This camera is soooo cute and is small enough for me to put in my purse when I am on the go. I mainly used it to shoot around the neighborhood and I took it on a trip to Lake Tahoe earlier in the year. These cameras can be found pretty easily on Ebay or Etsy, and can be found pretty cheap at an average of about $15.
Canon Sure Shot Camera
This mainly black with red accent cameras was first manufactured by Canon in November 1979. It was the world’s first Lens-Shutter 35mm autofocus camera at the time. It uses a triangulation system with a near-infrared emitting diode (IRED). The near-infrared beam also enables focusing under low-light conditions, which made the camera a hit product during its time.The lens has a 3.8 mm focal length and a maximum aperture of f/2.8.
This camera luckily takes very common two AA 1.5V batteries that you can find at most stores. The battery door can be found on the bottom of the camera and can be opened by pressing down on it and sliding it in the direction of the arrow away from the camera. Place the batteries in the slots according to the correct postie and negative order that is indicated on the side. Slide the battery cover back on once the batteries are installed. The manual claims that the batteries will last about seven rolls of film if you use the flash for every exposure.
The Sure Shot uses 35mm film which you can buy at such places as Walmart, Target and CVS. You can also buy film online from specialty camera stores if you want something special such as Lomochrome Purple film which I have reviewed here. This camera can take ISO films from 50-1000. Once you know the film speed that you are going use you will have to set it on the camera. There is a film speed ring around the lens of the camera. Turn the ring until the correct number is aligned with the white film speed index.
Update: I have also added a post on using the Canon AF35M (which is the European version of the camera) with Lomography X-PRO Slide Film so check it out RIGHT HERE.
The Sure Shot has a small latch on the side with the word Open right below it. Pulling it up allows for the camera to open up and reveal it’s contents. Film is easily installed with the roll being placed on the left side and pulling the film leader tip to align at the orange mark. Place the film within the film guides. Once you close the camera back you will hear the camera auto load with the built-in motor. Press the shutter button repeatedly until the frame window come up to 1.
As mentioned before this camera comes with an autofocusing feature. Which makes picture taking great if you always have the object that you want to photograph in the center of the picture. The problem is if you want to take a picture of an object that is off to the side and you have a landscape in the back but you want to focus on the object that is closer then you will not be able to. This is where the Prefocusing / Self-timer latch that is at the bottom of the camera lens comes into play. If you want to focus on your side object you need to pull down the latch all the way. You then focus on your object in the center of your frame and press the shutter button. This causes the camera to memorize the distance that you want it to focus on. You then reframe you picture how you originally wanted it and press the shutter button again to actually take your picture. This works the same way with shooting photos though glass. Subjects will more than likely come out blurry if they are on the other side of the glass. You need to either have the camera right up to the glass or shoot at a 20 degree angle or more.
The Prefocusing / Self-timer switch also has the function of being a self-timer. You can frame your shot in the view finder and then pull the latch all the way down. Once it is all the way down you have about 10 seconds before a picture is taken.
The Sure Shot also comes with a built in flash that can easily be used. The flash will pop out once you push the flash switch that is located on the top right on the back of the camera. The flash works on color negative film between the distances of 90cm and 4.5m.
Once your roll is done your shutter button will no longer be able to be pressed. You can then rewind the film by simultaneously press the unlock button and slide the film rewind switch in the direction of the arrow.
The first set of pictures are from walking around the neighborhood on a nice sunny day. I took a few pics inside, but I really liked the one with my telescope and how it made a nice contrast with the bright window. The photo of the gate and then set of stares was a cause of not using the prefocusing latch so the photo only focused on the background instead of the foreground.
The last set of photos were taken at sunset on Lake Tahoe. We were losing light, but I think I was still able to capture some nice landscape photos with this little camera.
If you really like this camera and it’s design you can sometimes find in my Etsy Shop. If it’s not in stock you can always drop me a note and I can source it for you for no extra cost and make a reserved listing just for you.
Most times the manual for this camera is no longer with the camera itself, but I was able to link a copy and you can find it at the below link:
- Type: 35mm Lens-Shutter autofocus camera with program EE and built-in flashPicture
- Size: 24 x 36 mm
- AF System: Triangulation system with near-infrared beam. Prefocus enabled.
- Lens: 38mm f/2.8 (4 elements in 3 groups)
- Shutter: Electronically-controlled programmed shutter and aperture. EV 6 (f/2.8 at 1/8 sec.) – 17 (f/16 at 1/500 sec.). Built-in electronic self-timer.
- Viewfinder: Reversed Galilean viewfinder with projected frames. Within the image area are the AF frame, zone focusing marks for near, medium, and far distances, parallax correction marks, and battery check and camera-shake warning. 0.5x magnification, 85% coverage.
- EE: CdS cell for full-auto program EE. Metering range of EV 6 – 17 (at ISO 100). Film speed range of ISO 25 – 400.
- Built-in Flash: Guide No. 14 (at ISO 100 in meters). Manual pop-up. Fill-flash enabled.
- Power Source: Two 1.5 V size-AA batteries for camera and built-in flash.
- Film Loading & Advance: Slotted take-up spool. Advances automatically with built-in motor when the shutter button is pressed.
- Frame Counter: Counts up. Resets automatically when camera back is opened.
- Film Rewind: Power rewind with rewind switch.
- Dimensions & Weight: 132 x 77 x 54 mm, 405 g
I hope that you have enjoyed this review. Please let me know if you have any questions or if you think I have left anything out.
*Specifications were taken from Canon Website.