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What does EOS mean anyway??

William Juliano , Apr 09, 1999; 11:31 p.m.

Sorry to ask you this, but I've been a "EOS" user now for years, and I was NEVER able to find - even in Canon's literature - what the acronyms EOS and EOF - mean. That's killing me, since I am pretty curious about this... THANKS FOR BRINGING ME SOME LIGHT!!!

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Dave Jenkins , Apr 09, 1999; 11:38 p.m.

It means "Eat Our Shorts," Nikon.

Dave Beekman , Apr 10, 1999; 09:45 a.m.

Maybe it's NOT an acronym- Eos was the goddess of the dawn in Greek mythology; Canon may have used all upper case letters so as to be able to trademark it. I'm just guessing, you understand. But I don't pronounce it Ee Oh Es, do you?

Dieter Lefeling , Apr 10, 1999; 11:10 a.m.

Oops - I just happened to find this forum while browsing through photo.net, and the first question I see is "what does it mean anyway" <bg>...

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Well, although I'm not using EOS myself I saw these three letters quite a few times explained as EOS = "Electro-Optical System", since the communication between camera and lenses is completely electronic. I even think this explanation was given by Canon themselves.

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And now for the hard part: What does FD mean anyway...?

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Dieter

Tim Brown , Apr 15, 1999; 11:45 a.m.

FD = Fully (automatic) Diaphragm (maybe) The earlier FL cameras had only stop-down metering, the FD meters with the diaphragm open.

Aaron Bernstein , May 05, 1999; 07:42 p.m.

eos-electro-optical-system

Julian Loke , May 22, 1999; 09:21 a.m.

There was "learned" discussion on this topic on the EOS mailing list: http://www.psych.helsinki.fi/mailman/listinfo/eos

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Believe it or not, there are at least three meanings for EOS, according to official Canon sources. You can choose whichever one you like the best.

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"Entirely Organic System" "EOS" - the goddess of dawn in Greek mythology "Electro Optical System" from Chapter 9 in the Story Room of the Canon Camera Museum http://www.canon.co.jp/camera-museum/story/9-j.html

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"Electronic Optical System" from Archived Canon Press Releases from EOS system launch, 1987 Feb 17 ftp://ftp.cs.toronto.edu/pub/acs/rec.photo/canon/press_releases/bodies /eos620

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See also: http://www.pantheon.org/mythica/articles/e/eos.html http://www.clubi.ie/lestat/ofgodse.html#Eoslink

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Cheers Julian Loke

andrew fildes , Jun 13, 1999; 10:52 a.m.

It means that some bunch of publicty flacks in a backroom somewhere thought that it sounded really cute/powerful/cutting edge and would be more likely to separate mugs like us from money. Beyond that, it doesn't have to mean anything at all and probably doesn't. Never mind FD - what does Canon mean? Doesn't sound Japanese to me. I believe that Ford paid someone $1 million to come up with the name Mondeo for its small world car. I remember seeing web sites listing disasters in these types of naming exercises - I drive a Mitsubishi Pajero which is renamed a Monterey (?) anywhere that speaks Spanish and sold in UK as a Shogun - good grief. Now why is my EOS 600 called a 630 in the US and Japan?

Bill Griffin , Jul 25, 1999; 07:12 p.m.

Andrew, I believe the name Canon is the anglisized name for what was originally called Kwanon in Japan in the 1930's when the company was founded.

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