Canon EOS Elan IIE 35mm SLR Film Camera with 28-80 mm lens Kit Reviews

Canon EOS Elan IIE 35mm SLR Film Camera with 28-80 mm lens Kit

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  • Canon EOS Elan IIE - The Intimidator; No Competitor Even Comes Close!

    Jun 10, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Advanced photographic capabilities without paying thousands of dollars, simple and straight-forward to use, ergonomic design.
    Cons: If you are a beginner, this might be a complicated camera

    Summary: Everyone has a favorite blanket or something that makes them feel secure when they are away from home. For me, this is the Canon EOS Elan IIE 35mm auto-focus camera. My camera of choice when I go on vacations or weekend getaways is my trusted EOS ... read more

  • Film isn't dead yet

    Oct 13, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Weight, EF lens Mount, 6 zone metering
    Cons: Picky about what lenses will work, Battery Door

    Summary: I still haven't made the final jump to digital, I have a small digital camera but it just doesn't compare to results a good SLR, good lens and good film can provide. I purchased this camera in March used to replace my old Canon EOS 650. ... read more

  • Fabulous Camera!

    Feb 20, 2005 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: can do everything a more expensive camera can, canon quality
    Cons: nothing substantial

    Summary: I have had my Elan IIE for... six years now. The only "problem" I've ever had with it is that there is some dust/debris inside the viewfinder. I'm not sure how it got there, but I've been told the camera has to be taken apart more than I'd like for it to ... read more

  • All the features a serious amateur needs, coupled with an intelligent design!

    Apr 24, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Ergonomic design, easy to understand layout, fast autofocus, mirror lock up.
    Cons: Have to look up custom functions, film advance speed isn't that fast.

    Summary: This is the camera I didn’t think I would ever buy. Previously, I was using an old manual focus Canon AE-1, which I loved. Lenses for it were dirt cheap, and it was a rugged, functional camera. However, one day, I picked a roll of film that I had ... read more

  • An excellent camera

    May 7, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Durable, Easy, Dead reliable, tons of lenses and accessories, all manual mode switch
    Cons: low contrast focusing at f5.6

    Summary: I've had this camera for about 5 years now and have taken pictures with it in various conditions of light, weather and situations. It's an EXCELLENT camera! The ability to switch to full manual mode for exposure/aperture control is what I tend to ... read more

  • Sometimes more isn't better

    Dec 5, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: If the ELAN2 doesn't have the feature/option you "want" maybe you should re-evaluate your wants!
    Cons: cryptic menus, and control markings!

    Summary: I had planned my ELAN 2e as a replacement for an A-1, and F-1... both a bit long in the tooth, and showing their age (besides, the dreaded A-1 shutter squeak was about annoying) I like all the gadgets, and features of the A-1... the ELAN has them all, ... read more

  • Excellent mid-level SLR with great ergonomics.

    Jun 21, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Ergonomics, durability, extremely fast focusing.
    Cons: None, unless you try to make it do something it wasn't intended for.

    Summary: For reference, I'm an advanced amateur photographer who shoots primarily landscape and science documentary-type photography. 99% of my shots are captured on slow speed slide film (i.e. Kodak Ektachrome 100 VS, etc.) Manufacturer's Specifications: ... read more

  • Would I buy it again?

    Aug 13, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Advanced consumer-grade camera with good set of features. EOS-capable lens set. E-TTL flash.
    Cons: Superceeded. slow, hunting AF. Ungainly DOF preview. "ARGH" on grab shots in default AF mode.

    Summary: I've had a Elan IIe for four years now and I'm looking for an excuse to replace it. Part of it is because technology always moves forward, but part of it is that I was never really happy with some of its functions. I should start by ... read more

  • Bargain discontinued camera

    Aug 8, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Bargain now that it has been replaced by the 7.
    Cons: Known issue with battery compartment.

    Summary: With the release of the Elan 7/7e the Elan II/IIe has become a bargain in the used market or from a dealer that wants to empty their remaining inventory. I purchased the Elan II used. It was in mint condition cosmetically. The two features ... read more

  • A smart decision.

