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Forum: Pentax Price Watch 6 Days Ago  
Australia 20% of at dcxpert
Posted By Paul Ewins
Replies: 11
Views: 459
My silver K1 is due today. I'd resisted and resisted since I already have a silver K3 but finally crumbled. Might try and sell off some of my 6x7 and 4x5 gear to try and cover the cost.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-10-2017, 04:48 PM  
another one bites the dust
Posted By Paul Ewins
Replies: 36
Views: 1,533
No, I haven't really started on the M42 bodies yet and don't have any of the AP, K or S. My most recent one was an SB with a jammed shutter which will look just fine in the display case. That was what prompted me to post, since I really dislike the idea of turning rare(ish) cameras into craft projects. The are plenty of Zenits available for that sort of thing.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-09-2017, 09:36 PM  
another one bites the dust
Posted By Paul Ewins
Replies: 36
Views: 1,533
I often buy non-working cameras for my collection. If they are only going to sit in a display case then it doesn't bother me whether they are functional or not and in some ways I'd prefer to leave the working examples for people who actually want to use them,
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 09-19-2017, 04:37 PM  
Pentax 6x7 Marine Finder
Posted By Paul Ewins
Replies: 3
Views: 491
It's the big grey thing in the back:



From what I understand, most underwater housings are designed to have fairly neutral buoyancy so although it is very heavy it wouldn't actually be that cumbersome in use.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-18-2017, 11:08 PM  
What camera is this flight case from?
Posted By Paul Ewins
Replies: 13
Views: 838
I've got one of these and it has more room than you'd need for a 110 outfit. It has ribs/slots for internal dividers, but would really need some sort of a tray to be useful as it otherwise too deep to fit things in neatly.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 09-18-2017, 10:35 PM  
Pentax 6x7 Marine Finder
Posted By Paul Ewins
Replies: 3
Views: 491
I thought I would share a few photos of a recently acquired collectible. It is the optional finder for the Pentax 6x7 Marine housing and is probably one of the rarest pieces of Pentax equipment ever sold to the general public. Internet lore says that less than 100 of the marine housings were produced and since you had the option of using this finder or getting an extension piece (probably even rare still) for the regular prism there would be fewer of these finders sold than the housings. Note that I say finder, not prism, since it is just a mirror at a 45 degree angle inside a sheet metal box with lenses over the focussing screen and at the rear. Although you end up with a reversed and inverted image it would still have to be easier than squinting through a diving mask at the image in the regular prism.




Forum: Pentax Medium Format 09-18-2017, 01:19 AM  
Pentax 67II Limited?
Posted By Paul Ewins
Replies: 13
Views: 840
I haven't seen that one before. That's also the highest asking price I can remember too.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 09-12-2017, 09:22 PM  
Pentax 67II Limited?
Posted By Paul Ewins
Replies: 13
Views: 840
Another data point, excellent!
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 09-11-2017, 07:45 PM  
Pentax 67II Limited?
Posted By Paul Ewins
Replies: 13
Views: 840
Going by the serial numbers, at least 300 were produced. The lowest I've seen is 5708631 and the highest 5708899 so it seems safe to assume that the batch started around 5708600 and went through to at least 5708900, give or take 1 at either end. Unlike the 6x7/67 which had one continuous range of numbers the 67II used the same batch approach to serial numbers of every other Pentax product. Out of 237 67II bodies I have seen on eBay there are 74 different ranges of serial numbers, often just one or two numbers, but the larger groups looks like to be around 4000 - 5000 cameras in one batch. At a guess the small batches were made to order for overseas distributors or possibly individual chains in Japan (like Bic or Yobodashi), while the really large ones were when the US distributors stocked up.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-29-2017, 04:53 PM  
A Spotmatic oddity
Posted By Paul Ewins
Replies: 10
Views: 609
This camera wiki entry on the EP mark shows a few more variations. Although most of the sources I could find talk about how rare it is to see an item marked this way I'd agree with Steve that it doesn't make it valuable. There is desirable rarity and there is obscure rarity.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-28-2017, 11:01 PM  
A Spotmatic oddity
Posted By Paul Ewins
Replies: 10
Views: 609
A newly acquired piece with an interesting history. It's a Spotmatic SP which is absolutely normal apart from two features which have everything to do with avoiding tax.



The little E.P stamped on the rewind lever shows that it was sold in Japan for export only, i.e. it could not be sold to Japanese civilians, and consequently there was no tax on it and it was substantially cheaper. As far as I can tell these were probably sold in the PX (Post Exchange?) on US military bases to US serviceman. However there was one issue with that, which brings us to the second photo:



At that time Honeywell had the exclusive license to sell Pentax cameras in the US and that extended to cameras bought by private citizens. As a US citizen you could not bring an Asahi Pentax camera into the US unless you first defaced the Pentax logo so that it could not be resold (as new). Presumably tourists were free to bring in their own cameras as they would normally leave the country again when the tourist returned home. So whichever poor soldier bought this bargain Spottie originally had to then watch it be devalued in the name of enforcing a corporate agreement aimed at stamping out the gray market.

