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Canon EOS 620 - New in 2016

davidwogan 12 1 United Kingdom
29 May 2016 6:28PM
I completely missed out on Canon's camera and lens innovations in the mid to late 1980s. I was not involved at all in photography then and I was not until the late 1990s that I re-engaged with photography and then it was with Nikon.

In 2006 I bought a Canon 5D and have more or less stuck with the brand ever since. In the last two years, I have become increasingly involved in 35mm film photography, having kept hold of my Nikon LS-4000 scanner that I bought in 2001.

Although my digital gear is Canon, my film kit is anything but Canon. Contax, Yashica and Pentax mainly. I still have the first 35mm SLR that I bought in January 1979 - a Yashica FX-1 and its immediate successor - a Pentax ME.

Recently, out of curiosity; I began to get interested in Canon's EOS film cameras. I was attracted to the idea of matching my 21st century IS L zoom lenses to 20th century film bodies - which have very impressive specifications.

My impression of Canon EOS film SLRs could be summed-up as; Cheap, Plastic, Noisy, Disposable. All of the examples I saw on Ebay were old, worn-out, dirty and shiny. They did not look at all appealing (I recently bought an EOS 30 which was home to lice in the mirror box).

Last week I paid a visit to the web site of the retailer; FFordes in Scotland. They had a number of old EOS cameras, which they were describing as New Old Stock. I though that this worth a try. So I bought a "New" Canon EOS 620 for 59. This was the second of the new EOS models released in May 1987.

It arrived last Saturday morning. The listing didn't mention a box - but what arrived was straight from a time machine. It was in its box, with all the original packaging, the strap was in its unopened, plastic bag; the camera itself was nicely wrapped in its own bag. Quite literally new and unused and unopened - untouched for the last twenty-nine years. It even smells like new!

Thing is, if it had been worn and old and shiny I would probably have dismissed it. But because it is "new", I feel like investing some effort in discovering what the camera can offer. I've put my 24-70 f/4 IS on it and it works perfectly - a great combo. Sure, it makes a noise that is very much 1980s but it is not obtrusive. The AF, even though there is only one point - is seriously fast - as fast as my 1DS II.

Yes, it feels a bit plasticky compared to my Contax RX and Pentax MX. But then, this is a thirty-year-old camera that perfectly complements my modern Canon lenses. I wonder if Canon imagined that scenario back in 1987?

Here are some pics of the 620







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Nigeyboy 11 927 United Kingdom
30 May 2016 8:58AM
Looks like you bagged yourself a proper 'retro' bargain there!
kodachrome 7 720
30 May 2016 9:01AM
Good to see some one still interested in 35mm film,I had a Canon EOS 600 and later a EOS 50, both took excellent pics. I had an Ultrasonic EOS 28-105 and 35-135 zooms.
They went years ago as part exchange for my first DSLR, a Olympus E-510 and 2 kit lenses, I still have them but they are now in semi retirement as I went through a variety of Digital cameras till I settled on a Sony A6000 (and I'm struggling to find decent but affordable E mount lenses) Should have gone back to Canon, at least the lens choice is enormous, new and used.

I also have a pair of Minoltas, an XD-7 and X-500 SLR's, with a variety of Rokkor lenses, F/1.4 and F/1.7 standards and wide angles. Todays lenses struggle to equal their performance IMO. These cameras were lever wind and manual focus, but they keep you on your toes for the basic operations of a 'proper' camera. I still put a few rolls of Fuji Velvia slide film through them now and again. Its great to get the projector out and look at the pics in a darkened room. I thoroughly recommend PEAK processing in Sheffield, mail order, fully mounted ready to project and super E6 processing.
I get more fun and satisfaction using these 2 old Minolta SLR's than any of my digital stuff,
I say long live 35mm film
seahawk 12 1.3k United Kingdom
30 May 2016 10:26AM
David, if you'd like another Canon EOS film camera I have an EOS 1000Fn - you can have it free for the cost of the postage. It's in good condition though not been used in at least 10 years. I have no use for it and I would happily let it go to a good home!
pablophotographer 8 1.2k 352
1 Sep 2016 10:56AM
Put it in good use David. Have you shot any
pictures with it yet? It would bre nice to upload some once you have the film developed.

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