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The Sure Shot (US)/AF35M (Europe)/Autoboy (Japan) was an early example (1979) of an active autofocus camera. According to the Canon Camera Museum, "This was the world's first lens-shutter 35mm autofocus camera".[1] In fact, the Konica C35 AF had used an autofocus mechanism two years earlier, but that was system was "passive" and the active CAFS (Canon Auto Focus System) (using a near-infrared emitting diode (IRED) and photo diode receiver) came to dominate the market. The AF35M was the first model released in Canon's huge-selling Sure Shot/Prima/Autoboy series.


  • Lens: 38mm, f/2.8 (4 elements in 3 groups)
  • Autofocus with the CAFS infra-red system, pre-focus enabled.
  • Shutter: Electronically-controlled programmed shutter and aperture. EV 6 (f/2.8 at 1/8 sec.) - 17 (f/16 at 1/500 sec.)
  • Electronic self-timer.
  • Viewfinder: Reversed Galilean viewfinder with frame lines.
  • Film Speed: 25-400 ISO
  • Flash: Guide number 14m at ISO 100.
  • Self-timer.
  • Tripod socket.
  • Auto load and wind, power rewind (with switch).
  • Power: Two 1.5V AA batteries.


  1. Canon Camera Museum


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