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Old Jan 1, 2012, 1:23 PM   #1
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A nice find. It at one time had the auxiliary light meter attached as the rub marks are still on the satin chrome to attest to it's one time presence. A minimalist camera as there is no coupled light meter and no battery needed. Basically a Spotmatic without the meter. Again if you go one click past 500 on the shutter speed dial you will get 1/1000th shutter speed. True trust me. No split focus so it is a tad harder to get spot on but a very good bright viewfinder. I like it. Same as the Honeywell Asahi H1a. 1962 vintage.













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Old Jan 1, 2012, 3:42 PM   #2
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G'day BD

Aaaaahhhhh them's were the good ol' dayz...

My first Pentax was the SV model > just above this one & with the aux meter clipped on top ... remember it well

Recently tho, I was in a Salvation Army charity shop and bought another Pentax for current-day activities. The camera is one of the early "K-mount" models but it came with a 55mm f1,2 lens > and all for $20

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Hi Dawg,

Looks like a good "reso" to keep you out of mischief during the cold winters nights.

Have fun.

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Recently tho, I was in a Salvation Army charity shop and bought another Pentax for current-day activities. The camera is one of the early "K-mount" models but it came with a 55mm f1,2 lens > and all for $20

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Which 55/1.2 would that be Phil ? Revuenon, Porst, Cosina ? These all sell for great prices (I recently paid ca. $400 for a Cosina 55/1.2 in new condition, wonderful lens, and last week $350 for a very good K50/1.2) - f1.2 lenses are not cheap so that is a major bargain !
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G'day ff

Just checked it 'in the flesh' ... Body is a Pentax KM, Lens is Pentax SMC 50mm f1,2

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My first good camera was an Asahi Pentax S1a. I bought it new in 1968. I worked as an editorial assistant for a publishing company back then. The publisher took me aside and said I would have to make myself 'more useful' and aside from editing and writing stories, would also have to take pictures for the different publications.

He told me to get either a Nikon or a Pentax SLR. I bought the S1a as it was $ 20 cheaper than the cheapest Nikon SLR....a Nikkormat, I think.

My S1a had no light meter, so I bought a Sekonic Light Meter for an additional $ 9.95.

Also bought a grey card. wonder how many recall these cards...grey on one side...white on the other.

It's been a great camera. It's been all through Western Canada/USA, the Mid west, parts of Europe. I've used it in 25 below weather to 100 above. It was in a car accident...all it needed was a straightening of it's film advance lever.

I lost the original lens cap in a cattle corral. I was in the corral, taking some pictures of cattle at the local stock exchange for use in an article about cattle rustling and one of the steers made a fast move towards me. Startled, I hoisted me and Pentax over the top bar of the corral...unfortunately my lens cap fell into the corral and I'm sad to report was a casualty. Sorry to say, I wasn't prepared to go back into the corral and fish it out while some aggravated cattle were there.

I often wondered what the cattle wranglers thought if they found a Pentax lens cap in the middle of a corral.

Yes I was unwise to climb into a corral with steers in...I put it down to youthful indiscretion.

I bought a new felt lined, metal and embossed Pentax cap for $ 2 at a camera store. Good price, but that was well over 40 years ago.

I still have it. It still works. Just realized...as of February I will have had it for 44 years.

Boy am I getting old.

Les

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