Canon Elan 7NE worth the cost? Or is Eye Control Focus all HYPE????

Discussion in 'Canon' started by Radio913, Jul 19, 2004.

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    Radio913 Guest


    I'm thinking of getting a Rebel Ti, with a decent zoom.

    Then the Elan 7ne caught my eye:

    But does this eye control focus really work well? Or is this marketing
    hype>? The 7ne is somewhere around 2 hundred more than a Rebel Ti,
    so i'd like to know if it's worth the extra money.

    Thanks in advance.

    Radio913, Jul 19, 2004
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  2. People seem to like the eye control - I've never used it so I can't
    comment. The Elan 7Ns do have better AF and construction than the Rebel
    line. If that's important to you, I'd worry more about the cost
    difference between the 7N and the 7Ne.
    Brian C. Baird, Jul 19, 2004
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    xryx Guest

    I have an Elan IIe and I really like the eye controlled focus. My
    mother has the same camera and to my knowledge has never used the eye
    control. I would suggest trying to get to a camera store and play with it.
    To calibrate it takes me less than a minute, if it's the same process on
    the 7 it might take two due to additional AF points.

    That being said. When faced with a similar decision I chose an older Elan
    vs the Rebel Ti based on interface. The Rebel was lighter and smaller but
    I felt the Elan was a much more *manual* friendly giving me the ability to
    change settings and functions in a much more tactile way. (Ok, I really
    like the big dial on the back). I can't tell you how much handling the
    cameras in person did for my decision making.


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    xryx, Jul 19, 2004
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    Tony Spadaro Guest

    The Elans have a lot of improvements over the Rebels - including a faster
    interface. If you plan on doing a lot of photography it is worth the extra.
    As to ECF I like it and my wife likes it, but I stopped using mine as my
    eyes got worse. I now use only the center focus point and re-compose - it's
    the only way I know what I've focused on, and even that can be dodgy at
    Give it a try in a store and it might help you decide.
    Tony Spadaro, Jul 19, 2004
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    Dave Guest

    I also have an Elan IIE, and the eye control autofocus is worth having.
    A cool toy? Maybe, but once you use it a few times you will be disappointed
    to lose it. Overall the IIE is everything I wanted.

    A weak point is the difficulty focusing in low contrast situations (dark
    rooms, etc). It would be nice to have a true spotmeter, rather than the 9.5
    deg spot. Also, I always wanted a full frame viewfinder, though it is hard
    to tell the difference on my camera. I can't say much about later models,
    don't know. What I can tell you is that my camera is rarely to blame for my
    weakest pictures, and my camera has never limited my imagination.

    Dave, Jul 20, 2004
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    Borghesia Guest

    Great goodlooking and well balanced camera, also very good metering.
    I also find it a pitty that it hasn't a full frame finder and the
    ability to change finder glasses.
    The handling and use is far better than the Eos 300 / rebel.

    Borghesia, Jul 20, 2004
  7. I've heard this explained as a result of the eye-controlled focus
    Brian C. Baird, Jul 20, 2004
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    Skip M Guest

    I heard that, too, and that might be valid, if it weren't for the thought
    that the non eyecontrol version doesn't have it, either...
    Also heard that as the reason the Elan IIE didn't have a built in diopter
    adjustment, but the 7E does, doesn't it?
    Skip M, Jul 21, 2004
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