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03-22-2016, 05:32 AM   #4066
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Here is my K-3 showing off with a Asahi-Kogaku Takumar 50mm f3.5 (version 3), taking a self portrait. It looks good and really tiny. A bit difficult to use since the pre-set mechanism ends up upside down when mounting it on the camera. And the lens is so tiny that it doesn't cover the two small slots on the m42->K adapter, there is a big chance for light leaking into the mirror box. This can be seen on the last image.

The last image show my K-3 joined by a Asahiflex Ia with a Asahi-Kogaku Takumar 100mm f3,5 and the Asahiflex lens hood. The oldes camera was produced sometime between May 1953 and September 1954, and the K-3 is from after October 2013, the gun-metal version introduced in 2014 (?).

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03-22-2016, 05:53 AM   #4067
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The very reason why I like Pentax's, almost all their lenses are still usable on their modern dslrs
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I like my pentax cameras, but I have always been very impressed with this one:
03-22-2016, 07:50 AM   #4069
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Exacta had one of the oddest arrangement of controls and unusual features (such as a film-cutting knife). Also, a body shape that is almost the antithesis of modern DSLR's with their big, secure, hand/finger contoured right-side grips.

And BTW: Several times when I was carrying my Asahi Pentax S back in the 50's, someone would ask why I hadn't purchased a "good German camera like an Exacta."

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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
Exacta had one of the oddest arrangement of controls and unusual features (such as a film-cutting knife). Also, a body shape that is almost the antithesis of modern DSLR's with their big, secure, hand/finger contoured right-side grips.

And BTW: Several times when I was carrying my Asahi Pentax S back in the 50's, someone would ask why I hadn't purchased a "good German camera like an Exacta."
Did you own a Asahi Pentax S in the 50's? wow!! Cool.
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I've got a lovely Exakta Varex IIa with a 50mm f2 Pancolar that I picked up a while back. It has the wrinkliest shutter curtains I have ever seen but someday I'll get it fixed and running properly again.


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QuoteOriginally posted by Baard-Einar Quote
Did you own a Asahi Pentax S in the 50's? wow!! Cool.
Yes, my first 35mm camera, coming off a hand-me-down roll-film folder which I wish I still had (Zeiss Ikonta, now a collector's item). Took me over a year saving allowance and mowing the lawn to get the $125 for the camera plus f2.2 preset Takumar. At first I used a hand-me-down Kalart flash gun that was really designed to go on a 4X5 press camera. It took screw-base flashbulbs the size of a 40 watt incandescent, but I got a reducing adapter so I could use smaller bayonet-fit FP bulbs. Neither Canon nor Nikon made an SLR at the time, although the original Canonflex (with its odd base-plate mounted lever wind) and the Nikon F were introduced within 12~18 months, I forget exactly how long. Other major 35mm SLR's available were Exacta, Contax S, Edixa, Practina, Practica and maybe Alpa. Practina had the most impressive list of lenses and accessories. Other than an instant-return mirror, one major advantage of Pentax at the time, although I did not realize it when I purchased, was a far superior viewfinder. Discovered that later when someone let me hold their "quality" German-made Exacta, and in a camera store when I looked through a Contax S viewfinder. "Primitive" is the word that comes to mind.
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QuoteOriginally posted by edmundrt Quote
I've got a lovely Exacta Varex IIa with a 50mm f2 Pancolar that I picked up a while back. It has the wrinkliest shutter curtains I have ever seen but someday I'll get it fixed and running properly again.
Gorgeous...
My copy has a near perfect shutter curtain and a roll of double X loaded btw
I have a Meyer Optik Gorlitz 50/2.8 for it too, it currently sits on my EXA 1 though

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Yes, my first 35mm camera, coming off a hand-me-down roll-film folder which I wish I still had (Zeiss Ikonta, now a collector's item). Took me over a year saving allowance and mowing the lawn to get the $125 for the camera plus f2.2 preset Takumar. At first I used a hand-me-down Kalart flash gun that was really designed to go on a 4X5 press camera. It took screw-base flashbulbs the size of a 40 watt incandescent, but I got a reducing adapter so I could use smaller bayonet-fit FP bulbs. Neither Canon nor Nikon made an SLR at the time, although the original Canonflex (with its odd base-plate mounted lever wind) and the Nikon F were introduced within 12~18 months, I forget exactly how long. Other major 35mm SLR's available were Exacta, Contax S, Edixa, Practina, Practica and maybe Alpa. Practina had the most impressive list of lenses and accessories. Other than an instant-return mirror, one major advantage of Pentax at the time, although I did not realize it when I purchased, was a far superior viewfinder. Discovered that later when someone let me hold their "quality" German-made Exacta, and in a camera store when I looked through a Contax S viewfinder. "Primitive" is the word that comes to mind.
Interesting information and I have to admit that while the Exakta is a joy to use from a mechanical point of view, then it is not equipped with the best finder I have seen, which make sense given your explanation.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Baard-Einar Quote
Hi

Here is my K-3 showing off with a Asahi-Kogaku Takumar 50mm f3.5 (version 3), taking a self portrait. It looks good and really tiny. A bit difficult to use since the pre-set mechanism ends up upside down when mounting it on the camera. And the lens is so tiny that it doesn't cover the two small slots on the m42->K adapter, there is a big chance for light leaking into the mirror box. This can be seen on the last image.

The last image show my K-3 joined by a Asahiflex Ia with a Asahi-Kogaku Takumar 100mm f3,5 and the Asahiflex lens hood. The oldes camera was produced sometime between May 1953 and September 1954, and the K-3 is from after October 2013, the gun-metal version introduced in 2014 (?).
Now that 100/3.5 I am very jealous of... very nice looking classics

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QuoteOriginally posted by Duplo Quote
Now that 100/3.5 I am very jealous of... very nice looking classics
Thanks. It looks and feels nice! also a bit hard to use, since the aperture numbers and distance ends up upside down when in use.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Baard-Einar Quote
Thanks. It looks and feels nice! also a bit hard to use, since the aperture numbers and distance ends up upside down when in use.
And backwards, from the look of it.


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I just got this from a flea market: A Takumar 58 f 2
It needs a CLA but lens seems good
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QuoteOriginally posted by asharpe Quote
And backwards, from the look of it.


You know, selfie with a mirror

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I just got this from a flea market: A Takumar 58 f 2
It needs a CLA but lens seems good
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From a flea market? Wow really nice find
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QuoteOriginally posted by Juventino Quote
I just got this from a flea market: A Takumar 58 f 2
It needs a CLA but lens seems good
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That does bring back memories, although I cannot make out if is an "S" or the semi-automatic "K."
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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
That does bring back memories, although I cannot make out if is an "S" or the semi-automatic "K."
I think it is an "Original": Max shutter speed of 1/500 and no "S" or "K" written on the top
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QuoteOriginally posted by Juventino Quote
I just got this from a flea market: A Takumar 58 f 2
It needs a CLA but lens seems good
Good catch !
That 58/2 lens is a 'Sonnar' design, and is very valuable.
Those usually came on Pentax 'AP's.

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