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10-05-2010, 05:29 PM   #1
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Pentax S3 (H3)

The Pentax S3 (H3 in the USA) was release in 1960, approximately a year after its predecessor, the S2/H2. Pentax released this camera in North America through a distributor, the Heiland division of the Honeywell Corporation. The name 'H3' was presumably chosen in reference to the distributor as the camera was released as the S3 in other markets. The H3 was released with the new 55mm/1.8 Auto Takumar lens.


Asahi Pentax S3
Also marketed as
Heiland Pentax H3
Honeywell Pentax H3
Year introduced
1960
Year discontinued
1962
Mount
M42
Automatic aperture stop down
Yes
Metering
No light meter
Exposure modes
Manual, B
Shutter speeds (auto)
Not applicable
Shutter speeds (manual)
T, B, 1 - 1/1000s, X
Shutter speeds (mechanical)
T, B, 1 - 1/1000s, X
Self timer
No
Mirror lock-up
No
Auto bracketing
Not applicable
Multiple exposures
Yes
Winder
Ratchet type rapid wind lever
Flash hot shoe
No
Built-in flash
No
TTL/P-TTL flash
No
Flash sync speed
FP and X terminals - 1/50s
Flash exposure comp
Not applicable
Viewfinder type
Pentaprism
Diopter correction
No
Exchangeable screen
No
Depth of field preview
Through switch on lens where available
Image size
24 x 36 mm
Battery
None
Size (W x H x D)
143 x 92 x 47mm
Weight
548g
Comment
The 'S3' brought the top shutter speed back to 1/1000s, although some versions still came with 1/500s as top speed. Some of the S3 versions had a cut-out in the shutter dial so that it could accept the Asahi Pentax Meter.


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