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My Prima

I get sick of hearing from people "You must have a very expensive camera", when they see some of my photos. While now-a-days I shot with mostly with a Nikon D50 (which was the cheapest dSRL at the time when I bought it), for 9 years I shot exclusively with my Canon Prima AF-7.

I bought this camera in 1995 for $130(AUD) and took it everywhere. I used in Rain, Snow, Tropical Humidity, Underground in Caves, Hong Kong Subways, Dry 42 degree heat, and it still works to this day.

This camera has a built in 35mm f/4.5 lens (so I recommend using iso 400 film for best results). It has Auto Focus, Auto Exposure, and Auto Flash. The only manual controls are to Turn the Flash Off or Force the Flash.

This camera suffers from Flash Vignetting because the flash isn't as wide as the lens. My copy also has some softness sometimes in the top left corner of the images.

I haven't got to scanning the negatives of everything I took with this camera, but here are a couple of galleries which I used this camera:-

http://www.pbase.com/jameslclarke/japan9798
http://www.pbase.com/jameslclarke/japan99

For further info on the Canon Prima AF-7 check out this page on Canon's Camera Museum

Prima AF-7 Front Lens Cover Closed
Prima AF-7 Front Lens Cover Closed
Prima AF-7 Top
Prima AF-7 Top
Prima AF-7 Back
Prima AF-7 Back
Prima AF-7 Looking Slightly Down
Prima AF-7 Looking Slightly Down
Prima AF-7 Front Lens Cover Opened
Prima AF-7 Front Lens Cover Opened
Prima AF-7 On an Angle
Prima AF-7 On an Angle
Prima AF-7 Base
Prima AF-7 Base
Example 1: Fill Flash Bright Background
Example 1: Fill Flash Bright Background
Example 2: Fill Flash Dark Background
Example 2: Fill Flash Dark Background
Example 3: Even Lighting
Example 3: Even Lighting
Example 4: Contrasting Light
Example 4: Contrasting Light