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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I går | 14:32

It might be worth to mention that the Ia, IIa and IIb also were found in the US under Tower 23 and Tower 24 names.

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I går | 14:28

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20.11 | 00:08

Hi Roland,
No I have no information about it. There were several producers of long tele lenses and they came with many names. Is it a preset lens? Serial nr?

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19.11 | 20:32

Hi Roland,
I have a Miranda camera and purchased a Safari 500mm 1:6.3 lens for it, but now cannot find any information on Safari lenses. Can you help?

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