So, how many EOS cameras do I ACTUALLY need?


I seem to have a reasonably large number of EOS Digital cameras now. I’m sure some of you will have more, but this isn’t something that I’ve set out to just collect them all. I’m not THAT crazy.

I started off with the EOS 300D (Digital Rebel for those of you from across the Atlantic) which I gave away in 2007. Curiously that exact camera may well be coming back to me this year. I’m not really sure why other than it might be fun to do a re-run of the ‘Good Lens, Bad Camera / Bad Lens, Good Camera‘ article with Digital Cameras.

Then, a few years later I got a hand-me-down EOS 20D from my brother when he upgraded.  I’ve only just got rid of this body recently, I gave it away to a young model daughter of a friend of mine when she bought a couple of my old lenses.

Soon after that I “upgraded” to the EOS 500D  – with higher resolution than the 20D but noticeably more iffy focusing.  Had to go back to Canon for a major service after a while. Never liked this camera much. My brother currently has this but I don’t think he actually uses it much.

I borrowed an EOS 40D for a while – I liked that camera a lot. Until I took it to Wales and discovered why some people prefer weather sealed cameras.  That camera had to go back to Canon for servicing too.

In 2012 I decided shit was getting serious and I needed a real camera. So in November 2012 I got the EOS 5D Mark III with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM kit lens. Until recently the 5D Mark III was my main camera – and 150,000+ actuations later it’s still going strong.

You can see how well I have treated my camera in this photo, which got some comments from other camera users when they saw its condition.


My 5D Mark III, with a very impractical lens choice.

In 2014 I got the EOS-M kit – and I really enjoyed using this mini-EOS. And last year, as soon as I heard it was available, I ordered the EOS-M3. I kept the EOS-M as well, for no really good reason except it’s almost not worth the trouble of trying to sell it. I really quite like the EOS M3, notwithstanding a few flaws.

And, after lusting after it for a considerable time, in November 2015 I finally managed to get budgetary approval to get a Canon 5DSR for my work. The plan was to use the 5DSR for high-resolution macro photography and use the 5D Mark III for general stuff.  But, in reality, I find the 5DSR good enough for most tasks, so unless I want to shoot in low light I tend to take the 5DSR for most things. Occasionally I’ll carry both cameras, if I don’t mind looking like a complete dick that is.

Oh… funny how you write these things and then completely forget about two WHOLE CAMERAS that you have.   I have a fully boxed up EOS 1200D kit which actually belongs to my company. It was brought for a project and no longer needed. Again, really should sell it if I wasn’t so lazy.

The other is more fun, it’s an EOS 1100D converted to infra-red. I have talked about that here before too.


Now… as for EOS Film Cameras, I’ve set out to just collect them all because I’m am that crazy.

At last count I had the following:

EOS 650 x 2

EOS 620


EOS 600 x 2

EOS 630


EOS 1000F (broken)


EOS 700 x 2

EOS 100

EOS Elan

EOS 1000FN x 3 (one of these was my very first EOS camera, bought in 1993)


EOS 500 x 2

EOS 5000 x 2

EOS 500N

EOS 50E x 2 (one broken)


EOS 300 x 3

EOS 3000

EOS 30 (boxed as new!)

EOS 300V


And yes. That’s too many. Although I’m still looking for an inexpensive EOS 3!



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2 Responses

  1. Andrew says:

    Quite a collection! I started with a 1000FN, which was sold at some point in the past. A 400D which I gave away. I currently have an Eos 5, 1n, & 300, and I seem to be using the 1n a lot these days strangely. I have an Eos M too, but it is used very occasionally because I started tearing my hair out in frustration at the AF (So many lost shots…). Might get a 7D, 6D or 5 Mk2 at some point, but not in a rush!

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