Pentax S3 / H3

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Pentax S3 / H3

In the late 1950s and early 60s, Pentax introduced a camera plethora, hardly distinguished from each other. One model stands out, the S3. Introduced in 1959 and came to market a year later, the S3 is not a single model but a handful of variants. The overall appearance is similar, but there are slight modifications. The model I have goes up to 1000, but the speed dial does not accept the clip-on meter like other models in this series. Other S3 models are capped at 500, and speed dial is smaller, with an indent for the meter pin. Some are with auto counter reset. It might be different models for different markets or just ongoing improvements and trials.

Otherwise, very similar to the S1a.

S3 current value
H3 current value
H3 / S3 user manual

List number 2629
Brand Pentax
Format 35mm
Model S3
Introduced 1961
Country Japan
Type Compact SLR
Body material Metal
Mode Manual
Weight 610 gr,  Body only
Class average weight 620 gr,  Body only
Initial cost Yen 34,100
Kit lens 1,8/55
Lens make Takumar
Filter size 49 mm
Lens mount Thread
Mount size 42mm
shutter Focal plane cloth horizontal
Light meter None
Winder Lever
Lock No
Speeds T, B, 1-1000
DOF preview Yes
Exposure lock No
Exposure compensation No
Shoe No
External sync X/F
Sync speed 60
Timer No
Battery N/A
Integral flash None

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