Pentax PC35AF-M compact autofocus 35mm camera, film-tested and with 90-day warranty.
This camera is nothing less than superb – a dark horse from the early autofocus age which seems to be now getting its rightful respect.
The PC35AF-M dates from 1984 and is a decidedly chunky compact camera with a clamshell design and a 35mm f/2.8 lens. The autofocus can focus down to around two feet and has a distance indicator in the viewfinder. If the camera thinks the light is too low for a shake-free exposure, a viewfinder light and beep will warn you. The camera recognises DX coding between ISO 25 and 1600. It will read any DX codings between these, but if you are using non DX-coded films you can choose the ISO you wish between 100 and 1000.
The camera has a five-element lens that has excellent characteristics; it’s one of the sharpest I’ve found from compact cameras of this era. The camera also comes with a flash which remains off unless activated and a very useful +1.5 stop backlight function if you’re shooting into the light. The PC35AF-M takes AA batteries (not incuded).
The camera has been film tested. The accompanying gallery was taken on expired Tesco 400 (Ferrania Solaris) film in May 2022.
The camera comes with a 90-day warranty.