Canon EOS 650

The Canon EOS 650 was Canon's very first EOS mount auto focus film camera - introduced in 1987 and discontinued in 1989. It was followed several months later by the EOS 620. As most people reading probably know, the EOS or EF mount was redesigned from scratch to offer auto focus and the older FD mount lenses were not compatible.

I picked this one up sporting the GR10 extra large grip - it's not a vertical grip - it holds a single 2CR5 lithium battery like the other grips - it's just larger for people with big hands. But interestingly, it sticks down lower than the bottom of the camera - meaning the camera doesn't even sit flat on a table when this optional grip is being used. I can cope with that, though, as I have large hands and I'll be damned if this isn't one of the most comfortable cameras I've held to date.

Canon EOS 650 35mm Film SLR Camera shown here with Canon EF 50mm F1.8 lens

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LIKES: Very solid feeling build quality; very comfortable in hand (especially with the optional GR10 oversized grip), with shutter release and control dial well placed; simple and elegant ergonomics; relatively quiet shutter/motor wind noise, especially considering it was Canon's first AF body; focus was fast and accurate; exposure was very accurate with my example.

DISLIKES: Non-traditional buttons and user interface for controlling camera. For example, the power on switch is a small dial mounted on the back top, left of the viewfinder rather than on the top left as was and still is common; and of course, as I mentioned above, the optional GR10 oversized grip sticks down below the base of the camera meaning you can't set it down on a flat surface as easily (though the default or standard grip didn't have this problem).

Winter Stroll Down Fore Street - photo taken with a Canon EOS 650

Above: Winter Stroll Down Fore Street; photo taken with a Canon EOS 650 and Canon EF 85mm F1.2L with Kodak Ultramax 400 color print film.

View gallery: Canon EOS 650 Sample Photos

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