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01-12-2011, 04:55 AM   #1
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Heiland Pentax 1960

Found a couple more, in the April 1960 Popular Photography mag.








I thought the gloved hand looked familiar; I don't see another Pentax ad that I've scanned with it though, so maybe there's still another ad in this series...

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QuoteOriginally posted by Nesster Quote
Found a couple more, in the April 1960 Popular Photography mag.








I thought the gloved hand looked familiar; I don't see another Pentax ad that I've scanned with it though, so maybe there's still another ad in this series...
I have two of these + H1 H1a and H3 all in mint condition,nice solid cameras.
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I always enjoy seeing your scans of this old material; they are very interesting. I have a Heiland H3, but they messed it up a little--note the spelling of their name on the camera!









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LOL - now THAT's a collectible!

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great ads again nesster! I love the second one with the 2.3 35mm. I love that lens.
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I have an H1 and an SV (non-USA version of the H3v), as well as a couple of Spotmatics. They all still work just fine.

And, those Takumar and Super Takumar lenses are as good as any.

Its also fun to remember a time when Pentax outsold Nikon and Canon, combined! Will that ever happen again? Probably not in my lifetime.
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Yes, perhaps Asahi did not have the financial resources to compete in the long run, or they adapted a less effective strategy... the early 60s was a time when Canon especially was vulnerable: they'd stayed too long with the range finder and were far behind in the SLR world when compared to Pentax and Nikon.

The camera stores mainly advertised German cameras still in 1960 - though there's an ad that offers a trade: your old Asahi Pentax + f/2.2 lens + $99.50 got you a brand new Pentax K with Auto Takumar f/1.8 lens.

If you were a Nikon owner, your S-2 + f/2 lens + $154.50 = a brand new Nikon-Reflex with f/2 Nikkor. (That would be the original Nikon F)

As we can see, being the 'top' brand gave you pricing power - though you better have build quality, design and performance to back it up.
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Enjoy seeing those old ads... My first Pentax was an H3, traded in my PetriFlex V for it. Then sold the H3 to finance a new Spotmatic, and later got a H3v as a second body. I still have an H3, SV, Spotmatic MD, and a 1958 model K. Oh, and I have that 35/2.3 as well. These are fine cameras...

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