What does EOS mean anyway??

Discussion in 'Canon EOS' started by william_juliano, Apr 9, 1999.

  1. Sorry to ask you this, but I've been a "EOS" user now for years, and I was NEVER able to find - even in Canon's literature - what the acronyms EOS and EOF - mean. That's killing me, since I am pretty curious about this...
    THANKS FOR BRINGING ME SOME LIGHT!!!
     
  2. It means "Eat Our Shorts," Nikon.
     
  3. Maybe it's NOT an acronym- Eos was the goddess of the dawn in Greek
    mythology; Canon may have used all upper case letters so as to be able
    to trademark it. I'm just guessing, you understand. But I don't
    pronounce it Ee Oh Es, do you?
     
  4. Oops - I just happened to find this forum while browsing through
    photo.net, and the first question I see is "what does it mean anyway"
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    Well, although I'm not using EOS myself I saw these three letters
    quite a few times explained as EOS = "Electro-Optical System", since
    the communication between camera and lenses is completely electronic.
    I even think this explanation was given by Canon themselves.

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    And now for the hard part: What does FD mean anyway...?

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    Dieter
     
  5. FD = Fully (automatic) Diaphragm (maybe)
    The earlier FL cameras had only stop-down metering, the FD meters with
    the diaphragm open.
     
  6. eos-electro-optical-system
     
  7. There was "learned" discussion on this topic on the EOS mailing list:
    http://www.psych.helsinki.fi/mailman/listinfo/eos

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    Believe it or not, there are at least three meanings for EOS,
    according to official Canon sources. You can choose whichever one
    you like the best.

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    "Entirely Organic System"
    "EOS" - the goddess of dawn in Greek mythology
    "Electro Optical System"
    from Chapter 9 in the Story Room of the Canon Camera Museum
    http://www.canon.co.jp/camera-museum/story/9-j.html

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    "Electronic Optical System"
    from Archived Canon Press Releases from EOS system launch, 1987 Feb 17
    ftp://ftp.cs.toronto.edu/pub/acs/rec.photo/canon/press_releases/bodies
    /eos620

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    See also:
    http://www.pantheon.org/mythica/articles/e/eos.html
    http://www.clubi.ie/lestat/ofgodse.html#Eoslink

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    Cheers
    Julian Loke
     
  8. It means that some bunch of publicty flacks in a backroom somewhere
    thought that it sounded really cute/powerful/cutting edge and would be
    more likely to separate mugs like us from money. Beyond that, it
    doesn't have to mean anything at all and probably doesn't. Never mind
    FD - what does Canon mean? Doesn't sound Japanese to me.
    I believe that Ford paid someone $1 million to come up with the name
    Mondeo for its small world car. I remember seeing web sites listing
    disasters in these types of naming exercises - I drive a Mitsubishi
    Pajero which is renamed a Monterey (?) anywhere that speaks Spanish
    and sold in UK as a Shogun - good grief.
    Now why is my EOS 600 called a 630 in the US and Japan?
     
  9. Andrew, I believe the name Canon is the anglisized name for what was
    originally called Kwanon in Japan in the 1930's when the company
    was founded.
     

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