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Pentax Espio 838 35mm camera (serial 4517396)

Pentax Espio 838 35mm camera (serial 4517396)

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The Pentax Espio 838 (also called the IQZoom 80E) is one of the less common models in the superb Espio/IQZoom line of compact 35mm point-and-shoot cameras. It features a 38-80mm lens that's unusually sharp for a compact zoom.

Though the Espio 838 can be used as an 'auto everything' point-and-shoot, it also includes a number of creative shooting modes (including a very useful 'flash plus bulb exposure' mode). 

The camera requires a CR123 lithium battery (optional). The original manual in French is included. 

Condition notes
The camera was tested with a battery and film installed and all functions are working well (we didn't develop the film). We verified the film plane focus accuracy on an autocollimator and we also verified the camera's autoexposure accuracy using a calibrated light source and shutter tester. The camera is in very good cosmetic condition (see photos).

Example photos
Here are some photos that other people have taken with the Espio 838:

(it is labelled 'IQZoom 80E' which is the identical camera but given this different name i certain markets):


  • Type: 35mm fully automatic leaf-shutter with built-in zoom lens and auto flash
  • Film: Auto film speed setting with 35mm perforated DX-coded film with ISO rating from 25-1600 (1EV step). Non-DX coded films are automatically set to ISO25
  • Format: 24 × 36mm
  • Film loading: Auto film loading. Closing the back cover will automatically wind the film to first exposure.
  • Film winding: Auto film-winding, single frame advance mode.
  • Film rewinding: Auto start at the end of roll. Auto stop upon completion of rewinding. Rewinding time: approx. 20 sec. with 24-exposure film. Rewinding in mid-roll provided. Rewinding in mid-roll provided.
  • Frame number: Automatic readout of successive frame numbers in ascending order when shooting, and descending order when rewinding.
  • Lens: Pentax power zoom 38-80mm f4.8-9.5 5 elements in 5 groups, Angle of view: 59-30.5°
  • Focusing system: Pentax infrared active autofocusing with focus lock, Range: 0.6m (2ft)-infinity. Maximum magnification approx. 1/6.5X. Focus lock is provided.
  • Zooming: Electronic zoom
  • Shutter: Programmed AE electronic shutter with speed approx.1 / 320-1. 3 sec. Bulb. Electromagnetic release.
  • Self-timer: Electronic red lamp indication. Approx. 10 sec. Cancellation after activation is possible.
  • Viewfinder: Albada-bright frame. 83% of field of view ratio. Magnification: 0.38X (38mm WIDE) - 0.69X (80mm TELE), Picture frame, Close distance compensation frame, Green lamp lighting (O): possible to take a picture, Green lamp blinking: When subject is too close and / or flash is being charged.
  • Exposure control: Programmed auto-exposure control. Range: EV10-EV17 at 38mm WIDE,EV11.5-EV18.5 at 80mm TELE in Auto or Daylight-Synch mode (ISO 400), EV8.0-EV17 at 38mm WIDE EV8.0-EV18.5 at 80mm in Slow-Shutter-Speed mode 
  • Backlight compensation: + 1.5EV
  • Flash: Built-in flash with red-eye reduction mode, Automatic flash emission in low-luminance, Flash ON=Day-light Synch, Slow-Shutter-Speed Sync (up to 1/3 sec.), Flash-OFF = Flash override, Bulb-Sync,
  • Flash effective range: 0.6-7.7m (38mm WIDE), 0.6-3.9m (80mm TELE) (ISO 400 film used).
  • Flash recycling time: Approx. 5 sec. under Pentax testing conditions.
  • Battery source: One 3V lithium battery CR123A or the equivalent
  • Battery life: Approx. 15 rolls of 24-exposure film when 50% of shooting uses flash (under Pentax testing conditions)
  • Size & Weight: 134(W)× 74 (H)x 51.5 (D) mm (5.3" x2.9" x2.0") 245g (8.6oz) without battery
  • DATE model:
    • Date mechanism: Crystal quartz controlled; LCD with digital clock, auto calendar up to 2019.
    • Imprinting mode: "Year, Month and Day", "Day, Hour and Minutes", "- blank", "Month, Day” and Year" or "Day, Month and Year"
    • Size & Weight: 134(W)x 74(H)x 55 (D) mm (5.3" x2.9" x2.2") 250g (8.8oz) without battery
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