Pentax A series: 1983-1987:

1983-87: Pentax Super A:

Pentax Super A from 1983. With the new Pentax A lenses it was a fully automatic camera. One could also choose semi automatic (Tv or Av) or fully manual settings. The top of the line in the A-series. Awarded European Compact camera of the Year in 1984. In spite of all electronics built into it, it measured only 131x86,5x47,5 mm. Weight: 490 grams. Sn: 1592581.

Controls:

Lock, Auto (covering P,Tv and Av modes), Manual, Flash 125 and B were the options for the Mode dial. Push buttons to set shutter time to be seen in in a small window in the viewer, beside the over/under exposure window. The Super Program was the first camera in the world with an external window.

1984-88: Program A:

Program A. Produced one year after the Super A and less advanced an less expensive. Shutter time to 1/1000 instead of 1/2000, No Tv mode and no TTL flash metering. 131x86,5x47,5. 490 grams. Sn. 1392128.

Controls:

Controls very close to the Super A, but lacking the small window between the winder and the dial.

1985-87: A3:

A3 from 1984 was introduced as a beginners camera with Pentax' first built in winder, DX coded and fully automatic. Size: 152,5X87,5X50,5. Sn: 3188807.

Lens:

Lens here a Takumar A 28-80/3,5-4. Sn: 5731771.

Controls:

Simple and easy, though not the camera if you wanted to have control: Iso 32-1600, B-1/60 flash sync-automatic-off-battery control. Full battery dependance.

Button for back light. (1,5 step)

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02.12 | 10:51

Wow, I wish it was me who just "picked up" that one! May I ask from where? About how rare: Read more about it under Asahi Pentax 1957-64.

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01.12 | 00:29

I picked up a 'Penta Asahiflex H2' serial#230415, seems in pretty good condition with a couple of lenses and accessories. Apparently these are rare?

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24.10 | 21:19

Hi,
Honeywell was the US distributor and had their name on the cameras until Pentax established its own US-office. H3v was identical to Asahi Pentax SV. Thanks!

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24.10 | 18:55

Hello,
Great site! I don't see my Honeywell Pentax listed here. It was my first SLR that I bought it used in the late 1960's. Model H3v, any info?

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