Equipped with its Pentax Meter II as here, the Pentax SV was a remarkably powerful device for the time: a semi-automatic with priority speed before the hour, in a way, since the cell, fixed on the prism by clamps enclosing the eyecup , was coupled to the speed barrel. It was enough to read the proposed diaphragm and put it on the lens ring. On the other hand, the cell making the measurement outside the objective, it was necessary to make the necessary corrections when using filters, ring-extensions, etc ...
The canvas curtain shutter offered a choice of speeds between 1s to 1/ 1000 th, plus poses B and T, the latter being however neutralized once the Pentax Meter in place.
The viewfinder included a large ring of microprisms to facilitate focusing.
The most common basic lens (42 screw), was the Super Takumar 1: 1.8 / 55, which included a ring with two positions: A and M, in fact work at full aperture with preselection of the diaphragm or aperture real.
The self-timer (which gives its name to the case, "V" for Vorlaufwerk, retarder in German) is curiously placed: it is necessary to turn the large crown which surrounds the rewind crank to arm the mechanism; then push a tiny button placed between this crown and the prism to start the self-timer, provided you have previously armed the shutter. What a pleasure to still hear this clockwork mechanism today!
Two front sockets ( FP and X) allow you to connect a flash, either electronic or magnetic . The sync speed of the Pentax SV is 1 / 50th .
The Pentax SV cost 1,367 francs in 1966 at Grenier-Natkin , and thePentax Meter 188 francs.
The SV was released in 1962, primarily as an upgrade from the H1/S1 to H3/S3 camera lines. A budget model of the SV, the S1a, was also released in 1962, although it lacked the timer found on the SV, was 'marketed' as being limited to 1/500s (but can be set to 1/1000s). The SV came equipped with a Super Takumar 55/1.8 lens while the S1a came with a slower 55/2 lens.
The SV (Also marketed as Honeywell Pentax H3v) was released in 1962, primarily as an upgrade from the H1/S1 to H3/S3 camera lines.
A budget model of the SV, the S1a, was also released in 1962, although it lacked the timer found on the SV, was 'marketed' as being limited to 1/500s (but can be set to 1/1000s).
The SV came equipped with a Super Takumar 55/1.8 lens while the S1a came with a slower 55/2 lens.
The SV came in an early and a late type. The latter has an orange 'R' on the rewind knob which tells that the camera can use the 50mm f/1.4 lens (which protudes farther into the camera than all other 50mm lenses)
|Name||Asahi Pentax SV (1962)|
|Type||35mm focal-plane shutter SLR camera|
|Picture Size||24 x 36 mm|
|Normal Lens||Asahi Super Takumar 85mm f/1.9|
|Lens Mount||M42 mount|
|Dimensions & Weight|
|Production Period||1962 - 1968|