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Pentax Espio 115M

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      01.07.2000 16:25
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      I have had and used our Espio 115M for about two years now. This is how I've found it: - small and light: this is the biggest plus. You might get better pictures with a bigger SLR, but that is the theory. Most of the time you won't get any pictures at all beacuse the big SLR is too big/heavy to take. This wil fit ina jacket/suit pocket and hardly show. - reasonable zoom: 115mm does for most occasions. Have to be careful not be touching the side of the lens when you take the picture, otherise it tends to mess up the focusing. - limited aperture: that means especially when zoomed that there is not much light getting to the film. This is the penalty you pay for having a tiny camera with a long zoom (i.e., it is going to be a problem with any camera this small with a long lens). I now use 400 ASA as standard. - slow to focus: This is the most irritating feature. AFter you press the shutter button, there is a zzz-zzz-zzz while it adjusts the focus before it takes. In that moment you can have lost the child's expression or whatever. More recenty my Mum bought an Espio 140 and that seemed to be much faster on this critical feature. Overall, however, it has been a good buy!

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