Canon AF35M II / (New) Sure Shot / Autoboy 2
This Canon (New) Sure Shot (aka AF35M II, or Autoboy II) came to me through an ebay auction for 3 cameras that went really cheap. It's the follow-up to Canon's original AF35M or Autoboy that was so successful. Just like Nikon's successor to their L35AF, this successor to the AF35M was simplified in a couple ways (although in Canon's literature it is referred to as an "Improved version of the original Autoboy"). Yet where it counts, it is still a performer all these years later. It features the same 38mm F2.8 lens (4 elements in 4 groups, while the original AF35M used 4 elements in 3 groups). There was also a Quartz Date (QD) version of this one.
LIKES: Very sharp and contrasty lens which is reasonably fast; fast auto focus; built-in lens cover that is opened and closed with a sliding switch; photographer decides when to activate the flash - the way it should ALWAYS be!
DISLIKES: Motor drive is loud (but they all are from this era); No filter threads on front of lens (why camera companies took this away back then, I'll never understand). Also, it would be nice if you could check focus by pressing the shutter half way without committing to a shot - if Nikon could do it with their L35AF, then I'm sure Canon could have done it (but it's not a deal breaker of course).
Above: Looking up India Street in Portland, Maine. Photo taken with a Canon (New) Sure Shot (AF35M II / Autoboy 2) using Kodak Ultramax 400 color print film.
View gallery: Canon AF35M II Sample Images
|~ BASIC SPECS w/Commentary ~|
|Camera type:||Autofocus 35mm point and shoot film camera with automatic film loading, winding, and rewinding|
|Lens specs:||38mm f/2.8, 4 elements in 4 groups (original AF35M was 4 elements in 3 groups)|
|Shutter speeds:||1/8 - 1/500 sec. (unfortunately, 1/8th sec. is too slow to hand hold at night - use a tripod, monopod, or rest the camera on a firm surface)|
|Aperture range:||f/2.8 - f/16|
|Viewfinder:||Shown within the viewfinder image area are the AF frame, zone focusing marks for near, medium, and far distances, parallax correction marks, battery check and camera-shake warning; Magnification is 0.45x|
|Film speed range:||ISO (ASA) 25 - 400 (as usual, you can do some exposure compensation by cheating the film speed)|
|Flash:||Manually activated at photographer's discretion when camera-shake warning lamp lights; pull out the flash switch and the flash will pop up and charge (this is the good stuff, can't stand it when the camera decides for you!)|
|Power source:||Two AA 1.5V batteries (I have used lithium batteries with no troubles, but most of these cameras tell you no rechargeables)|
|Dimensions & weight:||125 x 76 x 46 mm, 300 g (roughly the size of a typical previous generation rangefinder camera, only much lighter)|