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08-05-2012, 12:22 PM   #1
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I always wanted a Pentax spotmatic

But my first SLR was a Canon FTb shipped from Hong Kong in 1973. I went through a number of Canon SLRs and enjoyed them, but then got hooked on the ease and simplicity of the digital point & shoots (or maybe I just got lazy). Anyway, I have a K-5 on the way and I have a lot of catching up to do. The idea that I can make people happy with some good portrait work has lured me back to the thinking person's camera.

Thanks for making this forum available. I will be lurking for awhile, trying to glean more information on what seems to me one of the last great SLRs.

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Why not get a spotmatic also? And then some Takumar lenses that you can use on both the spotmatic and the K5...
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It's funny that you would suggest that, Douglas. I actually bought a box containing 5 or 6 spotmatics at a state auction many years ago. I cannibalized enough to get 2 or 3 working, sold them (because I had the Canons then), and went on. I also sold a couple press cameras (Crown Graphic and Speed Graphic), 140 slide projector carousels, and I still have a big battleship gray Beseler enlarger and a 5' tall Polaroid copy camera sitting in the garage. We had an operating darkroom back in the 70s, but then the passion for photography smoldered and died for awhile.

I have lots of old junk to get rid of and need to update my skills, but with the help of those on this board, I'll be back.

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