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05-06-2012, 11:25 AM   #1
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I have a Pentax Spotmatic W/ Telephoto lens 135mm 1:2.8 2x-1 Serial #SP-3547536
given to me. Never used one don't even know how to open it to check for film --
where do you buy film and get it developed??

05-06-2012, 11:47 AM   #2
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35mm is still readily available at most drug stores, Walmart and such but you may get a better deal online. If I remember right, the crank that you use to rewind the film pulls out to open the film door. The Spotmatic is a great camera, you may find tutorials on line, such as YouTube to help you get to know it. Have fun.

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05-06-2012, 12:23 PM   #3
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For the camera:
Pentax Spotmatic instruction manual, user guide

For the film, I buy color from Target and have it developed (develop only no prints) there for 99 cents next day (don't need the 1 hour) and put on a cd in adequate to crappy quality for $2.99. Black and white film that can be done without a darkroom by a normal film processing place (C41 developing) is only available near me at Walgreens in 400 ISO.

Short answer for ISO (film speed) is 200 iso for sunny days, 400 iso for cloudy days or mostly all indoors. Remember to set the dial on the camera to tell it what speed film you are using, (been there forgot that). Anything more you can read up on.

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05-06-2012, 04:31 PM   #4
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before you open the camera, crank the rewind knob in a clockwise direction - if it doesn't turn freely and comes to a stop, there's film in the camera. you might even hear the film make a squeaky or "scrunky" sound as you put tension on the rewind. there might be some good exposures on that film, so I'd finish shooting it and them have it developed!

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