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Pentax Pino 35

I am currently in Japan on a short holiday, but here is a review I prepared before I left. It is another Pentax, you would think it is my favourite brand. No, I know someone who is trying to convert me though. It is also another cheap and cheerful point and shoot from the mid 80s.

As you can see, it is a very simple camera to use. You set the film speed of either 100, 200, or 400 ISO/ASA then choose the conditions based on the weather symbols. The camera has a fixed speed of 1/125th, the weather symbols change the aperture which ranges from f3.8 to f19. If there isn’t enough light a red warning indicator appears in the viewfinder, but it will still take the shot. The camera will work without the two AA batteries as they power the flash and warning light not the mechanism. That means if you find an example with battery corrosion damage, it might still work. Oh, if you are using the flash, there is a distance scale on the side but that really opens and closes the aperture as it is linked to the weather symbols.

And that is it, not even a self timer to worry about, just point and shoot at things beyond 1.5m. This review says it is one of the worse looking cameras of the plastic era. Bit harsh, but somewhat true.

I had a film in this one for a while and kept it in my bag as I wandered around Yorkshire. It was small and study enough to go on a bike ride too.

Well, nothing special really. Some are sharp, some are a bit soft. It produced typical results for a basic plastic camera. It is fine if you plan on taking it somewhere where it might get stolen or damaged. But really, there are plenty of better cameras out there. It is fine if you find it for a couple of quid. I will not be keeping my example.

Pentax Espio 145M Super

I am on holiday right now so have more free time. I got lots of films developed all at once, but now am struggling to figure out which camera goes with which film, oops. I am sure I have got it right, but I should have been a little more patient or taken a photo with the name of the camera. I started to do that, then got lazy. I really do need to slow down a little with this camera testing obsession.

Well anyway, for this camera I decided to use a whole film in one shop…just to see if I could. I would have to pick a good shop and one where they do not mind photos being taken. Hello Pokemon Mega Store!

Here is the camera.

and here are the photos…more details after this photo intermission.

Yeah, Pokemon!

Ok, so I better write about the camera. For me, this is a quite recent camera being from 2002. You can read all about the specifications on this website. It looks stunning with the brushed aluminium and it really quiet. One of the quietest cameras I have used recently. That made it perfect for taking photos inside a shop. It has a massive zoom 38-145 as the name suggests, though I did not try it out inside the shop. There is another version with a wooden style trim. If you are looking to get into film photography then this is a great starting camera.

Keep or sell: I have put it on eBay, but if it doesn’t sell I am tempted to keep it.