Fully mechanical Asahi PENTAX Spotmatic with SMC TAKUMAR 50mm f1.4.
In this kit:
1) Asahi Pentax Spotmatic SLR film camera body.
2) SMC TAKUMAR 50mm f1.4
The PENTAX SPOTMATIC is the perfect camera for someone looking for a reliable, well-built film camera. It boasts a full-metal construction with virtually no internal electronics to worry about. The metal built also gives it an amazing feel in hand without being too heavy. It also has one of the most satisfying winding mechanisms. It is a very minimalistic camera with a classic and timeless look while making it very easy to use.
Focusing is done manually. The viewfinder is bright and big. Additionally, the lenses have stop down metering, giving you an easy preview of your depth of field.
The lens is a beautiful Super-Multi-Coated (SMC) Pentax lens with arguably one of the best coatings on any available 50mm lenses. The result of the SMC is a dramatic improvement in colour fidelity and brightness while minimising flare and ghost imaging. This 50mm is sharp and very versatile, it will produce great shots if you specialise in portraiture and landscape photography.
Due to the age of the Spotmatics their light meters tend to be burnt out. Fortunately this is not too much of an issue as these cameras function fine without batteries.
This mechanical reliability is one of the main advantages of the Pentax Spotmatic. To meter a scene before taking a picture just use an external light-meter or a light-meter app on your phone (we recommend myLightmeter), or alternatively the foolproof sunny-16 rule.
- Type: SLR body
- Manufacturer: Asahi Optical Co.
- Year of launch: 1964
- Film: 35mm, speeds up to 1600 ASA
- Viewfinder: pentaprism eye-level viewfinder
- Lens Mount: M42 screw mount
- Shutter: Focal plane shutter, speeds 1 – 1/1000 second, flash sync 1/60 second