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Canon Sure Shot 35mm point and shoot film camera with 38 mm f/2.8 Lens

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For the hobby there’s film, chemicals, photographic paper, darkroom supplies; I certainly can’t drop 400 bucks on a pocket camera.

The focal lengths are indicated on the lens barrel, viewable from above, in three increments (50, 70 and 85 – the default 38mm is not indicated). In truth, the Sureshot looks were a huge draw for me and I hoped the camera would perform as well as it looked.

The same models would be released in Japan with the name “Autobody”, meant to convey the simple, automatic features packed into these lightweight, compact cameras. Film transport was fully automatic in both directions, but the camera was not fitted with Canon's Quick Load feature; film still had to be manually threaded to the take-up spool. Sometimes one over or under-exposed compared to the other and sometimes it was the other way round, with no discernible pattern. And I love this underwater camera, the one that I’ve spent the past few weeks shooting, just the same. The first model to switch from a prime, fixed-length lens to a dual-lens system was the Canon Sure Shot Telemax.

Tossing the camera into the pool or ocean, or allowing it to sit under running tap-water will invariably create a leak.I’ve been shooting Olly Trip 35 and XA2 along with a “focus free” Canon Snappy LX2 recently Looking forward to reduced T2 envy now, coupled with a bit of smugness. Upon a half press of the button the Canon Sureshot Zoom XL meters and focuses with an audible, reassuring whirr. Not a bit of difference between the prints from cameras that cost 400 times as much as the Sure Shot.

From there underwater photography followed a fairly straight line in developments with a few little side tracks, for instance the Rolleiflex TLR underwater housing (! When shooting under the waves use Flash On mode in pools and when the water is relatively clear, or Macro mode when subjects are within the appropriate distance. This brought to my attention a few cameras that he recommended as having unusually good image quality: The Samsung ECX1, the Vivitar TEC 155 (aka Panasonic C900ZM) and the Canon Sure Shot Zoom XL (aka Autoboy Zoom Super, aka Prima Zoom F).That path I’d gone down looking to shoot expensive film with posh gear had meant I’d lost track of the “very good” results that can come from shooting cheaply. However, the button that controls this also allows to cycle between single and continuous shooting at 1. Other times I shot normally and noted the aperture on the SLR, assuming that the point and shoot would use something similar.

Additional downgrades like reduced film speeds (only 100 – 400 ISO) and the slowest shutter speeds of any model make the Canon Sure Shot Owl our least favorite version. The shutter button isn’t terribly affirmative, but I actually prefer this to the hair-trigger ones on my Olympus compacts, which make focus-and-recompose pretty difficult. I often use Kodak Colorplus when testing cameras and taking them out for a review, as the results are always consistent and the film manages the colours well.If the green light does not illuminate, focus has not been achieved and you are likely too close to your subject. As I’ve said, it was free anyway, and the film was very cheap – so what did it matter if the snaps didn’t come out very good? On the original strap there was a little nub that (hazy memory) either stuck out of the rubber “canon” mini neck-rest, or was on a little rubber slider attached to the strap. It’s not going to be the most impressive film camera you’ll ever own as far as image quality or advanced features goes, but that wouldn’t be why you bought one.

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