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    What 35mm camera is Paul McCartney holding?

    Have a look at the Beatles photo at http://www.wolfgangsvault.com -- it's of the group arriving in San Francisco in 1966 for their final U.S. concert. (Click on it to see full-screen -- and look at the other great stuff on this site from impresario Bill Graham's collections.)

    What camera do you think Paul is holding? Not a Spotmatic, I don't think, so I'd go with a Nikon F due to the shutter speed dial size and what I can see of the film advance lever. I guess Paul would have seen enough Nikon F's in the hand of myriad photographers that he'd gravitate in that direction.

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    I'd really go for a black Spotmatic SP: no hotshoe, and the angle of pentaprism look like it.

    BTW, that's an awesome shot!
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    Looks very much like a black Pentax SV. By the way, I really miss the "Unofficial Asahi Pentax Spotmatic Home Page" that once existed - a great resource...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trask View Post
    What camera do you think Paul is holding? Not a Spotmatic, I don't think, so I'd go with a Nikon F due to the shutter speed dial size and what I can see of the film advance lever.

    Definitely not a Nikon – the shape of the pentaprism is wrong. Probably some sort of Pentax.


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    Can't tell the camera, but maybe this will help--

    Here is another view of that day.

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/object...N72382.DTL&o=0

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    I'd say he used a pentax...just a guess...




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    Well, I guess I got stuffed on that one! I should have gone with my first instinct -- Spotmatic all the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trask View Post
    Well, I guess I got stuffed on that one! I should have gone with my first instinct -- Spotmatic all the way.
    I think he owned a Nikon F as well. There was an interview in Amateur Photographer a few years ago with his brother Mike McCartney who is a photographer and was a member of the band The Scaffold.

    Just after the Beatles made it big and therefore had a bit of spare money, Paul bought Mike a Nikon F as a christmas present. I'm fairly sure it said that Paul bought one for himself too.


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    Looks very much like a Pentax SV. The self timer dial under the film rewind crank gives it away. The SV was before the Spotmatic.

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    I wonder where that camera is today!

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