Canon EOS 5
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Canon EOS 5

History: The Canon EOS 5, also sold as the EOS A2 in some markets, is a semi-professional SLR manufactured starting in 1992 and discontinued around the turn of the century. It uses Canon's latest EF mount, first introduced in 1987. The camera features 16 zone evaluative metering and offers a top burst rate with AF, of 3 fps (5 fps in one shot mode). Other standout features include 5 selectable autofocus points as well as the very first iteration of Canon's infamous eye-controlled focus. The body is powered by a single 2CR5 lithium battery. These batteries can be a tad pricey, but they're easy enough to find online.

Why we like it: High and mid-range SLRs from the 90's are strange beasts: retro in format, while offering some modern-DSLR features. The EOS 5 is a great example of this: it's highly capable despite its lack of a sensor. Canon diehards can learn a lot about of the lineage of their modern DSLRs by spending some time with the EOS 5.

'Canon diehards can learn a lot about of the lineage of their modern DSLRs by spending some time with the EOS 5.'

Buy one: No need to break the bank. You can pick up one of these cameras body-only for between $30 - $100 on eBay. But because they use the modern Canon EF mount, picking one up with a decent lens is going to set you back considerably more.