What camera and lens is this?

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by zensu, Feb 24, 2016.

  1. zensu

    zensu An Old Fool

    Aug 8, 2012
    Southeastern USA
    Bobby
    Tomorrow would be George Harrisons' 73 Birthday (a Beatle for you youngsters). Here's a photo of George Harrison taken in the early 60's showing George, who was an amateur photographer, taking some shots in what looks like a plane. I can barely make out his camera is a 35mm Pentax with probably a normal (35-50) lens. If anyone of you more knowledgeable photographers can clarify which model Pentax and lens this might be I would greatly appreciate it.
    25210668616_310093558f_b. george3 by Bobby Flippo, on Flickr
    Sadly this photo also shows George was a heavy smoker.
    Bobby
     
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  2. TNcasual

    TNcasual Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2014
    Knoxville, TN
    With a little googling. It looks like he liked Pentax cameras. He was known to use a S1A in the early 60s.
     
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  3. zensu

    zensu An Old Fool

    Aug 8, 2012
    Southeastern USA
    Bobby
    Thanks! I also know he had a Nikon F with the mirror locked up and a Fisheye Nikon lens always attached. So even way back then some amateur photographers had their special cameras for special purposes.
    Bobby
     
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  4. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    Those knurls on the lens focus dial are pretty distinctively like the Pentax Takumars to me.

    And the chunky bezel on the ISO dial looks like a Pentax SV?

    21880_26.

    Maybe with the 55mm/1.8 standard lens?

    $_1.JPG
     
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  5. zensu

    zensu An Old Fool

    Aug 8, 2012
    Southeastern USA
    Bobby
    I ran across this photo of the Takumar 35mm F2.0 which could also be the lens he was using.
    24611246733_cae96d5b1f_h. s-l1600 (1) by Bobby Flippo, on Flickr
    I also found, as TNcasual noted, that Bonhams auctioned off his camera and it was a Pentax S1A. (it sold for $6607 US dollars)
     
  6. DoofClenas

    DoofClenas Who needs a Mirror!

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    Nov 9, 2012
    Traverse City, MI
    Clint
    Hey, I own that lens ;-)
     
  7. dwig

    dwig Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 26, 2010
    Key West FL
    The body is definitely not an S1a. It has the distinctive "knob" around the base of the rewind that existed only on the Asahi S1v (Honeywell H3v in the US) model.

    The lens seems to have some markings around the outside of the barrel in front of the focusing ring. It is likely the Super-Macro Takumar 50mm f/4, but not the 35mm f/2.0.
     
  8. heli-mech

    heli-mech Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Mar 9, 2012
    Vancouver Island, Canada
    Andrew
    Not sure if this is the same camera as the first picture:
    beatles-camera-family-guy-george-harrison-Favim.com-757819.
     
  9. heli-mech

    heli-mech Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Mar 9, 2012
    Vancouver Island, Canada
    Andrew
    Ringo too:
    Ringo-Starr-with-a-Pentax-SLR.
     
  10. zensu

    zensu An Old Fool

    Aug 8, 2012
    Southeastern USA
    Bobby
    I'm not sure if it's the same camera however I am sure it's a different Beatle. It's Paul and probably his camera. From what I read back in the 60's all the Beatles were amateur photographers. I read John liked Polaroids because of privacy issues and I've seen photos of Ringo shooting with his Nikon F.
    Thanks for the pic!
    PS, I've also seen pics of Ringo with his Rollieflex TLR.
     
  11. heli-mech

    heli-mech Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Mar 9, 2012
    Vancouver Island, Canada
    Andrew
    LOL, they all look the same to me:blush:
    Honestly just google searched and that picture came up multiple times as George so I went with it...go figure the internet was wrong:hmmm:
     
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