Canon EOS IX Lite

35mm AF film SLR camera

Canon EOS IX Lite


Production details:
Announced:March 1998
Also known as:Canon EOS IX 7
Canon EOS IX 50
System: Canon EOS (1987)
Imaging plane:
Maximum format:35mm full frame
Mount and Flange focal distance:Canon EF [44mm]
Imaging plane:36 × 24mm film
Model:Electronically controlled
Speeds:30 - 1/2000 + B
Exposure metering:Through-the-lens (TTL), open-aperture
Exposure modes:Programmed Auto
Aperture-priority Auto
Shutter-priority Auto
Physical characteristics:

Manufacturer description #1

NEW ORLEANS, LA., February 12, 1998 - Canon has quickly distinguished its Advanced Photo System products from the competition with their innovative styling and compact design, as well as a perfect combination of EOS System and Advanced Photo System features. This tradition of excellence is once again evident in the new EOS IX Lite Advanced Photo System SLR camera. The new, ultra-compact camera is smaller, lighter and less expensive than the EOS IX while offering several additional APS features including: a locking film chamber, improved viewfinder C/H/P masking, print quantity selection and additional greetings in several languages.

In addition to the new EOS IX Lite, Canon is introducing two new EF zoom lenses for use with EOS Advanced Photo System and conventional 35mm EOS System cameras: the EF 22-55mm f/4-5.6 USM and EF 55-200mm f4.5-5.6 USM models.

Beyond its ultra-compact body and elegant design, the EOS IX Lite provides users with many of the advanced technologies, features, and performance that have made the Canon EOS System the preferred choice of professional and amateur photographers worldwide.

"The new EOS IX Lite furthers Canon's commitment to the Advanced Photo System and the photographic industry, said Ted Ando, vice president and general manager of Canon's Camera Division. It also represents our commitment to consumers by continuing to develop products based on new and existing technology which better serve their needs and help bring the EOS System full circle as a truly integrated SLR system," Mr. Ando added.

While offering consumers numerous Advanced Photo System features, the EOS IX Lite also incorporates unique features which are distinctly Canon, including: a high-speed selectable 3-point autofocus system with AI Focus for improved performance; and Canon's exclusive AIM (Advanced Integrated Multi-Point control) system linking the 3-point autofocus system to multi-zone metering for available light and flash. The camera's built-in flash automatically pops up in low-light and back-lit situations when set in the Full Auto, Portrait, Close-Up and Night Modes. The built-in flash covers a wide-angle of 22mm, making it ideal for use with Canon's new EF 22-55mm f/4-5.6 zoom lens. As with all Canon EOS System cameras, the IX Lite is completely compatible with Canon's line of more than 50 EF lenses.

Canon engineers were able to reduce the overall size and weight of the EOS IX Lite by replacing the stainless steel exterior found on the EOS IX with a silver polycarbonate resin body and optimizing the camera's internal structure.

The EOS IX Lite provides all the Advanced Photo System features found in the EOS IX, along with additional high-performance functions including: drop-in film loading with safety lock to prevent accidental opening of the film chamber; Print Quantity Setting for pre-selecting the number of prints desired for any exposure made; Title Selection of up to 100 titles in 12 languages; and black mechanical masking for easily setting C/H/P formats in the viewfinder.

Other Advanced Photo System features include: Mid-Roll Change (MRC), Print Quality Improvement (PQI), Selectable Fixed Time Printing Method (FTPM), Photo data back printing; date and time imprint options; and three print sizes - Classic, High Definition wide-angle and Panorama.

Three-Point Autofocus System

The autofocus system is based on Canon's latest generation Multi-BASIS (Base-Stored Image Sensor) technology. Utilizing the camera's three-zone autofocus system, the BASIS system features a cross-type sensor at the center, coupled with vertical line sensors to the left and right, which encourages spontaneous photography with more emphasis on capturing the peak moment and less on the mechanics of the camera.

Canon's Exclusive AIM System

At the core of the EOS IX Lite is the AIM (Advanced Integrated Multi-point control) system which provides greater accuracy and creative flexibility than ever before. While in the camera's AI Focus mode, operation begins in the One-Shot AF mode and automatically shifts to AI Servo for predictive autofocus if the main subject begins to move. Manual focus is available by moving a switch on the lens.

