Owner’s manual for the Pentax Spotmatic SP model 35mm SLR camera When the Asahi Pentax Spotmatic was introduced to the public at the Photokina. Distributed by Page 2. Distributed by . Page 3. Distributed by Page 4. Distributed by WWW. The Pentax Spotmatic refers to a family of 35mm single-lens reflex cameras manufactured by Asahi Optical used the name Takumar for their lenses. . Pentax Spotmatic, Takumar Info, Manuals and Photos · Spotmatic Family of Cameras.

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Spotmatic led me to a couple of dead ends as far as batteries go after spohmatic 3 day ordeal of getting the corroded cap off the battery chamber. Place the film cassette into the cassette chamber, and push back the rewind knob.

The Spotmatic F was on the market from to — this means the youngest of them is 35 years old.

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If you hold your camera with the right hand–the hand which releases the shutter–it may cause camera movement. Shutter Focal plane shutter, with single non-rotating dial.

Put the camera on your left hand thumb and little finger. Silver and zinc-air batteries have a fairly constant discharge rate until they suddenly die. I know it’s not ideal but it does the trick. Good Luck to me! When the shutter is released, the meter switch will automatically turn off, and the needle will remain fixed off and underneath the center. Can anyone summarize which batteries would work in this? If the needle rapidly drops, the meter battery has sufficient capacity; if it does not, replace the mercury battery.


Pentax Spotmatic

I bought mine at a local BatteriesPlus for 4. Hi Wanted to chime in, since I only just got my Spotmatic SP and replaced the mercury battery inside no corrosion, lucky me! The camera allowed one to focus the lens at maximum aperture with a bright viewfinder image. Spotmatic IIa was made exclusively for the American market. The camera was presented as a prototype at photokinaand was originally designed to use spot metering. It was made to couple with the Honeywell Strobonar electronic flashes using an electronic eye that was located at the top-left of the camera.

If the equipment is not covered by warranty, Honeywell’s regular charges will apply. Film wind and rewind 1. It enables the user to duplicate original transparencies, correct for exposure errors and color balance, crop and enlarge portions of original transparencies, create special effects, and perform many other processes in color or black and white.

The meter seems to work fine: Don’t know about the SPF but for most cameras and light meters that used size 1. The calibrations on each side of the distance index correspond to the diaphragm setting and indicate the range of in-focus distance for different lens apertures.

From the manual, set ISO to ; speed to B and switch lightmeter on; if the needle goes down like a rock you are fine. I’m going to be bummed if for some reason the light meter doesn’t work It’s an acid and reacts chemically to dissolve corroded gunge. Film speed ASA setting dial and window on shutter speed dial.


Cameras manufactured for sale outside the US were badged “Asahi Spotmatic”. Change the shutter speed later, when necessary. From what i’ve read the SP is supposed to have the bridged circutry.

When your subject is in focus, the image in the microprism will be sharp and perfectly clear.

It can be damaged by skin acids. Be sure to turn off the meters switch when not actually taking readings. Like the H1a and H3v, the Honeywell Pentax Spotmatic has a 42mm threaded lens mount that accepts any of the superb Takumar lenses from the ultra-wide-angle 18mm Takumar to the super-telephoto mm Takumar.

Edited by zaphad1 member pentx months ago. You can bent the aperture pin. I am off to get myself a battery: DON’T open the back of the camera, or all exposed frames will be ruined. Open the back by pulling out the rewind knob until back cover snaps open.

Spotmatic will give you correctly exposed photographs without the use of external meters or the need for cumbersome, time-consuming calculations! Sign In Don’t have an account?

The needle moves up and down with the turn of the diaphragm ring.