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Asahi Pentax Spotmatic SP Black (BODY ONLY)

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8.5/10 Overall condition, comes with 6 months warranty

Serial No.: #4181946

 

Description:

The Spotmatic cameras were introduced by Asahi Optical Company in 1964 and marketed through 1976. The camera was one of the first commercially available 35mm SLRs to include through-the-lens metering. The camera name is derived from the use of spot metering on the original design of the camera. The metering system was changed to average metering prior to its release but the change happened too late to change the marketing materials, so the original name continued to be used. A series of different models were made with minor changes and improvements. All Spotmatics use the M42 lens mount. In the United States, Spotmatic cameras were imported and marketed by Honeywell and bear the name "Honeywell Spotmatic". Cameras manufactured for sale outside the US were badged "Asahi Spotmatic".

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Specification:

  • Type: SLR body
  • Manufacturer: Asahi Optical Co.
  • Year of launch: 1964
  • Films: 35mm, speeds up to 1600 ASA
  • Viewfinder: pentaprism eye-level viewfinder
  • Lens Mount: Pentax/Praktica screwmount (M42)
  • Shutter: Focal plane shutter, speeds 1 - 1/1000 second, flash sync 1/60 second
  • Metering: CdS TTL metering (stopped-down manual match-needle metering system) EV 1.7 ~ 18 (ISO 100) ASA range 20-1600 (on original Spotmatic)

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Review:

Reviewed By: Chris Gampat

Pentax has has a number of great cameras over the years, but if you’re going to get something cheap and reliable, one of the best options has to be the Pentax Spotmatic. The little camera is one of the first options to offer a TTL (through the lens) light meter though otherwise is completely mechanical. With that said, it still truthfully doesn’t need a battery or the light meter to operate–which is a lot light many Leica, Zeiss and Voigtlander rangefinders. That means that even if the battery dies, you can still shoot and get perfectly usable photos if you’ve got just a bit of light metering knowledge. The Pentax Spotmatic was designed during a time when folks typically shot photos in full shutter speeds vs 1/3rd options of today. So with that said, you’ll want to pay close attention to the film that you’re loading up and your own intentions when it comes to shooting.

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Reference List:

  1. http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Pentax_Spotmatic
  2. https://www.thephoblographer.com/2017/06/30/vintage-camera-review-pentax-spotmatic-m42-screwmount/

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Type: 35mm Camera

Vendor: Pentax