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07-10-2009, 05:25 PM   #1
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Help identifying my first Pentax?

After many fruitless hours searching Google and Google Images I haven't been able to identify my first camera (a Pentax).

It was a Christmas present from my parents in the mid-80s.

Compact, 35mm, fixed lens with auto focus (not fixed-focus).

The main distinguishing features were:

Black plastic body, roughly 5" by 2.5" by 1.5".

Bright red shutter button (quite large and protruding).
Grey flash activation slider, which sat flush with the edge of the body when off, but stuck out sideways at the front by a few mms when slid into the 'on' position.
A slide open plastic lens door, also black.


Bought in the UK.

Ring any bells with anyone?

A pic online would be smashing.

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A pic online would be smashing.
Perhaps if you post a photo of it here, it would help others help you. Just a suggestion.
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I'm guessing no pic because there is no digital camera / scanner for you to use. Does the lens say anything around it's ring? any numbers or anything other than the serial no?
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QuoteOriginally posted by photolady Quote
Perhaps if you post a photo of it here, it would help others help you. Just a suggestion.
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I'm guessing no pic because there is no digital camera / scanner for you to use. Does the lens say anything around it's ring? any numbers or anything other than the serial no?
Perhaps the point of the post has been missed.

I m guessing that the OP has not provided a picture of the camera as the camera in question is long gone.

I am guess that the OP is recalling from memory what the camera might have looked like in the 1980's.

The OP has stated that they have already searched Google and Google images with no successful results.

The OP is hoping that a member may conjure up a mental image of this camera from the description provided and come up with a model name.

Sadly, Pentax, along with dozens of other manufacturers, made countless point and shoot cameras in the 80's.

To be brutally honest I'd say that the chances of a member here recalling one specific model from the description provided is slim to nil.

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Did you search under 'Pentax Espio'?

There were a lot of cameras produced under that name.
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Perhaps the point of the post has been missed.

I m guessing that the OP has not provided a picture of the camera as the camera in question is long gone.
Correctamundo!

It's not actually long gone. My daughter used it as a toy, after the shutter button broke, when she was a toddler, but it must have been binned during a room tidy a few years ago.
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Did you search under 'Pentax Espio'?

There were a lot of cameras produced under that name.
Thanks. I've looked at hundreds of images of Espios on the web. Looks as though mine was probably the generation immediately before the first of those was released. It had a fixed lens and most of the Espios seem to have had a short zoom.

I knew it was a long shot, but thanks anyway.

It was a cracking little camera, taking lovely crisp pictures. My wife bought me an all singing all dancing Yashica after it died (sort of a fim G9) but I never got on with it as well as that Pentax.
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Another line of P&S cameras were the PC's. I did a quick search and didn't see any with a red shutter button.

Have you tried to contact Pentax regarding your search?

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Maybe it was the most beautiful Pentax ever made,



Found here: Pentax PC-303 - Camerapedia.org

I know it all changes down memory lane. She IS a beauty .-)

Georg (the other)
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You complete superstar! That's it.

Thanks!!!


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Thanks. I've looked at hundreds of images of Espios on the web. Looks as though mine was probably the generation immediately before the first of those was released. It had a fixed lens and most of the Espios seem to have had a short zoom.
No to be overly pedantic, I hope, but you're mixing terms.

A fixed lens is one that is permanently attached to the camera. A zoom that can't be removed from the camera is also a fixed lens.

A fixed focal length lens is a prime lens (not a zoom). It may or may not be removable.
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