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An 'Old Friend' back again !

Discussion in 'Pentax Chat' started by PeteE, Dec 9, 2016.

  1. PeteE

    PeteE Well-Known Member

    I got back an 'Old Friend' the other day -- my ORIGINAL Asahi Pentax S3 bought for £87 in 1961 in a Camera Shop in Barking, Essex !! I had sold it to a bloke over 30 years ago and he said " It was not Working any more" -- when he brought it round it looked Very Sad -- the lens was COVERED in DUST ! I cleaned up the body with Cotton Buds ( 'Q-Tips' for you Yanks -- but we still LOVE you ! ) I brushed off the lens dust and cleaned with lens fluid and tissues and it was NOT SCRATCHED !! Then I took off the base-plate and with very small amount of Sewing Machine Oil lubricated all the Cogs and Levers -- then gently wound on and LO !! and BEHOLD !! It creaked into life again !! I took a few frames on Fuji Acros processed in my Home-Made Microphen at different shutter speeds and mostly at full aperture and shutter seems accurate -- lens is a bit 'soft' at f1.8 compared with my Super-Takumars and the 50mm f1.4 SMC Takumar of my Spotmatic F but not bad for 55 years old camera !
    [​IMG]Asahi Pentax S3 03 by Peter Elgar, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Asahi Pentax S3 02 by Peter Elgar, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Asahi Pentax S3 01 by Peter Elgar, on Flickr
     
  2. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    Good stuff, Pete, It must have felt great being reunited :)

    Cheers,

    Jack
     
  3. PeteE

    PeteE Well-Known Member

    I just did a VIDEO on this S3 showing how I renovated it and some actual Old PRINTS taken with it !! You can see it here :
     
  4. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    Very cool and informative, Pete :) and some cracking photos, as well. I just hope you've got a bottom plate for your S3 ;)

    Cheers,

    jack
     
  5. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    Great stuff Pete :cool:
     
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