Remember 110 films?
Who? What? Eh? Yes, there was once such a format and out of the many many cameras that came out designed to use that film, only 2 stand out head above all others.
Pentax and Minolta.
Out of the 2, the most successful was the Pentax 110, which was the only camera to offer TTL metering, together with fully interchangeable lenses in a minute SLR body, with results that were simply unbelievable, coming as they did from such a tiny little negative. In fact, Pentax said enlargements of up to 11″ by 14″ could be made with no problem! That’s saying something….just look at the size of the 110 negative compared to normal film formats!
The Asahi PENTAX auto 100, to give it it’s proper name, was a part of an extensive system that comprised several lenses, two flashes, a powerwinder, close-up diopters as well as other accessories. That made the Auto 110 a precision instrument without doubt.
The Minolta was also quite good, but somehow it never caught on, possibly the main problem could well have been the lack of interchangeable lenses and monstrous lump of a design.
If you get the chance, do try a 110 camera out. You’ll have the time of your life! I have one for sale here