Monday, July 29, 2019

Truly Vintage, Pentax Espio AF Zoom

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Truly Vintage, Pentax Espio AF Zoom

'Analog Diary - Continuing from where I left off with images with first roll images on the Pentax Espio AF'


Continuing from where I left off with the first part of the series, took the camera on a trip downtown and shot these images from the platform of one of the LRT (Light Rail Transport) stops. The original color images, as per the first post, were still hazy and blurry and were not at all kind to the camera it was captured on.

Pentax Espio AF Zoom
The Pentax Espio AF Zoom is an interesting camera of sorts really. It features an 8 element 35/70 zoom lens, exposure is all programmed, but with a lot of manual control.

The Flash mode selection, for example, can be set for Auto, Daylight Sync, Slow-Shutter Speed (Flash OFF), Slow-Speed Sync, Backlight Compensation, Bulb, and Bulb Sync.

Selection buttons are also available for Self-Timer, Dual-Frame Self-Timer, and Auto Tele-Wide Self-Timer modes,  Red-eye Reduction, and Infinity focus, 2-frame Double Exposure shots, and something you would not have expected on a compact, an intervalometer which lets you shoot at intervals of 3 or 60 minutes.

Pentax Espio AF Zoom

The drawbacks of the camera, it seems, though reflecting the very compact design of the camera, is a viewfinder that is diminutively small, and though solidly built, an all plastic body.

Images were originally shot on Kodak ColorPlus 200, post-processed and converted to black-and-white on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) and print sharpened on Google NIK Sharpener Pro3.


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