You might be wondering what an EOS-100 is - well, it's a film SLR and I bought mine brand new in 1994. I was convinced at the time that it was time to move on from Olympus, who rather failed to get to grips with autofocus after the success of the OM system. At the time I couldn't justify the EOS-5, complete with eye-control AF, and the EOS-1000 was a bit cheap and cheerful, so I settled for the EOS-100 with 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 kit zoom, later supplemented by an EF 70-300mm zoom (later sold to forum member Coupekid).

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My EOS-100 has hardly been used in the last 12 years since digital took over but my daughter is going to use it for her A-Level photography course. A new battery has already been purchased and I've ordered some HP5 black and white film.

But a problem I have been aware of for some time threatened to scupper the project; the plastic leatherette covering the grip had become all sticky, a problem that afflicts quite a few ageing cameras, both film and even digital.

Thankfully I was able to return the surface of the grip to its normal non-sticky state thanks to a toothbrush, a non-stick pan scourer sponge, some kitchen cleaner solution and a cloth.

Taking care to avoid the cleaning solution from dribbling into gaps into the camera I scrubbed the grip surface to loosen the sticky exudate. Using the sponge I rinsed off the cleaning solution and then rubbed the grip dry with the cloth. This was repeated several times until all areas of the grip were non-sticky. In the photo above you can still see a little evidence of the sticky material which may have been the product of a long term reaction between hand sweat or grease and the plastic, or simply a deterioration of the plastic, but that's just cosmetic; the grip is basically back to normal and the camera is ready for Lara to use :)

Finally, how often do you find an interesting feature of the EOS-100 in modern DSLRs? - a zooming pop-up flash. Neat; the oldies can still show the new gear a thing or two!