Around the time I interrupted my posting regime here at 52 Rolls I found this sweet little camera and ran a roll of Agfa Vista 200 through. It is a little (and I mean little) point and shoot Pentax – the Espio 120SW. I knew of this camera from the excellent Film Advance blog where it is listed as one of Gary’s favourite cameras. Head over to that post for a detailed technical review, no need for me to repeat things here. If you are not familiar with the blog, then have a good browse – you won’t be disappointed. Gary lives in the same town as me and we went out to shoot one day and it was his pocket camera so I had a close look at it then. When I saw one in the thrift store for $9 I had a pretty good idea what I was getting into.
Above is the second shot I took with the camera. The flash fired when not intended (I really must remember to turn flashes off on these more modern point and shoots). The telephoto was extended quite a bit and I measured my distance with the long strap. Did you know that there was a time when many compact cameras came with a strap the same length as their nearest focal distance? Can make for a long strap, but very useful!
This shot, and quite a few of the others are a bit soft, but not unpleasantly so. Most of these have been posted on my blog earlier this year – you can see them and other shots from the roll at this link. I have not run another roll through this camera, but really must do so. This is my roll 27 for 2016.
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2016-27: Pentax Espio 120SW, commercially developed and scanned.