Canon EOS Rebel G

35mm AF film SLR camera

Canon EOS Rebel G

Specification

Production details
Announced:September 1996
Also known as:Canon EOS 500N
Canon New EOS Kiss
System: Canon EOS (1987)
Imaging plane
Maximum format:35mm full frame
Mount and Flange focal distance:Canon EF [44mm]
Imaging plane:36 × 24mm film
Shutter
Type:Focal-plane
Model:Electronically controlled
Speeds:30 - 1/2000 + B
Exposure
Exposure metering:Through-the-lens (TTL)
Exposure modes:Programmed Auto
Aperture-priority Auto
Shutter-priority Auto
Manual
Physical characteristics
Weight:400g
Dimensions:146x92x62mm

Manufacturer description #1

Lake Success, N.Y., July 29, 1996-- Canon U.S.A., Inc. is expanding its revolutionary camera design concept into a new generation EOS Rebel. The Rebel G, available in two versions, including a Quartz Date model, raises the standard of the world's best selling SLR camera with its new and improved camera features.

The EOS Rebel G is a fully automatic, ultra-compact and quiet 35mm AF SLR camera with a built-in, retractable flash. It features a high-speed selectable 3-point autofocus system with Al Focus for improved performance and utilizes Canon's exclusive AIM (Advanced Integrated Multi-Point) control system which links the camera's 3-point autofocus to multi-zone metering for available light and flash. The New Rebel G offers users 11 exposure modes from Full Auto to metered manual, plus multiple manual, plus multiple exposure, exposure compensation and Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB).

The camera also incorporates a brighter viewfinder based on new mirror coating technology and features E-TTL metering functions when used in conjunction with that Canon Speedlite 380 EX or new 220EX.

The Rebel G offers exceptional ease-of-use with an enhanced Command Dial for the selection of operating modes and remains fully compatible with Canon's line of EF autofocus lenses and EOS System Speedlites. It will also be compatible with popular Rebel-series accessories including the Battery Pack BP-8, Grip Tripod GR-80TP, and Remote Switch RS-60E3.

"The tradition of quality found in the EOS Rebel-series cameras will be enhanced with the introduction of the new Rebel G," said Ted Ando, director and general manager of Canon's Camera Division. "The new Rebel G will take 35mm photography to a higher level while expanding on the user-friendly design, versatility and highly attractive balance of price and performance that have made the EOS Rebel so popular. The combination of affordability, extended features and performance of the Rebel G will make it ideal for a wide range of 35mm photography enthusiasts," Mr. Ando added.

The EOS Rebel G incorporates the latest Canon innovations and offers the following new features and improvements:

New Features

Selectable 3-Point Autofocus: The Rebel G incorporates the same 3-point autofocus capabilities as the EOS Elan II and IIE models. Utilizing the camera's three-zone autofocus system, the BASIS (Base Stored Image Sensor) system features a cross-type sensor at the center, coupled with vertical line sensors to the left and right, which enable the camera to anticipate changes in the subject's position. The focusing points can be camera or user selected using the focusing point selector button on top of the camera. The viewfinder LCD panel displays the active focusing point at all times.

Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): The Rebel G offers users auto exposure bracketing, a feature normally found in more expensive SLR models. Bracketing is possible in 1/2 stop increments up to ą2 stops.

E-TTL Autoflash: Originally found on the more feature-laden EOS Elan II/IIE, the E-TTL system provides a natural balance between subject and background and also enables high-speed synch for automatic fill flash as well as FE (flash exposure) lock when used with the Canon Speedlite 380EX or new 220EX. If a Canon Speedlite not compatible with E-TTL autoflash is used, A-TTL or TTL autoflash is available.

Night Scene: The camera incorporates a fully automatic slow-synchro flash feature that provided opportunities for combining beautiful sunsets with striking portraits. During exposure. A slow shutter speed is used to record backgrounds such as sunsets with natural light, while the slow-synchro flash "freezes" the subject in the foreground, providing a perfect balance of natural and artificial light. Night Scene can also be used in conjunction with the new Speedlite 220EX or any other EOS Speedlite.

Brighter View Finder: New mirror-coating technology offers users a brighter viewfinder equivalent to the brightness associated with a pentaprism. Incorporating this brightness level into a roof prism has allowed the Rebel G to maintain its ultra-compact design while providing users with better, more comfortable viewing system.

Improved Features

Metered Manual: The Rebel G incorporates a metered manual indicator, making manual exposures easier to set.

Partial Metering and Auto Exposure (AE) Lock: In the past, it was necessary to press the camera's metering/AE button during the time of exposure. The new Rebel G allows the AE button to be pressed anytime and stores the exposure information for 4 seconds after the button is released, greatly simplifying the process.

Red-Eye Reduction: In the Past, cameras offering red-eye reduction features would not allow users to release the shutter during the pre-exposure red-eye reduction cycle, often causing them to miss a great shot. With the new Rebel G, pressing the shutter button half-way initiates red-eye reduction. Pressing the shutter completely releases the shutter immediately, overriding the red-eye flash lock mechanism. This gives photographers the advantage of having more control over shutter release timing.

In-Focus Beeper: With certain camera models the in-focus beeper could only be switched on or off while in specific shooting modes. The Rebel G allows users to now turn the in-focus beeper on or off in all modes including Full Auto and Programmed Image Control modes.

The EOS Rebel G will be available in September (body only). The Rebel G kit includes the Canon EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 III lens. A Quartz Date version of the Rebel G will be available in October in a traditional chrome body version.

Manufacturer description #2

The latest addition to the world's best selling line of SLR cameras, the EOS 500N is fully automatic, ultra compact, quiet and comes equipped with a built-in retractable flash.

It features 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 which links EOS 500N's three-point autofocus to multi-zone metering for available light and flash.

Offering 11 exposure modes (Full Auto to metered manual) plus Multiple Exposure, Exposure Compensation and Auto Exposure Bracketing, it has an enhanced Command Dial for operating mode selection, and is fully compatible with Canon's complete line of EF autofocus lenses and EOS System Specialties.

New features like Auto Exposure Bracketing (in 1/2 stop increments up to ą 2 stops) and E-TTL Autoflash (enables high-speed sync for automatic fill flash), and improvements like better control of Red-Eye Reduction, the In-Focus Beeper and the Auto Exposure (AE) Lock make the EOS 500N the most advanced EOS yet.

Manufacturer description #3

The original EOS Kiss became a hit product due to its high-end features, easy operation, and affordable price. It was succeeded by the New EOS Kiss (EOS Rebel G or 500N in other countries). While inheriting the main features of the original Kiss such as lightweight and compact size, the New EOS Kiss has a Multi-BASIS (|+|) AF sensor for 3 focusing points displayed in the viewfinder’s image area. The focusing point can be selected manually by the user or automatically by the camera. Focusing the desired subject can be as quick as a more expensive camera. The following picture-taking modes can be set: Shutter speed-priority AE, aperture-priority AE, shiftable Intelligent program AE, Programmed Image Control modes, depth-of-field AE, program flash AE, and metered manual. The camera comes in silver or black.

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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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Among autofocus lenses designed for 35mm full-frame mirrorless cameras only. Speed of standard and telephoto lenses is taken into account.

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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

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),

where:

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

Mount

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.

Speed

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.

Electromagnetic diaphragm control system

Provides highly accurate diaphragm control and stable auto exposure performance during continuous shooting.

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.

Weight

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.

Filters

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

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.