Canon EOS 600 / 630

Author: Ashley Pomeroy, BeginnerDate: Wed, Mar 21, '07 at 03:12 GMT+01:00
ProI have an EOS 600 body. I use M42 lenses, with an M42-EOS adapter. Therefore I cannot comment on the camera's autofocus, because I use it solely as a manual focus camera, with aperture priority exposure.

It is weighty and feels tough and well made. Although it was not sold as a professional camera, it has a solid air. It does not feel hollow. It does not rattle when I wobble it. The grip has a rubber texture, and is comfortable to hold, although a little small. There was apparently a larger grip sold as an option. There is also a set of interchangeable focusing screens, some of which have manual focusing aids such as a split image. The standard focusing screen does not have any visual focusing aids, but then again autofocus was the big early selling point of the EOS range, so I can't really fault the camera for that.

The 600 has shutter-speed, aperture-priority, and program AE modes. Unlike other point & shoot SLRs, the camera also has a proper manual mode. Shutter speeds range from 1/2000 to 30 seconds, plus B. There is an LCD panel that can be made to light up in the dark; it displays lots of letters and numbers. The viewfinder displays the shutter speed and aperture setting, updated in real time. There is a flash hot shoe, and an automatic winder. There is a custom function that turns off automatic rewind at the end of a roll of film, and another function that rewinds the film so that the leader remains outside the cartridge, which is handy if you do your own processing.

Film loading is a cinch. I want to stress again that the camera feels solid. I have held modern prosumer-level SLRs, and although the 600 is heavy, I prefer its solidity. The 600 is now twenty years old, but still looks like a modern "proper camera". No-one will mock you for holding an EOS 600, although conversely no-one will praise you, and indeed most people will ignore you. Until you shoot a frame, because the motor winder is quite noisy.
ContraThere are a few niggles and a couple of larger issues. In general the camera works well for me and I have not noticed any major flaws. The 600 doesn't have a flash sync connector, which might limit its use in a studio, and it doesn't have a hole for a remote cable release. I believe both of these options can be fitted, but at this late stage it probably isn't worth the money. There is however a self-timer. As far as I know there is no dedicated mirror lock-up feature, although the heavy body would probably soak up most mirror slap.

The camera doesn't have a vertical grip, and it's tricky to hold the body sideways, although this is a picky complaint. If you have large hands, there is no-where to put your little finger. Unless you have a manual, the interface is hard to grasp. You need a reference card in order to determine the custom functions, because they are not marked on the camera and are just numbers. The camera does have a guide to the program AE modes, which is pasted onto the back of the film door; it would have been better if the guide had listed the custom functions. Certain controls are unintuitive. The self-timer/single/continuous shooting button is hidden behind a panel on the back of the camera. It's a well made panel with a little magnet to hold it in place, but it is silly, because it hides just four buttons, one of which is a dedicated battery check button, one of which is a recessed film rewind button.

Still. It does not take long to fathom the interface if you have a manual. And ultimately you can get by with the shutter button alone - the camera winds and focuses and sets the speed and aperture for you.

It takes a 2CR5 Lithium battery. I am not an expert on batteries, but from what I gather 2CR5 batteries are gradually fading out of the marketplace, and are hard to find in shops, although widely available online. They are not generally rechargeable. There is apparently a rechargeable 2CR5 battery available, but it seems to be limited to one distributor in the United States.

In terms of fashion, the EOS 600 does not have a cult, it is cheaply available, and in a few decades it will have been thrown onto the rubbish heap of history, where it will remain forevermore. As I have said, no-one will ever stop you in the street to talk about your EOS 600, and people who are not camera enthusiasts will not pay it a second glance. It does not have a secret weapon or a unique feature, apart from its solid build. It does what it does, and has no added rarity or fashion value.
ThoughtsI bought one of these on eBay a while back. I use it with some old M42 lenses and a lens mount adapter. It's probably the cheapest way to get a good modern-style film camera. Some M42 lenses interfere with the mirror when they are focused to infinity. This is not a fault of the EOS 600, as it was not designed for M42 lenses, and I cannot mark it down for this reason.

