Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Charity Shops - Pentax Espio 120mi

Grasses on Stone Wall - Pentax Espio 120mi by 35mm_photographs

More and more people are turning to Charity Shops to buy goods. Other people’s castaways are somebody else’s 'can use'. Not only can you purchase usable quality clothing, you can get (slightly) out of date technology - there is nothing wrong with something manufacture in the 1970s, 80s, or 90s. Like antiques and fine art, quality is quality.

The photograph above was taken on Morte Point using a Pentax Espio 120mi, which was obtained from a charity shop for £1.50. The film used was Ilford HP5 Plus a 35mm black and white film. More on HP5 here?

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The Pentax Espio 120mi is point-and-shoot, mid-range, 35mm film camera (also called a compact camera) and is a still camera designed for simplicity. The Espio is an autofocus unit, having automatic exposure settings options and a built in flash unit.

Design initiatives make this a small and flexible camera – notably the physical size and overall quality of finish make this camera a stylish baby. It houses a good quality zoom lens (38-120mm), with plenty of features that enable a variety of picture taking settings.

The focus and exposure system on this easy to use camera is an improvement on earlier Pentax compacts, giving sharp results and a decent contrast of tones. One of the most useful applications available on this model is ‘backlight compensation’ setting, which enables you to take a photograph using natural light in the background and flash in the foreground, giving an even tone across the image. Panorama mode is included in this little package which gives a different aspect ratio from most other cameras.

Grasses on Stone Wall - Pentax Espio 120mi, a photo by 35mm_photographs on Flickr.

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