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Canon Prima Zoom 76 35mm film camera - viewfinder issue; otherwise OK (serial 4526520)

Canon Prima Zoom 76 35mm film camera - viewfinder issue; otherwise OK (serial 4526520)

Regular price $65.00 CAD
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Note: This Prima Zoom 76 has an issue where the viewfinder display doesn't zoom in (it stays at the default 38mm position). This doesn't affect photos but you need to be mindful if you decide to zoom in the lens, the actual photo framing be narrower than the viewfinder display. In other words: you always see a 58º field of view, but if fully zoomed in to 76mm, the camera 'sees' a 31º  field.  

This is a later and good quality model in the great Canon Sure Shot series of point-and-shoot 35mm cameras. The Sure Shot 76 Zoom was called the Prima Zoom 76 in Europe and the Autoboy Luna 76 in Japan. 

Here's the description from the Canon Museum:

"Replacing the Autoboy Juno / SURE SHOT 60 ZOOM / PRIMA ZOOM SHOT marketed in October 1995; this model features an excellent quality objective lens, a well-balanced high quality, user-friendly design, and excellent cost-performance through innovative cost-conscious design.
The 2X zoom 38-76mm f/4.2-7.8 lens uses an aspherical element to correct aberrations and the 3-point AiAF insures correct focus even without a central subject. The large real-image viewfinder is easy to use even with eyeglasses, and an oversized mode dial controls the five shooting modes. The result is an easy-to-use camera that produces excellent quality pictures.
The lens retracts completely giving a clean, flat body. White gold trim and metallic lens rings give the design a very high quality feel."

Condition notes
All camera features were tested with a battery and film installed (the film was not developed) and apart from the viewfinder issue mentioned above, it's working great. The only noteworthy flaw is a black small speck in the viewfinder (this does not affect the camera's photos or functionality). We also verified the camera's focusing accuracy at the film plane using an autocollimator. The camera's cosmetic condition is very good (see photos).

Example photos
Here are some photos taken by other people with this model of camera:

Canon Museum entry



  • Type: Fully-automatic 35 mm lens-shutter AF camera with built-in zoom lens
  • Image Size: 24 x 36 mm
  • Lens: Canon 38-76 mm f/4.2-7.8 lens
  • Focusing: Active AiAF
  • Focal Distance: 0.6 m/2.0 ft. to infinity
  • Shutter: Combination aperture and program electromagnetically driven shutter
  • Viewfinder: Real-image zoom viewfinder
  • Viewfinder Information: Picture frame, AF frame, Close-up frame
  • Viewfinder Eyepiece:
    • Green indicator: Combination camera ready indicator, proximity warning, flash charging complete indicator and camera shake warning
  • Film Loading: Automatic
  • Film Advance: Automatic with mid-roll rewind possible
  • Frame Counter: Counts up during film advance and counts down during film rewinding
  • Self-timer: 10 sec. delayed shutter release timer with operation displayed on the LCD panel
  • Exposure Control Range:
    • AUTO and Flash ON modes:
      • Wide-angle: 1/500 sec. at f/16 to 1/38 sec. at f/4.2
      • Telephoto: 1/500 sec. at 1/30 to 1/76 sec. at f/7.8
    • Flash OFF mode:
      • Wide-angle: 1/500 sec. at f/16 to 1.5 sec. at f/4.2
      • Telephoto: 1/500 sec. at f/30 to 1.5 sec. at f/7.8
    • Self-timer (AUTO) mode:
      • Wide-angle: 1/500 sec. at f/16 to 1/38 sec at f/4.2
      • Telephoto: 1/500 sec. at f/30 to 1/76 sec. at f/7.8
    • Self-timer (Slow-synchro) mode.
      • Wide-angle: 1/4 sec. at f/4.2
      • Telephoto: 1/4 sec. at f/7.8
  • Film Speeds: ISO 25-3200, set automatically in 1-step increments using DX codes
  • Built-in Flash: Internal flash fires automatically in low-light conditions
    • [ISO 100]
      • Wide-angle: 0.6 to 4.6 m/2 to 15 2 ft
      • Telephoto: 0 6 to 2 5 m/2 to 8.2 ft
    • [ISO 400]
      • Wide-angle; 0 6 to 9 2 m/2 to 30 4 ft
      • Telephoto: 0 6 to 5 0 m/2 to 16 4 ft.
  • Flash Recycling Time: Approx 5 seconds (with new battery)
  • Shooting Mode Selection: Using mode dial (-> 24)
  • Auto Flash: Flash fires automatically in low-light conditions
  • Auto Flash with Red-eye Reduction: Flash fires automatically in low-light conditions
  • Flash ON: Forced flash
  • Flash OFF: Suppressed flash
  • Power Supply: One CR123A 3V lithium battery
  • Number of Shots: Approx 17 rolls of 24-exposure film (normal temperature with 50% flash use)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 121 x 68 x 45 mm/ 4.8 x 2.7 x 1 8 in
  • Weight: Models without date: 225 g/7 9 oz. (excluding battery)
  • Models with date: 230 g/8.1 oz (excluding battery)
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