Lomopedia: Pentax PC35AF

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The PC35AF was introduced to the market in 1982. It was Pentax's first autofocus compact camera and its 'PC' name would be carried on to a range of Pentax cameras down the line.

Pentax PC35AF via Paulo Moreira on Flickr

Straight up, the PC35AF is a point-and-shoot camera. It comes with a winder accessory that offers motorized film advance. Later versions like the PC35AF-M and PC35AF-M Date offer built in power-winding, and date stamp functions respectively. The PC35AF comes in black and green camouflage while the special edition (SE) has gray colored ergonomic grips for better handling and shooting.

PC35AF with the motorized film winder via Photo.Net, PC35AF in green camo via Siim Vahur on Flickr, PC35AF-M via C.K. Chang on Flickr, and PC35AF-M SE via Collection Appareils

Performance-wise, the PC35AF is a neat little point-and-shoot camera. It doesn't have the best glass lens, innovative features, or the most stylish design but it can and will perform. Its Pentax 35mm f/2.8 lens offers decent clarity and crispness while the auto-exposure feature helps with getting well-lit shots. It's not the smallest compact camera in the market but if you're into the angled styling and its sleek sliding lens door, the PC35AF may be a viable choice for you.

Pentax PC35AF Technical Specifications:

Lens: Pentax 35mm f/2.8, 5 elements in 5 groups
Focusing: Pentax infrared active triangular measuring system (0.7m to infinity) with focus lock device
ISO: 25-400 ASA
Shutter: electronically programmed behind-the-lens shutter, shutter speed from approx. 1/8 to 1/430 sec. mechanical release
Exposure: programmed automatic exposure control from EV6 (f/2.8 at 1 /8 sec.) to EV1 7
(f/16 at 1/430 sec.) at ISO 100 with CdS-cell metering. Slow shutter warning by LED display and PCV sound
Flash: Built-in pop-up type with flash ready lamp ISO 100
Film Type: 35mm
Winding Mechanism: manual, with winder accessory option
Dimensions: 129 x 69 x 46mm (W x H x D)
Weight: 320 grams
Battery: two AA alkaline batteries

Take a look at some photos taken with the Pentax PC35AF camera by our very own community members:

Credits: andycurtis, moreira, artlens, aarticle, flamingoid & aanton_evseev

Information used in this article was sourced from CameraWiki, CameraPedia, and Pentax Film Point and Shoot.

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One Comment

  1. flamingoid
    flamingoid ·

    If I can add just one thing: it may be made of plastic but it's actually quite sturdy. You can throw it in a backpack or let it hang around your wrist all day and it won't even get a scratch. It's not comparable in build quality or optical performance to the premium point and shoot cameras by Contax, Konica or Nikon but given that it doesn't even cost a twentieth of a GR1 or 35Ti, it's a bargain. It's completely automated (auto-focus and auto-exposure) and fool-proof, it cannot shoot with the hood closed or if the meter says it's underexposed, it beeps to tell you to use the flash and it's easy to load. Thanks by the way for using one of my pics to illustrate the article. I gave mine to my sister for Christmas, though.

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