“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.
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|
I am not in any way connected to or supported by Canon and I have no rights to any of their trade marks. I chose their camera line both for my personal photography and to collect for reasons lost to memory. I have been happy with Canon and have been totally impressed with the quality of their equipment. Other manufacturers make some excellent camera gear as well and nothing I say here is to disparage their offerings. Eventually I may add other brands to my range of collecting interest but that is for another day (and a bigger house).
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