Camera Speed Dating – Pentax Auto 110 Kit

Those that know Meghan and I know that we have what appears to be an on going camera acquisition “problem”. Really all it is, is a desire to try all of the cameras!!!

We have started collecting many vintage cameras now over the past few years, but in an effort to not let our collection get out of hand we decided to only collect cameras that work and can actually be used.

However, not all are winners and some are just easier or more fun to use but you have to shoot with them first to find out! Thus, we decided if we run a roll through every camera we are interested in, not unlike going on a 5 minute date with a bunch of strangers at a singles night, we can quickly see which are worthy of being added to our collection. Camera speed dating!

Here is most recent camera I had the pleasure of a quick date with….The Pentax Auto 110 Kit.

A few quick facts about the Pentax Auto 110, it is the smallest interchangeable SLR camera ever made! They were made from the late 70’s to mid 80’s. The standard kit came with 3 f2.8 lenses, 18mm, 24mm and 50mm, but there were many more you could buy separately. It has a low and high shutter speed, which translates to 1/80 and 1/320.

Recently the Hot Chocolate festival was here and so Meghan and I decided to go on a double date donut tour of Vancouver, hitting up all the hawt hot chocolate spots and our favourite donuteries!

We both love using our Pentax Auto 110 cameras SO much we bought spares, we each own two Pentax Auto 110 cameras.  Our first attraction to this camera was that it is an extremely cute ultra-miniature Pentax. I had hoped being a ‘spy camera’ it would allow me to get better ‘on the fly’ people pictures, however it does not. My pictures are a tad unsharp it seems which is possibly the camera, lighting conditions or my unsteady hand. I might step up my experimentation using its adorable flash and see if that helps. I must say it has a great light meter for being an older camera, the exposure of my photos is usually decent no matter the ISO film I use, I just wish I could get the images to be a bit sharper. We have Kodak Ultra 400 on consignment right now that I’ve been using and really like it. We also carry the Lomography 110 film. Lomography 110 comes in a 200 ISO C-41, a 100 ISO B&W and a 100 ISO E6. I will say when using 110 film getting a develop AND scan from your local lab is recommended. I abhor scanning these tiny negatives myself!

-Nicole

 

 

 

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