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05-18-2010, 08:39 AM   #31
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Asahiflex IIb (late)

Late Asahiflex IIB : Note the plug over the hole where the low shutter dial would go for the IIA. The early IIB did not have an empty hole. It just lacked dial.















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05-18-2010, 08:46 AM   #32
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QuoteOriginally posted by smc Quote
If you can add some pics from those, that would be great!

Steve
Here's some pics of the early-model S1a (currently for sale and probably going on eBay in the next few days):













As before, feel free to use them as you like but don't expect them to be on Photobucket forever - save them to your own server asap please.

Not had a look to see if the SP500's still there but I'll check later in the week and post some pictures if it is.
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Chrome ES with its matched S-M-C 50mm f1.4 lens







The batteries go in the black round knob looking structure on the face of the body



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Great shots!...it's nice to see things coming together....

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I don't know if you want to make use of this table, but it may be something we could set up with Serial # ranges. I have it in Word docx.




Early/Late refers to ‘type’ or revision to the model. The S2 late version had a slot added to the shutter speed dial to accommodate the clip on meter. The SV ‘late type’ had the mirror box modified to accept the Super Tak 50mm f1.4 lens to prevent the mirror from hitting the element, and the door latch was also changed. The SV revisions also apply to the S1a.
The AP, S and K were marketed by Sears and Roebuck on under their Tower brand. The AP and S were called the Tower 26 and the K was called the Tower 29. Following the release of the S3, marketing in the U.S. was handled by the Heiland Division of the Honeywell Corporation which resulted in different branding model numbers in the U.S.A.
S2 = H2 and they may have Heiland and or Honeywell on the prism housing rather than Asahi. There are also H2 with Asahi on the Prism and H2 by the Serial #.
S1 = H1
S3 = H3
SV = H3v
S1a = H1a
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Thanks Blue. I'll see if Adam can think of if/how they might be able to drop that into the camera section.

I'll get the pics above to Adam this weekend. Are people able to help gather some of the information for the tables?

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Hi everyone,

I have the SV and S1a tables done but can someone help that has one of the cameras (or knows where to look beyond the manual) for the following info??...

- Size (W x H x D) 143 x 92 x 88 mm?
- Weight 621 g camera ?
- Viewfinder 0.88x?
- Sync speed - 1/60?

Thanks!
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Sorry, the day after I took those S1a photos it took off for its new home so I can't measure it.

I did dig out the SP500 yesterday though, so I'll take some photos of that in the next couple of days.

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PS. Flash sync on the S1a is a seperate position between 1/60 and 1/30. I never had the manual but I believe I read somewhere that it was 1/50?
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For my black SV (late)

- Size (W x H x D) 140x 92 x 50 mm
- Weight 600 g camera
- Viewfinder 0.88x
- Sync speed - 1/60 (I believe it is actually 1/50


Standard Lens: Super Tak 55mm f1.8 with automatic diaphragm
Shutter Speeds: 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000
Shutter Type: Focal Plane, curtains rubberized silk
Finder & Focusing screen: Pentaprism & microprism fresnel brightened ground glass focusing screen. 0.88x magnification with 50mm lens, and approximately life-size with standard 55mm lens.
Mirror: Instant Return
Film Advanced: Ratchet type rapid wind lever (for film advance and shutter cocking). 10° pre-advance and 160° advancing angle with automatic film counter and ready indicator.
Flash Synchronization: FP and X flash terminals
Film Type Dial: Color Coded Reminder for color and ASA reminder for color and b&w film
Timer: Small self timer built into the SV body

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ES Specs

Dimension Without lens: 143x98x50
Weight 678g (1 lb. 6 oz.) without lens

930g (1 lb. 14 oz.) with 50mm lens.


Type: 35mm TTL-metering SLR camera with focal plane electronic shutter for automatic exposure control.
Standard Lenses: SMC Takumar 50mm f/1.4 or 55mm SMC Takumar f/1.8 with fully automatic diaphram. Distance scale: 0.45m (1.5 feet) to infinity. Filter size: 49mm. With depth-of-field scale.
Shutters: TTL metering electronic shutter for automatic exposure control + mechanical shutter for manual speed selection. Horizontal run focal plane shutter. Electronic shutter speeds: unlimited variation between 8 and 1/1000 sec. Mechanical shutter: 1/60 (x), 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000 sec.
Self Timer: none
Viewfinder: pentaprism finder with Fresnel lens with microprism. .89x magnification and 93% viewfinder coverage with 50mm lens. Life-size magnification with 55mm lens. -1.0 dioptry. Shutter speed calibration, TTL meter needle and battery check mark in viewfinder screen.
Focusing: Turn the distance scale ring until the subject image in the viewfinder comes into sharp focus. Minimum focus distance: 0.45m (1.5 feet) (With 50/55mm lenses)
Reflex Mirror: Instant Return Type
Film Advance: Ratchet type rapid wind lever. 10° pre-advance and 160° advance angle.
Film Rewind: Rapid rewind crank. Film rewind button on base of camera body releases film from take-up spool for rewind.
Film Exposure Counter Automatic re-set type.
Cocked Indicator A red disk appears in a a small window alongside the shutter release button when the shutter is cocked, and blacks out when it is released.
Flash Synchronization FP & X contacts for conventional flash cord connection, X contact on hot shoe for convenient cordless flash connection
Exposure Meter CdS-activated TTL Meter for open-diaphragm and stop-down reading. Light measurement range: EV1 - 18 with ASA 100 film. ASA speed scale: 20 - 1600.
Exposure Factor Control Dial 1x for normal exposure. 2x, 4x, 1/2x for intentional over- or under-exposure.
Power Source: One 6V silver oxide battery.
Film Type Indicator: black and white, color daylight, color tungsten, and empty


