Canon Sure-shot Classic 120

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  • This camera is not watertight, and it should not be used in open air in the rain or the snow. If you drop camera into the water, take camera to a Canon authorized service center . Protect camera from the salt drops and the increased humidity. After use on the beach thoroughly wipe with its dry cloth.
  • Store camera in a cool, dry, dust-free place. Be sure to keep the camera out of direct sunlight, and away from "hot spots" such as the boot or rear window shelf of a car. Avoid places where mothballs are used, and use a desiccant in excessive humidity.
  • Do not attempt to independently investigate camera, inside there are the high-voltage circuitry.
  • The batteries can explode or cause burns, if you attempt to investigate them, to recharge, to subject to short circuit, to high temperatures, or to burn.
  • Use a blower brush to remove dust and sand from the lens and the internal surfaces of camera. Use no liquids during cleaning of lens or housing. If more thorough cleaning is necessary, take camera to an authorized Canon service center.
  • Film, passing through checking by X-rays in the airport, can be fogged and damaged, even if it is located inside the camera. To avoid this ask to conduct checking by another method (for example,by hand).
  • If film is left in the camera in the prolonged period, this can negatively affect the quality of colour reproduction. Always process the photographed film as soon as possible.
If you use a flash continuously (30 sec or more), when there's no film in the camera, the camera will automatic turn off the flash to avoid overheating. If this occurs, turn off camera and wait several minutes before, turning camera on again.

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  • Type: 35 mm fully automatic lens-shutter camera with built-in zoom lens.
  • Image size: 24 x 36 mm.
  • Lens: Canon 38-120 mm, f/4.5 -10.9.
  • Focus control: Hybrid (Active/Passive) 3-Point Autofocus system.
    Single-point central focusing can also be selected
  • Focus distance: Normal: 0.6m (2ft) to infinity. Close-up mode: 0.45m (1.5ft) to infinity.
  • Shutter: Combination aperture and program electromagnetic drive shutter.
  • Viewfinder: Real image zoom viewfinder with built-in dioptric adjustment (-3 to 0 dpt.)
  • Viewfinder magnification: Wide-angle: 0.43 x, Telephoto: 1.36 x.
  • Viewfinder eyepiece area: Green LED (AF focused/ ready for shooting/ proximity warning), Orange LED (flash charged/ camera shake warning).
  • Film loading: Automatic (automatic blank film advance).
  • Film winding: Automatic.
  • Film rewinding: Automatic at end of roll, mid-roll rewinding is possible.
  • Frame Counter: Counts up during winding, counts down during rewinding.
  • Self-timer: Electronically controlled 10 second delay timer.
  • Metering range: (ISO 100) Full auto/flash mode:
    Wide:1/38 f/4.5-1/770 f/15.5 (EV9.5-17.5)
    Tele: 1/120 f/10.9-1/420 f/21 (EV13.8-17.5)
    Slow-synchro/flash off modes:
    Wide: 2" f/4.5-1/770 f/15.5 (EV 3.5-17.5)
    Tele: 2" f/10.9-1/420 f/21 (EV 6-17.5)
  • Film Speed: ISO 25 - 3200; DX-coded film set in one step increments.
  • Built-in Flash: Built-in zoom flash fires automatically in low light and backlit conditions.
  • Flash range (ISO 100): Wide 0.6m to 4.1m (2 to 13.5ft), Tele 0.6m to 2.4m (2 to 7.5ft).
  • Flash Recycle time: Approx 3 seconds.
  • Flash Mode Selection: With the flash mode button, Auto without Red-Eye reduction, Auto with Red-Eye Reduction, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Flash OFF with +1.5 exposure compensation, Flash OFF with -1.5 exposure compensation, Slow synchro with Red-Eye Reduction.
  • Power Supply: Two CR2 3V lithium batteries.
  • Shooting capacity: Approx, 24 rolls (24 exposure film with 50% flash use).
  • Dimensions: 115 x 63 x 45mm (4.5 x 2.5 x 1.8in.)
  • Weight: (without camera batteries) 250g (8.8oz).
  Extra Specifications For Caption Version.
  • Type: Built-in LCD panel and automatic calendar with quartz digital Date/Time clock, programmed with dates until the year 2029.
  • Data Formats: Five date/time formats.
  • Character display style: Six 7-segment digits on the LCD.
  • Recording Colour: Orange.
  • Date power supply: Same as camera body.
  • Caption: Available 5 captions in 4 languages (English, German, French, and Spanish)
  • Weight: 255g (9oz)
  • Remote Control: Available separately.
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So that you don't drop the camera during use, fasten to it the accompanying strap.
Fasten Strap, as shown in the steps "A" &"B".
The strap has a buckle shown in 6. with:
a large protrusion "C" for the removal of the battery cover. Use this protrusion in order to open and to shut the cover of section for the batteries.
a small protrusion "D". for the buttons under the back cover flap. Use this protrusion, in order to press on the small buttons in the section under the cover. ("Select","rewind" etc.)



  • 1. Load the batteries.
  • 2. Load film.
  • 3. Turn the disk selector in position , The cover of lens is opened, lens and flash are set in the alert status.
  • 4. After using the zoom buttons to select the desired size of object.
  • 5a. Arrange scene and 5b, make a photograph.

