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    Asahi Pentax S2 and Takumar lenses

    I just found an Asahi Pentax S2 in an antique shop here in Boone, NC. Usually they only have old Brownies and the odd Polaroid Land Camera, so I was amazed to see this SLR. For $75 total, the kit includes the S2 body and a clip on accessory shoe, plus 55/2.0, 55/1.8, and 135/3.5 Takumars (either super or SMC), as well as an ancient hard case with foam padding. Everything seems to work, although the body needs a little cleaning and all the gear has a number engraved somewhere. The lenses have a little dust but no fungus. The camera kit is actually on layaway for me right now, so I don't have it in front of me. I scrolled through the forums and didn't see any posts about the S2 right away. Anybody have advice or comments about this camera? Did I get a good deal? (I feel like I did). After several years of digital Nikons I am looking forward to running some film through this old classic.

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    check out the pentaxforums for more information, they're really know they're stuff on the old bodies. It sounds like a great deal to me. If you ever get a newer Pentax, be careful - some of the really old lenses don't mount well and can damage the camera (according to Keppler's the pentax way).

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    Yes, I posted this there too, and I have gotten some information about the camera's production run; I'm not a collector exactly, but this is one worth having. It is a beat-up little camera - maybe I should post it in the Abused Cameras thread!

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    That seems like a pretty good price to me. I'd be surprised if the lenses weren't worth more than that alone.

    I sold my 135/3.5 a couple of years back for the UK equivalent of about 40-50 USD. It was a good lens, too.

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    Does your S2 have a 1/1000th speed?
    I bought one on ePay and thought nothing of it until I read Daniel (Long Italian name!)'s book "The Pentax Story". It seems that S2s made for the home market and some others had the extra speed instead of going only to 1/500th and were known as S2 Supers. I checked on mine and found that it was the Super version, which stacked up because the seller had told me that her father had bought it in Japan when at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Worth a look...

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    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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    Many of the early Pentax's had an unmarked 1/1000th, the shutter dial would turn past 1/500th to set it, but it wasn't regulated so not necessarily accurate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant View Post
    Many of the early Pentax's had an unmarked 1/1000th, the shutter dial would turn past 1/500th to set it, but it wasn't regulated so not necessarily accurate.

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    The S2 Super's 1/1000th speed is marked as such.

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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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    Obviously - that's why it's marked as such, but the models with the un-marked but still functioning 1/1000th are not likely to be as accurate.

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    I was given a Pentax S2 late last year, belonged to my late father-in-law. After a fairly comprehensive and expensive overhaul, including new shutter curtains and a 'Sync bar', (whatever that is), it could be the best S2 in captivity. Lovely to handle and when cleaned up the viewfinder is impressively bright - microprism focus aids only, no split screen. In deferrence to its age I haven't tried the unofficial 1/1000th shutter speed. I have another Spotmatic which can handle that task in addition to the TTL metering duties. This a completely manual camera, no built-in metering of any sort. Considering that Spotmatics can be had here in Australia for around $30 - $40 with 50/1.8 I feel that $US75 may be a little high but then your CLA costs may well be a lot lower than the $250 I paid for a complete overhaul. Notwithstanding the price, when the camera is brought back up to proper working condition the feel of the wind on and the shutter sounds are very smooth and definitely indicative of a precision instrument. My Canon FD bodies by comparison sound positively agricultural even though they are in excellent condition. From what I have found the production of S2's ran from '59 to '60 or '61, followed by the S1 then S3.

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