Camera: Canon EOS Elan 7 (Photography Museum)

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Canon EOS Elan 7 (Canon EOS 30 in Europe)

During university my EOS Elan was starting to show its age. It would also have been advantageous to have a second AF EOS body to shoot with (mainly to have different film types loaded at the same time). I was doing a lot of photography, including some commercial work, but didn’t have a lot of money, so I stayed with the same series and purchased the new EOS Elan 7 (released in 2000).

The EOS Elan 7 was lighter than the EOS Elan, but it also felt more plasticky. On the plus side, the EOS Elan 7 had an optional vertical battery grip which conveniently allowed the camera to run on AA’s.

In this period, shooting location commercial work and even a few weddings, I was in need of a quick, compact lighting setup. I opted for Canon’s E-TTL optical wireless multi-flash setup and purchased one each of Canon’s Speedlite 550EX and Speedlite 420EX (both released in 1998). I also extensively used my dad’s Elinchrom mono-lite studio setup.

While I always enjoyed darkroom work and spent a lot of time printing and developing in the black and white dark rooms in university, I have also always done a lot of photographic processing on the computer, first in Photoshop, later in Adobe Camera Raw, and now in Adobe Lightroom. (I got my first Mac and Photoshop 1.0 in 1989). Some time in the late 1990s or early 2000s I purchased a used Canon CanoScan35mm film/slide scanner (probably the 2700F) from my friend Rob. I stopped using the scanner when I stopped shooting slide film (about the same time my Mac computers abandoned the SCSI interface port).

It wasn’t long after I purchased the EOS Elan 7 that I started seriously pursuing digital photography (see Nikon Coolpix 950/990). Thus the EOS Elan 7 didn’t get a lot of use and I didn’t grow very attached to it.

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