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Pentax Spotmatic II Motor Drive

The Spotmatic II was released in 1971, along with the introduction of the S-M-C line of Takumar lenses. The meter and film transport was improved from the original Spotmatic, a hotshoe was now included and the ISO range was increased to 3200. There were a number of 'Motor Drive' editions produced by Pentax beginning in 1969 with the original Spotmatic and ending with the ES II in 1975.

The SP II Motor Drive System was offered in 2 different packages. The 'Set 36' consisted of the Spotmatic II camera which had been modified to accept the motor drive system, a SMC Takumar 50/1.4, the motor drive unit, the battery grip and a battery loader for AA batteries. The 'Set 250' consisted of the Set 36, plus a bulk film magazine capable of accepting 250 exposure bulk film.

Asahi Pentax Spotmatic II Motor Drive
Also marketed as
Honeywell Pentax Spotmatic II Motor Drive
Year introduced
Year discontinued
Automatic aperture stop down
Stop down, centerweight
Meter range
EV 1 to 18
ISO range
20 to 3200
DX ISO range
No DX coding
Exposure modes
Manual, B
Exposure compensation
Not applicable
Exposure memory lock
Shutter speeds (auto)
Not applicable
Shutter speeds (manual)
B, 1 - 1/1000s
Shutter speeds (mechanical)
B, 1 - 1/1000s
Self timer
Yes, 5 - 13s
Mirror lock-up
Auto bracketing
Not applicable
Multiple exposures
Ratchet type rapid wind lever. 10 pre-advance and 160 advance angle. Optional external motor drive 2.5 - 3 fps
Flash hot shoe
Built-in flash
TTL/P-TTL flash
Flash sync speed
FP and X terminals - 1/60s
Flash exposure comp
Not applicable
0.88x (with 50mm lens)
Viewfinder type
Pentaprism finder with Fresnel lens + microprism
Diopter correction
Exchangeable screen
Depth of field preview
Image size
24 x 36 mm
1.3V mercury PX-400
Battery grip/pack
Yes, AA and Rechargable for the motor drive
Size (W x H x D)
143 x 93 x 88mm (with standard lens)

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