FAQ Section 1: Asahiflex M37x1 equipment
|Q: Can I fit any M42 screw mount lens to any Asahiflex camera?
A: No, Asahiflex cameras
adopted an exclusive M37x1 screw mount, only allowing original Asahi Kogaku Takumar and
independent Asahiflex compatible lenses to be coupled. Some early Takumar lenses for the
Asahi Pentax (usually M42x1), were also produced in limited quantities in M37x1 screw
mount.Q: How can I distinguish Asahiflex models?
A: Like many vintage cameras,
Asahiflex SLR's are not marked with model designations. You can only identify different
models by their specifications and details.
Asahiflex I (1952) has no slow speed dial, no instant-return mirror and only one
non-standard sync socket.
Asahiflex IA (1953) has no slow speed dial, no instant-return mirror and two non-standard
Asahiflex IIB (1954) has no slow speed dial, features instant-return mirror and two
standard sync sockets.
Asahiflex IIA (1955) features both slow speed dial on front and instant-return mirror.
Q: What are those
Asahiflex cameras named Tower?
A: They were manufactured by
Asahi Opt. Co. Ltd. for Sears, Roebuck and Co., an American mail order sales organization.
Q: Is there any book
discussing Asahiflex cameras in deep?
A: The only one is Fred
Sherfy's "Asahiflex and the Pre-1959 Asahi Pentax Cameras"
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