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Pentax Spotmatic SP

Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2012-06-04

Pentax Spotmatic

Manufactured by the Asahi Optical Co. Ltd, later known as Pentax Corporation.

Technical info

-All mechanical shutter:
1/1000s to 1s and Bulb

-Flash sync (1/60 sec)


-Through the lens exposure metering system


Great viewfinder, it's big and bright.

Build quality:

Like a rock and every thinga have a really nice feel to it.

Pentax Spotmatic


Uses M42 screw mount.
You can find hole range of old nice lenses for this.


One of the best m42 cameras you can find!
Great viewfinder, solid as a rock and it just feels great to use.
Not too heavy also.

Light meter works good with today's batteries but these old light meters don't work well in low light situations.
You can't get a reading if you need 1/2 sec or more but I find it somewhat unreliable metering from around 1/30 - 1/15 sec.

Thumbs up:
All mechanical shutter
Good viewfinder

Thumbs down:
Light meter don't work well in low light

Related post how you can get the mirror to lock on this camera: HERE

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