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10-21-2014, 04:36 AM   #1
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Really early 6x7

Picked up another of the first generation 6x7 bodies from Japan, but this one is really early, serial number 4000290 which probably means it is from the first production batch. I compared it to a couple of other first gen bodies, 4004230 and 4010657 and the only difference I could spot was that 4000290 doesn't have a mirror reset button (the little button on the front panel under the 6x7 logo). It did come with what I think is it's original instruction book. That is in Japanese of course, so I'm not really sure, but most of the pictures illustrating it are of body 4000015 and don't have the mirror reset button. Curiously in one picture the serial number has been inexpertly altered to read 5890115.

Just another little data point in the swamp that is Pentax history

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Does the manual have the famous fishnet top beauty on the back cover? I have a couple copies of that manual.
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After about 5 years the battery died on mine when I took it out last weekend. I don't use a metered prism so the battery last a long time. That reset button was sure handy to drop the locked up mirror. I wonder if that happens on an early versions without the button and what do you do if it does?

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I'm learning of many incidences of the meter coupling chain breaking on these very early 6x7 bodies, most recently three locally. That would be the only concern I have with using the 1969-vintage bodies up to 1992 when small improvements came along.
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The camera:

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The manual (parts of it anyway)

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My first generation 6x7 is a 403xxxx S/N an does have the mirror drop button in front. It also shoots 21 frames of 220 film but is much harder to load than my newer bodies. The film holder pins are longer on the 1st gen models and I shortened mine a bit to expedite loading. Mine is a US version, so it is labeled Honeywell Pentax. A really nice camera actually. I'm always amazed at how large that 800 Takumar is.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Paul Ewins Quote
The camera:

---------- Post added 10-22-2014 at 07:53 PM ----------

The manual (parts of it anyway)

Nice, I want that tripod ladder in page 36 of the booklet!


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