When it was listed on eBay there was a little metal strip covering the damaged Pentax logo, which was in turn engraved with Pentax to try and restore some of its value. I much prefer the full story so carefully removed it to show the work of US Customs.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-29-2017, 06:40 PM  
Difference between Pentax KX and MX???
Posted By Paul Ewins
Replies: 23
Views: 1,489
Motor Drive was a special order modification for the KX, so most of them aren't capable of using one. On the MX it was a standard feature and you had a choice of winder (2fps) or motor drive (5fps) that will work with any MX. I find the interchangeable screen to be the nicest feature - I really like to use a grid screen.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 07-28-2017, 07:13 PM  
Pentax 6x7 SMC Takumar 1:4/600 Question
Posted By Paul Ewins
Replies: 8
Views: 550


Surprisingly, the 800/4 isn't just a larger version of the 600/4
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 07-09-2017, 09:22 PM  
"Hericoid" Extension Tube
Posted By Paul Ewins
Replies: 8
Views: 751
It's a real thing - I have one myself - and not as rare as you might expect so I think that a whole batch must have been engraved this way.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 04-26-2017, 07:53 PM  
Pentax 6x7 prototype 220 from 1966 at eBay?
Posted By Paul Ewins
Replies: 13
Views: 884
Just a poor, beaten-up early 6x7. The biggest give away is that it has the mirror reset button, which was added after the 6x7 was introduced. And yes, poor quality silver paint is no substitute for stripping the paint and getting the pieces professionally plated. Here's my own attempt at reproducing a silver and black 6x7 as shown in the first brochures (but not the 220 prototype)

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-14-2017, 04:43 PM  
Asahiflex - Collecting a gem
Posted By Paul Ewins
Replies: 60
Views: 4,780
Mine is an H.C. No. 26122.

I've got a couple of the flash units, both still in their boxes (although slightly used). Unfortunately the boxes are packed away at the moment but this is what it looks like when ready for use:



---------- Post added 04-15-2017 at 09:52 AM ----------

While I am at it, this is the manual for the Tower 23


Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-13-2017, 06:58 PM  
Asahiflex - Collecting a gem
Posted By Paul Ewins
Replies: 60
Views: 4,780
This thread has inspired me to document all of my Asahiflex bits and pieces. I've got each of the primary versions of the cameras and all the lenses bar the 83mm and a couple of third party lenses too. Here's a pic of the Tower 22, 23 and 24 models including both the early and late version of the 23 as per the corresponding versions of the IIb. The Tower 22 has the Tower 35/2.5 while the 24 has the Kyoei Optical Acall 135/3.5

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-21-2017, 06:00 PM  
Pentax Nocta brochure
Posted By Paul Ewins
Replies: 9
Views: 1,184
Just sharing some pictures from a brochure I recently acquired. The Nocta was a specialised Infra Red camera built by Pentax in the sixties and this is the first time I have seen any evidence of it outside of books. However given that it would have been marketed to government bodies that shouldn't be surprising. The brochure is dated August 1966.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-21-2017, 05:47 PM  
Later Day Pentax SLR
Posted By Paul Ewins
Replies: 20
Views: 1,063
I'm a big fan of the MZ-5n and MZ-3 and they are relatively cheap options. There is an issue with the pop up flash breaking, but otherwise no better or worse than other plastic bodied electronic cameras.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-15-2017, 12:02 AM  
K1000 collector's question
Posted By Paul Ewins
Replies: 34
Views: 2,128
And when. Given that all of the K bodies would have used the same screens maybe the SI screen was introduced with the K2DMD and K1000 and then moved over to the K2 and KX as well as per your priceless from a year later. Or maybe it was always an option but just not important enough to mention in a little price list. Both of my price lists are from the USA, I don't know whether that makes a difference. Australia's local distributor, CR Kennedy, are said to have a very long and close relationship with Pentax so maybe they had access to some Japan only options.

I also checked the MEs and couldn't find any with a Microprism spot screen, but the ME SE has a diagonal split image instead of the usual horizontal one.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-14-2017, 08:43 PM  
K1000 collector's question
Posted By Paul Ewins
Replies: 34
Views: 2,128
Did a bit more digging and found a price list from July 1977. It lists the K1000 with a MP (micro prism screen) for 219.50 and with a split image screen (SI) for 229.50. The K2 and KX are listed as MP only while the K2DMD, ME and MX could have either at the same price.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-14-2017, 08:10 PM  
K1000 collector's question
Posted By Paul Ewins
Replies: 34
Views: 2,128
I sold that K1000 over 30 years ago, so can't confirm exactly what screen but I don't remember it having a micro prism field. I've had a look at all of the K series bodies I own - around 30 - and most have the simple micro prism spot in a matte circle. The K1000SEs all have a split image spot in a microprism circle as expected as do the K2DMDs. One KM just had a split image spot (like my first K1000), while the Chinese K1000s just have a micro prism spot.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-14-2017, 04:33 AM  
K1000 collector's question
Posted By Paul Ewins
Replies: 34
Views: 2,128
Unfortunately that isn't always true. My first K1000 which was bought new came with the split-image focus aid and it was not an SE.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-08-2017, 12:55 AM  
Help me understand various Soft Focus lenses
Posted By Paul Ewins
Replies: 5
Views: 566
From memory the sieve discs in the Imagon and Fuji LF lenses are used to allow different effective apertures while retaining the soft focus effect. Usually the effect is the result of lens aberrations and stopping down reduces the effect (the Pentax lenses have a little scale to show the reduction). The sieves reduce the overall amount of light while still allowing some from the edge, where the aberrations are strongest, to get through. Note that while you can do soft focus effects in PS and the like, each lens had its own signature effect and trying to replicate the one you like could be a lot harder.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-06-2017, 11:18 PM  
Displaying your collection
Posted By Paul Ewins
Replies: 39
Views: 4,082
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