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.
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.
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
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