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Old 09-23-2018   #41
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. . . "PreSpotmatics". I actually preferred the latter which were smaller, lighter and more elegant in form factor. In fact I always felt that an S1 for example, felt similar in my hand to a Leica screw mount (notwithstanding the pentaprism of course). . . .
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Quite. For me the SV is the ultimate. Still not as reliable as a Nikon F, though, even of it is sweeter, prettier and better handling.

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Asahi 300mm f/6.3 preset Tele Takumar (left)
Asahi 200mm f/5.6 Super Takumar
Asahi 135mm f/3.5 Super Takumar
Asahi 105mm f/2.8 Super Takumar (right)
Asahi 50mm f/1.4 Super Takumar (8-element) (on black body)
Asahi 28mm f/3.5 Super-Multi-Coated Takumar (on chrome body)
Are you sure it is an 8-element on the Black body, the Red IR line looks to be on the left of F4 as opposed to the right
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Quite. For me the SV is the ultimate. Still not as reliable as a Nikon F, though, even of it is sweeter, prettier and better handling.

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I agree. The SV is probably my favorite 35mm SLR.

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I just went through a camera bag with some Pentax 42 equipment. I found among other things these lenses that I had forgotten about:

Spiratone 20mm 2.8.
Zeiss Jena Tessar 50mm 2.0T
Industrar 50-2 50mm 3.5
Super Takumar 55mm/1.8

I also found a Honeywell Pentax Spotmatic. My better stash of old Pentax equipment includes a Spotmatic F, 50/1.4 SMC, 85/1.8 SMC, 35/2 SMC 28/3.5.
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For a long time I collected and used Spotmatics and the "PreSpotmatics". I actually preferred the latter which were smaller, lighter and more elegant in form factor. In fact I always felt that an S1 for example, felt similar in my hand to a Leica screw mount (notwithstanding the pentaprism of course). Bt the Spotmatics were and are still lovely cameras - simple and simply good.
I seldom use them now as I shoot too much digital but I still own and use many of the Spotmatic lenses - the Takumars which are consistently excellent.
I have a 'pre' Spotmatic as well, the SV, which I really like. I also have an SP 1000, which is a Spotmatic although it doesn't say that on it anywhere.

Of the two, I prefer the way the SV feels in my hand. I actually recently unearthed the SV after a move to a new home and I'm planning to go out and shoot with it again soon.
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Wasn't the early Pentax body designed to have a similar feel as the Leica rangefinders? Or was it the Asahiflex?
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I agree. The SV is probably my favorite 35mm SLR.

Pentax SV by Colton Allen, on Flickr

I pretty much agree. Though if I am to be totally honest my absolute favorite was the Asahi Pentax K which had the front dial for slow speeds just like the Leicas. I had one but eventually sold it due to my desire to buy something else with the money. As always I now regret doing so.............

The truth is there is little difference between this group of cameras. The S1, S1a, Sv etc were all very, very similar. But the SV was regarded as the top camera as it had a timer for selfies (or whatever they were called in the day).

The similarity between cameras is demonstrated by the fact that two cameras (I think it was the S1 and S1a) were effectively identical. Asahi Pentax wanted to release a cheaper camera to increase their overall market share by tapping a different demographic. The original camera had 1/1000th maximum speed so they issued a new camera with a maximum of 1/500th to provide an excuse to sell it more cheaply without destroying the market for the dearer camera. But in truth, the only thing that was changed was the top plate - the top speed marking was left off but the mechanics for the faster speed was still present in the cheaper camera and could be accessed simply by moving the shutter speed dial to the unmarked position beyond 1/500th. I know it is true because I owned both (I am just too lazy to get off my bum to check which were the models I am referring to ) I like that story.

For some weird reason I also really like the little semi auto aperture lenses issued by Pentax with the early versions of these cameras. And not just because of their stellar performance - something to do with the quirky mechanics of old cameras and the need to invest some time and effort in making the images.


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ok, caught the 'FEVER' looking at this thread...
Just bought one on Ebay...pretty black beauty, meter not working but who
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I purchased a black SPF from a very reputable dealer who said the meter didn't work... I cleaned the contacts, put in a new battery and it worked like a charm.

