Discussion in 'Collector's Corner' started by Bifurcator, Aug 31, 2008.
Looks like fun.
Ya think the 60 year old batteries will still work?
They say "Long Life" right on them!
Beautiful! I found some basic info here.
Yeah this is the Japan only version of the Asahiflex IIA (1955~1955) I think. Only 21,700 were produced.
Didn't Asahiflex sell to someone and get renamed to Pentax?
I'm guessing "asahi" is the name of the person that founded the company??? I'm almost positive the word itself has no meaning...
Asahi Optical Company.... they released a camera which was referred to as "Pentax" which eventually became the name of the companies camera division.
WElcome to the club... Here's mine... IIB (no slow sped dial)
During that time period, Japanese products were not taken seriously in the American market.... as such some of their items were marketed under Tower (Sears), Heiland, and Honeywell.
The M37 lenses for the Asahiflex is very very difficult to find. Jump on it if you find one at a reasonable price.
To me my Asahiflex is a featured item in my pentax collection.
btw... the Tower versions do not have the AOHC logo on the top.
so it is asa=morning hi=sun and not some weird combination the beginning Japanese student is utterly baffled by.
Bifurcator, thank you for posting all this great info and array of pictures about Asahiflex. And BTW, congrats on finding a gem! Looks in mint condition save for the film pressure plate, unless it's reflecting something nearby. The batteries are dead for sure, despite the "Long Life" claim. I'm positive you can find replacements, they look a bit like the D type batteries.
what do you figure that ol' girl is worth?
Mine was assessed for $500 USD but today's digital fanatic world I'm not so sure.
The batteries do look like D cells but I'd think finding a flash bulb for it would be more difficult. Hey... its a show piece and the camera itself is completely mechanical.
Just don't forget to manually stop down the lens.... can't tell you how many over exposed frames I ended up with because I forgot. When I say the camera is "manual" it is REALLY manual.
btw... I so badly want that Asahiflex SLR you pictured. Its one of three cameras in the Asahi/Pentax line I'm missing. In my mind, that camera is "the missing" link between the Asahi's with waist level viewfinders and those that used eye level viewfinders (just before going to the M42 mount).
oh yeh.. that digital asahiflex III is so funny...
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