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02-06-2014, 04:33 AM   #1
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Different Versions of Asahi Bellows Unit II (M42)?

Recently I've seen a set of Asahi Pentax photography equipment on a craigslist-style webpage.
It also includes a bellows unit with M42-mount. Its label definitely says "Asahi Pentax Bellows Unit II".
But it only has one single black rectangular rail measuring about 130mm.
It looks like the K-mount bellows but has a screw mount.
Does anyone know about that version? Is it actually something rare?

02-06-2014, 07:48 AM   #2
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I Trust that you have compared the image of 'your' bellows unit with this one:

PENTAX Bellows Unit (M42) reviews - Pentax Camera Accessory Review Database

and with this one:

PENTAX Bellows Unit II (M42) reviews - Pentax Camera Accessory Review Database

Your description fits neither (rectangular rail and screw mount) so, my guess is that this is a third-party accessory for Ashai Pentax M42. There were many, many third party suppliers for Asahi Pentax in those days...........

.......so, rare? In all likelyhood not, (but I cannot swear on that).

(could for example be something like this one: https://www.pentaxforums.com/accessoryreviews/vorsatz-helios-macro-extender-bellows.html)
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Thanks for your reply.
You guessed correctly that I've looked up the review database and compared the images.

The seller sent me a detail pic of the bellows unit so I attached two quick and dirty crops of it.
It looks pretty genuine to me.
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02-06-2014, 11:45 AM   #4
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Well, that does look authentic. Quite like this:

Asahi Pentax Bellows Unit II (model II) M42 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

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Many thanks! I also did some reserch but somehow I overlooked that.
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