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Body only$260-280$360-380$600-700
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1955. 35mm SLR camera. Also sold as the "Tower 22" by Sears. Some models may have elements from IA - those may be priced a little more. Long shutter time dial on front.

Asahi: Asahiflex IIA camera

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Condition Price
(body only) $156
(body only) $206
(body only) $103
(body only) $132
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by minitw » Sun Aug 03, 2014 11:14 pm

Please make note that the sale on July 19th is a rare variant of this camera and was also serial number 47500. This camera had elements of the original Asahiflex with arrow markings on the shutter dial and "Asahi Opt Co" embossed on the back. This is indeed not your standard Asahiflex IIA. Very few Asahiflex IIA's have elements belonging to the original Asahiflex. It's value is not reflected by the sale of normal Asahiflex IIA's.

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by diser » Sun Aug 24, 2014 4:08 pm

True, too many original IA parts. Should we list this sale at all, or this is a one-off model?

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by minitw » Mon Aug 25, 2014 10:07 am

Well, from what I understand when Asahi was pumping out these cameras there were a few models where certain elements crossed into the model just like this one. You clearly have an Asahiflex IIB, but they for some reason still put all the elements of an Asahiflex IA. And the more wacky thing is sometimes it was some, but not all. (i.e. they might have put arrows on the shutter dial, but not embossed the leather).

I think the point I want to make is that collectors should be aware of the differences. I would have to say that if I had a standard Asahiflex IIB and a Asahiflex IIB that was a cross between Asahiflex IA I would most certainly give more value to the latter just because there can't be that many of them out there like that.

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by diser » Sat Sep 06, 2014 5:45 pm

OK, I added some notes to IIA and IIB descriptions.

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by Madd10 » Thu Sep 25, 2014 11:56 pm

Here is another link that may be useful if you want to identify different types of early Asahiflex cameras. ... tters.html

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