Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Pentax Auto 110

110 film is a much maligned format among serious photographers, myself included, but I have always had a soft spot for this little gem. The Pentax Auto 110, is not just a camera, it is a "system." An inter-changable lens SLR that just happens to use 110 film. The flash is detachable and there is a motor drive available. Pentax made 5 different lens for the system, an 18mm f2.8 wide angle, a 24mm f2.8 "normal" lens, 50 and 70mm f2.8 telephoto lenses and even a 20~40mm f2.8 zoom lens.

The camera is tiny, as you can see by the Nikon FE2 in the background, but is extremely well made. The body is metal and plastic with a solid metal frame. The lenses have a mix of metal and plastic housings, but all have high quality multi-coated glass optics. The images from the Auto 110 squeeze every possible ounce of quality out the tiny 110 negative format, and though the do not quite rival 35mm, they do blow away what you would normally expect from a 110 camera.

More on the Pentax Auto 110 can be found here here.

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