Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home

Show Printable Version Search this Thread
10-17-2008, 06:05 PM   #1
MRRiley's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Sterling, VA, USA
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 6,276
New Spotmatic (SP) and Super Tak 1:1.4/50

Well, new to me anyway. My dad found this gem at the big Flea Market in Daytona Beach for... get ready for it... 10 dollars!!!

He snatched it up naturally, as he has always seen me with Pentax gear. He played around with it but rapidly decided he was just better off with his P&S. So he decide to send it to me...

Lucky me!!!

I did have to disassemble the lens to remove some fungus on the rear of the front element group but it came right off.

Now I need to find a battery for it. Any ideas what is a suitable sub for the original battery?

I'll also be getting an adapter to use the lens on my K10D. It looks real sweet and is as crisp and smooth as any lens I have ever held.

10-17-2008, 06:43 PM   #2
Senior Member

Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: South Carolina, USA
Posts: 276
Your garden variety Energizer 357 (or similar) will work just fine.

Like practically every other camera of its vintage the Spotmatic was originally designed to use a mercury cell (which produces 1.35 V), but Pentax was smart and built a circuit into the meter that makes it insensitive to battery voltage variations, so you can use a modern silver oxide cell (which makes 1.55 V) in it with absolutely no problems.

Beautiful camera and lens, by the way. I definitely have to get myself a member of the Spotmatic family eventually (I'm thinking a Spotmatic II vs. the original Spotmatic), but I just got myself a KX a week ago so it will have to wait.

Last edited by Stevopedia; 10-17-2008 at 06:44 PM. Reason: Grammatical error.
10-17-2008, 06:48 PM   #3
MRRiley's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Sterling, VA, USA
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 6,276
Original Poster
Well, I'd have prefered an SP II myself, but I sure wasn't gonna be picky in this situation! hehehe. I also have a KM, an MX and a Program Plus, but this is my first screwmount body and lens.
10-18-2008, 02:32 AM   #4
Veteran Member
Nesster's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: NJ USA
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 13,047
That is classic, a beauty!

10-18-2008, 03:20 AM   #5
Damn Brit

Looks like it's been the week of Spotmatic deals Mike. I got a pristine spotmatic and 50 1.4 and you have seen the work of some of the other glass I got with it.
10-18-2008, 03:37 AM   #6
Veteran Member
mel's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Virginia
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 2,531
Congrats on your new addition to the family! I can't wait until mine arrives. Now slap that tak on your K10d and see what it can do.
10-18-2008, 07:04 AM   #7
Inactive Account

Join Date: May 2008
Location: Forest Park, Georgia/Jacksonville, Florida
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 633
Mike, welcome to the Spottie family. I've owned a II for 36 years and Stevopedia is right. With the circuit bridge that Pentax built into these, you can use the 357 or any equivalent 1.5v battery rather than try to replace it with the Wein 1.35v. I think you will also love using that Tak on your K10 but be very careful with it. M42 Takumars tend to be highly addictive and could lead to an entirely new form (for you) of LBA. But at least our fixes are usually much cheaper than those that are jonesing for AF lenses.

10-18-2008, 07:52 AM   #8
Inactive Account

Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Posts: 3,262
First thing I noticed: geez, Riley, you've got some paws on you. Thing looks like an ME Super.

Second thing: it looks in pretty good nick. There isn't even much paint taken off the front of the lens.

10-19-2008, 06:50 AM   #9
Veteran Member
titrisol's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: In the most populated state... state of denial
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 1,098
Sweet spottie!
check for light seals, those are ussualy gunk over the years and are quick/easy to replace

Other than that just enjoy it, the change of pace is quite remarkable and the final results are something else
10-30-2008, 03:39 PM   #10
Veteran Member
Mechan1k's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Sydney, Australia
Posts: 2,891
What a sweet Spottie deal .. I'd love to come across something like that.

  • 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!
battery, lens
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
For Sale - Sold: Spotmatic & Super Tak 50mm (US/CAN) captainslack Sold Items 3 05-06-2010 11:37 AM
For Sale - Sold: Super Tak 55 1.8 & 70-150 zoom, Industar 50mm 3.5, Spotmatic II, generic m42 a Steve Beswick Sold Items 4 02-11-2010 03:54 PM
For Sale - Sold: SMC Tak 150mm/4, SMC Tak 135mm/3.5, Super Tak 55mm/2 and extras pdxbmw Sold Items 8 09-10-2009 10:54 AM

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:29 PM. | See also:, 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?
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]