Sophisticated Metering System

Using the EOS IX Lite's 6-zone Evaluative Metering system, photographers can be assured of proper exposure of the main subject, while rendering a natural exposure for the rest of the image. The three main zones of the 6-zone system correspond directly to the camera's three-zone autofocus system, ensuring proper exposure of the main subject. Another feature of the EOS IX Lite is its ability to use Partial Metering in the center of the picture area.

Center-Weighted Average Metering is possible only when the camera is set in its Manual exposure mode. In this mode, the camera will view all the light available in a particular scene, placing emphasis on the camera's center zone.

E-TTL Flash System Offers Tremendous Creative Latitude

While conventional TTL and A-TTL flash systems measure and control flash illumination reflected from the film's surface during exposure, Canon's EX-Series Speedlites provide even greater convenience and accuracy.

With E-TTL, flash exposure is measured and controlled by the EOS IX's 6-zone evaluative metering sensor in combination with the AIM system. Ambient light levels, subject position in the frame and pre-flash data are instantly analyzed, providing a natural balance between subject and background. Working in conjunction with Canon's AIM system, E-TTL flash metering is linked to the active focusing points for precise exposure of the subject.

High-Speed Flash Sync To 1/2000 Second

When attached to the new EOS IX and set in the "FP" mode, the Speedlite 220EX or 380EX flash units give photographers the ability to select a shutter speed for synchronized flash up to 1/2000 second. This feature provides photographers with the same shutter speed range available with daylight photography and can be used in conjunction with several "creative" modes of the EOS IX Lite camera including, Shutter-Priority, Aperture-Priority, Intelligent Program, and Manual.

Canon Adds EF 22-55mm f/4-5.6 USM and EF 55-200mm f4.5-5.6 USM Lenses to Line

Canon is introducing two new compact EF zoom lenses to its EF line, bringing the total number of lenses to more than 50. The Canon EF 22-55mm f/4-5.6 USM and EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 USM offer professional and amateur photographers a wider selection of focal lengths for use with Canon EOS System cameras.

The wide angle setting of the EF 22-55mm f/4-5.6 USM lens matches perfectly with the EOS IX Lite's built-in flash covering power, making it an ideal standard zoom lens for this new camera.

Its compact, lightweight design features a replica aspherical lens which enables its ultra-wide angle coverage of 22mm and when mounted on the EOS IX Lite, the lens has an equivalent 135-format focal length of 28-69mm. The EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 USM lens is a perfect companion lens to the EF 22-55mm model. Photographers can now cover a wide range of focal lengths from 22mm ultra-wide angle up to 200mm, using only two lenses. When mounted on the EOS IX Lite Advanced Photo System camera, the 135-format focal length equivalent is 69-250mm.

Both lenses feature Canon's exclusive Ultrasonic Motor (USM) technology for high speed and extremely quiet autofocusing functions. Full-time manual focusing enables deliberate manual control by the photographer at all times to allow fine focusing adjustments immediately before the shutter is released. The Canon EOS IX Lite measures 4.91 (W) x 3.20 (H) x 2.54 (D)-inches and weighs 12.85 ounces. The camera will be available at dealers in March. The EOS IX Lite Kit will include the EF 22-55mm f/4-5.6 USM lens.

Manufacturer description #2

The stylish EOS IX 7 is an ultra compact and lightweight Advanced Photo System SLR camera combined with the ease of use features of the EOS range. Advanced Photo System features include three print formats C/H/P, mid-roll change and print quantity setting.

Two ultra-fast focusing zoom lenses, an EF22-55mm f/4-5.6 USM and an EF55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 USM have been developed especially for the EOS IX 7. And with its innovative EF lens mount, the camera accepts the entire range of EF Lenses.

Manufacturer description #3

EOS IX50 was developed as the introductory model for IX 240 single-lens reflex camera, integrating the excellent basic features of New EOS Kiss and the advanced functions of IX 240. Its volume is reduced by 5% compared to New EOS Kiss and it weighs as light as 360 g. It can be used with EF lens and accessories. It also inherits wide-angle three focusing-points, 6-zone evaluative metering and E-TTL. It also comes with a number of magnetic IX functions, e.g. Mid-Roll Change (MRC), PQI function to record 9 types of shooting information on the film and improve the print quality, 100 types of caption in 12 languages, specification of the number of prints and printing of all the frames under identical conditions (FTPM). This model pursues the simple and easy operability by single-operation film loading, the function to prevent the film cover to open during the shooting and providing the operation buttons for setting magnetic IX functions on the back of the camera (IX position) intensively. EF22-55mm f/4.5-5.6 USM and EF55-200mm f/4.5-5.6USM, the light-weight compact lens, are to be marketed simultaneously for replacement.

