Pentax Spotmatic F with SMC 55mm f1.8
Overall Condition 8.5/10 All functions working, light meter working, all speeds accurate, film tested, Near Mint cosmetically, some minor marks in finder.
- All functions working
- Lens is clean and clear
- 3 Months warranty
- S/N Body 4543759
- S/N Lens 6345510
Pentax Spotmatic F
The Spotmatic SP F, launched in 1973, included several improvements. It was the first version to offer open-aperture metering, but this needed the updated Super-Multi-Coated (S-M-C) Takumar lenses with an aperture-position linkage to the camera. The FP option for the hot shoe synchronisation was dropped and the meter circuit design was revised to take account of the lens aperture setting and to indicate correct exposure when zero current is flowing through the meter, which now allowed for a variation in voltage from the battery. The battery now needed extra capacity and was changed to the now-defunct PX625 cell. The light meter is constantly switched on but there is an automatic cut-off when the light is at EV2 or less, so it is important to keep the lens cap on when the camera is not in use, in order to conserve the battery.
- Type: SLR body
- Manufacturer: Asahi Optical Co.
- Year of launch: 1964
- Films: 35mm, speeds up to 1600 ASA
- Viewfinder: pentaprism eye-level viewfinder
- Lens Mount: Pentax/Praktica screwmount (M42)
- Shutter: Focal plane shutter, speeds 1 - 1/1000 second, flash sync 1/60 second
- Metering: CdS TTL metering (stopped-down manual match-needle metering system) EV 1.7 ~ 18 (ISO 100) ASA range 20-1600 (on original Spotmatic)
SMC Takumar 55mm 1.8
The Takumar 55mm is a good standard lens in many ways. It is a very versatile lens that you can use for landscapes, portraiture, street and even product shoots.
The pentax 55 1.8 gives you a lot of contrast and good sharpness. Add the unusual focal length of 55mm to the mix and you get a good portraiture lens. This is really the main advantage of this affordable lens: nice close up portraiture shots. When you nail the focusing you obtain incredibly sharp images. When shot wide open the bokeh is good.
The ergonomics are very good and the lens feels solid. I love the colours, contrast and sharpness on this lens, they really are unmatched in this price range.
What we think
This fully mechanical body with working light meter is a dream for a beginner who actually wants to learn all about exposures and metering, this camera has no limits its all up to you to learn and push your photography skills and have a lot of fun in the mean time.
also being a M42 screw mount body this allows you to have access to have a lot of native lens' as this was the standard SLR lens mount for most camera manufactures at the time.