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08-29-2011, 07:53 PM - 6 Likes   #1
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Asahi Pentax review from 1958

I managed to score the January 1958 Popular Photography and Modern Photography magazines which contained the review of the original Asahi Pentax to gain a perspective of it's impact.



Link to the 2Meg PDF file -> http://www.fototime.com/C3BC64AC3F8F858/orig.pdf

I also scored the years worth of Modern Photography 1958 and the 1957 December edition and it is obvious rangfinders were leading the numbers with Leica, Nikon and Canon producing some >$400 models! That year saw the introduction of a few other SLRs but the Asahi Pentax - in retrospect, set the configuration that most manual focus cameras implemented since as reviewed in Pentax Original

Let me know of any other magazine editions that reviewed any of the other Pentax bodies so I can be on the lookout for them.

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Awesome Post!!!!!!!




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Those go back to several years before I started getting the magazines in the late 60's or early 70's.Remember the reviews on a couple models of the Spotmatics being introdused.My first was a Honeywell Pentax.
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Wow! Even then, Pentax was offering a black model (presumably for a little more). I paid extra for my black MX and ME Super, I recall. Thanks for posting this!

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After acquiring my AP, I had to look for the reviews.

Aren't we glad that the leather cases were very much in use then?





Because of it, we can find 50+ year old cameras in great shape today

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Nice post. As the article states, the original pentax was quite revolutionary

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Heh. Camera...lenses...they had the whole package. My Asahi lenses are some of my favorite lenses in my collection. I also have a great amount of pride explaining to the Canikon folks that my 50-60 year old lens takes better shots than their $1000 new lens
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The preset Takumar 55mm f2.2 is actually turning out to be quite a lens. It has 10 bladed iris . . .

Large size -> http://www.fototime.com/03D440E927AB930/standard.jpg

. . . and can render fully rounded OOF highlights.

Large size -> http://www.fototime.com/5DC2487E5CFE045/orig.jpg

Wide open it's quite good . . .

Large size -> http://www.fototime.com/22EB093C6F8BAE3/orig.jpg

. . . and opened up it is quite sharp.

Large size -> http://www.fototime.com/B928473B0D1DA81/orig.jpg

I previously acquired a Takumar 17mm f4 Fish-eye that is just a fun lens to use. Heck, it can even be my everyday lens

Large size -> http://www.fototime.com/8A3D6611DA2326D/orig.jpg

I am using this camera to train myself to meter the scene the old fashioned way but I do have an adapter on my PK mount bodies to meter the scene as the AP would see it.

I had some spare frames left on my medium format so I took a couple of shots of the AP that I thought came out ok scanned on my 9000. This is for the fan that would like to print wall size murals of the AP . . . like I do



Links to the full size 8400 X 8400 pixel images below. Please note that these are 5-7Meg files.
http://www.fototime.com/6EE8479F680F015/orig.jpg
http://www.fototime.com/A8D2DE8A8C71EEC/orig.jpg

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That was interesting is the article didn't mention the 58/2 and 58/2.4 Taks which were offered early in the 'AP' release with the bulk of them and later ones being the 55/2.2. The did mention the 83/1.9 and the 100/2 which were made in limited number, the 100 very limited numbers. The S and the K came out later in 1958. I have a nice working K and if I had to get down to 1 m42 body, it would be the K.

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In the Modern Photography review conclusion, they did say that they only had a test lens used for the review that wouldn't even be made available in the US. The standards for review certainly changed when compared to the 1981 Pop Photo review of the LX in my other post!
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Great article LesDMess....thanks! $195 dollars in 1957 works out to $1,570 using an inflation calculator....which is about the same as today. Collectiblend has updated the estimate for a mint black AP to $3800-$4000 US...yikes!

Here is my AP with a 83mm;





The K, S and AP....


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I saw that trio in the introduce your Pentax thread and I still covet it now as I did then
How did you manage to score those?
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Very cool to see these old magazine articles. Nice find.

An even bigger question is how did you get the original boxes and in such excellent condition? Please don't say in a $5 box at a yard sale....

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QuoteOriginally posted by LesDMess Quote
I saw that trio in the introduce your Pentax thread and I still covet it now as I did then
How did you manage to score those?
QuoteOriginally posted by Peter Zack Quote
An even bigger question is how did you get the original boxes and in such excellent condition? Please don't say in a $5 box at a yard sale....
This is the site I use to find this stuff....

Asahi Price Guide: estimate a camera value

I picked up an Asahiflex in it's box from a fellow forum member (in great shape but the camera needs some work). I need to take a better pic of the trio and add the Ashaiflex....

The K came like new in the box....there is the "K" sticker and the serial numbers listed on the box. Someone's father passed away and he had bought it new and hadn't used it much.

The other 2 boxes were purchased separately from the cameras. The AP box is correct and complete. Although the box for the S is apparently the correct one, I don't have anything to confirm that. It is also the top of the box only (no bottom section). I have some other rare cameras but don't have the boxes for them.....

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I'm still using one of the K's, which I've had since new. It's a wonderful camera with the 85mm 1.8 lens. I also use a 135mm Rodenstock Yronar from the same time.
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