Canon AF35ML Camera Review
When we first got a hold of the Canon AF35ML we automatically took note of the large 40mm 1.9 lens taking up a vast majority of the camera body. Apart from it's impressive lens the camera had a cool retro body style and a fairly ergonomic fit in our hands.
When examining the body we noticed there aren't a whole lot of features on this camera. a small dial on the back of the camera lets you choose between BC (battery check) which will result in a series of beeps letting you know the charge of your battery, on which lets you shoot and auto focus or Off (You can probably guess what that does). The flash is operated by a small slider on the side that will pop up the bulb and prime it for low light shots. The auto focus is triggered by holding down the shutter release half way. There's a small dial to adjust the ISO on the lens but aside from that this thing is pretty stripped back and minimal.
Loading up film into the ML is really straight forward, pop in your favorite film (Portra 400 for our shoot) and listen until the auto winder stops. When we first started shooting we wanted to experiment with a range of light, space and subjects to really test out the range of this 40mm lens.
The first thing we noticed was the amazing clarity in the shots. This camera takes incredible crisp photos when the autofocus is correctly set in the right target range. It took a few shots for us to figure out how the autofocus worked but once we did the camera worked amazingly.
When it came to up-close shots like portraits we noticed that inside of 3 feet the auto focus tended to have trouble determining which area to keep in focus resulting in some unwanted blur. Taking a step back helped bring the whole shot in focus resulting in some really strong images.
In low-light situations this thing is a beast, we shot in a variety of low light situations and got some really amazing results. There was some grain due to the film but the clarity was still very clean.
This lens is bad ass for a simple point and shoot camera. Sure you don't have a lot of options to play with but hell, this thing shoots like a champ with its auto settings. I love bringing this thing with me everywhere. It's really hard to find such a simple camera that takes exquisite photos like this.
The most noticeable weakness is it's incredibly loud shutter / film advancement. Seriously this thing is stupid loud. If you're the type to try and sneak street shots on the low, this is not the camera for you. Aside from that the autofocus takes a little getting use to but is not that hard to figure out.
We suggest this camera for beginners but really anyone can use this camera. I personally enjoy bringing this along everywhere I go, the photos are exceptional quality and very clear it doesn't require much previous knowledge to operate.
We're currently selling this model
that has been completely refurbished and in perfect working condition. All the photos seen in this post were taken on this model using Portra 400 film.
Prices for the AF35ML vary but working condition ones run between $60 - $100.
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