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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13.10 | 09:36

There is no exact list of sn/year of production, but the first ones had 9xx xxx, close to 1 mill.That was late summer/autumn 1964. Yours is probably early 1965.

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13.10 | 03:56

who can tell me what year was asahi pentax spotmatic SP made 1054359

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10.10 | 00:26

Hi,
Some 10% of the different models were produced in black, so probably between 10`-15000 samples out of the 135000 S1a/H1a. Too many to be really rare.

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09.10 | 21:32

Hi, I have a black S1a with No. 658004, is it rare?
First time on your side, much to learn about Pentax.

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