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    Shoot a roll first. Then decide what to do. I have mine for many years. Never a problem.
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    Some discussion on http://www.pentaxforums.com has revealed that this is indeed probably an S2 Super. It has a film counter that automatically resets (the S2 had a manual one) and it has a marked 1/1000th speed. Also, the serial number (172xxxx) is consistent with an S2 Super. There were US Customs documents, dated February 1969, in the camera case that show it was purchased new at a US Navy PX in Japan (probably in 1968, near the end of production for the S2 Super but years after the S2 was discontinued in 1963). A nice find indeed! I shot some film today, we will see how the camera did.

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    Was that not called the H1a in the U.S.A.
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    Yes, it sounds a lot like an H1/H1a except that the top plate does say S2. All of these cameras are very similar in most respects; apparently there are some subtle differences the distinguish the S2 Super. Here is a link to the discussion on Pentax Forums:

    http://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/p...-lenses-2.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by rthomas View Post
    Yes, it sounds a lot like an H1/H1a except that the top plate does say S2. All of these cameras are very similar in most respects; apparently there are some subtle differences the distinguish the S2 Super. Here is a link to the discussion on Pentax Forums:

    http://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/p...-lenses-2.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anscojohn View Post
    Was that not called the H1a in the U.S.A.
    I'm pretty sure that the H1a (aka S1a) was a 1/500 version of the SV and came with the same manual.

    http://www.cameramanuals.org/pentax_...tax_sv_s1a.pdf

    Edit: These S1a were marketed in the U.S. as H1a.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post
    A lot of the cameras in this series, S1, S1a, and the SP500 have dials which only go up to 1/500 but the 1/1000 position is still there but un-marked - and it works. It is probably closer to 1/750 though.


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    This mainly holds true with the S1a since it is really an SV in disguise.

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    Welcome to APUG.

    Quote Originally Posted by PentaxBlue View Post
    This mainly holds true with the S1a since it is really an SV in disguise.
    Other way around, the S1a came first.

    I had 2 S1a', sold them years ago (late 70's) but interestingly I met the owner of one of thm last year and he still loved it. They are great cameras and the clip on meters are excellent too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant View Post
    Welcome to APUG.



    Other way around, the S1a came first.

    I had 2 S1a', sold them years ago (late 70's) but interestingly I met the owner of one of thm last year and he still loved it. They are great cameras and the clip on meters are excellent too.

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    I never said which one came first. I think they came out at the same time. I said they were essentially the same except that the S1a shows a 1/500 top shutter but is the same as the SV and they have the same manual. Go back to the above manual link. The S1a early type was made from 1962-64 and the late type was made from 1964-68. The same dates hold true for the early and late SV (H3v).

    http://www.aohc.it/slr02e.htm

    Edit: Regardless, and S2 is NOT an S1a. I have seen a lot of bodies with damage from those clip on meters that screw up the beautiful lines of these cameras.

    Edit: Edit: Here is a good article on the SV and its little brother.

    http://www.pixis.info/CameraPages/PentaxSv.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Roberts View Post
    The S2 Super's 1/1000th speed is marked as such.

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    Indeed, this camera has the features of the S2 Super; Seaain and several other posters at PentaxForums.com have pretty much concluded that this camera is an S2 Super. Here is the evidence:

    It was originally purchased in Japan around 1968 (the last year the S2 Super was produced), it has a marked 1/1000th shutter speed (which appears to be accurate, based on my test roll), it has an auto-reset film counter, and it has serial number 172xxxx. There is a picture of another S2 Super online with serial number 170xxxx, and I have located an original S2 with serial number 23xxxx (six digits only).

    Given the many Pentax model names, I think that there are probably other S2 Supers out there in camera shops mislabeled as S2s because the seller isn't aware of the difference. If you see one check the information above.

    PS - if anybody is aware of a database of Asahi Pentax serial numbers, please post a link!
    Last edited by rthomas; 06-07-2009 at 06:35 AM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: Added PS

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