Asahi Pentax Auto 110

Pentax Auto 110

Pentax Auto 110

Pentax Auto 110

Pentax Auto 110

This is undoubtedly the smallest film camera I own. It’s hard to tell from these shots but this is the smallest SLR with exchangeable lenses ever designed. The camera is only 10cm wide, 5 cm high and 3 cm deep. It uses 110 film cartridges, which went out of production in 2009 but faithful users kept hoping for a miracle.

In the seventies there were lots of 110 cameras but almost all of them were point and shoot models or toy cameras. But in 1978 Pentax introduced their Auto 110 and received rave reviews for the high image quality and the ingenuity and simplicity of design in this technological marvel. Unfortunately it came too late to reverse the dwindling popularity of this film format. In 2009 Fuji stopped production of 110 film, bringing a close to this chapter in photographic history.

But then, in May of 2012 the dream came true! Lomography reintroduced 110 film to the market, starting with Orca B&W, and then a couple of color negative emulsions as well. Now if only I could find a 110 reel for developing this stuff.

This is truly a system camera and I was fortunate enough to stumble across a complete set, still in the box for about $25. It includes the camera body, a detachable motor-drive, a flash unit and three lenses; the standard 24/2.8, the wide angle 18/2.8 and the telephoto 50/2.8 and soft cases for the camera and strobe.

In addition to Lomography there are a few suppliers of old stock 110 film but it is all expired. Still fun to play with though. I just love the fact that I’m able to have so many Pentax cameras in different formats!

6 Responses to Asahi Pentax Auto 110

  1. revdocjim says:

    I shot my first roll of film with this camera yesterday. The local camera shop took it for development with no questions asked. And the form on the envelope they put it in for shipment to the lab still has “110” as an option for film size. My next project will be to learn how to slit my own 16mm film from 120 B&W, and load it into cartridges myself for home developing.

  2. revdocjim says:

    Great news! 110 film is back in production!

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