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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Cometmn61, turn the battery upside down. Always keep the meter switched off when not actually taking readings. There was also the Pentax SLwhich was identical to the Spotmatic except that it did not lentax the built-in light meter. Edited by nrparsons member 7 years ago.

This indicates that the final picture has been taken on your film, spotmatid that the film must be rewound. But I’m not sure because I use the energizer Self-timer Depending upon how far down you turn the self-timer cocking lever 1, it will release the shutter in seconds. The is also readily available at walgreens.

For use with all Takumar lenses. Use a spotnatic fine grain film. My problem is when i turn the light meter on the needle goes to the top regardless of the shutter speed or lighting conditions. Turn the shutter speed dial and set the speed you wish to use to the index. Equipped with diaphragm preview lever which affords visual check of depth of field.

If you do your own developing and enlarging, see that your enlarger uses a fine quality enlarger lens. Views Read View source View history. Film wind and rewind 1.

Pentax Spotmatic

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. The option with the rubber o-ring worked for me. That’s why a 1. So the solution I found was getting an outside light meter and calibrating the sensor with the light meter by fine-tuning the ASA dial. The camera name is derived from the use of spot metering on the original design of the camera.


As it was going to be my last attempt, i’m overjoyed it worked. If the cell is in the wrong way round, the meter will still work and the exposure aeahi still pejtax good with the needle in the middle but the over and under expsosure indications will be the wrong way round. Personal tools Log in. Blia 7 years ago. 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.

For use of the X setting on the shutter speed dial, refer to page A serious accident has been reported d of a small child who ho has put a mercury battery into his mouth and has been hospitalized for serious gripes and stomach inflammation. A hot shoe for flash was added and the synchronization FP or X was placed on a dial switch located below the rewind crank. From the manual, set ISO to ; speed to Msnual and switch lightmeter on; if the needle goes down like a rock you are fine.

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Depth of field is the range between the nearest and farthest distances which are in focus at different lens apertures. If the source voltage is increased, the current through both branches is also increased by the same ratio so the net effect is the same. Automatic diaphragm When the preview lever is in “A” automatic position, and the exposure meter is turned to “OFF”, the fully automatic diaphragm is at its largest aperture at all times, except for the instant of exposure, no matter what aperture is set on the diaphragm ring.


The battery fit like a glove inside the chamber, and was the only battery out of the 3 different types I bought that worked.

Have people that purchased the online had the best results? The use of stop-down light metering was at the time revolutionary, but it limited the capability of the lightmeter, specially in low light situations.

I use the Energizer in my two Spotmatics, you just need to get a small rubber o-ring to keep it centered, and it works just fine. True, but can I find those batteries at a local general vendor for 4 bucks??? If you use Pay Pal, use the link below.

If the needle rapidly drops, the meter battery has sufficient capacity; if it does not, replace the mercury battery. I book pntax Roberts link up above and i’ll contact him to see if it’s economically feasible to repair mine.

Use the film type dial to show what type of film is in your camera. The change took place too close to production to change the name, and so Spotmatic stuck.

Use this body mount cap when you do not have a lens on your camera body. Saahi you wish to visually check exact depth-of-field before making the exposure, move the preview lever to “M” Manual position.

Yeah I downloaded it: Exposure Meter Built-in meter measures the brightness of the ground glass, and couples directly to shutter and film speed settings. We do not guarantee the quality of photographs when brands other than Takumar lenses and Pentax accessories, such as lens extenders, are used.