|Canon EOS 650 front view|
|Canon EOS 650 top view|
|EOS 650 - rear view|
Loading film is easy, as it is with all modern film cameras. Open the back, insert the film cassette in the left chamber, pull the film across the shutter to the orange mark and close the back. When you turn the camera on - if it isn't already - the camera automatically pulls the film leader onto the take-up spool and the camera is ready for frame 1.
The back is replaceable, Canon offering at least two alternative backs. One simply printed the date and time on each negative. The other back has an on-board computer that will record the date, time, frame number aperture and shutter speed in its memory. These details can then be downloaded to a computer (I suspect you would need a 1980s computer to get the necessary interface). The only evidence for these other backs with the standard back fitted is a row of electrical contacts by the hinge.
I now have sample pictures available for this camera. The one problem I have had is with the auto-focus. I do not know if this was the lens (Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II) or the camera but the combination would not focus in sub-zero conditions - see the last picture. It was fine above zero. I have not used this lens in the cold before (we don't get a lot freezing weather in Lincoln) so I don't know how it would behave with another body.