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04-07-2010, 10:04 AM   #1
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Newbie help: Can anyone identify what model Pentax camera this is?

Hey guys, I`m new to the site, but you all seem friendly, so Hi!

One of my friends has an old Pentax 35mm camera she wants me to sell for her, however, she has no documentation whatsoever concerning it.

Wondering if anyone can be able to tell just by looking at the photo, what model it looks closest to/what model it is? It comes with 3 detachable lenses: a 28mm, a 50mm and 300mm.

As you can see, the self timer icon is to the right of where the lens are attached.

I sorted through hundreds of photos of pentax 35mm models, but to no avail.
Help a newbie out please? Much appreciated.

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Is that switch on the side of the mount opposite the self-timer a MF/AF switch? That would indicate it's an autofocus camera. If so, look at the autofocus cameras in the data base to see if there is a picture that matches the camera.

But I'm sure someone here can identify it right off... just keep this thread bumped.
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This should be in Film.
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Looks like an A3/A3000:

A3/A3000

04-07-2010, 10:59 AM   #5
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definitely an A series camera, no AF switch or screw drive & data pin on th elens mount.
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Definitely an A3/A3000. Note the lack of screw drive above the contacts.
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wow, you guys are quick! I`m going over to examine it closely, but from the links posted, it definitely looks like it might be an A3/A3000.

Thanks for the super quick responses
(figures the A3000 thread on the site doesnt have any photos of the camera)
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On a GOOD ebay day, the Pentax A28mm f2.8 can fetch anywhere from $90 to $130 depending on condition and how bad somebody wants one. The Pentax A50 f1:2.0 (Be careful to make that particular distinction), $25-$40. I don't specifically recognize the 80-300 zoom so can't help you there. I suspect it's one of the 3rd party department store knock offs that can be had for $25 range. I don't know anything about the Pentax A series cameras either so can't help there either. I do suggest you look these items up in the lens and camera database linked in the header of this forum.

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QuoteOriginally posted by thenadz Quote
wow, you guys are quick! I`m going over to examine it closely, but from the links posted, it definitely looks like it might be an A3/A3000.

Thanks for the super quick responses
(figures the A3000 thread on the site doesnt have any photos of the camera)

Here you go..

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Thanks Jeff! So I guess a $150 asking price for the Camera + 3 lenses is reasonable then
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QuoteOriginally posted by thenadz Quote
Thanks Jeff! So I guess a $150 asking price for the Camera + 3 lenses is reasonable then
Depends on condition but it doesn't sound too far out of line..

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Since you got an answer already, there doens't seem much point in moving this to the Film forum, but in future, that does seem like a good palce to ask film=specific questions. I'm rarely opposed to anything at all going here in the beginner's forum, though - it's just that sometimes, more obscure technical questions will get better answers elsewhere.
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I didn`t know what the correct forum would be, but duly noted Marc, and thanks for the tip. The thread can be closed now
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those lenses. are balanced rather precariously near the edge of the table.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ohyouloveme Quote
those lenses. are balanced rather precariously near the edge of the table.
I'm guessing, the owner has something wedged beneath the long zoom lens to prevent it from rolling over.
That is a sound guess, as I myself would do the same as it would be kind of stupid just to have Murphy's law have a go at it..
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