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What i find amazing is that i still have not come across a Spotmatic with inaccurate shutter speeds. Even the 1sec (which is the easiest to check) are spot on!
Interesting... I've handled maybe 12 or so Spotmatics and out of those, all but 2 had shutter capping. I stopped looking for them in the end and went with a Miranda TM to mount my Takumar. Absolute babe of a camera.
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Over the course of about 6 weeks I picked up well over a dozen Spotmatic variants at local thrift stores. Well over half of them the mirror locks up on, but a CLA fixes that. One by one that's being done and will become gifts to family.
Of that bunch, my favorite is a black one with amazing brassing. It's a bit dented and the covering is missing off the back. But put a 3.5/35 on it or a 3.5/28 on it and I can rival my Leicas when using B&W film.

They are great.

I love being able to shoot one photo with a Helios 44-2, the next with a 3.5/28, then next with a 2/55, the next with a 105mm, etc. etc. The variation in rendering is so amazing all for the cost of a decent Nikon F3 body including the CLA.
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I really liked my SP500, but I sold it after a few years and bought into the OM system because Pentax did not offer the same range of lenses, particularly small fast lenses. Pentax lenses were either slow or big.
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It's a bit dented and the covering is missing off the back. But put a 3.5/35 on it or a 3.5/28 on it and I can rival my Leicas when using B&W film.
In what way does it rival? I am asking out of curiosity, I don't have any lens other than the LTM elmar.
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The truth is there is little difference between this group of cameras. The S1, S1a, Sv etc were all very, very similar. But the SV was regarded as the top camera as it had a timer for selfies (or whatever they were called in the day).

The similarity between cameras is demonstrated by the fact that two cameras (I think it was the S1 and S1a) were effectively identical. Asahi Pentax wanted to release a cheaper camera to increase their overall market share by tapping a different demographic. The original camera had 1/1000th maximum speed so they issued a new camera with a maximum of 1/500th to provide an excuse to sell it more cheaply without destroying the market for the dearer camera. But in truth, the only thing that was changed was the top plate - the top speed marking was left off but the mechanics for the faster speed was still present in the cheaper camera and could be accessed simply by moving the shutter speed dial to the unmarked position beyond 1/500th. I know it is true because I owned both (I am just too lazy to get off my bum to check which were the models I am referring to ) I like that story.
This is true to an extent.
The S1 was part of the 2nd generation of the the original Pentax cameras, while the S1a was part of the 3rd generation. The main difference between the 2nd and 3rd generation was the automatically setting frame counter, and the film door latch is different.
The S3(H3) and S1(H1) were essentially identical cameras, but the S1(H1) lacks the markings for the 1/1000 shutter speed. Mechanically, the position is still there and useable, although I have read that from the factory this unmarked position was not adjusted to an accurate 1/1000 speed.
The S1a, SV, and S2 Super (originally only sold in Japan, and is marked S2) were the last of the S series bodies. The SV was the top model, the S2 Super was the same camera minus the self timer, and the S1a was basically an S2 Super minus the 1000 marking on the shutter speed dial.

Though I have never used one, I agree that the Pentax AP, S, and K are the best looking of all the Pentax bodies. Functionality wise, I think the SV is maybe a bit better just for the single (non rotating) shutter speed dial, it has (supposedly) a better focus screen, and it has the automatic frame counter.

I also like the diaphragm cocking lever on the early Auto Takumar lenses
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ok, caught the 'FEVER' looking at this thread...

Just bought one on Ebay... $40.00 ...pretty black beauty, meter not working but who
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/Pentax-Spot...p2047675.l2557

now I need a lens ???
obviously the 50 1.4 but am Wondering what other lens is a gem
In my opinion Helen, the Takumar 35/3.5 is a must have lens. It is not as sexy fast as some of the other lenses that Pentax sold but it is the best 35 I can think of for your new Spottie. And that is coming from a dyed in the wool 50 fanatic.

It was built from 1959 on through the early K Mount period so there are several versions out there. It is a solid lens that produces amazingly good photos if you do your part, which of course you always do.
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My office camera. I love it, even the quirky meter. Spotmatic by Daniel Ingram, on Flickr
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My office camera. I love it, even the quirky meter. Spotmatic by Daniel Ingram, on Flickr
Quirky? I'd say that is one of the most sensible meters ever put in a camera. It beats a lot with flashing and sometimes wandering little lights.

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Quirky? I'd say that is one of the most sensible meters ever put in a camera. It beats a lot with flashing and sometimes wandering little lights.

