Pentax waited until 1982 to release this, their first autofocus 35mm point-and-shoot, and it's a winner. The PC35-AF is beautifully designed camera with an excellent 35mm f2.8 lens (5 elements in 5 groups). It's tied with the original Nikon One Touch and Action Touch as our all-time favorite point-and-shoot. The combination of a smooth manual advance and manual rewind with a sophisticated electronic shutter allowed the camera to be more compact than most of its rivals and have very good battery life (despite using AAAs). The included (and quite hard-to-find) PC35-Winder can attach to the side for a different, more rapid shooting experience.
Really the only gripe we could imagine anyone having with this camera is that it makes a warning beep when the light is low (to warn that you ought to use flash); that's a good feature for most people (prevents blurry shots) but some advanced shooters might find it annoying.
The camera requires two AAA batteries for power (not included). The PC-Winder also requires two AAA batteries (not included). The camera's original manual and a non-original but high quality case are included.
Condition notes We film tested this camera and all the photos were correctly exposed and perfectly focused. Both the camera and accessory winder are in very good aesthetic condition as well (see photos).
Type: 35mm leaf shutter camera featuring auto focus control and built-in flash unit
Film: 35mm film
Picture size: 24 x 36mm
Lens: Pentax 35mm f/2.8; 5-element in 5-group configuration; angle of view. 63°; minimum focusing distance, 0.7m
Focusing:Pentax 35mm f/2.8; 5-element in 5-group configuration; angle of view. 63°; minimum focusing distance, 0.7m
Infrared Active Auto Focus System, equipped with "focus lock," and an auto focus control range from 0.7m to (infinity)
Shutter: Programmed AE electronic shutter, with variable speeds of approx. 1/8 to 1/430 sec.
Self-timer: Electronic; equipped with an electronic audible "beep" and an additional lamp indicator. Time delay of approximately 10 secs.; 3-sec. prior to shutter release warning, incorporated, w/shutter button activation
Viewfinder: Albada type, bright frame finder; field of view, 85%; 0 5x magnification
Viewfinder display: Picture frame; auto focusing frame; parallax compensation indicator for short distance; zone focusing markers; distance indicator needle; battery check display; and. camera shake warning indicator
Camera shake warning device: Audible electronic signal with simultaneous ORANGE lamp lighting in viewfinder
Film wind: Thumb wheel w/winding angle of 360°
Film counter: Automatic zero reset; normal count; 0. 20. 24 and 36. color (orange) coded indications
Film rewinding: Crank winding, and film rewinding button reset automatically
Programmed AE electronic shutter, with variable speeds of approx. 1/8 to 1/430 sec.
Exposure meter: Programmed auto exposure control, utilizing CdS cell light detector; light measuring range from EV6 (approx. 1/8 sec. at f/2.8) to EV17 (approx. 1/430 sec. at f/17) with ASA/ISO 100 fil
Film speed range: ASA/ISO 25 ~ 400
Exposure metering switch: By shutter button (Shutter button does not operate while lens protector is closed)
Power supply: Two 1.5V mini batteries (Alkaline batteries AAA); NiCd batteries are not compatible and must not be used
Exposure compensation: Exposure compensation of +1.5 steps possible by depressing compensation button
Flash: Built-in; "pop-up" flash head type with lever control—camera's electrical circuitry automatically synchronizes for flash-use mode (Flash is not operable while lens protector is closed, and flash head will not pop-up.)
Flash ready display: By ORANGE lamp next to viewfinder eyepiece - -j
Guide Number: 11 (ASA/ISO 100, m)
Flash coupling range: 0.7 to 4m (w/ASA/ISO 100 film); 1.4 to 6m (ASA/ISO 400)
Recycling interval: Approx 8 sec utilizing fresh set of AAA batteries
Number of flash: Approx 100 flashes (by the time when the flash is recycled with the interval of 30 secs.)
Size & weight 116(w) x 66.5(h) x 45 5(d) mm; 275g (without batteries)