Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
12-26-2011, 04:26 PM   #1
Pentaxian
Colorado CJ's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Colorado
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 1,272
Just Scored a Spotmatic

I just won an ebay auction for a Pentax Spotmatic SLR for $46.00. A nice bonus is the lens that is attached. It is a Super Takumar 50mm F1.4 lens with low serial number. SO, I believe in actuality that I scored one of the rare 8-element F1.4's . The picture was pretty blurry and I couldn't see the infared registration mark, but I'm 80% positive it is the 8-element.

Even if it isn't I still got a 50mm F1.4 and Spotmatic for $46.00!

12-26-2011, 09:11 PM   #2
Pentaxian




Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Bay Village, Ohio USA
Posts: 1,026
QuoteOriginally posted by Colorado CJ Quote
I just won an ebay auction for a Pentax Spotmatic SLR for $46.00. A nice bonus is the lens that is attached. It is a Super Takumar 50mm F1.4 lens with low serial number. SO, I believe in actuality that I scored one of the rare 8-element F1.4's . The picture was pretty blurry and I couldn't see the infared registration mark, but I'm 80% positive it is the 8-element.

Even if it isn't I still got a 50mm F1.4 and Spotmatic for $46.00!

That's a good price. Have you ever used a Spotmatic before? I have rather large hands, and I find the ergonomics of the Spotmatic are perfect. It fits my hands like it was made for them. All the controls fall at just the right place for my fingers. I still find it one of the most comfortable cameras I've ever held.

Not only that, but it is a beautifully designed camera. It is a work of art in itself.

That Super Takumar 50mm is a fine lens. I hope it is the 8 element version. I have the later version, but it is still a great lens. I use it with an adapter on my K10D. In fact, my early training with a Spotmatic came in handy when using the Super Tak on the dslr. I learned stop-down metering on the Spotmatic, so it is like coming home on the K10D.
12-26-2011, 09:17 PM   #3
Pentaxian
Colorado CJ's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Colorado
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 1,272
Original Poster
I haven't used a film SLR before. I shoot manual everything with my K-x and usually use my Takumars. I want to try my hand at film photography to see what all the fuss is about .

I have large hands as well, can't find gloves that fit in any store, so the Spotmatic sounds like it will fit well! I also bought a small Fujica 605 for $11.00 that should arrive tomorrow.

The 50mm F1.4 is probably a 7-element though. On the Lens forum, someone stated that sometime after the 185xxx serial number they switched over to the 7 element design. From what I can see of the one small blurry picture on EBay, the serial number starts with a 22xxxxx, so it is probably not the 8-element. No problem though as that is still a real good deal for $46.00!
12-26-2011, 09:28 PM   #4
Pentaxian




Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Savannah, GA
Posts: 4,989
Definitely not an 8-element if it starts with a 2. Assuming it checks out otherwise, check the light seals before shooting film or you may end up with a roll of nothing...

12-27-2011, 09:32 AM   #5
Veteran Member
kcobain1992's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,409
Hey, don't be upset that your new Takumar isn't the 8-element version. At least it's radioactive!
12-27-2011, 12:12 PM   #6
Senior Member




Join Date: May 2009
Location: Delaware
Posts: 177
Just how rare are the 8-element f1.4s? I seem to have accumulated two of these without hardly trying (local auction and flea market).
12-27-2011, 01:27 PM   #7
Senior Member
Mattco26's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 118
QuoteOriginally posted by Colorado CJ Quote
I shoot manual everything with my K-x and usually use my Takumars.
Why do you use manual when aperture-priority works so well on the Pentax dslrs with m42 lenses?
12-27-2011, 02:33 PM   #8
Site Supporter
boriscleto's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Liverpool, NY
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 12,300
QuoteOriginally posted by Tom in Delaware Quote
Just how rare are the 8-element f1.4s? I seem to have accumulated two of these without hardly trying (local auction and flea market).
They aren't terribly rare, but they were only manufactured for one year (1965).

Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
50mm, 8-element, f1.4, lens, spotmatic
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Scored a Takumar 200mm F3.5 Colorado CJ Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 16 12-21-2011 07:31 PM
Just scored a A*300mm f4 bdery Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 5 12-14-2011 11:17 AM
Just Scored a Pentax M 50mm 1.7! Colorado CJ Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 31 09-10-2011 09:28 AM
Just scored on ShopGoodwill Docrwm Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 23 07-31-2011 05:00 PM
Macro Scored Some........... eaglem Post Your Photos! 3 04-02-2011 12:24 AM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 10:01 AM. | See also: NikonForums.com, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top