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Canon EOS 630 - Another Historic Canon Camera

JDM von Weinberg , Feb 19, 2011; 12:37 a.m.

Canon EOS 630

April 1989

Kadlubek Nr. CAN 1310

This is actually a continuation of a series of posts I have been making on historic EOS film cameras.

  1. EOS 650 http://photo.net/canon-eos-digital-camera-forum/00Vlot
  2. EOS 620 http://photo.net/canon-eos-digital-camera-forum/00Vv2v
  3. EOS 630 this post here on modern film cameras
  4. EOS-1 http://photo.net/canon-eos-digital-camera-forum/00WvBD
  5. EOS 10S http://photo.net/canon-eos-digital-camera-forum/00WxgJ
  6. EOS 700 http://photo.net/canon-eos-digital-camera-forum/00Wn8K
  7. EOS 5 =A2e http://photo.net/canon-eos-digital-camera-forum/00Wrxy
  8. EOS-3 http://photo.net/canon-eos-digital-camera-forum/00WyuM

Earlier, the only home for such a place was on the Canon EOS forum, where I have to say, I was made quite welcome, even by the digital shooters. However, now that there is this forum, I am continuing here.

The Canon EOS 630 was the fifth EOS camera

Release date Model (US) Model (Europe/International) Model (Japan)
Mar-87 EOS 650 EOS 650 EOS 650
May-87 EOS 620 EOS 620 EOS 620
Oct-88 EOS 750 EOS 750 EOS 750
Oct-88 EOS 850 EOS 850 EOS 850
Apr-89 EOS 630 EOS 600 EOS 630 QD

Canon says it pretty much on their museum site ( (link) )

This camera is a notch above the EOS 620 with faster AF speed. Like the EOS 620, the 630 QD has autobracketing up to ±5 stops (1/2-stop increments), maximum of 9 multiple exposures, 6-zone evaluative metering, and 6.5% partial metering at the center.

In the AI Servo AF mode, the maximum shooting speed is 2.5 fps. In the One-Shot AF mode, the maximum is 5 fps. The body came in black or metallic gray. The price was the same for both colors.

Specific data on the specifications are listed at ( (link) ).

Actually, somewhere or other, I had run across some fairly superlative description of what a great leap forward the EOS 630 was, Intoxicated by this heavy miasma, I got a 630 on eBay for the sort of usual price of these older EOS cameras. These things typically run in the tens of dollars; this particular example in exception condition was US $20.16 plus postage for the body. It had the nice Quartz Date E interchangeable back that worked on many of the early EOS cameras. In this case, the battery for it had died, so the pictures below show no date stamp.

It's not that I was disappointed in this camera, exactly, but from a shooting view point, it is really a rather incremental improvement on the EOS 620. I used with a series of different older and newer EOS EF lenses, and frankly did not see the increase in focus speed claimed, but for my kind of shooting even the EOS 650 was adequate, so this was no problem.
Although I had shot about a half a roll of film (Walgreens [probably Fuji] 200) with in a day or so of getting it, various things interposed themselves so getting through the last of the roll took me until now. Hence, the widely different enviroments in the pictures.


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JDM von Weinberg , Feb 19, 2011; 12:38 a.m.

Here's an ad for the camera, with Canon's contemporary hype/information:

This ad was in the very last issue of Modern Photography, ever

JDM von Weinberg , Feb 19, 2011; 12:39 a.m.

Here's my copy of the camera with the anachronistic EF 24-105mm IS L lens on it. I also shot it with a EF 50mm F/1.8 ii, a EF 35mm f/2, and a Tamron 90mm Macro.

Canon EOS 630 - the EF 24-105mm works swell on it.

JDM von Weinberg , Feb 19, 2011; 12:41 a.m.

Here with the EF 50mm f/1.8 mk ii,

electrical connector box at the campus lake

JDM von Weinberg , Feb 19, 2011; 12:42 a.m.

The next day, we had a nice, but minor snow, when places to the south were in terrible straits

For us, a minor snow

JDM von Weinberg , Feb 19, 2011; 12:43 a.m.

I was setting up to do a little preparation for a later classic manual post, so I tried the EOS 630 for some soft tent work

Pentacon 6TL with lenses from 50mm to 180mm

JDM von Weinberg , Feb 19, 2011; 12:44 a.m.

Then there are the questions, if you're more than a little, well, crazy, about "chemtrails" as shown here, Inimicable forces of evil, or just condensation up high?

I vote for condensation.

JDM von Weinberg , Feb 19, 2011; 12:45 a.m.

That's all, folks.

Any of these early Canon EOS film cameras are still serviceable film backup cameras and can now be bought for no more than a pizza dinner. The can be used manually, and so are an alternative to old Pentaxes for learners who want to have the choice of the hard way or the easy way.

Henrik Lauridsen , Feb 19, 2011; 07:04 a.m.

I have one of these as well. Got it for next to nothing on Ebay. It is not a bad camera. Very solid build quality, and fairly easy to use. It is very easy to do multiple exposures with, something I enjoy doing from time to time. However, the AF is very much first generation, and quite inaccurate. Since I got the camera, it has puzzled me that you have made an effort to give the user a fast frame rate (you can chew through a roll of film in 7 seconds), coupled with an AF system that does not stand a chance to keep up with it.
With that being said, if you are currently a Canon dslr shooter, and wants to see what film is all about, the 600/630 is not a bad choice, especially given the low price.
Multiple exposure, done on Kodak Ektar 100
Building blocks
Photo of my EOS 600
Canon EOS 600 with EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6

Kayam Rajaram , Feb 19, 2011; 08:12 a.m.

Thanks JDM. I've had my eye on one of these on KEH since I don't own a film EOS. I like the lines a lot - strikingly clean in a very late-80s / early 90s industrial sort of way. Only reason I haven't snapped it up yet is because it costs all of $17 - I refuse to pay more for shipping and handling than the camera itself! Will have to throw it into my shopping cart the next time I buy something from KEH.

Thanks also for the ad. Reminds me of when I was in 8th grade in boarding school. We had post-dinner "prep-hours" when you had to go to class to do your homework etc. I'd leave class to go to the library and look through back issues of National Geographic for the camera ads - the earliest version of camera porn. I still remember the EOS 1 and Pentax Super M ads like they were yesterday. 20 years later and I do the same thing - I slip out of meetings at the office saying "I should get these documents ready" and instead spend time looking at camera porn...

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