My Affection for the EOS 10s

I bought my 10s in 2008 off of a girl from Craiglist for $100. I wanted this camera when it was released back in 1991. I was shooting a EOS 650 at the time and I really believed I needed this camera. It had so many more features that my lowly 650. It would be a few more years until I would upgrade my camera from the 650, which I still enjoy.

The 10s is not a special camera like the EOS RT or a high-end professional camera like the EOS 1V. I do think it’s underrated though. I’ve owned, and currently own several EOS versions. I even have a an EOS Rebel G in the cabinet. I’ve never shot it though.

The 10s doesn’t get much love on the internet. Most people that I know that are familiar with the EOS system, aren’t aren’t familiar with this model. In reality, the only cameras people talk about on the interwebs and YouTube are the EOS 3 and EOS 1 models. For good reason, those are top tier cameras. They also still fetch a few hundred dollars on the used market. The 10s can be had for $30.

I believe the 10s should be considered for people looking to get into the EOS line of film cameras. They are affordable, it has a lot of great features, like 3 adjustable focus points, 5 frames-per-second film advance, 14 custom functions, compatible with the RC-1 remote, and a lot more stuff.

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I have photographed sports like mountain biking and skateboarding, this doesn’t have the fastest focus, but it’s not horrible. It still very accurate. Some newer EOS models don’t have have multiple focus points, the EOS ELAN as example. If you need fast and accurate tracking, the EOS 1V is where you should be looking.

My camera has held up very well over the past few years, I’ve dragged this thing around the country dozens of times. Sure, if I was using a 35mm film camera for professional work, I would reach for the EOS 1 or EOS 3. However, I don’t shoot 35mm for client work. A prosumer body works just fine for my needs.

This model is old, but has held up better than some of the newer cameras that I’ve owned. I’ve even killed the shutter in an EOS 1. I think Canon did a great job with the 10s. Easy to use and comfortable in the hand. It is a two hand operation when changing modes, but it’s very intuitive. If you’re in the market for an EOS film camera, this just might be worth a look.

Tom Chamberlain

Photographer, videographer, and lover of all things analog.

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