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Oh I agree about the meter itself. Itís that damn clunky switch that bugs me. But the meter itself is wonderful. I think itís my most accurate meter on any of my cameras. If I could replace the lights on my ME Super with a needle, Iíd be very happy.
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Oh I agree about the meter itself. Itís that damn clunky switch that bugs me. But the meter itself is wonderful. I think itís my most accurate meter on any of my cameras. If I could replace the lights on my ME Super with a needle, Iíd be very happy.
I shot a thousand slides with my Spotmatic in the sixties and seventies, I used the meter on all of them. The only failures were with what you would expect: crazy backlighting, snow, bright reflection like off water.
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The Spotmatic exposure meter works just fine when used wisely.

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I always found the Spotmatic meter to be remarkably easy to use. Especially as it is all a fully manual camera. If there is any doubt about correct exposure due to backlighting etc it was simple to meter off a similarly lit item that was not backlit. Like a road surface for example which is close enough to a grey card to work OK. As I shot mainly print film it made it even easier of course as moderate errors could be fixed in printing.

The non metered Pentax pre Spotmatics were even easier. Here I mainly used the ambient light setting on a hand held meter. As I walked about for street shooting it was obvious that on any given day most shadows were similar to each other and most full sun readings were similar to each other unless of course the ambient lighting changed overall as time passed. So I just had to pick a suitable shutter speed and aperture as my "base" setting and as I moved from shadow to light or light to shadow, would shut down or open up the aperture to compensate by one or two stops. This became habit so I hardly had to think about it and it almost always worked fine. Nothing could be simpler and I found it very liberating.
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In what way does it rival? I am asking out of curiosity, I don't have any lens other than the LTM elmar.
The 35mm f3.5 Pentax screwmount lens is INCREDIBLY sharp.
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The 35mm f3.5 Pentax screwmount lens is INCREDIBLY sharp.
I think the 28mm Super Takumar f 3.5 is a great and shape lens. It does have slight vignetting at wide open.


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I picked up a virtually mint, black Spotmatic with a 50/1.4 lens for $35.00 USD last year at an local antiques show. Beautiful camera. Shutter doesn't cap and the meter works, but as others have mentioned, the on/off switch is a pain.

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The 35mm f3.5 Pentax screwmount lens is INCREDIBLY sharp.
Agreed. It's hard to beat many of the Takumars for sharpness, especially at the price one can have them for now. I think my M42s have a slight edge over my K-mounts, but I cannot complain about any of my Takumars. My scanner lens is even a Tak -- the 50mm Macro-Takumar.
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I bought a Spotmatic at a flea market a while ago for all of $40. Works perfectly and came with 35/3.5, 50/1.4, 135/3.5 and some off-brand zoom. Had to clean up the 50 a little but now it's fine. The camera smelled bad but a generous soak in Febreeze helped that...

Anyway, I am fascinated by the 35mm f/3.5 results in B&W. I am a die-hard Nikon fan but this lens is something special wrt contrast...



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The SMC Pentax 35mm f/3.5 lens is also superb.
It fits later Pentax bayonet (K) mount cameras.

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You guys know that there is now going to be a huge rush on Pentax 35/3.5 lenses on EBay after all this gushing praise.

I am glad I have mine.
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You guys know that there is now going to be a huge rush on Pentax 35/3.5 lenses on EBay after all this gushing praise.

I am glad I have mine.
Ditto. In M42 and K.
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I got my first Spottie and Pre-Spottie pretty recently. I bought three lenses from someone who included an SP-II and an SV - both in need of servicing - as rear lens caps. These are two of the nicest rear lens caps I've ever seen! They're currently with Eric Hendrickson getting CLA'd.

Just a couple of months before that there was a black S1a listed locally on Craigslist but the seller turned out to be flaky and I wasn't able to get it. I was bummed but the SP-II and SV more than make up for it as consolation prizes, though.

As far as lenses go, I haven't gathered any Takumars yet but I have several other M42 lenses that will keep me occupied until I start to build a Pentax lens arsenal. Truthfully, I doubt I'll look for more than a 35, 50 and 105. I say that now....
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The SMC Pentax 35mm f/3.5 lens is also superb.
It fits later Pentax bayonet (K) mount cameras.

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I know. I have such a lens since many years. It has excellent resistance to flare, too.
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I know. I have such a lens since many years. It has excellent resistance to flare, too.
I like them so much I have a few..... the early Auto Takumar 35mm f3.5 (Not quite up to the build quality of other Auto Takumars but optically good), the Super Takumar 35mm f3.5 and the SMC Takumar 35mm f3.5. The latter two are a but superfluous but that's what happens when you like lenses - you tend to like to compare them. At least I do.

