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08-11-2020, 05:13 PM - 7 Likes   #1
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US Military mail in price list 1969

I found this in a Pentax lens catalog.

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Great! I wonder if they'll accept my order?
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That's about the time ('69-'70) my Dad bought his Spotmatic, with a 50/1.4, a 135/3.5 and some other bits and bobs,
I have it in a showcase now, with other film gear, but it all still works,
It seems cheap now, but he was a Captain or Major coming back from his last tour of Vietnam, with a wife, two kids and a mortgage waiting for him, when he picked up this kit, I was about 10. This was not a small purchase in that day and age.
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I didn't know they ever made a 1000mm lens. That Spotmatic for $134 would be about $940 in today's money.


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I'd forgotten about mail order catalogues. Cool find.
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QuoteOriginally posted by MarkJerling Quote
Great! I wonder if they'll accept my order?
I'm afraid that this offer is only available to members of the U.S. Armed Forces or to Civilians working for the U.S. government entitled to APO/FPO privileges, so probably not...
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QuoteOriginally posted by DWS1 Quote
I didn't know they ever made a 1000mm lens. That Spotmatic for $134 would be about $940 in today's money.
Usually came with a wooden tripod.
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Well, I was able to pick up my trusty Spotmatic II with a 50mm/f1.8 down in the Canal Zone for $100, while in the Navy. It was labeled Asahi and not Honeywell. I still have it sitting over on the shelf in my bookcase here.



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I'm somewhat curious about the "Adapters to fit 500mm and 1000mm lenses to Nikon, Canon, Konica and Minolta camera bodies".

I assume the mount was removable & could be replaced by another system's? That seemed to be the way a number of manufacturers produced their longer telephotos.
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QuoteOriginally posted by DWS1 Quote
I didn't know they ever made a 1000mm lens. That Spotmatic for $134 would be about $940 in today's money.
Hi,

I posted some not good photographs of my Takumar 1000mm f8 lens here a while back. Mine is in a wooden case with a metal tripod and was the first one that CR Kennedy's, the Australian importers had seen. It was originally bought in Singapore.

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QuoteOriginally posted by g026r Quote
I'm somewhat curious about the "Adapters to fit 500mm and 1000mm lenses to Nikon, Canon, Konica and Minolta camera bodies".

I assume the mount was removable & could be replaced by another system's? That seemed to be the way a number of manufacturers produced their longer telephotos.
Yep the lens mount was removable/interchangeable and you could also switch from M42 to K-Mount.

I have the Pentax K-Mount 500mm & 1000mm and they are designed the same way. Unfortunately you can also get a Pentax Super telephoto lens off of ebay with no mount period. It happened to me, but I got my money back.

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I brought home a Canon QL17 from Vietnam which was all my budget wold afford it was a great little range finder camera it was my first real camera.
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I bought my first Spotmatic in Kobe, Japan in 1970 at the first camera store we could find going from the piers to the train station. Our destroyer escort pulled in after spending some time acting as naval gun fire support off the southern tip of S. Vietnam, Kobe was a civilian port and so no US naval base for a naval exchange/PX. I think the cost was about $70-$75 plus film. Loaded the film on the train and took pictures of the world's fair in Osaka with it.
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