Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The User's Review: Canon Sure Shot Multi Tele (Prima Tele, Autoboy Tele 6) 35mm Film Point-and-Shoot Camera, released in 1988

As far as I know, Canon Sure Shot Multi Tele is one of the two camera models that take full or half frame 35mm film pictures. You should get a Multi Tele if you shoot 35mm film in full OR half frame, if you are a Canon film camera collector or if you are a half-frame film camera collector. You should not have a Multi Tele if you want to shoot both full and half frame on the same roll of film.

So far, this is the only camera I paid more for shipping than its own price. I bid it online. Its final price was GBP 10.5 plus GBP 12.5 shipping via Royal Mail Airmail. It came from the Lindsey Lodge Hospice shop in Scunthorpe, United Kingdom. Why did I pay more? It’s my way to help and, based on my experience, items from a charity are usually in good conditions.

Yes, I got the camera, actually in a kit, better and more than they promised. For this camera, the only extra thing I need is a manual. That’s easy to get. Thanks to Google and M Butkus' website of camera manuals.

The kit donated to Lindsey and bought by me is not used much. More interesting to me is the rare and matched tele-lens converter. It extends the on-board tele lens from 60/85 to 75/110mm (full/half frame). But on the other hand, it’s impossible to use the wide lens (35/50mm for full/half frame) on board and to power off the camera  when the tele converter is fully installed. To use the wide lens and to power off, the upper hook of the tele converter should be released first.

I could not figure out the functions of the two buttons, located
by the yellow flash-off button and between the rewinding and
self-timer buttons. In the manual, the B4 button near the yellow
flash-off is a 4-sec bulb, and the other unmarked button will be
activated by the tele converter, telling the camera that the tele
converter is on. 
In the LCD showing film status,
x2 indicates half frame shooting after film installation.
The two blinking lines in the LCD tells low battery. With the tele
converter on, the camera can only be used in tele lens mode and can
not be off because the main switch is blocked by the tele converter. 

The yellow switch of full and half frame, between the
viewfinder and film window,  is in the 'full' position.
The yellow switch is in the 'x2' and the film window is blocked
on both sides for half frame shooting.  The viewfinder is also
shows changes of full/half frame and wide/tele lens modes.

The little front leg with 4 different levels to adjust camera shooting angle

The battery coveris a separate piece and needs a coin to open.

The cap is not firmly attached on the tele converter lens.
Be careful not to loose the cap. 

Specifications: 2 elements in 2 groups; 1.25x;
1m to infinity shooting range; 40.5mm diameter.
The tele converter has three parts: top hook plate, lens and
viewfinder converter, and bottom anchor from left to right .

With the tele converter on, the camera can not be put into its case.

Canon also produced a date version (Multi/Prima Tele Date) with a date imprinting back. It seems to me that there are more control functions on this back although they are not mentioned in the manual that I have.

Compared with other Sure Shot models, Multi Tele is not small, and pretty noisy when running, probably because there are more functions coming with the camera. You have to make a decision on full OR half frame before installing film. You can not change between full and half during mid roll since you can not get access to the yellow frame switch inside the back cover. In the case to change between full and half frame in mid roll, you have to use the other camera, Konica Auto-Reflex.


  1. Thanks for the info on this camera. It is kinda hard to find anything about it. I am kinda surprised that this camera isn't more in demand. Like you I bought mine pretty cheaply. Still it take excellent pictures and seems to be somewhat rare. I don't think many of them were sold because it was originally expensive for a point and shot type camera.

  2. Konica IIIm (1959 - 1960), a rangefinder camera,is also of dual format. With a special half-frame mask inserted, IIIm automatically switches into half-frame operation (double 35 mm film frames, e.g, from 36 to 72).

  3. I just bought one on ebay. No problem for 40 pictures and after that the counter gone blank (but with the x2 still on). I have to take the batteries out et put them back inside to make it works for two or thee pictures until it starts to stop working again...
    I really like that camera except for the fact that you can't really put the flash off.

    1. The yellow button above the flash should turn off the flash. Have you tried to turn the flash off manually? Thanks.

  4. No, the yellow button doesn't turn it off, it turn it on for fill in flash. I'll try the b button.

  5. any idea on the interval and lapse functions?

  6. Battery cover..... Separate piece..... had it only been firmly-attached and simple & easy to open, could've been 88 times better...... otherwise had it contained 2 more spare covers......