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06-14-2010, 09:45 AM   #1
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Pentax 35mm film P&S models

Which Pentax 35mm film point and shoot camera models have you used?
Post your recommendations for and against here...

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06-15-2010, 06:04 AM   #2
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I've only used the IQzoom 928M, which proved to be a durable and trusty P&S with a nice 28-90mm zoom range:


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06-15-2010, 12:03 PM   #3
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The smallest ever Pentax 35mm film camera is the Espio Mini/UC-1.
Excellent 32mm f/3.5 lens. Sold in black and metallic finishes.
I have had a couple of these. It's an outstanding pocket camera.



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I, personally, have used 2 Pentax 35mm point and shoot film cameras. I own them both: An old PC-33, which is a fixed-focus, fixed-aperture, fixed-shutter-speed point and shoot, which has a light meter for deciding whether or not to use the flash, and has no controls other than the shutter button. Despite all that, the pictures it does take are pretty good.

I also have a IQZoom 60. It takes good photos, but it's autofocus is noisy, as is the film winder and the zoom motor. Still, not a bad little P&S.

My dad bought my mom an IQzoom 130 new a few years back, and that thing is outstanding.

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I bought a Pentax 105R Zoom (Date), s/h in 1995 for my wife to use on an overseas trip. It has a 38-105 zoom.
Whilst we've had to replace two "circuit boards" ( they apparently "bend" as the lens zooms in & out, & eventually break), it has been, an still is, a brilliant little camera.
For a person who knows little about photography, but wants to do a few "different" things, tele, macro etc, it would be hard to beat.
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anybody ever used Pentax PC700?

there is one in fleabay. me eyeing to snatch it

mind to review please

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I have a Pentex espio120mi, nice little zoom camera. A couple of photos taken with this camera attached below (Kodak Gold 100)


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I'm uploading now pictures of my first roll with my "new" Pentax zoom90-WR
Nice camera.
Writing a short post about it.....

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QuoteOriginally posted by pickles Quote
Whilst we've had to replace two "circuit boards" ( they apparently "bend" as the lens zooms in & out, & eventually break), it has been, an still is, a brilliant little camera.
We have one of these style (might be a IQZoom 120) and my in-laws got the 150 version... both had the ribbon cable that runs up the lens fail within a week of each other! Both fixed for not much (the Pentax technicians obviously got good at replacing them!) but both superseeded by digicams before they wore out again. Still got ours somewhere.
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I just bought a NOS Pentax PC606W on eBay. It's a very simple model. Weather resistant, too.

Here's a picture:




Mine is black like the above. Apparently it was sold in various colors as is the fashion in Japan.
A Google image search turned up photos of this model in both gray and blue. What, no red?

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07-30-2010, 11:35 AM   #11
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Flexible printed circuit boards are delicate and prone to breakage, especially those subject to flexing during use.
I have often wondered if reinforcing them with tape on one or both sides when possible might increase their longevity.

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A Pentax PC-550 came with a package I bought recently. Interesting it has a 28mm lens, both shutter and aperture are fixed (1/100s and f/5.0). Don't know what market this camera was for. I am thinking of taking out its viewfinder and make one external viewfinder for my DP1.
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The models designated "PC" appear to be a step below the Espio line.

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Espio W- elusive?

I have a 90WR but haven't loaded any film in yet. I might buy a espio 120SW if i can get it under $10-15. While researching the 120SW the camerapedia listed a Espio W (24-54mm lens).

Net search results nearly nil. However, i did see a blurb about this camera having a 24-56mm lens. I searched images and found one (black) but when i opened the link i got spammed. Anyone hear of this model? Any experience? I find the wide range interesting ( i'm still looking for an inexpensive vivitar slim/wide for kicks)

edit: oops, just checked, I have the 105WR ... purchased at a camera show last year for a buck. Since i had it out i found a spare batt and loaded it with film..good to go.

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I still have an Espio 738, but don't seem to be able to get batteries for it. Must try again (havent tried too hard but I have been itching to do film again)
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