My First 110 Camera: The Asahi Pentax Auto 110


Since the release of the new 110 film from Lomography, I have been tempted to get myself a small camera and give this small format a go. But being a lover of bargains and my attempts to keep my spending down, I rummaged through Trademe (New Zealand’s version of Ebay) listings and purchased my new vintage baby – Pentax Auto 110!

This camera – released in 1978 – might look like a small toy camera, it is actually a through the lens, SLR camera that has a fully automatic exposure system that sets the aperture and shutter speed. The Asha Pentax Auto 110 has a shutter speed ranges between 1/750 second at f/13.5 and 1 second at f/2.8 and comes with a 24mm f/2.8 standard lens which is the equivalent to a 50mm lens on a 35mm format camera.

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This nifty little camera detects the film speed by the size of a tab on the film cartridge and effectively changes the ISO setting. Cartridge with an ISO 100 has a long tab that pushes down a small pin inside the camera and ones with an ISO of 400 has a short tab that does not interfere with the small pin. The disadvantage to the fully automatic exposure is that you can’t do any exposure compensation or adjustments, hence giving you less control. Also, because the camera only has two ISO selection, the Lomography Tiger 110 will either be over or underexposed, depending on whether you leave or file the tab away. But I’ve been told that it does not make much of a difference.

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I, personally, really enjoy this camera. It’s my first camera that has a working light meter and it’s great for taking quick everyday snaps where I don’t need to fiddle with the aperture and shutter speed setting. The small size means that it can fit easily in my pocket and makes it so much easier to document my everyday life. Plus, it’s just so darn cute!

written by amytam on 2012-11-21 #gear #review #vintage #auto #110 #small #new #pentax-auto-110


  1. guanatos
    guanatos ·

    sweet I rescued the same from my dad's attic can't wait to use it :)

  2. 110isnotdead
    110isnotdead ·

    Love that camera :) I can't wait to get my hands on one. I got a little wonder-of-a-camera myself, you should come check it out…
    Great article and shots btw :))

  3. gauthierdumonde
    gauthierdumonde ·

    On of my beloved cameras I don't use enough.

  4. gauthierdumonde
    gauthierdumonde ·

    On of my beloved cameras I don't use enough.

  5. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

    Great find, congratulations

  6. amytam
    amytam ·

    It's a great little camera and so much fun to use!

  7. fotothom
    fotothom ·

    I've got one too and I really like it, it fits in my pocket and that's really nice :)

  8. cherub38
    cherub38 ·

    Just found one on Ebay ! Can't wait to test it ! Thanks for the cool review !

  9. amytam
    amytam ·

    Good luck with the camera @cherub38, make sure you add a link to the comment so I can check out the photos!

  10. cherub38
    cherub38 ·

    thanks Amytam ! I will add the link right here ... but you will need to wait, cause I am still waiting for the camera !

  11. lizkoppert
    lizkoppert ·

    Just bought myself one of trademe today… eagerly awaiting it's arrival :)

  12. nickam
    nickam ·

    Interesting. I've been given one of these along with three extra lenses, a flash and a number of close up attachment lenses. Been waiting to try it out so off to London tomorrow with it and have loaded some Lomo Metropolis to see how it performs. Not sure what speed I'm shooting at though as the film is rated 100-400 so I guess it could be anything within that range!

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