I have read reports that the LCD backlight electronics can go wrong, and eat the battery power in a few days. That has not yet happened with my camera, but I believe it was pampered. The foam light seals inside the body seem to be in good condition after twenty years. Apparently these cameras should be overhauled every five years or so, but at this point it is probably uneconomical to do so.

Having said that, the EOS 600 has no major negative issues that anger me, and I cannot imagine ever needing to buy a film SLR again; not so much because the EOS 600 is the ultimate in film SLRs, but because the entire field of 35mm SLRs is being compressed flat by digital, and the 35mm SLRs that surpass the 600 do not surpass it enough to justify spending money on them. EOS lenses are still used in Canon's digital SLRs, although the company is moving to a range of dedicated digital lenses that focus onto a smaller frame. Nonetheless any lenses I buy for this camera will be usable, albeit with a higher zoom level, if I upgrade to a second hand current-generation digital Canon SLR in the future.

There is an entire generation of prosumer Canon film SLRs between the EOS 600 and today - the EOS 500/Rebel series, which is smaller and lighter, and with a built-in flash. Other film SLR buyers might want to skip a generation depending on taste and price. The EOS 600 was accompanied by the 620, 650, 750, 850, although they are broadly the same. The 650 was the first EOS camera and has a certain albeit very minor historical value.

Apart from the interchangeable grips and focussing screens, there is a "technical back" which can set timed exposures of up to twenty-three hours and fifty-nine minutes. It records a range of exposure settings. It is probably very expensive and only available second-hand. The thought of tricking out a twenty-year-old film SLR of no particular historical or curio value is ridiculous, but it is there.
Author: Robert, normal AmateurDate: Thu, Jan 18, '07 at 01:28 GMT+01:00
ProI've been a fan of these cameras for some time now and the availabilty of them second hand is testament to how reliable they are. The build quality and fit-and-finish put to shame all but the most expensive of current models. Given all this, I am pleased to have done a deal and secured a 600 with 50mm standard lens. I love the colour of the backlit display too.
ContraNon at all. Any shortcomings are heavily outweighed by the precise measure of features, build and great design.
ThoughtsBuy one, or a 10 or 100. They are fantastic. Early type 28-105 usm or 28-80 usm are fantastic and sometimes appear on cameras second hand making a bargain buy.
Author: Mark Williams, normal AmateurDate: Sat, Aug 12, '06 at 19:17 GMT+01:00
ProI have had my 600 since 1990 (from new) with just one 28-70 sigma AF lens; have travelled the whole planet taking pictures as I go and this camera has never let me down. Reliable and trustworthy in all climates, batteries last for ever and you can knock nails in with it!!! Bravo Canon. For easier carrying and general snap shots I now also use a Fuji S700, but would never get rid of my 600.
ContraBuilt in flash as fitted to newer cameras would have been good at times and the little rear access flap can be fiddley with cold hands.
ThoughtsA wonderful asset to any amatuer or serious photographer. Also had a marvelous A1, but this baby beats that hands down.
Author: martin, advanced AmateurDate: Sun, Jul 9, '06 at 20:55 GMT+01:00
Proown a 600 since 91, used it during my art academy training and to earn a few deutschmarks as local paper photo reporter, today only just for fun. this piece of kit handles great and never ever failed. cf "leave film end outside" was fantastic in the times i processed films by myself. Very sensible features, AE results are fine. film transport quick as hell. backlit lcd in a very cool turqoise color, all colleagues were impressed... ;-)
Contrano spot metering, only +/- EV display in man mode. this superfluous little lid hiding important buttons that just does not want to break '*#&%@! no option for battery pack, no mechanical wire remote adapter. lithium batteries last quite a while, but expensive, though. the thumb wheel on the back, one of the most fantastic inventions of camera design, misses - came just a few months later for the eos-1 :-( the 7 AE motive programs are wasted money and intellectual energy of the developers. NOBODY ever needs them. no flash exp comp. integrated, you have to fake with exp comp and the ISO setting...
Thoughtsovrerall a fantastic construction, with lots of details that are more of a pro camera than of an amateur camera. definitely usable for pro use, and a great creative tool build to last.
Author: anthony, professional PhotographerDate: Fri, Apr 29, '05 at 23:16 GMT+01:00
ProThe eos 600 (630) was my introduction to Canon auto focus and an eye opener. I eventually went and bought the eos100, which I have used ever since without a single glitch. But recently I bought a mint 650 as my film backup body ( obviously gone digital by now, but have my nostalgia moments ) and was immediately reminded of what attracted me to the 600 series initially - the sheer build quality of these cameras. If you haven't held one my words are meaningless so find one and have the experience!

