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Latest Review Posted Pentax S1a (H1a)
For what Asahi Pentax intended, this camera fulfills its role perfectly. With the 55/1.8 lens this camera is not noticeably larger or heavier than my Leica M3 with the Summicron 50/2. Actual weights with lens included and film loaded is 2 pounds 12.75 ounces for the H1a and 2 pounds 14.5 ounces for the Leica M3.

This camera is very easy and very comfortable to use. Ergonomically and stylistically Pentax certainly got it right with this camera and the SV. From loading film, to advancing film, adjusting shutter speed and aperture through to focusing and pressing the shutter; everything is very intuitive. Though this is one of Asahi's earlier camera designs it is the obvious predecessor of all the ensuing Pentax cameras through the MX. In fact, a close look at today's Pentax DSLRs reveals many of these same design cues.

Image quality is a very important part of a camera and it is in this category where the Pentax H1a brings home the bacon. The Takumar lenses are very high quality. In fact I really feel they are easily the equivalent to many of Leica's lens designs from this same period in history. You are definitely not under-gunned in the lens category. Remember, the m42 lens mount was really a Universal mount in its time and was used by many camera manufacturers and even more lens manufacturers. So if you just cannot make the Takumar work for you, or there is a gap in the Takumar line-up, there is almost certainly a high quality lens out there for you that can be found i...

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