Rarity / Value of my Vintage Asahi Pentax Original?

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by charles_watson, Jun 10, 2008.

  1. Hey all,

    My teacher gave me a Pentax Original that was broken, but in good shape, with a
    couple of mechanical problems. I fixed those problems and now all the camera's
    functions are in perfect working condition. I have an amazing near-mint 35mm
    f/3.5 Auto-Takumar, a good condition 55mm f/1.8 Fujinon, and a 55mm f/1.8
    Auto-Takumar in bad condition [takes awesome pictures, but there's a scratch in
    the rear glass].

    The serial is No. 179132 for the Asahi Pentax Original "K"
    The serial is No. 380652 for the 35mm f/3.5 Auto-Takumar
    The serial is No. 169117 for the 55mm f/1.8 Auto-Takumar
    The serial is No. 784649 for the 55mm f/1.8 Fujinon

    I've spent a lot of time and a bit of money repairing this, and I'd love to be
    able to turn a profit. The shutter speeds, etc, are all working well.


    Thanks,
    Charles
     
  2. Sorry, that middle paragraph got dissected.

    The serial is No. 179132 for the Asahi Pentax Original "K"

    The serial is No. 380652 for the 35mm f/3.5 Auto-Takumar

    The serial is No. 169117 for the 55mm f/1.8 Auto-Takumar

    The serial is No. 784649 for the 55mm f/1.8 Fujinon

    Thanks, Charles
     
  3. Charles, I hate to break it to you but that old Pentax stuff goes really cheap on ebay.
    I would suggest you start there and see what stuff is going for.
     
  4. Thanks for the straight answer. I haven't seen any Pentax Originals on eBay as of yet. It's an excellent camera, though, so I wouldn't mind hanging on to it.
     
  5. Is it really a "K"? If so, I believe that there were actually two earlier models.

    If it's in fact in excellent working conditon, I'd expect it to go for several hundred
    dollars if it's really the first model, and a bit less if it's a "K". But I'm no expert
    on this.
     
  6. stemked

    stemked Moderator

    Sorry that I have to play the heavy, but you can't link equipment that you want to sell here. I'll have to pull the link on you. There is an equipment listing through photo.net that you are welcome to use.

    Doug
     
  7. expect $300-400 if it's in excellent condition
     
  8. From the depths of my camera locker I unearthed my Asahi Pentax SV- serial number 8344XX. It's still used on a regular basis when making pix for my outdoors columns in various magazines. A host of quality lenses, with and without the screw mount adapter, and the numbers of photos accepted by the magazines, indicate it's as good a camera as I need for normal shooting. EBay says it's worth so much, but I don't think it will be sold as long as it's in working condition.
    I carry a pair of ZX-30 (the ones people keep telling me isn't very good) for a majority of my money work. So don't be too quick to sell the Asahi ...you may regret it down the line.
    Ross Parsons - Texas
     
  9. From the depths of my camera locker I unearthed my Asahi Pentax SV- serial number 8344XX. It's still used on a
    regular basis when making pix for my outdoors columns in various magazines. A host of quality lenses, with and
    without the screw mount adapter, and the numbers of photos accepted by the magazines, indicate it's as good a
    camera as I need for normal shooting. EBay says it's worth so much, but I don't think it will be sold as long as it's in
    working condition.
    I carry a pair of ZX-30 (the ones people keep telling me isn't very good) for a majority of my money work. So don't
    be too quick to sell the Asahi ...you may regret it down the line.
    Ross Parsons - Texas
     

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