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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02.11 | 22:18

Interesting website, nice to read about the pentax camera history and others.

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19.10 | 14:13

Hi,
You are quite right. The vignetting disappears at 22, so it is usable from there on, but the maximum never exceeds 45. Thank you!
I will correct it. Bosse

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19.10 | 14:03

Hi Eric,
I don't understand your phrase: "Recommended as a 22-60 wide angel on K-1, and as 16-45 on K-3 II." The focal length range remains the same.

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29.07 | 21:20

Hi,
Thanks for the comment.But the page actually states that the FT-1 was following the FS-1, worlds first camera with a built-in motor.(Under the last photo.)

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