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Canon film SLR camera eye-level finder design Part 4!



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In the previous article, we looked at the eye-level finder of Canon’s 1979 release of the AV-1 film SLR camera, and in this article we will look at the eye-level finder designs of film SLR cameras released in 1990, comparing each.

Canon EOS 10 QD (Reference)

It is a film SLR camera with a plastic body, which became common in the 1990s.

Front. The manufacturer’s logo is a printed type.

Front. The manufacturer’s logo is a printed type.


This is an angle from an angle.

Comparison with AV-1. 

You can clearly see the difference in the area of the top surface.


View from the side. Top surface is almost level.

AV-1, but the angle toward the rear end is completely different.


Top surface.

It is a completely different shape.


This is the back side. The view section also has a completely different shape.


View from diagonally behind.

This is a neatly embedded accessory shoe, which is normal in the 1990s.

This camera also has a built-in flash above the eye-level finder, which became standard in the 1990s.
It is opened and closed by operation on the camera side.

It is a lean design.

This time, we compared old and new eye-level finders from the 1970s to the 1990s of the same Canon company.

As was the case with the previous Minolta α3xi, SLR cameras in the 1990s were almost entirely made of plastic camera bodies. As the body material changed, the body color changed to black.

The change in materials has lightened the weight of the camera, making it easier for anyone to handle. 

On the other hand, it is regrettable that the sense of massiveness has been lost. 

However, I thought that it led to an area where the individuality of each camera manufacturer was better expressed. 

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