Immediately found and bought another 650 and 600 - in all three mint bodies from a local camera shop for just 80 the lot - including new batteries. Needless to say, they are functioning as well as the day they were made, focus spot on ( can't understand why some people think they are slow ) and exposure spot on (true, I do use some personal judgement - a total novice will probably do better with one of today's do everything apart from make the tea offerings) but I know my cameras will perform as well this time next decade - not sure about the rest!

What more can I say - if you still use film, the 600 or 650 is a GREAT buy for the thinking photographer. Why did I buy three? My serious work is studio based, and I no longer need to keep changing lenses - each lens now has its own body, with exposure settings etc pre set for each particular combination - a real bonus in both time saving and image quality.

What about my 100? My general purpose go anywhere do anything film camera - I still love it!!
ContraIt is what it is - the begininning of an era, and two decades old, so can't match todays top draw cameras from Canon.But these cameras will suit any competent photographer still using film; and probably will do for years to come.
Thoughtsi just love holding them - sad, but I think I prefer these bodies to those of the women I use the cameras to photograph. Very sad really.
Author: Vien Nguyen, normal AmateurDate: Tue, Sep 14, '04 at 21:56 GMT+01:00
ProQuiet and take nice picture
ContraThe grip turns sticky after a couple of years. I have an Canon Elan and recently started having problem with the sticky shutter ( I contacted Canon and was told that it would cost about $160 to repair. They deny that it's a design flaw.
ThoughtsWould have been happy with the camera if Canon would recall and fix the problem with the shutter. Their customer service and repair center people are not very friendly folks.
Author: m-g, normal AmateurDate: Fri, Feb 27, '04 at 14:42 GMT+01:00
ProNever takes a bad shot, only I do that :-)
Its reliable, easy to find second hand if it breaks, but I dont see any chance of that because its built like it was meant to last.
Honestly this thing takes such good pictures, it has done me proud.
Sits comfortably in the hand in both landscape and portrait.
Fast film wind is great to get natural people shots.
ContraBlow me down it is heavy. And not small, but then SLRs generally are not. Backlight went on the top display, but not many cameras have one anyway so who's complaining.
I dont find the functions behind the flap a problem.
Think of this camera as not having an AF. By the time the computer works it out I can manually focus and fire of a good three frames. I just whish the viewfinder had a split-focus-assist thingy like the old manuals used to!
ThoughtsGood build quality, good for night shots, good reliablity, heavy but easy to use. A fantastic second hand buy, and a good second body or backup machine. I'll not part with mine anytime soon.
Author: Curt Helmer, advanced AmateurDate: Sat, Feb 7, '04 at 23:39 GMT+01:00
ProDurable, reliable; relatively LARGE viewfinder; about the fastest unboosted film advance around; backlit display; balances and handles well in the hands.
ContraSome often-used controls are somewhat clumsy to operate as they are hidden under the rear access door.
ThoughtsComparing the film chamber/insides to my newly-acquired EOS 3 and my EOS 1, there is a lot that looks just the same! High build quality compared to most "consumer oriented" cameras on the market now. Think of it as an "EOS 1-light". Buy one... it's a fun oldy to own and use at today's prices.
Author: TerenceT, normal AmateurDate: Thu, Oct 9, '03 at 17:39 GMT+01:00
ThoughtsI would like to pay tribute to my one and only 630 for the past 14 years. It's now being retired to the back up status in my bag due to my newly acquired EOS 1. (yes i am about 2 steps behind in technology, mostly due to $$)
The AF was fast and was good, until you put it up against it's younger sibilings, heck even my 1 is slow compare to the 5/a2e. And if you are a beginner starting, this baby have all the features you'll need and can use, without overwhalming yourself and can concentrate on the pictures etc.
Back in high school and college, this is a one body wonder, sport/theater/potrait/buddies/girlfreind's friends :D...
get yourself a ez/ex flash and you'll be in business in the dark.
it'll be siting in my pelican box most of the time now, or maybe i'll replace it with another 630 or even a RT :D
Author: Arthur Bailes, advanced AmateurDate: Fri, Aug 22, '03 at 21:28 GMT+01:00
ProBought a 600 s/hand four months ago. Paid 125.00 with a six month guarantee. No faults to date. Solid feel, lots of good features, especially depth of field preview, and custom functions.
Also have a new EOS3000. So most of my lenses and accessories are interchangeable
ContraControls a bit fiddly and you need to buy the remote control grip and cable, got them both s/h for 24.00, a good investment.
ThoughtsI prefer the s/h 600 to my Eos 3000. I am sure it will outlast the 3000.

