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CANON EOS 1 film-based 135mm (36 x 24mm) format professional class AF-SLR camera.
Approx. Product Cycle: 1989 ~ 1995


The EOS-1was the first pro model in Canon's successful and proven EOS System of AF 35mm SLR cameras. As such, this camera is justified to have a site specially dedicated to it here. During the mid-eighties, I could still recalled the announcement by Canon in choosing the more advanced, all-electronic EOS mount system at the risk of alienating all its loyal FD-mount users, which also caused quite a stir among the global photographic community and observers alike. Not only did Canon's choice sent a cold shiver down the spines of the amateur and advanced amateur Canon users but also to the professional photographers shooting with Canon equipment. Although the system concept of the EOS sounded very "interesting & promising" to the general consumers, those who have invested heavily in the manual focus FD System of cameras and lenses took quite a while to digest the news about Canon's decision. Before the EOS-1 came into existence, many of the 35mm EOS SLRs introduced by Canon were meant for the beginners and amateur users, such as the EOS 750, 850, 650 and 620 models. Of course, there was the Canon EOS-630QD (EOS 600 in Europe), introduced about 5 months before the EOS-1 made its worldwide debut. Added to the uncertainties of going for the EOS System by the existing canon users was the lack of high performance EF prime lenses including the large aperture L-series types. Both the Canon Canon EOS-650 & EOS-620 despite having numerous features that made them strong contenders to any 35mm SLR cameras available on the market then, they still lacked the professional "flavour" that cater to the needs of the professionals. With the introduction of the EOS-1during the summer of 1989, many of these uncertainties surrounding the hype of the EOS System have been answered by Canon. Along with the introduction of the EOS-1 were several L-series EF lenses like the EF 20-35mm f/2.8L AFD, EF 80-200mm f/2.8L AFD, EF 50mm f/1.0L USM* and EF 85mm f/1.2L USM.

* This lens was first listed in the brochures of the EOS 650/620 and EF Lenses but was never officially available in the market until the EOS-1 made its worldwide debut

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After Nikon Corporation had announced its 4th-generation professional camera, Nikon F4, which was heralded as the company's entry into the pro market a camera that utilized AF, the rumours were abuzz that Canon, being the largest SLR manufacturer, shouldn't be that far away from introducing its own AF pro model to counter what Nikon was offering One particular day in May 1989, a group of professional photographers, comprised of both photojournalists and sports shooters as well as the various photographic-based magazines, were invited for a launch presentation where Canon showcased the much anticipated camera, known as the EOS-1. It was more than just like fulfilling everybody's expectation because it signified Canon's full commitment to the new electro-optic mount and also to let them know that it would concentrate all its resources in further developing the EOS System, which today has seen the EOS range evolving into the APS and Digital formats as well.

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With the debut of the EOS-1, Canon photographers finally has a truly high performance AF SLR system camera that can satisfy the degree of heavy professional usage. The camera provides a perfect fusion of manual and AF focusing techniques as it cleverly merged both applied hi-tech electronic engineering on the camera section and an enlarged diameter of the EF lens mount that enables the realization of many new exotic EF lenses previously deemed impossible to be produced on FD-mount system. This combination has helped to demonstrate the superior technical advantages of the EOS system over other comparing photographic systems. Examples of this advantage can be seen today - there is no compatibility problem of using the very first EF lens made in 1987 on the latest analog or digital EOS SLR camera. There is however, a slight compatibility problem with EF lenses having the IS (Image Stabilizer) feature on early analog EOS models as the camera shake correction feature may not work well on them. But these cameras are still able to use the IS lenses (with IS switched OFF) for all exposure modes and AF.

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The introduction of the EOS-1 in 1989 was timely as it served many of the marketing objectives Canon had. It was the camera that truly that helped turned the tide over to Canon's favour and also in generating users' confidence in the new EOS system. As a comparison, back in 1988 at the Summer Olympics Games in Seoul, photographers who surrounded Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson over his upset 100m win (which was later disqualified) against favourite American Carl Lewis, were seen on TV shooting with Nikon F3s. Fast forward to the 1992 Games, the situation has turned around as the photographers covering the event were seen shooting with EOS-1s and it was hard to find a single photographer using a Nikon F3 or F4 (Nikon shooters were there but not prominent). Such scenes between the two Olympics were the evidences that Canon and its team of engineers needed to prove that the professionals have accepted their products over that of the competitors.

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This, has in turn, laid a solid foundation in enabling Canon to re-establish itself as the pioneer in 35mm SLR camera market place. Its sheer performance, silky smooth handling with many innovative features and unsurpassed reliability, has rewritten a whole new chapter in modern SLR camera design. It is not exxagerating to quote the EOS system is a generation ahead of all its competitions. Since then, the film-based EOS-1 series that began in 1989 has, developed into three separate generations (Canon EOS-1n in 1994 & Canon EOS-1v in 2001) with each model an improved version designed to meet the ever demanding requirements by the professional photographers at prevailing time. The EOS-1 series models have also evolved four times from its original form into the modern digital age with the EOS-D2000 (1998), Canon EOS-1D (EOS-2001), Canon EOS-1Ds (2002) and Canon EOS-1D Mark II (2004) for handling digital photography. Today, EOS-1 series models are respectable trade names by themselves which symbolizes with quality and performance. It has helped Canon to realize a dream where it has never been able to achieve in the past few generations with the abandoned FD-mount system - a deserving recognition as the truly world leader in SLR camera manufacturing. To summarize it all in a single line - Canon's status as the market leader today has a lot to do with the original EOS-1.


