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Overall Condition 8.5/10, all functions working, lens and finder are super clean and clear, some very minor marks on body from use.
Comes with 6 months warranty
Serial number: 4429354
The Pentax PC35 AF was the first 35mm compact camera with autofocus from Pentax released in about 1982. Its name led to a whole range of Pentax PC cameras. A Pentax PC35 AF Date version is also available. Early examples are made in Japan, later production was moved to Hong Kong. It is available in black, and green camouflage. They were also sold bundled with the PC35 Winder film advance motor accessory in silver, red and black.
There are later versions in 1984 with power-winding (PC35 AF-M), a date function (PC35 AF-M Date) and special edition model in 1985 (PC35 AF-M SE).
The 35mm f/2.8 lens is protected by a sliding cover that can be released by pressing down on a small tab on the right side of the cover. The lens is able to focus from 0.7m to infinity. To focus aim the circle in the viewfinder to the subject and half press on the shutter release. The bottom of the viewfinder frame displays the approx focusing distance with pictures of single guy 0.7m, couple 1.5m and mountain infinity. A needle points to the distance. The top of the finder frame has a green indicator for correct exposure. If orange, an audible beep is heard so light is insufficient and flash may need to be used. The flash can pop up by releasing the switch on the base of the camera. A led on the left of the finder eyelet will be green when the flash is charged. A exposure compensation button is on top of the camera, it changes the exposure by +1.5EV.
Manual film advance (an add-on winder was sold separately)
Lens: Pentax 35mm, f/2.8 (5 elements in 5 groups).
Infrared active triangular autofocus with pre-focus.
Programmed auto-exposure from EV6 (f/2.8 at 1/8s) to EV17 (f/16 at 1/430s). Mechanical shutter with slow shutter warning LED and beep.
Albada viewfinder with 85% coverage, auto-focus frame, picture frame, parallax correction frame, distance indicator needle, zone focus markers, lamps.
No DX sensor and it is set manually from 25-400 ISO.
Built-in flash. Flash guide number 11m at ISO 100, 6 second recycling.
Power source: 2 x AAA batteries.
The Pentax PC35AF is a camera I have been meaning to review for quite some time now, I’ve just not had the motivation to do so. I’ve had quite a few of its variant models over the years, but I’ve not had a lot of luck with their working condition. I currently own four, though I’ve used two of them to fix the other two. This has left me with one PC35AF and one PC35AF-M, the later of which being a thing of fairly strong sentimental value to me. I’ve decided to do a review of both these models together, they both have their own merits (strong word?), but to my mind, only one of them is of particular interest as a camera I might use in anger.