This is a good secondhand camera to have in your kit
Author: bob the builder, professional PhotographerDate: Sun, Aug 3, '03 at 23:34 GMT+01:00
ProMan what a tool. Ive had four of the 600 series cameras in the last 15 years, the only reasonably comparable canon camera is the Eos 5. Ive had the Eos 1nRS and had these two as backups, tough cameras! minus 5c to 56c no problem! Ive had my 600 in the wilds of Afganistan, Pakistan and Iraq in the worst kinds of sand storms etc, dropped them off the side of a truck with a 50mm 1.8 (mk 1)-no dinges no cracks (broken filter -boohoo all of 4.99 Jessops UK)! I was pushed off a pontoon and fell into a lake took the camera out put it under the hand dryer in the hotel and bingo its fine -tell me any otehr camera (other than the F-1) that you could do this with?
ContraI hate the grip that comes with it, get the bigger one the GR10 or GR20, or just glue a helf a pen to the front of the grip (means you always have somthing to write your captions with too).
ThoughtsAs a working tool -its second to none, better then the Eos1 (less battery comsumption), at the end of the day it takes a picture the picture looks the same if it came outta Eos1 or an Eos 1000. Its Light, pushes a 35-350 beautifully or a 16-35, tough, very well designed (the dial on its better then the dials on all susequent Eos's). ultimately the best camera ive used, and its very likely that youve seen some of the shots outta my cameras too.
Author: SMA, normal AmateurDate: Tue, Jul 22, '03 at 13:55 GMT+01:00
ProHave had a 600 for years - bought it new, and have never regretted it. With the optional grip + remote release it makes a great all-purpose camera. Keep coming back to it despite buying more 'modern' compact cameras, because of it's reliability and functionality. Standard mount means lenses are not a problem.
ContraA bit heavy to carry around.
ThoughtsGreat feel - fits in the hand very well, and has excellently designed controls. If it ever breaks down, I will be getting another ...
Author: Jim K, normal AmateurDate: Tue, Jun 3, '03 at 22:40 GMT+01:00
ProBought it used (excellent condition) for $160 two months ago. Has all the features you need. You can't blame this camera with costing you shots. I love the optional beep that confirms focus. I bought two USM style lens, as I'm told they help with faster focus. For me, this combo works smashing. Complete lack of crap you don't need. Lightweight (compared to my F3/MD-4).
ContraThe mirror slap seems a little violent. The button to change shutter speeds is odd, but I think i just need to use the camera more. I'm acustomed to a big dial on top the camera. The backlit LCD was DOA. I gather it can be fixed, but if can't read it in a given situation, then it's too dark to take a picture anyway. I'll carry a mini mag-light instead.
ThoughtsThis is my first autofocus camera. Previous to this model I owned an F3 and a Minolta manual focus kit. Wow! Nice change. The thing about the EOS line I love is the main dial for f-stop changes is located behind the shutter release. And the lack of clutter surrounding it. Ergonomicaly, it's the best, and it falls in line with Canon's philosophy of making the camera an extention of your body. The EOS EF lenes will fit all EOS bodies, unlike Nikon's hallowed "f-mount" myth.
Author: EMK, advanced AmateurDate: Mon, Nov 11, '02 at 12:01 GMT+01:00
ProI have my 600 from 1990 and it has not failed once, Its been in my backpack for all these years and has seen most of the world.

