Canon announces Elan 7N/7NE

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    fruitbat Guest

    fruitbat, Feb 9, 2004
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    David Guest

    "> Successors to 7/7E.
    Hmmm. I was pretty impressed with the autofocus on the 7e. Cool. A shame
    I got a 10D!

    Dave
    earguy
     
    David, Feb 9, 2004
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    DM Guest

    I wonder what they're drinking (or shooting up their arms) at Canon.
    The Elan-7 is such a new model. The 3 is due for a revamp, though.
    The only diff is the ETTL-II and supposedly faster AF, as compared
    to the Elan-7. The 3 could do with a quiet mirror and shutter and
    ETTL-II. That'd be killer.
     
    DM, Feb 10, 2004
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  4. I like the sound of this. I love my EOS 33 (a.k.a. Elan 7), so this sound
    like more of the same, but better! Yum!
    Thanks for the info.
     
    Steve Marshall, Feb 10, 2004
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    fruitbat Guest

    The LCD backlight would be nice, too. Last time I tried to do
    astrophotography with my 7E, it would have been easier to check the
    camera settings if I didn't have to hold a flashlight while I was
    messing with the buttons... The faster AF I might not notice (then
    again I might), but I'm interested in the E-TTL II. If I could sell my
    7E (near mint) for $250 or so on eBay, I'd be tempted to buy the 7NE.
    Otherwise, like you said, probably not worth it...

    Jeff
     
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    H. S. Guest

    Yup, these two things interest me the most as well: E-TTL II and the
    glowing control symbols and LCD backlight (It *does* have glowing
    control symbols, right?).

    ->HS
     
    H. S., Feb 10, 2004
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    Bill Tuthill Guest

    Agreed.

    So still no low-light red/IR focus-assist lamp on the 7N or 7NE?

    (The latter model makes me think of the Knights Who Say [7] NE
    from Monty Python's "Quest for the Holy Grail".)
     
    Bill Tuthill, Feb 10, 2004
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  8. $I wonder what they're drinking (or shooting up their arms) at Canon.
    $The Elan-7 is such a new model. The 3 is due for a revamp, though.

    On the other hand, I'd imagine they sell a lot more 7s than 3s,
    making it easier to recover the R&D investment.

    Also, Canon has recently had a habit of making relatively minor
    adjustments to the Rebel family, resulting in a plethora of current
    and recent models with, in many cases, little difference between them.
    Any changes they've made to their higher-end models have tended to
    be major advances. I doubt that a great number of 3 owners would
    upgrade to a hypothetical 3N with slightly faster AF and E-TTL II
    as the only substantive changes, and given the price gap, this
    body wouldn't prompt a lot of Elan or Rebel users to upgrade, either.[/QUOTE]
     
    Stephen M. Dunn, Feb 10, 2004
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    Clicker Guest

    I hate it when they do that. ;-) Just picked up the 7E for xmas this
    year. So far I love it. Learning a new feature every day. Should only
    take a year or two to master the darn thing.
     
    Clicker, Feb 10, 2004
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    end user too Guest

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    H. S. Guest

    with the Eye-Control feature. The user can choose the focusing point in
    the direction of the subject just by looking towards the subject through
    the viewfinder.

    ->HS
     
    H. S., Feb 10, 2004
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    Bruce Graham Guest

    I read once that the reason canon did not use the distance info for
    flash exposure was patent related (no idea if this was true, just
    repeating a plausible rumour). If that is true, I would guess the
    patents have expired. Now the EOS 3 already has fast AF, so a simple
    firmware upgrade for ETTL-2 is probably all that is required. That is
    the sort of service they can offer pros but consumers get to see a
    "new" model.

    This sounds like a cost-reduction exercise at the factory with some
    benefits for the user.

    1. use 10D AF circuitry. reduce inventories and total parts count/cost.

    2. make a minor update to the flash firmware. This is probably only a
    very minor improvement or they would have licensed the original patents
    years ago. (ETTL works fine for me usually, but I agree distance info is
    nice).

    3. ignore all the other user requests like IR AF assist and a smaller
    spot meter circle.

    4. reduce price a bit due to 1. above after the hype of the new model
    dies down.

    I still like my EOS30 (Elan 7E) which I purchased 2 years ago thinking I
    would replace it about now with a digital body. For my (limited) use, it
    still works well and I will probably wait another year or more before I
    buy a digital body. (I do have a scanner as an interim solution).

    Bruce Graham
     
    Bruce Graham, Feb 11, 2004
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