was my biggest misbuy in the truest sense of the word. This camera
isn't really a compact, it's big. I saw the features and as I have
quite some compact Pentax models, I did not pay attention to its size.
The Pentax Zoom 105R is a 35mm film camera of the top-range series. It was
first released in 1991 when the digital market was not yet a consumer market at all.
It has a zoom that covers 38-105mm. And it has so many features, that there is nothing left to desire.
Its main features are:
F4-7.8 lens, 11 elements in 9 groups (!), autofocus with focus lock,
min. focus 1.35m, 1.35 - 0.45m macro mode, 0,45m super macro mode Electronic shutter, 1/250-1/3, 1/3-1min bulb mode Size 144x83x67, Weight 480 (!) gr. without battery 25-3200
ISO, automatic DX coding, automatic film advance, focus lock.
Modes: Macro, super-macro via distict buttons. Orange button: Flash:
Auto, on. off, bulb sync. Bulb. Backlight compensation. Bulb sync, bulb
and exposure compensation can be fine tuned via the black button and
the zoom lever. Keep the black button pressed and touch the zoom lever
to fine tune. To cancel fine tuning, shortly touch the on/off slider.
Blue button: Single frame, self-timer, consecutive shooting, interval
shooting, multi exposure. Except single frame all modes can be fine
tuned. Refer to the manual, the possibilities and combinations are
Camera in its original pouch and with its strap.
Camera, pouch and strap.
back. Viewer with 2 LED for flash and AF. 3 setting buttons. On/off
slider. Wide/Tele lever. Film type window. Slightly touching the zoom
lever moves th lens in steps, touching harder moves it continously.
Camera front open. The flash is set automatically. Flash
guide number ~22 (!) (m/ISO 100). The lens moves automattically to 38mm.
The lens set to wide position, 38mm. The distance is indicated on the LCD screen
Lens moved out to its tele position.
View from above. LCD
release. Macro button. Camera set to flash off. The LCD can be lit with an extra button.
Extra super macro setting under a slider. Remote cable socket.
Camera set to macro. Pay attention to the macro frame in the finder.
View from below. Tripod socket. Battery compartment, takes 2 (!) CR123 batteries- Extra anti-red eye setting. Mid-roll rewind.
There is a tool on the strap for mid-roll rewind and for opening the battery compartment. So the strap should be present.
camera is easy to use.
Autofocus is responsive and works well. Putting a film is easy as well,
you drop the film, tear the film leader up to the mark
and that's it. The
camera winds it automatically. It has so many manual settings that you
should download the manual. The menu is very easy to access on a big
clear LCD screen. The basic settings are easy and logical without a
The picture are sharp, it has a very luminous lens for its range which adds size and weight. It's
a very good point and shoot camera
with a moderate wide angle and a long zoom lens, good picture quality,
finish in a big body which is quite bigger than other
cameras. It sets the flash auto from
start but there is a real flash off mode. Some of the features you will
not find on other cameras. For example you can put it on a tripod and
set it to shoot one photo per day for weeks !
nice camera, but as I said, it's big and heavy. Pentax made smaller
models later, as they stayed in the film camera market well into the