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11-12-2009, 11:49 PM   #1
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Pentax M42 Bodies

Since we've got all the Takumars covered in the Lens Review Database now, I'm looking to create a comprehensive list of M42 screwmount film bodies to add to the Camera Reviews/Info section as well.

Does anyone have any pointers as to where we should start with a project like this, or would anyone be willing to help contribute to it?


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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
Since we've got all the Takumars covered in the Lens Review Database now, I'm looking to create a comprehensive list of M42 screwmount film bodies to add to the Camera Reviews/Info section as well.

Does anyone have any pointers as to where we should start with a project like this, or would anyone be willing to help contribute to it?
Adam, just to be sure: you're talking about PENTAX screwmount film bodies, don't you? The thread title says so, but in your text it's lost.
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Right, just the Pentax ones.

I really don't know much about them beyond the Spotmatics and the ES

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For the types and dates for Pentax screwmount bodies, we could check this site: Asahi Optical Historical Club.

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That site's layout is very confusing, but it seems comprehensive. Likely a good start if we were to add some pages to our database here.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
That site's layout is very confusing, but it seems comprehensive. Likely a good start if we were to add some pages to our database here.
Yeah, I agree on the messy layout of the site . But I think it has quite a comprehensive overview over the cameras made by Pentax.
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Paul Provencher used to have a very good database....
Die Cast Pro - Asahi Pentax Index
could be a decent starting point
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Lots of information on the 110 cameras there as well. Looks like we're missing those as well!


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Yes, what you say is true
if you want more info I have a few old books on the Pentax family (The Pentax Way) and can help

PS: I see you are in NY, there is a book you should get a hold of:
"The Pentax Way" by H.Keppler; I got mine for $1 at a used book store a few years back.
LOTS of information about Pentax, really a must have for any pentaxian

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Yeah I have one of those binders from Pentax that has quite a bit of historical info. This database could be quite daunting and I'll bet it's going to be tough to get some original (our own) pics of some of the older Asahiflex models (especially the M37 models). I have a bunch of Spotties here I can take photos of.
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For now, let's avoid M37 entirely. That system has nothing in common with the current K-mount system, apart from being an early predecessor, and would really only fit in here if we made a "history of Pentax" page (which I actually think would be a nice idea as well later down the road!).

I would much rather be able to use a book as reference than scourge other websites (which are likely based on those same books). I will try to get my hands on Keppler's book.

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I have a M37 Asahiflex if you decide to add it...and a few M42s like the original K....I can take pics and post.... There are a few of us on the site that are into the original gear so we should be able to have some content in that section fairly quickly....
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I'd appreciate that! If you could post some good pics of your cameras, I can at least start building an archive of photos for our database.


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As far as pre-Spotmatics go, I also have a black SV and chrome a SV, both late versions. I also have a Heiland H3, and Honeywell H3 as well as an H2. I also have a Spot F (chrome). I think I have some pics of a Chrome ES II frome before I realized they were a lot less comon than the black version.
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