The Cameras

“The collector’s need is precisely for excess, for surfeit, for profussion … A collection is always more than is necessary.”

Susan Sontag, The Volcano Lover

Cameras come in two flavours: the one is a complete camera with a lens and the other is a camera with a detachable lens. Under the Heading of “Cameras” we include complete cameras and the bodies of cameras with interchangeable lenses. So, in this section, the word Cameras means the camera bodies where lenses detach. Lenses we will deal with seperately under their own heading.

Canon cameras and lenses can be divided into groupings or “Series”. Intentional, or not, this is a convenient way to approach the subject. You will see on the right that the Camera Menu is now showing various Series of cameras and if you select a Series you will be taken to information on that group and the cameras I have that belonging to it. If you go to the Lenses a similar menu will open up for them.

Camera Descriptions

It is not my intention to go into great descriptions of the technical details of my cameras. There are lots of web sites that will do that. Rather, I want to tell you about its history, where it fits into the Canon  lineup, and what it is like to shoot it to give you a feeling for the camera and its place in its Series. 

The Series and their Dates

The following table will give you an idea of where the various series of cameras fit chronologically:

Rangefinder Series Canon Hansa (1935) thru Canon 7sZ (1968)
R Series Canonflex (1959) thru Canonflex RM (1962)
Canonet Series Canonet (1961) thru Canonet GIII 19 (1972)
F Series FX (1964) thru New F-1 (1981)
EX Series EE (1969) thru EX Auto (1972)
A Series AE-1 (1976) thru AL-1 (1982)
T Series T50 (1983) thru T60 (1990)
EOS (Film) Series) EOS 650 (1987) thru Rebel T2 (2004)
Elph Elph (1996) thru Elph Z3 (2002)
EOS (Digital) Series EOS DCS 3 (1995) thru Present

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