Our small Pentax Auto 110


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)
+ Skylight
+ UV
+ Macro

- 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
“camerapedia”: http://www.camerapedia.org/wiki/Pentax_Auto_110

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!!!)

written by pingus on 2010-12-23 #gear #review #reflex #user-review #pentax-auto-110 #analogue-camera #11mm
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  1. sergio_m
    sergio_m ·

    110 film is awesome really gives vintage look, shame is hard to find today

  2. copefan
    copefan ·

    I've got a full set for the auto 110 it's cool.... I've also got the Minolta 110 Zoom mark 2 as well

  3. gvelasco
    gvelasco ·

    Great camera. Looks like the exposure is off on this one, though. Most of the pics were overexposed. I would expect expired film to be underexposed. Maybe you were shooting the 400 ASA film as 100 ASA?

  4. falsedigital
    falsedigital ·

    ^ I was thinking the same thing. :P

  5. coldkennels
    coldkennels ·

    A heads-up: Fourcornerstore sell some more or less in date film here: www.fourcornerstore.com/collections/frontpage/products/110-…
    They've not got much, though, so you might want to buy some up while you still can.

    You can also, of course, buy a film slitter and reuse old cartridges. You need the film slitter to slice larger film down to size - I've never done it myself, but I know it can be done.

    The exposure issue could be because some late film cartridges were built incorrectly; there's a tab on the side that tells the camera what speed you've got loaded. You might need to modify the tab, as shown here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:110film.jpg

    Finally, Adox have announced their new Pan 400 B&W film will be made in 110 cartridges. I've yet to see any, but they should be surfacing soon. Might be worth keeping an eye out for them.

  6. niko_fuzzy
    niko_fuzzy ·

    wow! didnt know this camera comes alot with different lenses. :)

  7. dyluzo
    dyluzo ·

    cool stuff I was thinking of buying one but where can you process the film ?

  8. jaguarwomon
    jaguarwomon ·

    I wish someone would bring back 110. Four Corner Store no longer has any and I only have 1 cartridge left!! 110 was a great format! There's a market for it--someone should bring it back!! Maybe LSI could do it?

    I hope Adox [or someone!] really *does* start making affordable 110 film. If instant can come back, why not 110?

  9. jesusissavior
    jesusissavior ·

    I wish someone will bring back not only 110 film, but also bring back new 110 film cameras. I wish they will also bring back 110 film selection from 100, 200,and 400 speed color print film. It would be nice if they bring back black & white 110 print film again. It would also be nice if they could bring back color slide 110 film again and bring back new 110 slide film projectors. I miss all of this.

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