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06-20-2008, 08:32 PM   #1
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Vintage Eye Candy - 1958 Pentax "K"

We were talking in another thread about some vintage Pentax cameras... the 1958 Asahi Pentax "K" to be precise - so I thought I'd post some comments and photos of my "K".

I love this camera. However, my daily user for cameras in this era is a slightly older Asahi Pentax "AP" - from 1957. I'll cover that in a subsequent thread.

The 1957 "AP" and 1958 "K" are basically the same camera in terms of the body (the K has standard shutter speeds 125 instead of 100, 250 instead of 200). However, the Auto-Takumar on the K, together with the ability to use the semi-auto/auto diaphragm adds an interesting step in the technology, and is the chief differentiator.

Again, the standard lens for this camera is an Auto-Takumar 55mm f/1.8 "Zebra". This lens was the fore-runner of a later Auto-Takumar 55mm f/1.8 that was itself essentially the earliest of the Super Takumar line. So, in essence this design was the grand-daddy of the design that lasted to about 1976 with very little change.

The Zebra lens sure is just about the prettiest lens of this era. You can always tell a K from across the room when it has the Zebra lens on.


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Thank you for sharing. Those are both beautiful!!!!!!!

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Beautiful Woof. You've treated the old gal well. Gotta love those old Pentax bodies and a lens that has DOF/hyperfocal distance scales
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Didn't CZJ and a bunch of other East German manufacturers make zebras as well?

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Didn't CZJ and a bunch of other East German manufacturers make zebras as well?
Definitely. There was quite a trend a while back; right after chromed lenses.
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Thank you for both the gorgeous camera photos and the history. I'm looking forward to the AP as we were born the same year.
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A prim and proper camera

Nicely kept

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A prim and proper camera
Funny you say that. If I was going to Ascot, this is the camera I would take. Heh.

And ftpaddict, yes, the Germans did make a bunch of Zebras. My current favorite is a 1959 Isco Gottingen Tele Westanar 135mm F3.5. See: Digital Photo Of The Day :: View topic - Isco Gottingen Tele Westanar 135mm F3.5

I have a couple Isco Gottingen and all are really superb lenses. Dad was a photojournalist in the late 50's and his opinion was that there was no better glass than German glass during that period.

straightshooter, I have to make a couple of those tag line images. Nice.


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Just lovely, Woof. Both of them.

Brings to mind Peter Seller's line (as Group Captain Mandrake in Dr. Strangelove summing up his experience as a POW of the Japanese in WWII): "Strange thing is they make such bloody good cameras."

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