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01-11-2018, 03:37 PM   #1
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Which Spotmatic did I order?

If a Spotmatic has "SP" on the top plate which one of the ones in the m42 film camera reviews is it? The reviews only show an SP500 and SP1000, which the one I'm talking about is not since it has a self-timer and they don't.

The front says "SPOTMATIC" and "ASAHI PENTAX." The top plate also says "1490651" in small numerals above "SP."
Shutter speeds are B + 1sec to 1/1000th.

I've opened up several of the m42 camera reviews, not all of them yet, and so far have not found prose or a picture saying what model, or what version of a model, has SP stamped on it. It usually isn't hard to find this kind of info here at PF. I'm a bit surprised.

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It's the original Spotmatic: Pentax Spotmatic - Pentax M42 Screwmount Film SLRs - Pentax Camera Reviews and Specifications
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QuoteOriginally posted by timw4mail Quote
Yes, that would be the one. I guess that means we need more photos on the review page.


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Thanks, fellows, that review was the first one I looked at, after I figured out that it wasn't an SP500 or SP1000. I still don't find anything in the initial descriptive part that talks about the "SP" label on the top plate, and there is no picture of the top plate.

I am used to the lens review intros going into infinitesimal detail about markings on different versions of similar Pentax lenses. I kept rubbing my eyes assuming they weren't focusing on the paragraph or table cell where that was happening!

I guess the serial number I have falls right in the middle of the run for the early original Spotmatics, kind of cool to know.

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That looks like quite an old pic, would be happy to accept & upload any better ones you might email to contactpf@(this domain).

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That looks like quite an old pic, would be happy to accept & upload any better ones you might email to contactpf@(this domain).
I would oblige except that my SP is pretty rough.


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I could take shots of my "new" one when it arrives.
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Did the 1000 not stand for the shutter speed?

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Did the 1000 not stand for the shutter speed?
??? Do you mean on the SP1000?

The SP1000 and SP500 were lower-priced versions of the Spotmatic that lacked a self-timer and were released about the same time as the Spotmatic II. The number indicated the maximum shutter speed on the dial. In reality, both models supported the 1/1000s speed


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