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Asahiflex Tower (Sears/Fujita) 35mm f/2.5 - RARE, but ?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 6:07 am    Post subject: Asahiflex Tower (Sears/Fujita) 35mm f/2.5 - RARE, but ? Reply with quote

I picked this thing up with a lot I recently aquired.

It has the 37mm Asahiflex mount.

It is the rather rare Tower 35/2.5 that Sears advertised for a short while in 1958 for the Asahiflex cameras it had been selling for a few years, which it called the Tower 22, 23 and 24. These were of course the first Pentax SLR's.

It is one of two wide-angle lenses made for Asahiflex (the other was a Steinheil), and this was before Asahi made any wide-angle Takumars. It is also probably the last lens made for Asahiflex, as these were already obsolete and about to be discontinued when this lens was introduced. I understand that this lens is quite desirable to collectors of Asahiflex.

There has been some mystery as to who made this lens. I can clear that up. It is a Fujita.

L- Tower R - Fujita

I have a Fujita in M42, the exact same lens.

Some people say that Asahi made the first Japanese retrofocus lens. I believe that honor probably belongs to Fujita, who was a true pioneer, as it made the worlds first retrofocus medium-format lens I believe in 1957, which beats Asahi by a year. This one was at least a contemporary of Asahi's first 35mm Takumar, and for what its worth it certainly got into the US market before the Takumar.

My problem - I don't collect Asahiflex and I don't want to, so this lens is for sale. It is not in perfect condition. The diaphragm blades are dislocated and the rear glass has a slight scrape, understandable as it projects beyond the lens barrel on this early retrofocus lens.

I am still deciding whether it is a good idea to try repair the diaphragm myself. If someone wants to make me an offer for the lens as-is, I will consider it.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank your for this information! I never heard anything about these lenses.

PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 1:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Luis ... i am interested!

PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Alex,

I don't know how to price this (being so rare), so make me an offer.