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05-27-2015, 07:27 AM   #1
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Pentax Dual Meter Spotmatic Camera

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I saw this on eBay a while ago but could not find much information. I only can find out that there are only 2 of this camera in the world. Are there any other differences between this dual meter spotmatic and other spotmatics? Thanks!

05-27-2015, 09:11 AM   #2
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I'm a little confused by what you mean when you say dual meter. There was a Spotmatic IIa that had an extra sensor for a custom flash.
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IIRC, that particular camera was a one off prototype that was made by Honeywell. Essentially a modified Spotmatic.

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Yes, it was a prototype that could be switched between averaged metering and spot metering -- quite a technical feat at the time. It's a shame it never went into production.

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If that prototype made it to the auction site I can only imagine what it could have fetched!
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it sold for around $400...not that much, but a lot at the same time
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$405, to list the exact selling price.
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Man - the market is really soft. I paid more than that for a very nice but pedestrian 'K' and Zebra normal. I paid $425 for a perfect K2DMD.

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It is all about the timing - who sees it, and on a no reserve start from $0.99 auction you only get one chance.
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I'm surprised and saddened that Pentax sold off their sole copy.

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Neat thread! I learned something new here.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ChrisPlatt Quote
I'm surprised and saddened that Pentax sold off their sole copy.

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I'm pretty sure Pentax had nothing to do with that camera.
IIRC, Honeywell just took an of the shelf Spotmatic, and modified it.
I could be very wrong though.
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I tried to rescue it for us ... well ... myself. lol!!.

Maybe he'll sell the second copy?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Swift1 Quote
I'm pretty sure Pentax had nothing to do with that camera.
IIRC, Honeywell just took an of the shelf Spotmatic, and modified it.
I could be very wrong though.
From what I have found out, this was exactly what they did. And Asahi I guess, said no thanks, this is to complicated to make and use. cool item but just for nerdy collectors, and nobody here on PF falls in that category.
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Honeywell even provides mirror lockup as an option, "The mirror lockup switch was a cataloged option throughout almost the entire production period of the Spotmatic camera series." See story -> Spotmatics with two switches
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