Hello 35mmc.com readers !! My name is Nathanaël Fournier, I’m a 36-year-old street photographer from France. I have been working with film cameras for years and I will not change for digital for one good reason: I’m not a good photographer with digital.
Last year in a second-hand shop I got that nice and cheap camera; the Canon AF35M 2 aka Autoboy 2 aka SureShot. I’m not into G.A.S. but I’m always looking for brand new oldies because of my ability to break cameras.
It’s a black and heavy camera from the 80’s. Before handling it I didn’t know it was so famous – apparently, it was one of the first point-and-shoot with AF!!
It’s a very simple camera that works with AA batteries. The 38mm f/2.8 lens is pretty good. The film speed setting is done manually from 25 to 400 ISO. This is a good thing for me as I use 400 ISO color films at EI 200, and 200 ISO films at EI 100. I once read this trick from a R. Depardon’s interview – it’s a good one, colors come out brighter.
I also love the fact that it is called “SureShot”. Though at first I only had under-exposed pictures. It turns out that the one that I own is dysfunctional. It only works when I am using the pop-up flash.
For a while I just decided to load it with Kodak Tri-X and to take it with me at parties and gigs. Then last summer I tried to use it on the streets with Ektar 100 color film. Here are 5 frames from the streets of Lannion, Brittany and Liège, Belgium.
Thank you for reading !!