    Do not press on the lens and the flash .
    If you press on the flash during shooting, the flash mode will be switched OFF.

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  • 1. Shutter release button.
  • 2. Lamp for the "red-eye" reduction/the timer of the automatic release.
  • 3. Window of the exposure meter.
  • 4. Window of the viewfinder.
  • 5. Emitter and the detector of Auto-Focus system.
  • 6. Flash.
  • 7. Back cover release lever.
  • 8. Lens.
  • 9. Sensor of remote control.
  • 10. Cover of the section of the buttons.
  • 11. LCD Panel
  • 12. Knob of the dioptric tuning.
  • 13. Viewfinder eyepiece.
  • 14. Orange indicator.
  • 15. Green indicator.
  • 16. Buttons of the Zoom.
  • 17. Strap mount.
  • 18. Battery compartment cover.
  • 19. Inspection window for checking the film
  • 20. Tripod socket.
  • 21. "Best Shot" Dial.

Section of the buttons.

  • 22. Flash mode button.
  • 23. Self-timer button/ the continuous shooting/ remote control*.
  • 24. Single point center AF Button.
  • 25. Mid-roll film rewind button.
  • 26. Button DATE*
  • 27. Button CAPTION*
  • 28. Button SET*
  • 29. Button SELECT*
    (*caption model only)

The "Best Shot" Dial Selector.

  • 30. Setting for SPOT
  • 31. Setting for CLOSE-UP
  • 32. Setting for PORTRAIT
  • 33. Setting for NIGHT PORTRAIT
  • 34. Setting for ACTION
  • 35. Setting for AUTO
  • 36. Camera OFF
  • 37. Setting for PERSONAL




  Caption Codes 11. LCD Panel 28/29 To set date/time 27. To set caption 26. To change date format 25. Mid-roll film rewind button 24. Single point center AF Button 23. Self-timer button/ continuous shooting/ remote control 22. Flash mode button 21. Best Shot Dial    
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  1. Normal frame. With normal photography arrange your photographs, using this frame.
2. Close-up frame guide.With close-up photography arrange your photographs within these markers.
3. Normal AF focusing guide points, aim this area at subject to focus it.
4. Close-up AF focusing guide points, for close-up focusing.

Turn the knob to aid your vision.

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  • 1/15. Manual exposure correction.
  • 2/13 Flash ON(fires for all shots) / Flash OFF
  • 3/14. Night Portrait.
  • 4. Self-Timer.
  • 5/17. Continuous shooting.
  • 6/16. Frame Counter.
  • 7/18. Film mark.
  • 8/19. Indicator of the rewinding of the film.
  • 9/20 Battery level indicator.
  • 10/21. AF Spot focusing.
  • 11. "Red-eye" reduction.
  • 12. Printing of date and time.
  • 22. Remote device/ Self-timer.
  • 23. Printing of the Caption.
  • 24. Date and time/ the number of the Caption
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1. Lens.
2. Window of the exposure meter.
3. Emitter/detector of system AF.
4. Flash.
  • In order to obtain a clear, sharply focused photograph, you need to hold the camera steady, so that it doesn't move during photographing the subject.
  • Hold camera with both hands and slightly force elbows against body.
  • Present camera to face. Look in viewfinder, then easily and smoothly press on the shutter button.When you hold camera, make sure that your hair, fingers and camera strap do not cover, lens, the emitter/detector of system AF, the window of measurement illuminated and flash.
  • Try not to press on the flash, because the flash will be switched "OFF"
  • Dusty or contaminated emitter/detector of AF system can hinder focusing, Before shooting wipe the contaminated sections.
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Power source: Two CR2 (3v)
  • Remove the battery cover.
  • In order to open and shut the battery cover, always use the protrusion (large one "C") on the buckle of camera strap.
    Place large protrusion into the slot on the battery cover and turn cover to the left (2).
  • Install new batteries.
  • Align the + and - terminals correctly.
  • Close the battery cover turn marker clockwise in the "CLOSE" direction to coincide marks.
  • The Symbol ()will appear on LCD display. And instead of the date, the LCD display will show blinking lines "- - -". You will have to set the date and time (caption).
To Open the rear cover .
  • Push the back cover release catch downward.
  • Position film cassette.
  • Correctly arrange the film between the guides.
  • Extend film to the marker "FILM". NOT PAST IT!
  • Make sure there is no slack in the film.
  • Shut rear cover.
  • The film is automatically wound on to the first frame, and "1" will appear at the frame counter. If "0" blinks on the frame counter, the film did not load correctly. Reload the film again.

  • Use only film with a DX code. ISO 400 film is recommended
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Check that () appears on LCD panel when the camera power is turned on.
Change batteries if () is displayed.
() (Lit ) Battery level is OK..
() (Lit ) Prepare new batteries.
() (Blinking) Load new batteries.
The charge of two new batteries it is usually sufficient for the shooting of 24 rolls of 24 exposure film at a normal temperature and with 50% use of a flash. At low temperatures (-10°C/14°F) the energy content of the batteries is approximately 1/3 the normal power level.

  • When you travel or you plan to make many photographs, have in reserve several batteries.
  • When you take consecutive shots using the flash, the battery level may drop off temporarily and prevent the LCD panel from displaying information correctly.