At a recent camera fair in Boston Spa, UK I was encouraged by my friend nicolas_noir to get a couple of Canon SLRs for a bargain price. I have recent been using the Canon EOS 3000N and I am loving it!
When I went to the camera fair, I had been talking about wanting a Canon SLR in the hopes of learning a bit more about the technical aspects of photography. I bought a Canon AE-1 as it was such a bargain, but I also spotted a couple of Canon EOS SLRs at really good prices. Following some gentle pushing from my friend, I also got a Canon EOS 3000N, body only for £7! Obviously, I still needed a lens, as the AE-1 one apparently wouldn’t fit. I then saw another Canon EOS with a 35-70mm lens but this was an APS version. I know some people don’t really enjoy the APS format, but when I was a student, I loved APS, just for how easy to use it is. As a result I still have quite a bit of this film in my house so I decided to get this one as well for the bargain price of £20. This is what the Canon website has to say about the 3000N:
“The EOS 3000N combines simplicity with elegance, offering enhanced operability and a new sophisticated design. Loaded with features, users will have no problem capturing the shots they want.
- Full range of exposure control functions, including five PIC modes)
- AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing)
- Wide area three-point AF
- E-TTL AutoFlash with EX-series speedlites
- Great variety of system accessories
- The EOS 3000N is the most outstanding cost performance EOS ever to be introduced to the market
With its eye-catching silver metallic finish, the EOS 3000N is Canon’s new entry level EOS camera. Suitable for newcomers to SLR photography yet with enough advanced features to satisfy owners as their photographic skills develop, the EOS 3000N is an ultra compact and lightweight camera with plenty of functionality."
As I have far too many cameras, and had lost my mojo a bit recently, I still hadn’t used the camera in the first 3 weeks of having it. So my other half got impatient and ran a couple of rolls of film through it. These are some of the photos he took on it initially.
I absolutely loved the results and I was so jealous that he had got such great shots before me! I loved the bokeh effect that this camera gave, especially on portrait type shots such as the one with the dog. Of course, I demanded the camera back right away so that I could have a try with it. The first thing I loved about it was that as long as you use DX coded film, then the camera sets the ISO automatically. I have since learnt that you can set this yourself really easily too, if necessary.
My first day out with it was a super sunny day in Manchester, so I used a roll of Lomography X Tungsten 64 for the first time ever too. The camera was so easy to use, due to the auto-focus and the fact that the lens is 35-70mm means you feel like you get a lot of zoom. These are a couple of shots from that first roll.
It is a very easy to use camera, not too heavy, and gives good results. It has portrait, landscape, sports, night mode and a cute little pop up flash, which comes out automatically on night mode, or you can make it flash whenever you think it is necessary. I have since used this camera on a trip to London and have been super happy with the photos I got from it. Okay, so it isn’t going to teach me a great deal about photography, but I have the AE-1 for that.