Nov 24, 2017

New Canon Rebel 2000

Canon Rebels aren't at the top of the list for must-have 35mm film cameras, but they do fit a niche for my needs. Since I also shoot Canon EOS digital, it only makes sense to have some cheaper film cameras that fit those lenses. I've previously documented some troubles with their reliability, but for now these are working for me. I just picked up a new Canon Rebel 2000, and used a roll of Ilford hp5+ to test it out.

Kit lens used on this image. An EF 80-200mm f/3.something. 
Interestingly, it came with a couple of kit lenses, one of which was an 80-200mm plasticy thing. It's light and surprisingly small, but if it doesn't do the job it needs to in terms of image quality, it will be gone. I plan to do a side by side comparison with that and my EF 70-200 f/4 L and my EF 135mm f/2 L.  It wouldn't hold up in the digi world, of course, but I wonder how that translates to 35mm film. We shall see.

Because this is kind of a plasticy camera body, I hesitate to put my heavier lenses on it and mount the hold thing on a tripod.  I don't have the ring mount, and I wonder what kind of stress that would put on the mount. 

And finally, I'm still trying to figure out hp5+. I seem to have to give it a boost in the scanning stage, so I wonder if an extra 30 seconds or so in the developing tank would make a difference. In any event, I'm happy with my recent acquisition and am looking forward to putting it to use this winter. 

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