Pentax IQZoom 115

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Pentax IQZoom 115

Postby Niner » Mon Nov 07, 2016 5:35 pm

I've had this camera a while. Tried it out once but had a development problem and it was my fault the results were awful and not the camera. I got to looking at it today and thought I'd give it another try.

The Pentax IQZoom 115 is just one of a longish line of IQZoom point and shoots. 38-115 zoom in this case. This is one of the more deluxe ones in that it has a macro mode and a panorama mode. The same named model with an S after the 115 doesn't have the macro and probably something else is missing too.There is a M version too with the same zoom. My version also has a B mode and comes with a remote control that can control both the shutter and three zoom modes. And there is a button to light up the digital information window as well. The camera is powered by a 3 volt battery that is still being made.

The remote ... from a camera that was introduced in 1992 .. still works with a battery the factory tech has to change. Wonder how that happened? I was surprised... and pleased.. that it worked.

Verdict? The shutter has a lot of lag time between press and click....although it isn't noticeable using the remote of course. The lense isn't all that great in producing a very sharp photo...but I have worse point and shoots. It would work fine for snapshots for the not too anal photographers inspection. The power zoom has a little herky jerky to it...but doesn't lock up at any juncture. The remote control is novel and seems to work reasonably well with a choice of "now" or three seconds later so you can hide the remote.

If you want to play with film photography for cheap the point and shoot is a good way to go. You can buy reasonably good cameras that produce better photos with more photo options than a lot of rangefinders and SLR's that people are more drawn to thinking them more serious photo taking tools.
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