button is held down the "Main Dial" adjusts shutter speed.

The ISO should automatically select itself by reading the film when it is loaded, you do not need to change this between rolls of different ISOs to get an accurate light meter reading.


Eye Piece - The light meter reading is to the right as you look through. Check what metering mode you have, I'm relying mostly on "Spot Metering" where I point the centre of the camera where I want to check exposure, adjust the settings and then frame up the shot.

Main Switch - Top is camera on with beeps enabled when focus locks, middle is camera on in silent mode and bottom is camera off.

Quick Control Dial - Adjusts aperture.

There you have go, everything you need just to get snapping with the Canon EOS 3. I'm still to learn the finer points relating to metering, focus selection, exposure compensation and a million other things but this is what got me started so I hope it help you too! :)

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