Testing a Pentax Espio 120SW


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.



 Click on any image below to launch larger versions in the gallery view, navigate with the arrows once in the gallery.

2016-27: Pentax Espio 120SW, commercially developed and scanned.




2 thoughts on “Testing a Pentax Espio 120SW

  1. Reblogged this on burnt embers and commented:

    My efforts to catch up at 52 Rolls continue, though this time with just one roll. I have posted nearly all 14 shots in this post about 6 months ago, but maybe you missed some or all of them. If that is possible, then click through on the link to find the gallery from these very small little film camera.


  2. Pingback: Testing an Olympus mju1 (Stylus) | 52 rolls

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