Canon announce the EOS 30V Date and EOS 33V film SLR cameras. Both cameras
have the fastest Auto Focus (AF), fastest predictive focus and fastest continuous
shooting speed of any camera in their class. They will track an object closing
at 50kph to up to eight metres from the camera and can fire off four frames
per second - considerably faster than their nearest rivals. The EOS 30V Date
features Eye-controlled 7-point wide area AF for focusing based on user eye
tracking. Both cameras are available as a standard kit, including a Canon EF28-105mm
The robust metal body of each model has been given an ultra-matte coating,
befitting of these superbly specified cameras, designed to appeal to serious
photographers. Both feature a new distance linked E-TTL II flash system and
a high-visibility backlit OLC display that enables the settings to be reviewed
in low-light conditions.
"The new EOS 30V Date and EOS 33V are representative of Canon's commitment
to film SLR photographers", said Malcolm Hills, Head of Canon Consumer
Imaging in the UK and Ireland. "Film remains the basis for a lot of
interesting work in photography and we believe film photographers deserve the
latest and best that technology has to offer".
New E-TTL II flash metering
When used with Canon's dedicated EX Speedlite range of flash units, the EOS
30V Date and EOS 33V employ the new E-TTL II metering system. E-TTL II limits
exposure errors by linking distance information to the 35-zone metering sensor
readings from the pre-flash. Areas with high levels from reflections are ignored
for flash calculation, thus eliminating errors caused by subject reflection.
The new system also allows pre-focus to be used to alter composition without
risking under or over-exposure. The new exposure algorithm is also designed
to expose white objects correctly, resulting in more natural exposures of objects
such as wedding dresses and china.
Focus and metering
7-Point wide area Autofocus (five horizontal focusing points with two above/below
the centre point) ensures focus is rapidly established even when the subject
is not centred. The eye-control function of the EOS 30V Date allows users to
focus on off-centre subjects simply by looking in the direction of the subject,
with no pre-focusing required. 35-Zone evaluative light metering uses twice
as many metering zones as competing brands, taking readings from across the
entire frame to deliver consistently accurate exposures. An evaluation algorithm
identifies and subsequently rejects particularly bright zones. This reduces
the risk of irregular exposures and ensures balanced exposure - even in difficult
The film transport, shutter operation and mirror operation noise levels have
all been reduced to make this the quietest EOS in the range. The stylish blue
light of the back-lit OLC display will further appeal to photographers shooting
in low-light conditions where discretion is required, such as theatre productions.
Viewfinder blackout has been reduced to less than 155ms at shutter speeds above
The EOS 30V Date and EOS 33V are designed to put control and flexibility into
the photographer's hands. Exposure modes include Program (P), Shutter-priority
(Tv), Aperture-priority (Av), Manual (M) and Auto depth of field (A-Dep). A-Dep
measures closest and furthest focusing points in the frame before selecting
the best settings for optimum depth of field. Six PIC program modes include
Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, and Night Scene. Shutter speeds range
from 1/4000 to 30 seconds and bulb exposure. The EOS 30V Date allows variable
format date and/or time data to be recorded on the negative.
ccessories and lenses
Optional extras include a battery pack BP-300 and a semi-hard case EH-14L. As
with all Canon EOS cameras, the EOS 30V Date and EOS 33V work with any of the
lenses in Canon's extensive EF range.