Pentax Espio/IQZoom 115

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Pentax Espio 115 is a 35mm compact camera with autofocus and zoom lens, issued by Pentax in 1992. It is part of the Pentax Espio IQZoom series. It is also known as the IQZoom 115. A special edition version of the camera was offered. It came with a Pentax 75th anniversary sticker attached above the grip area. The body finish, grip materials has changed, and a fancy display box was include. There is also a IQZoom 115-S model. It is almost the same but does not have the super macro or the illuminated LCD button.

It uses a 38 to 115mm f/4 to 8.8 powered zoom lens. The shutter speed is at 1/400 to 1/5 of a sec. There is also bulb mode with 1/2 of a sec to 10 minutes. Images can be captured in the standard 24x36mm or in a panoramic 13x36mm format. Set the rotating lever on the back to P to select panoramic mode. A mask will automatically appear in the finder to aide framing. The top center of the camera has a LCD setting screen with exposure counter dominating the display. On the right of the screen are buttons for infinity focus and drive mode. The drive mode button has settings for single frame, self-timer, remote release (3 sec), remote release, constitutive frames, and multiple exposure. The left has buttons for flash and red eye. Flash settings include auto, daylight sync, slow sync (flash off), slow sync, bulb (flash off), and bulb-sync. There is also a button to illuminate the LCD screen.

The film is automatically advanced and rewound. Mid-roll rewind can be done by pressing and holding the mode button. It is compatible with DX coded films from 25 to 3200 ISO. Non-coded film are set at ISO 25. It is powered by a single CR123A battery. The battery cover can be accessed easily with the strap tool.

A remote control is located on the strap and can be removed by sliding it off. It allows tripping the shutter via infrared. The IR sensor is in the front of the camera. The remote shutter can be released instantly or with a 3 sec delay. The lens can also be controlled and zoomed in 38, 65 and 115 steps. It is able to operate at up to 5m. Remote is powered by a CR1620 coin battery, which not difficult to replace if handy but service centre replacement is recommended.

Date models are also available. The strap tool can be used to press the tiny buttons. Imprinting formats include Year/Month/Day, Day/Hour/Minute, ---OFF, Month/Day/Year and Day/Month/Year. It is capable of imprinting years 87-19 (1987 to 2019).

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