And I also have the SMC Takumar 35mm f2 and the Auto Takumar 35mm f2.3. All very good lenses though the f2 is a little too soft for me when wide open but fine when stopped down a little.
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The SMC 85/1.8 is an amazingly good lens, Peter. Have you tried it? I used to use it on a Canon T90 with an adapter. The SMC 35/2 is also a very good lens. Of course, the 50/1.4 is a classic.
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The SMC 85/1.8 is an amazingly good lens, Peter. Have you tried it? I used to use it on a Canon T90 with an adapter. The SMC 35/2 is also a very good lens. Of course, the 50/1.4 is a classic.
Yes Raid I have. I presently own the Auto Takumar version of the 85mm f1.8 and previously owned the later SMC version as well. When I wanted to buy an M8 I ended up selling the SMC version as I thought it was a luxury to own two of what are essentially the same lenses and I felt I need to make at least a token effort to fund that purchase from existing assets. Of course I now regret it as I recall how good it was and is and wish I still had it. Though this does not detract from the auto Tak version which is also beautifully made and beautiful optically. (I am just greedy :^) ) I elected to keep that lens as it seemed the rarer of the two lenses and as it happens reviews over at Pentax Forums rate it slightly higher optically though this may just be due to people's preferences rather than anything objective.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/lensrev...85mm-F1.8.html

EDIT: Or was the later SMC Tak which I no longer have, the 85mm f1.9? I cannot recall right now..........
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Hm. Is it 85/1.8 or is it 85/1.9? I may be mixing up the Canon 85/1.8 and 85/1.9 (where I used to own the less costly 85/1.9). My SMC lens is a 85/1.8. I am sure of it now.
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One of the beauties of the Spotmatic that was not apparent when I got mine in '69 is the 4-5 million lenses that fit it. I was given a 135mm f 2.8 that says SEARS SX 135MM 1:2.8.

I looked for it on the IN and it is made by Mamiya It really is sharp and high quality build. A nice surprise for a focal length I've never used.
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Hm. Is it 85/1.8 or is it 85/1.9? I may be mixing up the Canon 85/1.8 and 85/1.9 (where I used to own the less costly 85/1.9). My SMC lens is a 85/1.8. I am sure of it now.
I know that Pentax also did make an 85mm f1.9 at one time but if you confirm that you have an SMC 85mm f1.8 then I am inclined to think that both of my lenses were this specification. I just could not see a reference at Pentax Forums to the SMC f1.8 - only the auto Takumar 85mm f1.8 and the SMC f1.9 and this made me doubt my memories.

While I have your attention............because I know you are a lens lover like me I will mention that I recently bought a Vivitar 135mm f2.8 close focussing lens (not sure why they called it this rather than macro). If you see one it is s superb lens and was made by Komine for Vivitar (Komine apparently being a top shelf maker though I know little about them). I happened to get mine extraordinarily cheaply in a bin outside a camera store with a bunch of other after market brand lenses selling for $20 each but even if you pay market price it is worth it. Perhaps mine was so cheap because it was in Minolta mount rather than M42 or because someone in the store did not know of its reputation (it is too early I believe to be one of Vivitar's Series 1 hotshot lenses but is every bit as good as these.) In any event, for me an MD to M43 adapter soon fixed its mount "problem".

Boy is it good! Rated even more highly at Pentax Forums than the Pentax 85mm f1.8 and well worth grabbing if you find one.

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Here's more fuel for the rush on 35mm f/3.5 Takumars .

Not sure what makes it such a nice lens, or maybe it's placebo affect. Should shoot some side-by-side shots.





The highlights just seem to be tamped down and not blowout on this lens. Less contrast in the upper values basically.
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The 17mm Fisheye is kind of fun:


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Or you could go the other way with the 500mm


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I like them so much I have a few..... the early Auto Takumar 35mm f3.5 (Not quite up to the build quality of other Auto Takumars but optically good), the Super Takumar 35mm f3.5 and the SMC Takumar 35mm f3.5. The latter two are a but superfluous but that's what happens when you like lenses - you tend to like to compare them. At least I do.

And I also have the SMC Takumar 35mm f2 and the Auto Takumar 35mm f2.3. All very good lenses though the f2 is a little too soft for me when wide open but fine when stopped down a little.
The only SLR 35mm lens I have is the SMC Pentax FA 35mm f 2.0 which is impossible on a Spotmatic, but what a dream.

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