Monday, July 8, 2019

Analog Diary, Pentax Espio AF Zoom

Pentax Espio AF Zoom 01
Pentax Espio AF Zoom 02
Pentax Espio AF Zoom 03
Pentax Espio AF Zoom 04
Pentax Espio AF Zoom 05
Pentax Espio AF Zoom


Pentax Espio AF Zoom

'Five frames of the first roll with the Pentax Espio AF Zoom, going for it in black-and-white'

I was not at all pleased with the images that came out of the first roll of film on the newly acquired Pentax Espio AF Zoom. The images were kind of hazy, blurry, and were completely unexpected from a camera that has the acknowledgment as being a very capable model.

Not wanting to admit defeat, I went for the option of converting the images to black and white and came away with these cool images, reminiscent of what I use to get with when I was starting out with photography when I was just a kid.

The Pentax Espio AF, introduced in 1992, comes with a programmed electronic shutter with a speed range from 1/5 to 1/400 second and B, +1.5EV backlight compensation, a built-in zoom flash with red-eye reduction mode, and a host of interesting functionalities.

The camera is fitted with a 35-70mm F4.3~8 zoom lens of 8 elements in 7 groups construction, capable of a minimum focus of 0.6 meters. Film loading and rewind are automatic at the end of the roll.

With the right mode selection, you can set the camera up for flash off or auto flash on photography, daylight synchro, backlight compensation, dual-frame or auto tele-wide self-timer modes, continuous or timed interval shooting, multiple exposures, and infinity landscape focusing.

The images here were originally shot on Kodak ColorPlus 200, lab-processed, scanned, and post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3).

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