Pentax Efina T APS

Pentax Efina T APS 

DESCRIPTION

Encased in a compact stainless steel body, the efina T Advanced Photo System camera offers a 23mm-69mm three times zoom lens (29mm-87mm in the 35mm format), a host of advanced features and simple, user-friendly operations. It is the ideal all-purpose camera for every member of the family.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 12, 2000]
James Weber
Intermediate

Strength:

Nice design, diopter correction in eyepiece,
small, compact

Weakness:

Optical performance is disappointing.
Canon Elph and 490 have sharper optics.

Nice package, easy to use, but image quality is disappointing. No match for Canon Elph or 490,

Similar Products Used:

Vectis 300
Nuvis S
Elph 370

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Oct 03, 2000]
P Arthur
Intermediate

Strength:

Small, versatile, great pictures for APS film limitations. I used Kodak Advantix 400. The 29-87mm zoom (35 format) is absolutely wonderful! The options are well thought out, but you need to study them before using the camera.

Weakness:

Red eye reduction.

I have 35mm camera equipment, but wanted a small point and shoot camera to go anywhere easily. The Pentax EfinaT compliments my 35mm equipment perfectly.

Customer Service

No experience ith customer service.

Similar Products Used:

I evaluated numerous other APS, 35mm compact P&S, and digital cameras.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Nov 15, 2000]
Roberto
Intermediate

Strength:

Size/weight
Metal body
Zoom range

Weakness:

Red eye Reduction
Sharpness of opticals

I have been a 35mm photographer for years, but I have the age old problem - I miss pictures because my full size 35mm gear is at home. I tend to be a minimalist with regard to bells and whistles (features do not make great photos - photographers do), but I need the basic equipment to be of high quality. What I am looking for now is a take along camera, an ultra compact that I can have with me at all times. I have been hoping the APS format can give me that. The Pentax Efina T is my first purchase in this format, and it is seriously making me reconsider this strategy.

First the good: The form factor is "perfect" for my needs. It is really and truly pocket size, and weighs next to nothing. I put it in a shirt pocket with the excellent Pentax camera strap around my neck. It is always available, and is zero effort to bring along wherever I go. So far so good. The body is stainless steel, and solid as a rock. The zoom is a good range - equivalent to 29mm to 87mm in the 35mm mode, definately adequate for what I want. The mode dial on the top is precise, non fiddley, and allows you to set all of the major features quickly.

The exposure control of this camera is superb. I have taken some test rolls under deliberately difficult lighting conditions. The exposures were uniformly excellent, probably due to combination of the camera and PQI.

Now the bad: First: Red eye reduction is a bad joke. You would be way further ahead to just shoot with regular flash and preserve the spontanaity of the moment rather than accept the delay of the red eye flash mode, because frankly it does not work. Second: flash range is extremely limited - I suppose that is to be expected with a flash the size of a dime.

The key problem, however has to be the sharpnesss of the opticals. I don't believe I can accept the sharpness that I have seen on my first rolls. On panorama mode, it is unacceptable, and it is none too good on regular classic mode. I don't believe that you could get an acceptable 8x10 enlargement from this camera.

Bottom line: I'm returning it and getting something else. I could live with the flash and the red-eye, but it just ain't sharp enough for me. Too bad - I really thought this one was perfect for my needs.

Customer Service

Not tested

Similar Products Used:

None yet

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 16, 2001]
Ryan Smith
Casual

Strength:

Portability, Zoom, Easy to use (bigger buttons than the elphs)

Weakness:

the red eye reduction doesn't work

All in all a good camera. It won't take the best pictures in the world, but you won't put your back out carrying it around. It is great for at parties when you don't want to have to run to your coat everytime you need a picture, because it fits in your pocket, and unless you wear really tight pants then it's not too uncomfortable.
Takes great outdoor pictures not too great in low light so far. only had 1 roll develloped so I'm still getting used to the camera.

Customer Service

none

Similar Products Used:

lots of research on the elph series of cameras

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 08, 2001]
Joe OBrien
Casual

Strength:

Very Compact
Good Zoom
Easy To use

Weakness:

Red eye reduction is poor

This camera is a great lightweight small camera that takes great pictures. It is great for traveling, but it fits better as a secondary camera.

Customer Service

N/A

Similar Products Used:

None

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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