Build quality, viewfinder is interchangable and shows 94% so you see what you get on your picture. Backlight LCD. 6.5% partial metering.
ContraSlightly heavy. Noisey, oldfashined AF. no real spot-metering.
ThoughtsIf it ever breaks down I will look for a second hand 600.
I love it !!!
Author: Conan, advanced AmateurDate: Fri, Sep 27, '02 at 04:26 GMT+01:00
ProJust got it a couple of days ago at a swap, so far so good,
Contrabut, I have had a small problem with the door popping open mid-roll. Anyone else have this problem?
ThoughtsSo far pretty good, a little tough to focus in low light, but generally very happy.
Author: Daniel Sandlin, advanced AmateurDate: Wed, Sep 25, '02 at 05:54 GMT+01:00
ProSolid Construction, and I like the feel of the stock grip for my short fingers. Gnawed my teeth on the AE1, and a T90. The T90 has more bells and whistles, but the 630 makes an excellent compliment. Mine focuses well even in lowlight. Came with a dateback, and a 22-55mm USM lens that is SHARP! Could be modified to carry a homemade Battery Pack, can mount your own socket in the grip for shutter release, and add a PC socket at home.
ContraThe need to add PC Socket, and socket for shutter release cable.
ThoughtsAfter using my T90 my 630 feels very nimble in my hands. At $220.00 for the whole shabang with lens, it is a perfect Press Camera for this 32 year old college student working for the school paper. Sharp Images, my first auto focus so I have nothing to compare to but auto focus seemed faster thatn my freinds Minolta 8000i?! Will keep mine forever.
Author: Vincent, advanced AmateurDate: Tue, Sep 17, '02 at 06:14 GMT+01:00
ProVery solid build - much better than the modern cameras like the EOS-5, 30, etc. Only compares to EOS-3/1N in build. Very rugged. 5 fps motordrive built in. Lasts forever. Interchangeable focussing screens like in pro models. Backlit LCD!
ContraHard mirror slap and noise. Dull viewfinder. AF is quite dated and newer cameras are much better. Focus tracking is useless. Hard to find vertical grip and focussing screens. No spot meter.
ThoughtsVery very solidly built camera which will last forever. But... I have replaced this with an EOS-30 since it performes so much better.
Author: pwr, advanced AmateurDate: Thu, Sep 12, '02 at 13:28 GMT+01:00
ThoughtsFantastic camera for cold conditions. Been using my 630 and a 650 in temperatures of 25 deg. c. and colder for years now. Battery last much longer than on my EOS 3.
Author: Ron in TorontoDate: not recorded
ProI really love the 630, bought new in '91. Tough and will out preform most current SLR's now for 2x the money. I really like the fact they are selling used in mint condition (like mine) for more than what I paid for it!
ContraHard to get 630 accessories like grips for it now.
ThoughtsCan't say anything bad about it. Been there for me whenever I needed it, great pictures, lots of features to allow you to be as creative as you like. Or easy as grab, point and click. Been frozen, super warm (in a car) and it still performed!
Author: jurkoDate: not recorded
Prosee others reviews
Contranon built in flash, old AF
ThoughtsI bought the EOS 600 for about 145$ (with lenses EF 35-80 and bag) secondhand, and sold because of needing buildin flash (for snapshots in low light). I need compact camera (don't want to cary everywhere flash)
Author: Charles HardwickDate: not recorded
ProExcellent metering compared to the Eos 55/IIe. Very consistent. Built like a tank and can take a lot of punishment. Great camera to leave in your car...
ContraAutofocus a little insensitive but nothing you can't live with. Outside is NO PROBLEM.
ThoughtsI have a ton of spare parts for these cameras including grips and screens. Please email me at: [email protected]
Author: James HarveyDate: not recorded
ProBuilt extremely robustly (have dropped one of mine onto concrete from 3 feet: no damage), these days exceedingly inexpensive second hand, metal mount, fast autowinding, DOF Preview, Auto Exposure Bracketing, exchangeable focussing screens, meter always seems a good guesser to me, backlit LCD screen
ContraAutofocus sometimes almost useless it's so old fashioned! Ergonomically the worse camera Canon ever made! Film winding/rewind/mirror slap I think are the loudest I have ever heard. You need a (long discontinued and hard to find) GR20 grip to add remote cable release functionality. Limited flash gadgetry
