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04-25-2012, 04:36 AM   #1
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Black Pentax S3


Does anyone have a database or a link to some info to production numbers on black vs. chrome versions of the S3? Or a good guestimate would also be nice!


04-28-2012, 08:14 AM   #2
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There's not much out there on the S3, especially comparing the two colors; but this may help with the dates of production: Screwmount
05-03-2012, 09:18 PM   #3
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Those of us that have collections helped Adam and Ole put together a review section with the Pentax (Asahi Optical) m42 bodies in it. The S3 was marketed in the U.S. as the H3. I think I have one of each. At any rate the PF review for the S3 is here:

Pentax S3 (H3) - M42 Screwmount Film SLRs - Pentax Camera Reviews and Specifications

There are at least 3 books out there (though hard to get hold off) that have some info on the m42 bodies. One is by Fred Sherfy (Asahiflex and pre-1959 Pentax Cameras), one by Gerjan van Oosten (Asahi Pentax Screw Mount Guide), and another by Danil Cechi (Asahi Pentax and Pentax SLR 35mm Cameras 1952-1989). Since the S3 came out in 1960, the Sherfy book doesn't cover it.

Fred Sherfy has an informative web site on the early M42 stuff.

I personally have kept up with serial numbers etc and would guess that 1 in 20 bodies were black for the S3. However, I seem to see more black H3 than the S3 but that could be because of the H3 being marketed in the U.S. According to Gerjan, there was NOT a price increase in this model for the optional black which is unusual.

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