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07-15-2014, 01:29 PM   #16
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The AP is a great camera! I have three AP, one is a Tower branded and one has a really early s.n.. But none have been to visit Eric, yet....
I am really loving mine. I expected to like using it about as much as my H3V (not tons) but I enjoy using it as much as my K100 or 6X7. It's a simply incredible camera.

I will say that having it fixed was spendy. The price was absolutely fair because it needed new shutter curtains, but my initial reaction to the price was my eyes popping out and hitting my glasses. Would I pay to have it repaired again? In a heartbeat. It's one of the best vintage film cameras I've ever used. In fact, I suspect that my Repronar is largely based on the AP as there are some function crossovers and the shutter sounds exactly the same.

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How many users on this site were alive and buying cameras in 1957?


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That's about when I bought my first "real" camera, a USED Retina I with the f3.5 Ektar. I still have it, and the shutter is still fine. All hail Compur!

I remember drooling over the M 3, but as a teenager it was out of my reach. Still is!
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QuoteOriginally posted by K David Quote
I am really loving mine. I expected to like using it about as much as my H3V (not tons) but I enjoy using it as much as my K100 or 6X7. It's a simply incredible camera.

I will say that having it fixed was spendy. The price was absolutely fair because it needed new shutter curtains, but my initial reaction to the price was my eyes popping out and hitting my glasses. Would I pay to have it repaired again? In a heartbeat. It's one of the best vintage film cameras I've ever used. In fact, I suspect that my Repronar is largely based on the AP as there are some function crossovers and the shutter sounds exactly the same.
I know that it is worth fixing, its just that shipping to the US sort of stops me, what if it never arrives? Eric have fixed two of my K (got two chrome and a black K), and one S, as well as a number of other lenses and bodies.

I have the same magic feeling using the black K that I think you have from using your AP. Those old cameras needs to be kept alive.

But I should send him the low s.n. AP and the rare black S before it is to late.
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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
How many users on this site were alive and buying cameras in 1957?


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I was 10 years old and probably had a Kodak Brownie

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I was alive.
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So was this thread.........

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I was in Kindergarten.
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Elementary school (4th or 5th grade, I guess), with no cameras.

But, I did (much) later on have a pretty AP -



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Elementary school (4th or 5th grade, I guess), with no cameras.

But, I did (much) later on have a pretty AP -

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To me the best looking first effort!
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QuoteOriginally posted by LesDMess Quote
To me the best looking first effort!
Yes, it might have been, but I think I've led you astray (sorry). I had quite a few Pentax bodies (all K-mount) before I finally started collecting a few of the ol' screwmounts. So, that AP was actually not my "first effort". But, you were basically quite correct when you called it "best looking" -- it certainly was one of the prettiest. :-)
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What I meant was that among the first offerings of slrs, it was the best looking. Of course I don't have them all just yet . . .




The original AP was not my first Pentax either.
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QuoteOriginally posted by LesDMess Quote
What I meant was that among the first offerings of slrs, it was the best looking. Of course I don't have them all just yet . . .
The original AP was not my first Pentax either.
Ah, ~now~ I understand. (I guess I merely led ~myself~ astray - LOL.) Yes, I certainly agree with your point. :-) The Asahi Pentax was quite a "looker"...
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It didn't look bad that Minolta either.
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And one can certainly see how that big, hulking "Ricoh" could swallow up Pentax . . .

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