Pentax Spotmatic SP, 35mm m42 SLR camera


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Overall condition 6/10, *no light meter* all other functions working, finder and lens are super clean and clear, body has very minor marks from use, comes with original leather case and strap and 6 months warranty.

Serial number (Body): 1245387



The Spotmatic was introduced by Asahi in 1964 and was the first camera to sell well with Through-the-Lens light metering. The camera was entirely mechanical apart from the light meter, which was powered by a 1.35 volt PX400 mercury cell[1]. A small switch on the (photographer's) left side of the lens housing was pushed up to stop down the lens and activate the meter; the exposure controls would then be adjusted to centre a needle on the right edge of the viewfinder. The body took lenses with a 42mm Pentax/Praktica screw thread, giving a huge range of alternatives. The system became the workhorse of many professionals of the period.

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Maker: Asahi Optical Co
Type: SLR
Lens mount: M42 screw mount
Image sensor: size 24 x 36 mm
ASA/ISO range: 20 - 1600
Focus: Manual focus
Exposure: Manual exposure
Flash: FP or X
Flash synchronization: 1/60
Shutter Mechanical: 1,1/2,1/4,1/8,1/15,/1/30 - 1/1000

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