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02-19-2009, 06:38 PM   #1
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My latest member of the Pentax family arrived in the mail yesterday.

I snagged it in an Ebay auction last week for $39.
It is in pretty good shape and came with a 'cold shoe' clip, lens cap and leatherette case.
I changed the light seals last night so it's all ready for a test roll.

My first Spotmatic; I'm so proud.


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02-19-2009, 09:53 PM   #2
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Looks very clean from here!

What model is it? (I know nothing about Spots )
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Looks very clean from here!

What model is it? (I know nothing about Spots )
Yep, it is pretty clean; a very decent working example of a Spotmatic SP. They were manufactured from 1964 until 1967. I think this is an early model as the serial number is 1444600. Pentax started the numbers at 1000000.

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looks like fun. what do you do w/ the light meter since it doesn't take alkalines?
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looks like fun. what do you do w/ the light meter since it doesn't take alkalines?
The light meter is functioning. The camera came with a battery and the needle does move. There is a 1.5 volt 'Varta 394' battery in the battery compartment. I'll check it's accuracy with my Sekonic meter this weekend.
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New Spotmatic and Takumar

Beautiful, classic camera. We walk along the same path - here is my 1-week-old addition (getting out to shoot this weekend as light is supposed to be good). I hope my eyes become level while I sleep tonight
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Sweet looking 'F'! We'll have to compare shots later.

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mmmmm mmm...The SLR Shape, a work of art and function.

Gah I should have grabbed the one at St. Vinny's with an S-M-C 50/1.4...$30
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mmmmm mmm...The SLR Shape, a work of art and function.

Gah I should have grabbed the one at St. Vinny's with an S-M-C 50/1.4...$30
That would have been a steal!
The 50mm f1.4 is supposed to be the better lens as compared to the 55 f1.8.
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QuoteOriginally posted by J.Scott Quote
That would have been a steal!
The 50mm f1.4 is supposed to be the better lens as compared to the 55 f1.8.
I understand they were both kit lenses but the 50/1.4 was sold as a "pro" lens (to people who had more money) I once had a K2 with a 55/1.8 that I sold because I didn't know what it was.

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The 50mm f1.4 is supposed to be the better lens as compared to the 55 f1.8.
I disagree.

Lovely Spotmatic you have there. please do share some photographs with us.
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Ok ...maybe I do have the better lens.
I don't have the 50mm f1.4 to compare but I'll certainly give this lens a whirl!

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heading out to buy some film......
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Lend you a S-M-C 50/1.4?

QuoteOriginally posted by J.Scott Quote
Ok ...maybe I do have the better lens.
I don't have the 50mm f1.4 to compare but I'll certainly give this lens a whirl!

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heading out to buy some film......
If you have an interest I will lend you my S-M-C Takumar 50/1.4. PM me if interested. Hope you got Tri-X
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If you have an interest I will lend you my S-M-C Takumar 50/1.4. PM me if interested. Hope you got Tri-X
That is a very generous offer and I may take you up on that!
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