Canon EOS 630 - Opinions please

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Ok, I went with a digital and now I'm back rethinking my decision.

I'm looking at the Canon EOS 630 and would like to hear from anyone who has used this camera. Pro's / Con's and just what do you think? What extras did you outfit yours with i.e. lens / flash etc......
 

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Ah, Prodigal Son, welcome back to the fold. Don't know much about the Canon you're interested in but this site might be of help: www.photographyreview.com
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John, I used a 620 not a 630 on a trip a few years ago...Nice camers. With prices like they are I would recommend either a 10s or Elan/Elan II maybe even a A2. These are closely related and each has pro/cons I use Elan and Elan II with a 20-35, 28-135 IS, plus 100-300 and a 28-80. All Canon glass, picked up a 430 flash but don't do that much flash photography. the 20-35 and 28-135 are really nice - would highly recommend. The Canyon de Chelly shots in my personal gallery were done with the 20-35 (so don't hold that against the lens ;^))
 
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The Canyon de Chelly shots are great......wish I could see the ruins first hand. Thanks for the suggestions.

I can get an unused 630 with 35-80 lens for $300 Canadian.....seems like a pretty good deal so far.....but still...so many choices..
 

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John Macmillan said:
The Canyon de Chelly shots are great......wish I could see the ruins first hand. Thanks for the suggestions.

I can get an unused 630 with 35-80 lens for $300 Canadian.....seems like a pretty good deal so far.....but still...so many choices..


Thanks John, one point the 630 was to top camera for Canon for a while and has many good features. Check out these links for additional information:

http://canon.com/camera-museum/index.html

Also, I think this was the last camera Canon made that you can use IR film without any problems with fogging - but don't quote me on that. I do know that a lot of the newer ones use IR to count the sprockets for the film counter. $300 C is not bad for a new old stock camera, I can tell you it is a solid camera and had it's day.
 

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I bought a used 630 very cheap complete with bag, manual and cleaning kit, batteries AND film. The main issue with this camera is the deteriorating shutter bumper that will foul the shutter blades after a while. The other issue for me became finding an EF lens that was halfway decent to fit on the camera. I consider the consumer grade plastic Canon lenses as total crap for the simple reason that they are poorly constructed, wear out and will literally fall apart in your hands (Direct experience)
 

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John Macmillan said:
Ok, I went with a digital and now I'm back rethinking my decision.

I'm looking at the Canon EOS 630 and would like to hear from anyone who has used this camera. Pro's / Con's and just what do you think? What extras did you outfit yours with i.e. lens / flash etc......

For some reason I can't send a PM at the moment, but John, I think $300C is way too much. I have a 630 sitting at home you can have for $30 plus shipping which still leaves you with enough to buy a 50mm f/1.8 and a 28-80mm zoom.
 

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I’ve used a 630 for 4 years now and I really like it. I use it as a back up for my eos-3. In the negative side you can count its age (close to 17 years now), the interface for manual mode and the lack of E-TTL. In the positive side you have the metal construction (no polycarbonate), the general feel of the camera and the ability to leave the film lead out after rewind (my personal first reason to buy it). AF is not great but I use manual focus with a split prism screen. And no problem with IR film as long as you don’t use the version with the date back (my personal second reason to buy it). If you want to give it a try is a cool camera to use but, as it was mentioned before, $300 is way too much money for the camera you can buy it used for around $30.
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