ThoughtsI've had two of these for a year or so now, and wouldn't part with them for anything less than an EOS 3, or maybe an EOS 30 at a pinch. A much much better cheap body/beginners body/second body option than the EOS 300/3000 IMO.
Author: Mike in NCDate: not recorded
ProI have owned my 630 since I bought it new in 1989. My previous camera was an AE-1 that I bought new in 1980, so I am definitely a Canon man. I love this camera and have not had problems with it for the first 12 years I owned it.
ContraIt has served me very well, but lately began draining batteries very soon after a new one was installed. I sent it to the local Authorized repair shop and they told me there was something in the LCD that was bad, but the part was no longer available. They can disconnect the LCD which will leave me without a display. I won't know the AF mode or the shot count (unless I count manually) The bill will be $110, so I am going to have them do it and see if I can live with no display. I would have to spend 3 times that amount to get anything remotely close in performance to this camera, so I will do go for it.
ThoughtsLove it!
Author: David JonesDate: not recorded
ProA very fiesty five frames per second, and a back lit lcd which served me well till it decided to die. But it is one heck of a durable camera. I hear theings about them having sticky shutters and it being and expensive thing to fix but I have ahd no problems yet.
Contrait is a littel hard to focuse in low light situations, compared to newer canons, and hight battery usage.
ThoughtsI own a eos 630 it has served me well so far my only complaint is the optional remote hand grip. I am looking for the hand grip and the remote switch on it so I can use Bulb properly. If anyone can help me locate one you can reach me at [email protected]
Author: VincentDate: not recorded
ProSolid tough construction, backlit LCD, +/-5 stops exposure compensation - great for IR photography, 5 fps motordrive, nice to use.
ContraDark viewfinder, awful noisy rewind (jet engine), loud mirror slap, AF is three generations behind.
ThoughtsThis is built like a tank, and makes a good second body. Used ones are available cheap, and these babies are damn reliable.
Author: carsonDate: not recorded
Prosolid build,5fps motor drive,no battery drain on long exposures
Contraheavy by todays standards,some controls not too ergonomical,canon ef lenses are a tad pricey,only one af sensor
Thoughtsfound one cheap second hand and have enjoyed it immensely,came with one of the early 35-105 lenses that are much more robust compared to newer ef lenses
Author: MikeDate: not recorded
ProTough construction, metal film rail, metal frame, metal lens mount. Good metering, depth of field preview 5 frames per second, contineous focus, program shift wheel is great
Contrahave to but the optional grip to be able to buy and use the optional remote switch. a built in fill flash would be nice. repair shops say parts are getting hard to find
ThoughtsSince 1991, I have used mine in the snow, sand, wind, rain, humid tropics, by red hot lava and everywhere in between birthday parties and race tracks and it has functioned perfectly. I consider this camera my friend, it was there when I purposed on the beach, brought home that new sports car, built a new house etc. When It developed problems this spring (2001) I was very sad that I would have to say good bye. For about $180 I got a new shutter (the old one was worn out) and it is working like a champ again.
Author: unknown (legacy entry)Date: not recorded
ProA solid piece of plastic with a good feel.
Offers all the basic functions you really need.
Unlike most EOS cameras it can take IR film.
ContraUser interface could be better - it is quite different compared to today's EOS cameras and a manual is necessary to understand all functions. The AF is pretty lame but still quite precise. Flash system is just soso.
ThoughtsQuite a bit outdated by todays standards but probably still worth a thought as a beginner's camera.
Author: unknown (legacy entry)Date: not recorded
ThoughtsI owned a Canon 630 that had a 35-135USM lens for over 9 years before the camera began to malfunction. The batteries kept being exhausted about every 4-5 rolls of film, and the lens wouldn't close it's aperature on time. Funny thing is, that it still took decent pictures. The camera reapir shop told me that there were two faults, one being in the circuit board of the 630 body, and the other with the USM mechanism of the lens. Unfortuneately, both were deemed to expensive to repair.

