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An 'Old Friend' back again !

pentaxpete 16 700 1 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2016 12:20PM
I got back an 'Old Friend' the other day -- my ORIGINAL Asahi Pentax S3 bought for 87 in 1961 in a Camera Shop in Barking, Essex !! I had sold it to a bloke over 30 years ago and he said " It was not Working any more" -- when he brought it round it looked Very Sad -- the lens was COVERED in DUST ! I cleaned up the body with Cotton Buds ( 'Q-Tips' for you Yanks -- but we still LOVE you ! ) I brushed off the lens dust and cleaned with lens fluid and tissues and it was NOT SCRATCHED !! Then I took off the base-plate and with very small amount of Sewing Machine Oil lubricated all the Cogs and Levers -- then gently wound on and LO !! and BEHOLD !! It creaked into life again !! I took a few frames on Fuji Acros processed in my Home-Made Microphen at different shutter speeds and mostly at full aperture and shutter seems accurate -- lens is a bit 'soft' at f1.8 compared with my Super-Takumars and the 50mm f1.4 SMC Takumar of my Spotmatic F but not bad for 55 years old camera !



altitude50 16 21.4k United Kingdom
9 Dec 2016 1:30PM
Nice camera and a good story. In 1962 I had an old Pentacon SLR which is all I could afford and my friend who was a bit older and richer than I, bought a new Pentax S1a and I always hankered after one. After buying and selling many different good film cameras I ended up with a Minolta SLR outfit, then went over to Nikon.
About 3 years ago I started a small collection of 'classic' 35mm cameras and one of the first that I bought was a Pentax S1a. Nice feel and weight to it. I also have a very nice MX with a 50mm f1.4 SMC Pentax M lens, a clean, working ME Super and a mint Program -A.
A few weeks ago, in a charity shop I found a Pentax Spotmatic with a f1.4 lens for 20 but it was in a terrible state - lens full of fungus and a dirty body with a mouldy shutter curtain. Left it there.
thewilliam 12 6.1k
9 Dec 2016 2:15PM
I started serious photography with a Pentax Spotmatic and used them for many years. They were lovely to use and the Super-Takumar lenses were very sharp.

Remember the slogan, "just hold a Pentax"? That was precisely why I chose it rather than the Nikon F.
Fma7 5 1.1k United Kingdom
9 Dec 2016 4:44PM
'tis a thing of beauty
Just Jas 19 26.3k 1 England
9 Dec 2016 6:05PM
Two more beauties:2779_1481306641.jpg
9 Dec 2016 9:03PM
9 Dec 2016 9:04PM
You could knock nails in with this...I'll not part with it...!
9 Dec 2016 9:05PM

And another ME Super...so dinky...another I'll be keeping...!
9 Dec 2016 9:07PM

Probably not as "famous" as the other two, but I like the almost flush top controls, another keeper I'm afraid...

Looks like lotsa folk have a "Pentax" connection in their past...! Smile
pentaxpete 16 700 1 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2016 5:15PM
I just did a VIDEO on my S3 showing how I renovated it and some actual Old PRINTS taken with it -- you can see it here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5GYIlVvg_s
kodachrome 9 730
26 Dec 2016 9:35AM
For a short while in the 60's the Pros were using more Pentax's than Nikon's or Canons

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