A fully automatic compact with a 38mm f./2.8 lens, the Canon Sure Shot has one neat feature which can separate it from other similar compacts. It was good, while it lasted.
As I do most weeks, I visit the local charity shops when I am not in a lesson at school. I go there to pick up cameras and other things that interest me. On one particular occasion I went and sifted through the box, which was full of the usual stuff. I then picked up the Canon Sure Shot, which to be honest, could be classified as “the usual stuff.” But anyway, I noticed the lens was multi-coated and 38mm, 2.8, and could be interesting.
When I asked the woman, who I actually know quite well, how much she wanted for it, she just said “take it, but don’t tell anyone.”
So off back to school I went, free camera in pocket. I fiddled with it most of the day and when I got home, cleaned out the corrosion in the battery compartment and put in some fresh batteries.
The specs of the Canon Sure Shot are as follows:
- 38mm 2.8 auto focus lens
- built in flash
- The shutter only re-cocks after you have let go of the shutter release
- ….and the function which I think sets it apart: focus lock.
The auto focus focuses on whatever is in the middle of the frame. You use the focus lock by pointing to the center at something you want to be in focus; Half-press the shutter, recompose, and then fully press the shutter. It is much quicker and easier in practice.
Anyway, I loaded the camera with my usual Lucky SHD 100 at it whirred into life (man, this camera is loud). I headed out just one a random walk to test the camera.
I was happily shooting away, I took my 8th frame and the camera didn’t wind on. Whatever I did, it didn’t respond and the camera was well and truly dead. So I had to bin the camera and salvage the film under my quilt. I then put the film into my Konica C35 of which I will be reviewing soon.
Here are the last 8 photos this camera took, in the 2 images, I used the focus lock:
As you can see the results are well okay; not as good as I was expecting, to be honest. They are sharp but the camera appears to produce a lot of grain on the film. I have never experienced this with Lucky before and this is like the only film I shoot and also in my Konica C35 review you will see results from the same roll and they aren’t grainy. I think the graininess is due to the IR beams the camera uses for the autowind.
All in all, it’s a pretty average camera, though has a few neat features. If you see one cheap, pick it up but I wouldn’t go out of my way to own one.
Thanks for reading, keep shooting!