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Pentax Spotmatic SP II

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)


-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


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


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 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

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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