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REVIEW: Pentax Spotmatic SP II



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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2012-07-08

Pentax Spotmatic SP II

Made by the Asahi Optical Co. Ltd, later known as Pentax Corporation.
Manufactured: 1971-1976


Technical info


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

-Flash sync (1/60 sec)

-Self-timer


-Through the lens exposure metering system


The Spotmatic SP II added the following features to the Spotmatic SP

- Switch for hot shoe (FP and X)
- Roller on film door for better tracking of film
- Improved shutter
- Modified self timer
- Modified meter and switch (greater EV range)
- Increased ASA range
- Shape of top cover
- Brighter view finder


Viewfinder:

Great viewfinder, it's big and bright.


Build quality:

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

Pentax Spotmatic SP II


Lenses:

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



Conclusion:

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 have found these old light meters to be a bit unreliable in low light situations.
This is better then the older SP but still not as good as newer cameras (80s and newer)

Thumbs up:
All mechanical shutter
Good viewfinder
Reliable
Solid

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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