The EOS-1 made its debut almost 15 years ago (as of March 2004) and was discontinued in September 1994. Since then, many of its embodied technologies have been improved upon from its original configurations and made available in the successor models. Although the EOS-1 now look a bit dated where its technological sections are concerned whenever a modern EOS AF Canon SLR is used as the comparison, it is still an excellent, highly dependable imaging tool meant for serious photography. Although the objective of this site is to chronicle this legendary camera that has stamped such an important mark in the course of development on Canon's EOS SLRs, it will also serves as a venue to assist any new user that may have bought a used EOS-1 SLR camera to begin their photographic journal. Enjoy.

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UPDATE:- Canon EOS-1N series web site can be accessed via | HERE |

History & Background of the Canon EOS system
Technical Aspect: EF Lens Mount & Camera Control
Flash System
| Booster/Film Transport | Focusing screens | System Accessories
Early series of the EF lenses

Manual for Original Canon EOS-1 camera (HTML format)
Technical Specification
Nomenclature (Main Reference Map)
Full LCD Display Panel

PDF files for downloads (Please check the file size of EACH file BEFORE begin downloading): Viewfinder Display (816k), Early EF lenses (2.4MB), Lense Technical information Chart (628k), EOS-1 Early System Chart (2 MB)

Additional information on other EOS AF-SLR Models:
EOS-650 (1987.2) | EOS-620 (1987.5) | EOS-750QD (1988.10) | EOS-850QD (1988.10) | EOS-630QD (1989.4) | EOS-1 (1989.9) | EOS-RT (1989.10) | EOS-700QD (1990.3) | EOS-10S QD (1990.3) | Canon T-60 | EOS-1000F /RebelS QD (1990.9) | EOS-100 / Elan QD (1991.9) | Canon EF-M (1991.9) | EOS-5/A2E QD (1992.10) | EOS-1000FN /Rebel S II QD (1992.4) | EOS-500 / Rebel XS / KISS (1993.10) | CANON EOS-1n (1994.9) | EOS-888/5000QD (1995.1) | EOS-1n RS (1995.3) | EOS-50/50E / Elan II(E) /EOS 55 (1995.9) | EOS -500N / Rebel G / KISS II (1996.9) | EOS-IX (1996.10) / EOS-IX Lite /IX-7 (1996.3) | EOS-3 (1998.11) | EOS-88/3000 (1999.3) | EOS-300 / Rebel 2000 QD / KISS III (1999.4) | EOS-1v (2000.3) | EOS-30 / EOS-7 / EOS Elan 7E (2000.10) | EOS-3000N /EOS-66 / Rebel XS-N (2002.2) | EOS-300V / Rebel Ti / KISS V (2002.9) | EOS 3000V / Rebel K2 / KISS Lite (2003.9)

Quick Downloads (External Links - Combination from & others ) for PDF/HTML Instruction Manuals for various Canon film-based SLRs:
| Canon EOS-650/620 | Canon EOS-600/630 | Canon EOS-100/Elan | Canon EOS-50/50E/Elan II/IIe | Canon EOS-10s | Canon EOS-1 | Canon EOS-1n RS | Canon EOS-1v | Canon EOS-3000v | Canon EOS-30v | Canon EOS-33/Elan7 -PC.exe file | Canon EOS-30/33V/Elan 7n(e)(s) | Canon EOS-3 | Canon EOS-300V/Rebel Ti/Kiss 5 | Canon EOS-300X/Rebel T2/Kiss 7 | Canon EOS-300/Rebel 2000/Kiss III(L)| Canon EOS-1000 (F)(N) QD (P) /Rebel (II) (s) (II) QD | Canon EOS EF-M |

Canon EOS Digital SLRs:
| Canon EOS D30 | Canon EOS D60 | Canon EOS D10 | Canon EOS D20 | Canon EOS 300D/Rebel/Kiss Digital | Canon 350D/Rebel Digital XT/Kiss N | Canon EOS-3 | Canon EOS-300V/Rebel Ti/Kiss 5 | Canon EOS-300X/Rebel T2/Kiss 7 |

Canon flash/speedlite units: | Canon 220EX -PC.exe file | Canon 550EX -PC.exe file | Canon 580EX | Canon 420EX |
| Canon RS-60E3 Remote Switch | Canon RC-1 Remote Control | Canon RC-2 Remote Controller | Canon TC-80N3 Timer Remote Controller |

A Highly Recommended personal suggestive webLink: The Great EOS Content site by Julian Loke & Company

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