    Jun 9, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Everything! Design. Duribility. Function. Cost. A very, very good deal.
    Cons: Ummmmmmmmm......

    Summary: I've seen a lot of trends in photography. High quality digital, low quality digital, film-to-digital conversion... It is all very much over-rated. Unless you spend thousands of dollars, you are not going to get the quality you would get with a ... read more

  • Plenty of bang for beginner to pro

    May 25, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Very easy to use for beginners, with lots of advanced functions available too
    Cons: Canon lenses (NOT the camera) tend to be lower quality, eye-control unnecessary

    Summary: Let me start this review with one simple statement: If you are an INTERMEDIATE or NOVICE photographer -- someone who has taken one or two photography classes, or taken it up as a hobby, or travels a lot, or just wants to take more serious pictures -- ... read more

  • Impressed by the features, and quality

    May 22, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great camera with many features
    Cons: none

    Summary: This camera has just about every feature you could think of. I have owned the Elan II (no eye-start feature) for about 2 years now. I've been doing photography for about 15 years and have my own darkroom. Previous to this camera I had a ... read more

  • Wonderful little body

    Mar 3, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Durable and easy great pics
    Cons: frames per sec

    Summary: I have used this camera professionally for 3 years now. Its been dropped banged and kicked and it still shoots like its $1500 dollar cousins. This camera will let the newbie take proffessional pictures and make the pro users life even easier. ... read more

  • A good camera

    Feb 3, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: This is an excellent camera with many useful features and a reasonable price.
    Cons: film advance is a little slower than I had wished, at night, lcd is dim.

    Summary: I have been using this camera now for about 7-8 months and I have been very satisfied with it. It has proven itself to be rugged thanks to a fall with it while snowboarding. It seems to take excellent pictures, I am very pleased with their quality. The ... read more

  • Great camera

    Jan 31, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Pictures turn out great.
    Cons: May be a little confusing to learn at first.

    Summary: If it the perfect summer vacation and you don't want to miss out on getting pictures then you will like the camera. I was a yearbook photographer and we used this camera. I learned how to use it and the way that i took pictures changed. You can learn how ... read more

  • Say Cheese!!!!

    Jan 31, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy to use and figure out
    Cons: I still do not know how to use a few of the options

    Summary: The Canon EOS really gives you something to smile about. I got mine as a gift, but would have spent the money on it now that I know what I got. As a beginner photographer I was too afraid to spend a lot of money on a camera, but disposable cameras ... read more

  • Buy the Eye focussing model

    Jan 3, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Reliable, doesn't have plastic feel & look, eye focus and depth of field preview
    Cons: price

    Summary: I bought this camera as I was thoroughly impressed with the eye focus model. This really helps in sport/action photography. Also it really helps in candid situations where the subject especially pets and kids, who move around a lot. I also like the fact ... read more

  • A Camera that can Grow with Me

    Dec 17, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy picture taking, great results
    Cons: none

    Summary: When I took photography in college, I had bought a really cheap SLR camera. Now that I'm out in the real world, I finally decided that it was time to invest in a new one. All I wanted was an SLR camera that had auto focus on it. I don't remember too ... read more

  • Responsive, accurate, and comfortable

    Oct 15, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: ergonomic design, quality of construction, excellent exposure/flash integration, and, wow, eye-controlled focus
    Cons: size (minor con), and not all controls are conveniently placed (most are)

    Summary: In spite of just a couple of minor quirks with this camera, it is my favorite of all the cameras that I've owned in my life. I agree with most of the reviews of this camera, so I've tried below to add some thoughts that other reviewers have not ... read more

  • Perfection in a little black and silver box

    Oct 5, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Well made, eye-control focus
    Cons: No lens included

    Summary: So, this is it. This is the one all of you have been waiting for. This camera does everything, and perhaps a little more. I have never owned an SLR camera, but decided that I had to have one. Did my research, asked some friends, and, well, this is ... read more

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