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09-23-2018, 07:02 AM   #1
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Help me identify these Pentax models!

Hi, my first post in this forum, so thank you in advance for your attention.

My grandfather used several photo cameras, mostly Pentax, through his life, and I am trying to know which were some of them. I only have a few pictures of him with these cameras, and the year must be around the 50's and the 60's, but I can't be more precise. Maybe some of you experts can help me find out which cameras these are?

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I dont think they are Pentaxes....
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The first one says PENTAX, doesn't it?

He had a MX, but then he had other pentaxes. The old one might not be Pentax, but the one from the first picture that says "PENTAX" on top, should be a Pentax, right? It is not so easy to read, that's true, but the A and X and pretty much exact.
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QuoteOriginally posted by TommySan Quote
The first one says PENTAX, doesn't it?

He had a MX, but then he had other pentaxes. The old one might not be Pentax, but the one from the first picture that says "PENTAX" on top, should be a Pentax, right? It is not so easy to read, that's true, but the A and X and pretty much exact.
I'm not entirely sure, but I think that first one might be an Edixa...

I'm pretty sure certain the first one is a Zeiss Ikon Contaflex. The Zeiss Ikon symbol is on the top of the prism housing, with Contaflex above the lens.

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Yes, you can just make out 'Contaflex' in the first picture.
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And I believe the camera in the third photo is a Bolsey B2 rangefinder, or otherwise, another Bolsey model.
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I'm not entirely sure, but I think that first one might be an Edixa...

I'm pretty sure certain the first one is a Zeiss Ikon Contaflex. The Zeiss Ikon symbol is on the top of the prism housing, with Contaflex above the lens.
You are sooo right Mike. Thanks a bunch, it is defenitely a Zeiss Ikon Contaflex. Never heard of this one before, that was very helpful.
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And I believe the camera in the third photo is a Bolsey B2 rangefinder, or otherwise, another Bolsey model.
Thanks again, this seems to be the right track to find the exact model and lens he was using back then. The top logo is from the Bolsey and is the perfect hint to find which it was exactly.

Thank you again, amped at your knowledge man!

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The second photo of the closed case is probably a screw mount Leica with collapsible lens, given the very short lens nose on the case. The shape is certainly right for a Leica from the 1920s into the 1950s, when Leica was among the most popular good camera. The rounded case ends show it isn’t a Canon RF, and while there were other copies of the Leica in the 50s, his Contaflex would be consistent with a German camera.
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QuoteOriginally posted by TomB_tx Quote
The second photo of the closed case is probably a screw mount Leica with collapsible lens, given the very short lens nose on the case. The shape is certainly right for a Leica from the 1920s into the 1950s, when Leica was among the most popular good camera. The rounded case ends show it isn’t a Canon RF, and while there were other copies of the Leica in the 50s, his Contaflex would be consistent with a German camera.
I believe the case is for the Bolsey camera in the third picture.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Fogel70 Quote
I believe the case is for the Bolsey camera in the third picture.
I think you're right. If you look at the lens bump, it's flattened at the top. This is quite a distinctive feature of Bolsey cases
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The second photo of the closed case is probably a screw mount Leica with collapsible lens, given the very short lens nose on the case. The shape is certainly right for a Leica from the 1920s into the 1950s, when Leica was among the most popular good camera. The rounded case ends show it isn’t a Canon RF, and while there were other copies of the Leica in the 50s, his Contaflex would be consistent with a German camera.
It's defenitely the case for the Bolsey, which also has a very short lens. but thanks!
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You are right - that and the case rides farther out from the man’s body. A Leica would be quite flat, while the Bolsey had a trapezoid shape with a deep back.
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Your grandpa was super cool!
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Your grandpa was super cool!
Thanks. He totally was, for sure. The coolest photography stuff I have seen comes from his father though, from the late 1800’s!
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