Notable information about the ES:
The Pentax ES was the world's first 35mm SLR with a fully electronic shutter system. When set on automatic, the ES has a stepless shutter. The Pentax memory device computes and delivers an infinite number of exposures between 8 and 1/1000 second - automatically. If 1/555 second will give you the right exposure, that is what will be programmed. The Pentax ES utilizes the last generation screw-mount Super-Multi-Coated Takumar and SMC lenses. In addition to the legendary flare control and color fidelity that has made these lenses so popular, the S-M-C/ SMC lenses are designed to allow open aperture metering on the ES, ES II and Spotmatic F. The viewfinder remains bright under all conditions, making focusing easy. In the event that earlier lenses without the open-aperture metering coupling, the ES provides stop-down metering with the familiar switch near the lens mount. In any case, the meter is activated by partially depressing the shutter release button. These features make the ES less than one-quarter inch taller and only six ounces heavier than the Spotmatic F. The standard color for the ES was black, which was a departure for previous Pentax m42 bodies where black was a special order. With both the ES and ES II, chrome was the special order version. The ES name on the face of the body replaced Electro Spotmatic on the earlier model released only in Japan and had improved circuitry. The size of the circuits did not allow room for a self timer in the ES.

Price when New
7186 - camera with 50mm f/1.4 $360
7187 - camera with 55mm f/1.8 $320
7188 - camera body only $290

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The S1a specs should be the same as the SV except for the 1/1000 not being market and it lacks the timer. That would make it slightly lighter but the dimensions would be the same.
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Specs for my late IIB

Dimensions:
-Size (W x H x D) 145x 75 x 50 mm (with finder folded)
- Weight ( I need to weigh it)



Year Introduced: 1956, late version with plate over slow dial hole (discontinued in 1957)
Mount: m37
Standard Lens: 58mm f2.4 Asahi-Kogaku Takumar
Shutter speeds (mechanical): B, 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, 1/200, 1/500
Film Advance: knob that turns clock wise
Film rewind: knob next to Galilean finder
Mirror: Instant return
Flash: X & FP contacts, x sync speed: 1/50
Viewfinder type: waist finder for with folding magnifier for slr & Galilean type for action/sports
Image Size: 24 x 36
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Pentax SL

Dimension width 143mm (5.6") x height 92mm (3.6") x thickness 88mm (3.4")
Weight 798g with 50mm lens. 598g without lens
Standard Lenses: Super-Takumar 50mm f/1.4 or 55mm Super-Takumar f/1.8 with fully automatic diaphram. Distance scale: 0.45m (1.5 feet) to infinity. Filter size: 49mm. With depth-of-field scale. Equipped with diaphragm preview lever which affords visual check of depth of field. Distance Scale: 45cm (18") to infinity.
Shutter Focal plane shutter with single non-rotating dial (dial rotates to select shutter speed but remains stationary when exposure is made - this is a reference to earlier cameras that had shutter speed dials that rotated when the exposure was made). Speeds: B, 1, ½, ¼, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, & 1/1000 sec. Film speed (ASA) setting dial and window on shutter speed dial. Built-in self-timer releases shutter in 5-13 seconds. Shutter curtains of special rubberized silk.
Finder Pentaprism finder with microprism. Fresnel lens for instant focusing; 0.88x magnification with 50mm lens, and approximately life-size with 55mm lens.
Focusing Turn the distance scale ring until the subject image in the viewfinder comes into sharp focus. Minimum focus distance: 0.45m (1.5 feet) (With 50/55mm lenses)
Reflex Mirror Instant Return Type with special shock absorbers for minimum vibration.
Film Advance Ratchet type rapid wind lever (for film advance and shutter cocking). 10° pre-advance and 160° advancing angle. "Cocked" Indicator A red disk appears in a small window along-side the shutter release button when the shutter is cocked, and blacks out when it is released.
Film Exposure Counter: Automatic reset type.
Flash Synchronization FP & X contacts for conventional flash cord connection. X synchronization at 1/60 sec. The clip-on shoe for SV etc works on the SL as does the clip on meter.
Power: none needed
Film Rewind Rapid rewind crank for speedy film take-up. Film rewind button on base of camera body releases film from take-up spool for rewind and rotates while film is being rewound.
Loaded Film Indicator Loaded film reminder dial underneath film rewind knob is marked "PANCHRO" (black and white), "COLOR" and "EMPTY".
Notes about the Pentax SL:
The SL was essentially a meter-less version of the Spotmatic. It lacked the behind the lens ttl meter. It was pitched by Asahi Optical to replace the legendary SV. Ironically, it had the slot on the shutter speed dial to allow it to accept clip on meters like those on th
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