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35mm full frame

43.27 24 36
  • Dimensions: 36 × 24mm
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Diagonal: 43.27mm
  • Area: 864mm2

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Image stabilizer

A technology used for reducing or even eliminating the effects of camera shake. Gyro sensors inside the lens detect camera shake and pass the data to a microcomputer. Then an image stabilization group of elements controlled by the microcomputer moves inside the lens and compensates camera shake in order to keep the image static on the imaging sensor or film.

The technology allows to increase the shutter speed by several stops and shoot handheld in such lighting conditions and at such focal lengths where without image stabilizer you have to use tripod, decrease the shutter speed and/or increase the ISO setting which can lead to blurry and noisy images.

Original name

Lens name as indicated on the lens barrel (usually on the front ring). With lenses from film era, may vary slightly from batch to batch.


Format refers to the shape and size of film or image sensor.

35mm is the common name of the 36x24mm film format or image sensor format. It has an aspect ratio of 3:2, and a diagonal measurement of approximately 43mm. The name originates with the total width of the 135 film which was the primary medium of the format prior to the invention of the full frame digital SLR. Historically the 35mm format was sometimes called small format to distinguish it from the medium and large formats.

APS-C is an image sensor format approximately equivalent in size to the film negatives of 25.1x16.7mm with an aspect ratio of 3:2.

Medium format is a film format or image sensor format larger than 36x24mm (35mm) but smaller than 4x5in (large format).

Angle of view

Angle of view describes the angular extent of a given scene that is imaged by a camera. It is used interchangeably with the more general term field of view.

As the focal length changes, the angle of view also changes. The shorter the focal length (eg 18mm), the wider the angle of view. Conversely, the longer the focal length (eg 55mm), the smaller the angle of view.

A camera's angle of view depends not only on the lens, but also on the sensor. Imaging sensors are sometimes smaller than 35mm film frame, and this causes the lens to have a narrower angle of view than with 35mm film, by a certain factor for each sensor (called the crop factor).

This website does not use the angles of view provided by lens manufacturers, but calculates them automatically by the following formula: 114.6 * arctan (21.622 / CF * FL),


CF – crop-factor of a sensor,
FL – focal length of a lens.


A lens mount is an interface — mechanical and often also electrical — between a camera body and a lens.

A lens mount may be a screw-threaded type, a bayonet-type, or a breech-lock type. Modern camera lens mounts are of the bayonet type, because the bayonet mechanism precisely aligns mechanical and electrical features between lens and body, unlike screw-threaded mounts.

Lens mounts of competing manufacturers (Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony etc.) are always incompatible. In addition to the mechanical and electrical interface variations, the flange focal distance can also be different.

The flange focal distance (FFD) is the distance from the mechanical rear end surface of the lens mount to the focal plane.

Lens construction

Lens construction – a specific arrangement of elements and groups that make up the optical design, including type and size of elements, type of used materials etc.

Element - an individual piece of glass which makes up one component of a photographic lens. Photographic lenses are nearly always built up of multiple such elements.

Group – a cemented together pieces of glass which form a single unit or an individual piece of glass. The advantage is that there is no glass-air surfaces between cemented together pieces of glass, which reduces reflections.

Focal length

The focal length is the factor that determines the size of the image reproduced on the focal plane, picture angle which covers the area of the subject to be photographed, depth of field, etc.


The largest opening or stop at which a lens can be used is referred to as the speed of the lens. The larger the maximum aperture is, the faster the lens is considered to be. Lenses that offer a large maximum aperture are commonly referred to as fast lenses, and lenses with smaller maximum aperture are regarded as slow.

In low-light situations, having a wider maximum aperture means that you can shoot at a faster shutter speed or work at a lower ISO, or both.

Closest focusing distance

The minimum distance from the focal plane (film or sensor) to the subject where the lens is still able to focus.

Closest working distance

The distance from the front edge of the lens to the subject at the maximum magnification.

Magnification ratio

Determines how large the subject will appear in the final image. For example, a magnification ratio of 1:1 means that the image of the subject formed on the film or sensor will be the same size as the subject in real life. For this reason, a 1:1 ratio is often called "life-size".

