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Canon Sure Shot Owl (serial 2728596)

Canon Sure Shot Owl (serial 2728596)

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The Canon Sure Shot Owl (called the Sure Shot AF-8 or Prima AF-8 in some countries) is a well-designed late 1990s compact 35mm camera with a nice, sharp fixed 35mm f/4.5 lens. This camera requires two ordinary AA batteries (not included). The "Sure Shot Owl" name was also used for the earlier Sure Shot/Prima AF-7 design (which doesn't feature a mode dial in the front). 

Here's the description from the Canon Museum: "A 35 mm single focal length compact camera featuring an extra-large, easy-to-see viewfinder. The model’s large viewfinder offers three times the viewing area found in conventional compact cameras, allowing subjects to be seen with greater ease and clarity. The feature even enables users to take pictures while wearing eyeglasses as the entire image area can be viewed up to a distance of two centimeters from the viewfinder. A Mode Dial, located on the face of the camera, consolidates all of the operation functions at the user’s fingertips. The camera has a stylishly designed sleek black body and features the Canon logo in raised silver letters."

Condition notes
All camera features were tested with a battery and film installed (the film was not developed) and is working great. We confirmed the film plane focus accuracy. The camera is good aesthetic condition (see photos).

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

Canon Museum entry


  • Type: Fully automatic 35mm autofocus single focal length Lens Shutter camera
  • Picture Size: 24 x 36mm
  • AF System: 3-step active Autofocus system, OK-to-shoot indicator lights upon when subject is focused, No close-range warning
  • Lens: Canon 35mm f/4.5, 3 elements in 3 groups
  • Shutter: Program-type electromagnetic 4-speed; serves as aperture diaphragm; Auto/Flash ON mode:(ISO 100) 1/100,f/4.5 to 1/180,f/11, Flash OFF mode: 1/45,f/4.5 to 1/180,f/11 Self timer: Electronically controlled with 10-second delay
  • Viewfinder: Reverse Galileo type, 0.68x magnification, 80% picture coverage, picture frame, AF indicator, OK-to-shoot green LED indicator (located on right side of viewfinder)
  • EE: Program AE using CdS light receptor; range (at ISO 100) EV10.5-EV16 ISO Film Speed Range: ISO 100/200, 400 (Set automatically with DX-coded film)
  • Built-in Flash: Built-in flash unit, Fires automatically in low-light conditions; Red-Eye Reduction feature; Guide No. 9 (ISO 100. m), ISO 100: 1.5 to 3.5 meters, ISO 400: 1.5 to 6.8 meters; approx. 5-second recycle time (with new batteries), Flash modes controlled by Mode Dial: Auto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF
  • Autodate Feature: (“Date” models only) Imprint selections: Year/Month/Day, Month/Day/Year, Day/Month/Year, Day/Hour/Minute, No imprint
  • Power Source: Two AA-size batteries; Not compatible with NiCd or lithium batteries
  • Film Loading & Advance: Automatic loading; film is advanced to frame 1 automatically after being loaded and the back is closed/Automatic film advance with built-in motor
  • Frame Counter: Mechanical counter; automatically resets when back is opened and closed
  • Film Rewind: Automatic film rewind with built-in motor; Mid-roll rewind possible
  • Dimensions & Weight: 125 x 73 x 46.5mm, 220 g (without battery)
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