As both units were non-repairable, I have been looking for a new camera/lens. The Elan 7, although faster and quieter doesn't seem to compare with the ruggedness of the 630. I must admit, I will miss my 630, but I have lots of great pictures from it. By the way, the 300Ex speedlight works great with this camera.
Author: unknown (legacy entry)Date: not recorded
ThoughtsI have owned an eos630 since I don't remember when. It
has the absolutely finest built in light meter I have
ever used. I also use a Seconic and find it a waste of
time. The 630's meter is foolproof. I used Nikons for
years and the 630 isn't as functional but is a nobrainer.
Pick it up and get perfect shots. Put a high end Canon
flash on it and get perfect fill shots. A true gem. I
won't part with mine.
Author: unknown (legacy entry)Date: not recorded
ThoughtsThe EOS 600 series and EOS 10/10s use a shutter release mechanism that only draws power to open or close the
shutter curtains. No power is consumed when the shutter is at rest, whether it is open or closed. (This can be
proved by disconnecting the battery during a long exposure.) Consequently, these models are better suited than
other EOS cameras for extended time exposures such as those required for astrophotography.
Author: unknown (legacy entry)Date: not recorded
ThoughtsI bought 2 of these (600s) for 850 French Francs each earlier this year. Bargains of the millenium! I have used one of them nearly every day since, and it hasn't let me down.
The only problem is the lack of AF sensitivity to horizontal lines - not a big problem. And the wind-on noise is horrible - a great sock after my 5,50E and 100s.
But what a spec! What a sexy shape! What a feel! And most importantly, what excellent results. Buy one!
Author: unknown (legacy entry)Date: not recorded
ThoughtsI've used my EOS 630 for the past 8yrs, and today it still works fine. If it comes along with a built-in flash, it would be an excellent camera, since this is a discontinued model, I believe you won't regret if you could find a good secondhand with a good price. [email protected]
Author: unknown (legacy entry)Date: not recorded
ThoughtsI own 2 canon eos 630 camera's. Wouldn't trade them for anything. They both work great and I recently added a Canon 540 flash. These used 630 camera's are in demand and sell for more than when they were new. Stange huh?<
Author: unknown (legacy entry)Date: not recorded
ThoughtsThis is an excellent camera by virtue of its solid construction and practical capabilities. Although the design is more than a decade old, it performs at par with the current EOS offerings in the same class. Owning this piece of machinery is for keeps.
Author: unknown (legacy entry)Date: not recorded
ThoughtsI've used my 600 for the past 10 years with no problems at all. With the addtion of the remote grip and cable it knocks spots of my 50E for night time photography. The backlit top display means there is no need for a torch to see the top display (sadly missing on the 50E). Brilliant camera, I'll miss it if & when it decides to die.
Author: unknown (legacy entry)Date: not recorded
ThoughtsVery pleased with mine. Very robust with metal frame, fast drive, metering consistent, depth of field preview. AF isn't bad with USM lenses considering it is a 10 year old model. Had a Nikon F70 before and the EOS 600 is definately faster. Bought it second hand at a really great price two years ago and it has served me well ever since. Only minor complaints is the somewhat fiddly way to change AF- and drive-mode and the noise level that is somewhat high.
Author: unknown (legacy entry)Date: not recorded
ThoughtsIm quite impressed with mine, shame I could not find a decent Canon lens in a reasonable price range to go on it. Settled for a (don't laugh) Sigma in the end.
Author: unknown (legacy entry)Date: not recorded
ThoughtsAfter 8 years of use, I only encountered one minor defect on this equipment. Somehow after subjecting it to very hostile conditions (i.e. not properly stored and cleaned), the only area that wore down was the oil along its bottom shutter window rail - it started leaking out! Other than this, I consider this piece of equipment very reliable.