The Pentax Auto 110 "Black Panhead" was developed in Japan between years 1980 & 1985. It was capable of programmed exposures between 1/750 second at f/13.5and 1 second at f/2.8, and had a ISO between 100 & 400ASA. It uses 110 film cartridge and has a lot of accessories (lenses, flashes, filters...)
Looking through our old cameras we found this tiny jewel used by my father to immortalize his trips some years ago until cartridges weren’t sold any more. We thought that such a “strange” film cartridge (110) was going to be impossible to be found, so we left it again until we decided to try to find one to try the camera.
After searching through the web, in shops someone told us that a seller in “El Rastro” (popular street market in Madrid) could have them, so there we went. We bought 2 cartridges (expired) and began to play.
The Pentax Auto 110 “Black Panhead” is considered to be the smallest SLR camera ever made.
It uses a 110mm film cartridge, very easy to install as you don’t have to adjust it as with a 35mm, 120… as it is a small black housing ready to shoot.
In the camera case we found the following accessories:
+ Pentax-110 18mm F2.8 Wide angle, filter Ø30.5mm
+ Pentax-110 24mm F2.8 Normal lens, filter Ø25.5mm
+ Pentax-110 50mm F2.8 Telephoto lens, filter Ø37.5mm
Filters: (Each lens has these filters)
- Flash: Model “AF130P” with range between 0.8m – 4.6m (100 – 400 ASA) and automatically synchronized with the camera.
- Winder: Model “Winder II”
It’s easy to use despite all these accessories.
If you want to know more about this camera:
“pentax 110”: http://www.pentax110.co.uk or
Results after developing just 1 cartridge (expired!) have pushed us searching for more cartridges.
Here you can see some of our pictures:
(Pictures are yellow because cartridges are expired!!!)