Most of your lenses will work (more about that later) and you'll find it familiar to use. The 50e is really cheap at the moment, you should be able to get one for less than 15 pounds easily. That's 400 pounds less than it was in 1996! (It was called the Elan IIe in the US)
The 50e is has all the automatic and manual modes that the DSLRs have today and they work in exactly the same way. All the symbols are the same too, so as long as you know Canon, you'll find it really easy.
If you don't know the Canon cameras, then it's easy to pick up a manual for the 50e online (see here).
At the end you can set the camera to rewind the film so that the leader is still there which is useful if you do your own processing. (Set custom function 2, CM02, to '1')
And remember...over 400 pounds in 1996. ($=£, 1:1 in the nineties)
Worst feature - Short battery life with flash (just 18 rolls!)
Best feature - Eye Controlled DoF preview.
|Rowenta Street, Bolton - Taken using a Canon EOS 50e with Tamaron 55-200mm lens. Feb 2013|