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06-20-2008, 02:19 PM   #16
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By the way, does anyone know what years the Honeywell Pentax Spotmatic was sold in the USA. I'm currious to know hold old this camera is.
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06-20-2008, 03:28 PM   #17
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By the way, does anyone know what years the Honeywell Pentax Spotmatic was sold in the USA. I'm currious to know hold old this camera is.
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06-20-2008, 04:01 PM   #18
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I second (third, fourth) the motion on Eric Hendrickson.

I just received today a package containing a K2 Eric Cla'ed - It is probably only 5 or 6 years newer than your camera and I believe it now has 20 years of life in it (a few more than I have).
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My argument in favor of letting Eric do a CLA and any necessary repairs: when he sends it back, you'll know what you have is a trustworthy, reliable, and durable Spotmatic. Barring accidents, it should give you service "as good as new," which is good, indeed. I had mine done when I first bought it, and it has been "Spot" on for the subsequent 35+ years. I call that cheap peace of mind and a small price for great satisfaction.

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Amortize the cost of the CLA over the extra decades of joyful use you should be able to get out of the camera (barring the disappearance of film from the market), and it comes out to probably a couple or three bucks per year.

Unlike modern digital cameras, which we all sort of expect to go obsolete and have to be replaced/upgraded within a few very short years at best, these classic film bodies, given a little loving care, should continue to give satisfaction and good service for a very long time to come. You can form a personal and loving relationship with them that is sort of hard to work up for the plastic boxes of electronics that modern cameras have become. My K100D is a very capable photographic tool which has served me well, but I just can not find it in me to love it the way I do my assortment of various film bodies. I just got my first Spotmatic (ESII) a week ago and taking it out of the box and finding that $50 acquisition in perfect working order brought me a thrill that in no way could have been matched by opening up a $1000+ brand-new K20D.

If I had to get rid of all my cameras but one, I don't know which one it would be, but I do know that a DSLR would not be the one.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mike Cash Quote
Amortize the cost of the CLA over the extra decades of joyful use you should be able to get out of the camera (barring the disappearance of film from the market), and it comes out to probably a couple or three bucks per year.
Yes. Mike is right. These things are tanks and it will keep on ticking for a very, very long time.

QuoteOriginally posted by Mike Cash Quote
Unlike modern digital cameras, which we all sort of expect to go obsolete and have to be replaced/upgraded within a few very short years at best, these classic film bodies, given a little loving care, should continue to give satisfaction and good service for a very long time to come.
I regularly shoot both my Spotmatic AND a 51 year old Pentax SLR that was a forbearer of the Spotmatic. The 51 year old was a good start for Pentax, but when they arrived at the Spotmatic, they arrived at a world-class camera. Mike's right. If you are committed to using it and learning it, it will pay dividends far beyond the amortized cost of the repairs. It is worth fixing.

My humble opinion.

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I cannot find a 387 around here to save my hide...Walgreens told me to try Radio Shack, radio shack told me to try Walgreens. Not a jeweler in town has it either, been calling around. My question...Walgreens had a 386...identical in size when viewed side by side and laid on top of the old 400 that came out of the camera...I think I will give that a go...anyone tried it though?

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