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11-01-2010, 02:54 AM   #16
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I have asked the seller about the origins of the camera, and it appears that it was a display camera at the taxfree shop of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The seller worked there for 33 years.

Always interesting to know the story behind such a piece of kit.

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Thanks!

Maybe you would be interested to see more from my Pentax MF-1 camera? Not a ME or ME-F, but MF-1...
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I've seen references to the MF-1 as a a specialty scientific camera. Do you know what kind of scientific work it was intended for? A shot through the viewfinder would be interesting if it is significantly different from the finder in a regular ME.
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I wonder if they'll do a K5 that way.

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I wonder if they'll do a K5 that way.
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Here are a couple of photos of my own MF-1 and the AP-K55 adapter which probably connected to some variety of endoscope. In the second shot you can see the spherical bulge that is on the bottom of the focussing screen. Strangely, this doesn't seem to distort if you put a regular lens on the camera. Note too that the lens mount sits forward a little more than the regular one.


I've also got a transparent 35-80, but mine is a little broken (bought it that way) - no transparent bodies alas.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Asahiflex Quote
Just acquired this beauty. It's a very nice demonstration camera to show off Pentax' technology back in the day.

I had hoped to be able to use the SMC F 35-70 and although it's optically functional it's missing the diaphragm (the lever is fixed in the closed position) and the diaphragm ring is fixed too. Even the diaphragm protection flange is made of transparent plastic.

The camera itself works, but is unusable because of the transparent back. You can actually see the film being wound
















Recently got a transparent Yashica Samurai X3.0, only heard of two other transparent samurais on internet, anyone else seen/got one?

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From the looks of it one would think over exposure might be a problem.

I've heard they're quite prone to light leaks.

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Cool! My first Pentax was an SFX!
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Recently got a transparent Yashica Samurai X3.0, only heard of two other transparent samurais on internet, anyone else seen/got one?
Without pictures, did it really happen?
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Nice. I like it.
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I worked at a camera shop when that came out and we could have purchased one for a lot more than a regular one. I don't remember the exact price, though. And yes, it is usable for film with a normal back installed. Fun!
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I've just run a film through this one, all ok ;-)
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