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03-14-2010, 09:17 AM   #1
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R1a

Anyone own one in here?

review please

thanks

03-15-2010, 06:30 AM   #2
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Never heard of it, until you posted this.
A M42 rangefinder... wonderful!!!
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Perhaps my Google skills are lacking, but I still don't know what it is.
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QuoteOriginally posted by GeneV Quote
Perhaps my Google skills are lacking, but I still don't know what it is.
There's a picture of one about halfway down this page. Found via google only because titrisol mentioned the keyword "rangefinder" which i used in conjunction with R1a in my own google search.

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Nice fake, that is a Voigtlander R1a with Pentax brand
If it was made in 1967 it should have the ASAHI name on it... and it would not be a Pentax, since there is no PENTA prism/mirror
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User gartmore in the linked thread is being rather tongue-in-cheek; I guess someone has to originate Internet myths.
Read on. He is no doubt creating a picture of his one-off "Pentacord 120" in Photoshop right now.

It is common knowledge that M42 lenses are not compatible with rangefinder cameras.
Good thing too - If they were folks like us could no longer afford them!

Interestingly I remember reading that Pentax does hold some patents for a modern rangefinder camera system.
There was much buzz about this when the "Rangefinder Renaissance" began around 2000.
Sadly they never developed a product for this admittedly niche boutique market.

Chris

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03-15-2010, 09:19 PM   #7
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lol i was actually being very serious as i have never heard of such a camera in the Pentax line, i came across the very same thread while researching working vintage cameras which i collect so i asked in here and i got my answer. I thought it looked familiar but couldn't quite process what it was ( i collect too much info) till as mentioned.
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QuoteOriginally posted by titrisol Quote
Nice fake, that is a Voigtlander R1a with Pentax brand
If it was made in 1967 it should have the ASAHI name on it... and it would not be a Pentax, since there is no PENTA prism/mirror
Looks like a Leica M4 to me with Pentax branding courtesy of Photoshop...

Steve

(Voigtlander are much better looking...)


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laugh

The thought anyone believes Asahi Optical ever made a rangefinder of anysort.

Hysterical


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03-16-2010, 04:48 PM   #10
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Pentax did make a rangefinder version of the 43mm Limited though.
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QuoteOriginally posted by PollitowuzHere Quote
Pentax did make a rangefinder version of the 43mm Limited though.
It included a matching finder but that was a lens and not a body. I have thought about getting that lens a few times and a Voigtlander body to go with it.


Edit: I always fount the 43mm ltd Special ironic considering Pentax started the trend that dethroned the German rangefinders as the driving force behind 135 format. Even Canon and Nikon were mimicking Leica and Contax rangefinders when the AP, S and K hit the shelves. It didn't take them long to ditch the interchangeable lens RF bodies while the Germans were in denial until 1968.
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Ironic to a point yes.
But the LTD series are boutique type lens in which the craftmanship that was "standard" in the 70s and 80s became limited in the 90s-00s
So given thal Leica people pay more money for a lens shade that what Iḿ willing to pay for a lens; it is quite logical to attack that group with excellent lenses that can be sold at high prices.
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Honeywell sold a RF

Honeywell, the US importer of Pentax cameras until the k-mounts, DID import a fixed-lens rangefinder camera, but it was not made by Asahi. It had the Honeywell name on it, which leads some to mistakenly think it is a Pentax. I think that it might have been made by Mamiya, but I really don't know.
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QuoteOriginally posted by noblepa Quote
Honeywell, the US importer of Pentax cameras until the k-mounts, DID import a fixed-lens rangefinder camera, but it was not made by Asahi. It had the Honeywell name on it, which leads some to mistakenly think it is a Pentax. I think that it might have been made by Mamiya, but I really don't know.
I remember seeing some old Honeywell rangfinders and I recall them being Mamiya-like as well.
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