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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 ยท Spotmatic Family of Cameras.

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The system ;entax the workhorse of many professionals of the period. My SPF was metering very unevenly in different lighting conditions with the new 1.

Don’t know about the SPF but for most cameras and light meters that used size 1. You’ll find this extremely convenient for fast shooting. Keep the battery out of the camera’s battery housing when you do not intend to use it for a lengthy period of time. Don’t touch it with your finger unnecessarily. The light meters in all Spotmatics except the F use a balanced bridge circuit, so minor variations in voltage don’t have any effect on the meter readings.

In the Spotmatic F joined the line. Meter is powered with a mercury battery. When testing your lens performance. Just want to add some of my own experience to this topic. The following table illustrates the film plane-to-subject distance that can be covered by Leica-mount lenses when using this adapter. Focusing and composition are quick and easy, and a built-in exposure scale takes the guesswork out of camera settings.


Pentax Spotmatic instruction manual, user guide

Correct exposure will be shown using cells of a very wide voltage range – in fact, if you can get any cell to fit spotmatid make contact, it will meter accurately. The camera was entirely mechanical apart from the light meterwhich was powered by a 1. Hi Wanted to chime in, since I only just got my Spotmatic SP and replaced the mercury battery inside no corrosion, lucky me! Filters and lens hood size: You must buy Wein Air batteries, mercury batteries are illegal in U.

manua The meter is spot on. The lightmeter is activated by a lever on the side of the camera, which also stopped down the lens. Push up the switch button with your thumb, and the small window on the switch button will turn to red indicating that the meter is switched on.

The camera name is derived from the use of spot metering on the original design of the camera.

Flip the battery in the socket. That’s a good stopgap, but your camera meter could well be failing on you.

How to replace it Open the battery housing cover on the bottom cover plate with a coin. Service will be rendered and defective parts will be replaced ‘without cost to you within that period, provided the equipment has not been abused, altered, or operated contrary to instructions.

DMcCoy Posted 6 years ago. As long as I remember the plus is now minus I should be okay.

Mercury Battery The mercury battery should be kept dry. Try getting a rubber o-ring at the hardware store to keep the battery snug, this should help.


I am off to get myself a battery: Shortly before production Asahi decided that spot metering would be too difficult to use, and so the metering spootmatic was altered to use center-weighted average metering.

Turn the shutter speed dial and set the speed you wish to use to the index. Use a slow-speed fine grain film. When your Takumar lens is not on the camera body, use this cap to avoid dust.

I got the Energizerit was the only battery in the list available at my local London asabi West coast Canadian version Wallgreens and it didn’t work. Bright field focusing 1. If the cell is in the wrong way round, the meter will still work and the exposure should still be good with the needle in the middle but the over and under expsosure indications will be the wrong way round.

Pentax Spotmatic

Never take off lens with meter on! Edited by mountain dawg member 7 years ago. That’s why a 1. I dropped it in, flicked the switch and the meter sprang to life.

You can start viewing and focusing before and after cocking the rapid wind lever. The camera was presented as a prototype at photokinaand was originally designed to use spot metering. Thereafter it performed perfectly, as compared with my “standard” meter and photo results, which are really all that counts.

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