A year or so ago I took part in a Camera challenge on twitter where you had to buy a cheap camera and shoot a roll of film and post the results.
I blogged the post here
That was the 1st and last time that I shot the camera but I was looking for a small compact camera to keep in my bag just to shoot as and when I came across anything vaguely of interest so I went through my collection and decided to revisit this little camera but this time load it with a decent roll of film.
So I loaded it with some ilford XP2 and used it over the last two and a half months, finishing it off on christmas day.
Obviously this roll has quite a varied subject matter that tested this camera … Landscape, Street, Macro and flash and once I developed the roll and saw the scans I was so impressed with how the camera performed … the exposures was spot on and the sharpness of the lens was superb, the only downside was the fairly slow aperture especially if you use the zoom but to be fair it didn’t hinder me at all.
The most useful feature for me is a spot focus mode and a Landscape mode which lets you focus at infinity both modes worked like a dream.
There are a few different flash modes, a Panorama mode which just crops the frame I think (not tried that yet) and a remote control to fire the camera.
All in all this is a right little powerhouse of a compact camera that works well in every situation I threw at it and also handles an looks good too.
I picked this up for less than a fiver and if you look on eBay you can still get it at a bargain price.
Anyway here are the images …. comments most welcome
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2 thoughts on “Bargain compact point & shoot of the year … Pentax Espio 140M & ilford XP2”
Looks like you got yourself a right gem with that camera! Very decent lens.
I picked one of these up last weekend for the princely sum of £1. It now has a roll of Kodak Colorplus loaded to give it a test run. It’ll be interesting to see how it compares with the two Canon Sure Shot compacts I have. I like having a compact camera that I can just throw in a pocket for ad-hoc shots and the Espio 140M has a very nice and compact form factor (I’m hoping the short film transport might gain me an extra shot or two too!).