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Pentax Mounts

Asahi M37

     Asahi Optical introduced their first camera in 1952.   It used interchangeable lenses w/ a 37mm screw mount.   Asahi based their camera on the Praktica Practiflex.  

Asahi m37 lens mount

Asahi M37

Asahi Pentax M42

     It's called the Pentax screw mount but it was designed by Carl Zeiss and KW in 1938 and went into production in 1949 with Contax S and Praktica cameras.   Early m42 lenses did not have an automatic aperture (preset).   In 1956 Contax added a semi-automatic aperture on the Contax F.   Pentax followed suit in 1959 with the Pentax K.    Fully automatic m42 lenses became available in 1960.

pentax m42 lens mount

M42 preset

Pentax m42 semi auto lens mount

M42 semi auto

Pentax m42 auto lens mount

M42 auto

Pentax K

The mount with the best compatibility. 

Pentax K lens mount

Pentax K


reg - 45.46mm

pentax kaf3 lens mount

Pentax KAF3


reg. 45.46mm

pentax KF lens mount

Pentax KF

1st AF Lens


Only One Lens

pentax kaf4 lens mount

Pentax KAF4


reg. 45.46mm


Pentax KA


reg - 45.46mm

Pentax KAF lens mount

Pentax KAF


reg. 45.46mm

pentax kaf2 lens mount

Pentax KAF2


reg. 45.46mm

Pentax 110

Pentax made two 110 cartridge film cameras.   They only made three lenses for them.   These lenses are collectible so remember this mount.    Actually, the lenses have Pentax 110 written on the front ring,   

Penta-110 lens mount

Pentax 110

pentax-110 lens mount

Pentax 110 

Pentax  Q

pentax-q-mount lens mount

Pentax Q

reg - 9.2mm

dia - n/a

Pentax  645 / 67

     Pentax medium format cameras are highly regarded and most bodies are manual focus.   The 645N mount is still in use today and manufactured by Ricoh.    The 645N is the only series with autofocus capability.    See Ricoh.   The current 645D and 645Z dgital bodies use the 645N AF mount.   The older manual focus 645 lenses can be used on the new digital bodies.

PX-645  lens mount

Pentax 645 MF

Pentax-67 lens mount

Pentax 6x7 MF

pentax-645n lens mount

Pentax 645 N AF

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