Asahi Pentax started making waves in the 35mm SLR market in 1957 with the release of the original Asahi Pentax (aka AP). Several models were to follow and then in 1964 the game changing Spotmatic was released and went on to set all sorts of sales records. But the SV is a unique camera that came out in 1962 as a part of the S line and was the last model released before the Spotmatic. Put simply, it is compact, stylish and elegant and it went on to become a best seller in its own right, continuing to be marketed for a full decade.
This beautiful jewel of a camera feels great in the hand and exudes the aura of quality craftsmanship. While the Spotmatic had an industry leading TTL metering system built in, the SV is 100% mechanical. No battery, no electronics… no worries! My SV is in great condition and everything works perfectly. This camera operates with a mechanical smoothness that sets it apart from most others. The one rather unusual feature is the self timer that is set by a control knob that wraps around the rewind lever.
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