Canon EOS Elan
Canon EOS Elan
Canon EOS Elan
Canon EOS Elan
Canon EOS Elan
Canon EOS Elan
Canon EOS Elan

EOS Elan

Advanced Amatur/Enthusiast EOS
(also called the EOS 100)


Date: August 1991 – discontinued 1996
Type: 35mm Film SLR
Lens Mount: EF
Focus: TTL Phase Detection, One Shot/AF Servo
Exposure: TTL Full Aperture Metering, Auto bracketing
Flash: Hot shoe
Shutter: Vertical metal focal plane
Speeds from 30 sec. to 1/4000th
X-synch at 1/125th sec.
ASA: ISO 6 to 6400
Frame Rate: 3 frames per second
Battery: single 6v 2CR5 lithium battery

Notes:  This camera will be very familiar to modern digital SLR shooters. It bears a strong resemblance to the T90 and the EOS 650 with its polycarbonate (plastic) body with an integral metal lens mount. This camera was aimed at advanced amateurs and replaced the EOS 650.

There are three dials which are to be found on all Canon digital SLRs presently. On the top of the camera is the Command Dial where you can select Manual, Av, Tv, P and full auto among other modes, just like my 60D. At the front is the Main Dial set on edge just above the shutter button. And on the back is the Quick Control Dial for the input of various instructions. This is one of the first appearances of the dial on the back of the camera. Over time this dial will become more and more feature rich.

In low light or low contrast situations a red auto focus assist light briefly illuminates the scene while the camera focuses.

Film advance and rewind is powered by a belt drive which delivers very quiet operation. Film loading is very easy. One merely places the film leader across the film plane and closes the door. That’s it.

The viewfinder shows basic settings along the bottom of the window when the shutter button is pressed half way.

Canon also produced an EOS 100 QD with a data back and a QD model with a Panorama feature. This is not an impressive feature as all it does is mask the top and bottom of the film plane creating a more panoramic shape to the image. But resolution is not changed.

The built in flash actually adjusts automatically for three focal lengths, 28mm, 50mm and 80mm. There is a grip available, the GR-70, but it is only a grip and offers no battery capacity or added controls. Two speedlites were designated for the Elan, the 430EZ or the 300EZ.

This camera was sold with the EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens and this is the lens illustrated in the Instruction Book.

In the Collection I have the following example:

Collection No.:    C-31

Serial No.:           1371758

Condition:           Excellent – appears to be fully functional.

Acquisition:       I picked this camera up from Will at Kerrisdale Camera on Lonsdale in North Vancouver, January 13, 2016.

Canon EOS Elan Instruction Manual

The Canon Elan Instruction Manual

Canon Bar Code Reader E

The Bar Code Reader is an interesting device that is compatible with the EOS 10, EOS 10S, EOS 10QD, EOS 100, EOS 100QD, EOS 100 Panorama and EOS Elan (original) cameras. It was a device that was really not that useful given how automatic cameras were becoming..

A page from the Bar Code Reader Booklet

The Bar Code Reader is a small plastic device that can scan and store a bar code contained in the booklet that comes with the device. There are dozens of photographic scenarios in the booklet with examples and each has a bar code associated with it.

The user selects the type of photo he is trying to take and then the pointed end of the Reader is dragged across the bar code.

Once the reading is taken the other end of the Reader is placed against a sensor port on the camera and the code is read into the camera. The camera then sets itself to the mode most suitable to that bar code and the user proceeds to take his picture.

Publication C-II-168  (1990)
This is a booklet of Instructions and Bar Codes that came with the Canon Bar-Code Reader E

This is the right edge of the Elan showing the sensor port for receiving bar code information. The Elan Command Dial on the top of the body is turned to the Bar Code setting and the Reader is held against the sensor port. Then the transmission button on the Reader is pressed and the reading transmitted to the camera. See page 24 of the Camera Instruction Manual for full instructions. The EOS Photo Files Booklet also contains instructions for the Readers use.

The Bar Code Reader and its leather case shown next to the Elan for a size comparison.

The Bar Code Reader is pointed at one end. This is where the sensor is to read the bar codes. The other end is blunt and has a window that fits against the sensor port on the camera for transmission of the reading to the camera. The Reader also has a pocket clip and the leather case can be attached to the thin Canon camera strap. The only control on the device is the single button shown. The reader takes two CR2025 batteries to power it. This was never a popular device and was limited basically to models of the EOS 10 and the EOS 100 cameras. It was probably rendered uneccessary because cameras were becoming so automatic and so easy to use.

The Reader port that is pressed against the sensor port on the camera.

The Bar Code Reader transmitting the bar code to the camera.

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