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My Pentax IQZoom 115v overexposes every shot for that lovely "washed out" look we all hate. I only use Kodak slide film ASA 100. I've used IQZoom 900 cameras for decades with excellent results. What's changed at Pentax; this new camera is worthless!

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  • ddanielsen Mar 22, 2011

    I know what the manual says, which I didn't read prior to purchase, since I had been using Pentax IQZoom cameras for decades for my slides (I do slide travelogs, so print film is not an option). The camera is brand new; I broke the seal on the box at purchase and shot 1 rool of film. If Pentax IQs are no longer able to use slide film, it should have said on the box "Print film only". Again - what's changed at Pentax? A print film only camera is silly!! So is repairing a brand new camera, which will cost more than the camera, and probably not work. If there's no adjustment I can make to change the exposure to "normal", then the camera is worthless!! So my question remains, "How can I adjust the exposure to make the camera work properly??

  • ddanielsen Mar 23, 2011

    The roll of film was new - dated 2012. All rolls bought and used at the same time; only the one used in the new Pentax was overexposed. I specifically tested this new camera by shooting duplicate shots along with a 35mm slr and my old Pentax IQZoom 900 (on which the zoom broke, hence the purchase of the Pentax IQZoom 115s). Trust me, I'm comparing apples and apples all the way. I paid $75 for the new Pentax in San Francisco when the zoom broke on my old Pentax. Brand new cameras (it was sealed and protected in all original packaging, incl styrofoam) should not need fixing. Point and shoot cameras generally aren't fixable anyway, certainly not for less than the camera is worth. Also, as I live near Chicago, paying shipping both ways for return or repair would be throwing good money after bad. If there is no way I can change the exposure, then I've wasted $75 by trusting Pentax still produces good products. And if there is no way I can adjust the exposure, then it appears you have no reasonable solution. Therefore I will contest any charge for a solution that appears on my charge bill. D

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First, here's a link to a free download of your camera's manual in case you've lost yours.

On page 16 of the manual, it states that in addition to using DX film of ISO 100 to ISO 400:

1) Color negative film is recommended.
2) Non-DX film cannot be used - but then says if it is used, set the film to ISO 100.
3) ISO 400 film is recommended.

Page 25 and forward detail exposure Modes. This should be your next area of interest in the manual. If you are unable to to solve the problem at this point, there may be an issue with the aperture of the lens being stuck open - or the shutter remaining open for too long. Either way, it will probably need to be serviced professionally to get it working again. You might consider replacing this camera as repair costs may exceed the value of the camera.

I hope this helps and good luck! Please rate my reply - thank you.

Posted on Mar 21, 2011

  • Steve Mar 22, 2011

    I don't know how you can override the "Auto" exposure setting of the camera. Is it possible that the film is old? Check the date on the canister. It may be an issue with that particular roll or batch of film. Try again with another roll to see if the problem still persists. Since you bought it new, and only ran one roll through it - it suggests to me that you haven't had it for very long. Maybe you ought to consider returning it to the place of purchase for an exchange. If that isn't an option, try shooting a second roll and the problem is still present, I'd return it to Pentax for service.

    Good luck!

  • Steve Mar 23, 2011

    I agree, new products - including your Pentax Point & Shoot camera - shouldn't require fixing. Since the camera is new and is malfunctioning without clear directions in the manual to solve the problem, contacting Pentax's customer support or returning it to the place of purchase are your first choices for remedy. If you opt not to do either of those things for whatever the reasons may be - that is entirely up to you. Pentax has been and likely remains a company known for making quality products and I would very surprised if they refused to stand behind your camera. If you don't want the bother of repair, you should consider giving the camera to someone along with the sales slip so that they can have a nice, $75 camera for only the cost of shipping to Pentax repair - I'm sure they'll be most grateful to you. Good luck.

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