Monday’s Camera – Asahi Pentax H2

I like their simple lines and I think they look uncluttered without the clunky self-timer lever stuck on its face.
M42 screw-in lens mount so most of my Yashinon (Tomioka) lenses will fit but not always correctly. The same goes for my Fujinon lenses.

Happy Monday! As I was surfing through my archives of cameras that have long since departed and I came across this little gem – the Asahi Pentax H2. I’ve always been fond of these, I guess I just like their look and the solid feel in your hands. I haven’t had much luck with them over the years as I almost always end up with a stuck in the up position mirror or some other shutter or film advance issue. They’re quite old now so a good CLA would bring them back. Too late for that with this one as it was purged in a big sell off years ago.

If you’re looking for an interesting classic camera to chase the H2 is worth your time and energy. As with all older SLRs look for the best you can afford. It may not work but it will look good sitting around.

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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2 thoughts on “Monday’s Camera – Asahi Pentax H2

  1. I bought a Pentax Spotmatic early in 2020 (needs repair or parts only) for a display. After a couple of months, I decided I would like to shoot it. I checked the problem on the internet and quickly found the quick fix that included removing the bottom plate (very simple) and lubing a pivot point. I used sewing machine oil on a toothpick.

    I have taken over 100 photos since with no problem at all. The fix took about 5 minutes and I am not a camera repairman nor do I have experience with camera repair.

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    1. Thank you for your comment. I’ve had spotty success with that method – occasionally it’s worked with my Yashica Pentamatics and I believe a later model Pentax but for whatever reasons I haven’t had much luck with the H2. I’m glad it worked on your Spotmatic as they are awesome cameras. Chris


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