Thursday, March 27, 2014

Canon Autoboy 3 - lomography 800

This camera review is a little silly, I actually picked up an underwater housing kit from the op shop and just grabbed whatever closest canon camera looked like it fitted at the time (thinking the person donated the housing and camera at the same time) turns out they didn't and that's how the Autoboy came into my possession. On a side note the underwater housing is actually for a digital canon camera so I carry with me a piece of paper, listing all the compatible models, just in case I ever find one at an op shop - kind of crazy!
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I've put one roll of film through the Autoboy (800 Lomo) and after that it's been sitting in my camera box collecting dust. It's definitely not a bad camera by any means it's just that it's all auto (which ironically was probably it's main selling feature at the time - way back in 1986). I personally like to have some control over my cameras - unless they're toy cameras than it's fun to just roll with the punches. Maybe the Autoboy could be considered a toy camera but it's shots seemed too predictable to call it that.

Canon Autoboy 3 - film examples

You can probably see that it has a built in flash - the very top photo is from this crazy Halloween thing we went on.  I'll link you to Dan's (my friend's) review of the park - it was horribly cheesy and took place at the Big Pineapple at night. We essentially rode the Big Pineapple train and got scared by live actor zombies doing things like eating each other and wielding chain saws - epically awesome. On a side not our little town is filming a slasher film with Tara Reid leading in it and has the same crew that did the crazy special effects for that pop-up theme park - pretty cool for the Sunshine Coast!

The photo underneath that is one of the mutton birds I was talking about when I first spotted them and they still had all their feathers intact :(

Underneath the bird is Ben and shows one of the downsides to the Autoboy - the time stamp - I'm sure you could remove that somewhere in the settings but my settings were all in Japanese. The camera got released all over but my model must have been the Japanese one and hence the Autoboy name - in continental Europe it was known as the top shot and everywhere else the sure shot surpreme. I personally think Autoboy sounds the cutest :)

Actually from that time stamp the camera was released or last used 01/01/1985 how crazy! The only other thing I can remember about the Autoboy was the battery was sealed in by screws - slight annoyance but as I said it's sitting in a box somewhere gathering dust and I'm not sure I'll use it again - sorry Autoboy!

8 comments:

  1. wow that halloween night sounds so awesome and cheesy! I shot a few films on my dad's old camera a little while ago (I was inspired to try some film out by all your awesome photos) but now I can't find anywhere to develop them >_> do you send yours somewhere?

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    1. Ah that's super cool Emily, I do send mine online, I'll link you
      http://www.lomography.com.au/category/35mm-processing

      I used to just get mine processed at BIG W but they have been slowing eliminating the service and finally the last shop has ceased processing :( I like lomography because they can do black and white film processing and they also provide, prints and the scans on disk which is convenient. The only bad thing is it takes about two weeks (for me in qld) from sending off the film and then receiving it back - I had gotten so used to just a few days max!

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  2. I actually like the date sign and think it turns it into something special :)
    Ben has a great smile <3
    Could never go to zombie parties for i would start to cry ahahhah

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    1. You do like the date stamp, it definitely makes it vintage!
      I was sooooo scared of the park but to my relief it was super kitschy and not scary (thank goodness) I was so worried!! lol lol
      Ben does have a nice smile :)

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  3. wow.. 1985! seriously crazy! and that halloween photo is creepy!

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    1. I know - super crazy - I wonder what it's journey has been?

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  4. This is so good! I will have to go op shopping for camera bits and pieces, I would love to play with different cameras! xx

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    1. It's always fun to pick them up especially when they're so cheap :)

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