Manual focus override in autofocus mode

Allows to perform final focusing manually after the camera has locked the focus automatically. Note that you don't have to switch camera and/or lens to manual focus mode.

Manual focus override in autofocus mode

Allows to perform final focusing manually after the camera has locked the focus automatically. Note that you don't have to switch camera and/or lens to manual focus mode.

Electronic manual focus override is performed in the following way: half-press the shutter button, wait until the camera has finished the autofocusing and then focus manually without releasing the shutter button using the focusing ring.

Manual diaphragm

The diaphragm must be stopped down manually by rotating the detent aperture ring.

Preset diaphragm

The lens has two rings, one is for pre-setting, while the other is for normal diaphragm adjustment. The first ring must be set at the desired aperture, the second ring then should be fully opened for focusing, and turned back for stop down to the pre-set value.

Semi-automatic diaphragm

The lens features spring mechanism in the diaphragm, triggered by the shutter release, which stops down the diaphragm to the pre-set value. The spring needs to be reset manually after each exposure to re-open diaphragm to its maximum value.

Automatic diaphragm

The camera automatically closes the diaphragm down during the shutter operation. On completion of the exposure, the diaphragm re-opens to its maximum value.

Fixed diaphragm

The aperture setting is fixed at F/ on this lens, and cannot be adjusted.

Number of blades

As a general rule, the more blades that are used to create the aperture opening in the lens, the rounder the out-of-focus highlights will be.

Some lenses are designed with curved diaphragm blades, so the roundness of the aperture comes not from the number of blades, but from their shape. However, the fewer blades the diaphragm has, the more difficult it is to form a circle, regardless of rounded edges.

At maximum aperture, the opening will be circular regardless of the number of blades.


Excluding case or pouch, caps and other detachable accessories (lens hood, close-up adapter, tripod adapter etc.).

Maximum diameter x Length

Excluding case or pouch, caps and other detachable accessories (lens hood, close-up adapter, tripod adapter etc.).

For lenses with collapsible design, the length is indicated for the working (retracted) state.

Weather sealing

A rubber material which is inserted in between each externally exposed part (manual focus and zoom rings, buttons, switch panels etc.) to ensure it is properly sealed against dust and moisture.

Lenses that accept front mounted filters typically do not have gaskets behind the filter mount. It is recommended to use a filter for complete weather resistance when desired.

Fluorine coating

Helps keep lenses clean by reducing the possibility of dust and dirt adhering to the lens and by facilitating cleaning should the need arise. Applied to the outer surface of the front and/or rear lens elements over multi-coatings.


Lens filters are accessories that can protect lenses from dirt and damage, enhance colors, minimize glare and reflections, and add creative effects to images.

Lens hood

A lens hood or lens shade is a device used on the end of a lens to block the sun or other light source in order to prevent glare and lens flare. Flare occurs when stray light strikes the front element of a lens and then bounces around within the lens. This stray light often comes from very bright light sources, such as the sun, bright studio lights, or a bright white background.

The geometry of the lens hood can vary from a plain cylindrical or conical section to a more complex shape, sometimes called a petal, tulip, or flower hood. This allows the lens hood to block stray light with the higher portions of the lens hood, while allowing more light into the corners of the image through the lowered portions of the hood.

Lens hoods are more prominent in long focus lenses because they have a smaller viewing angle than that of wide-angle lenses. For wide angle lenses, the length of the hood cannot be as long as those for telephoto lenses, as a longer hood would enter the wider field of view of the lens.

Lens hoods are often designed to fit onto the matching lens facing either forward, for normal use, or backwards, so that the hood may be stored with the lens without occupying much additional space. In addition, lens hoods can offer some degree of physical protection for the lens due to the hood extending farther than the lens itself.


Teleconverters increase the effective focal length of lenses. They also usually maintain the closest focusing distance of lenses, thus increasing the magnification significantly. A lens combined with a teleconverter is normally smaller, lighter and cheaper than a "direct" telephoto lens of the same focal length and speed.

Teleconverters are a convenient way of enhancing telephoto capability, but it comes at a cost − reduced maximum aperture. Also, since teleconverters magnify every detail in the image, they logically also magnify residual aberrations of the lens.

Lens caps

Scratched lens surfaces can spoil the definition and contrast of even the finest lenses. Lens covers are the best and most inexpensive protection available against dust, moisture and abrasion. Safeguard lens elements - both front and rear - whenever the lens is not in use.