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    Any information about Asahi Super S2 aka Honeywell H2?

    Hi all,

    About 2 years ago I bought one of these Asahi Super S2 cameras with a 1.8 55mm Takumar lens. Overall it's in good condition.

    Anyway, I used it once on a trip and never got around to developing the film, I'm going to do that in the next few days, but I was wondering if anyone knows much about the camera?

    Is it a good camera? Reliable? How does it compare with something like the Nikon F?

    I am thinking of doing some mountain hiking and fairly rough camping and would like a manual film SLR as backup / partner camera for my Leica M3.

    For what it's worth this camera has up to the 1000th shutter speed printed on the dial. Most of the shutter speeds are relatively accurate, though not perfect, good enough for government work, as they say.
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    http://www.aohc.it/slr02e.htm & http://www.pentaxforums.com/camerare...tax-s2-h2.html
    Released in 1959 - same as the Nikon F, but discontinued much earlier then the F in 1961. Given the age of it and possibly unknown previous owner(s), it may require CLA and then it will be good to go for another 50+ years.

    The older original and the F.

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    Thanks for the reply!

    I'm not sure mine is such an early version though!

    Here's a few quick snaps of it

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    and just for fun!!!
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    The one in the picture Les posted is earlier than the S2, probably an S, I have one to repair at the moment.

    Ian

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    I love mine. Not a problem since 1961
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    Here's another photo just for kicks. Pumalite I'd be interested to hear any stories you have with/about your Asahi Pentax! Click image for larger version. 

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    Be sure to check the high speeds visually, just open the back, set shuttter speed to 1000 and watch the curtains as you shoot the sky. I'd do that for any vintage focal-plane shutter camera, not necessarily Pentax. If part of the shutter doesn't open, avoid that speed. Check 500 and 250. Most of the time I find 250 is the upper limit, then I simply avoid shooting above the highest reliable speed.

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    Bill,
    Great advice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant View Post
    The one in the picture Les posted is earlier than the S2, probably an S, I have one to repair at the moment.
    Ian
    I did say it is the original as in the 1957 Asahi Pentax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Les Sarile View Post
    I did say it is the original as in the 1957 Asahi Pentax.
    It read as being the original version of the S2 so rather confusing.

    Ian

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