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10-29-2020, 12:38 PM   #1
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Help identifying this 35mm film body

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Can you tell me what this body is? It looks very basic - even the flash shoe just clips on to the eyepiece cup. Screw mount. There's no model stamped on the front of the body, but it says S1a on the top. An early Spotmatic? The QC sticker seems to indicate it was QCd in 1969. Camera seems functional. Clean and basic.


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10-29-2020, 12:40 PM   #2
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Looks like I found it: Asahi Pentax S1a - Photoethnography.com's Classic Camera DB
10-29-2020, 12:45 PM   #3
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QuoteOriginally posted by zeebanker Quote
Yep...just like it says on the top plate left of the prism housing.

Strange that Karen Nakamura missed the more popular SV model in her history of the series. She is generally pretty authoritative. The S1a was the downmarket version of the SV.


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10-30-2020, 02:49 AM   #5
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Fyi while the shutter speed dial only goes to 1/500”, it actually has a 1/1000” speed hidden away.

When they made the SV more budget, it was cheaper to leave the shutter mechanism the same and just remove the 1/1000 writing from the dial
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QuoteOriginally posted by nickthetasmaniac Quote
Fyi while the shutter speed dial only goes to 1/500, it actually has a 1/1000 speed hidden away.

When they made the SV more budget, it was cheaper to leave the shutter mechanism the same and just remove the 1/1000 writing from the dial
It is all in the marketing, isn't it? I used to sell industrial grade AV gear and while typically there were some slight differences between those and the consumer models, often it was just an extra switch or mechanism piece, that, added to the consumer model, would give it the same functions. Functions were built into both and the rest was just addressing user needs or desires.
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Yes, S1a in really lovely condition from the looks of it!
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