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01-25-2015, 10:26 AM   #1
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NOS spotmatic on eBay

stumbled on this earlier, maybe it's already a thread, but I didn't see it posted.

http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&alt=web&id=371243460106

01-25-2015, 10:46 AM   #2
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It's a bit dishonest for the seller to call it NOS. While it appears to be a in very nice boxed near mint condition, this is clearly a used item.

Look at the amount of wear on the battery cover and tripod.

The attached 1,4 Tak also has wear on the filter thread and is of course yellowed (not that any of that age won't be unless recently UV treated)..
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It does look very clean but I'd question that it's really New Old Stock.
No camera I ever purchased new came shipped with battery installed.
The battery cover is chewed up, and it looks like there's some tripod socket wear.

But it is interesting that it appears to have all the original packaging etc.
Perhaps it was a demonstrator. Nice find for the Pentax collector though.

BTW any Spotmatic SP sold by a USA dealer should be a Honeywell Pentax.

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There are a lot of Asahi-branded ones floating around the US that were purchased by GIs returning home from Vietnam via Japan. I bought one in similar condition to this one that still had all the receipts from the camera store in Osaka from a Vietnam vet I know. He told me "everyone I knew bought one of these since they cost half of what they would in the US." He also gave me an Olympus Pen EE that still had an exposed roll of Kodachrome in it from the 60's. I returned the roll to him, and he's patiently waiting for someone to revive the Kodachrome process so he can retrieve the shots from it.

QuoteOriginally posted by ChrisPlatt Quote
It does look very clean but I'd question that it's really New Old Stock.
No camera I ever purchased new came shipped with battery installed.
The battery cover is chewed up, and it looks like there's some tripod socket wear.

But it is interesting that it appears to have all the original packaging etc.
Perhaps it was a demonstrator. Nice find for the Pentax collector though.

BTW any Spotmatic SP sold by a USA dealer should be a Honeywell Pentax.

Chris



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01-25-2015, 12:45 PM   #5
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QuoteOriginally posted by ChrisPlatt Quote
It does look very clean but I'd question that it's really New Old Stock.
No camera I ever purchased new came shipped with battery installed.
The battery cover is chewed up, and it looks like there's some tripod socket wear.

But it is interesting that it appears to have all the original packaging etc.
Perhaps it was a demonstrator. Nice find for the Pentax collector though.

BTW any Spotmatic SP sold by a USA dealer should be a Honeywell Pentax.

Chris
Yep it’s a “used” camera but in mint or like new condition. It could be from Canada, as we did not have the “Honeywell” issue here.

I got my SP from the original owner in Vancouver (who bought it here as well) and it has the same English manual and so on. (But with the 55/1.8)

Phil.
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