Pentax SpotmaticFilm Camera

Pentax Spotmatic

  • Camera Type for Pentax Spotmatic


  • Film Type for Pentax Spotmatic


  • Manufacturer of Pentax Spotmatic

    Asahi Optical Co.

  • Origin Country of Pentax Spotmatic


Size & Weight

  • Camera Size for Pentax Spotmatic143 x 92 x 88 mm
  • Camera Weight for Pentax Spotmatic620g
  • Camera Build Material for Pentax SpotmaticMetal


  • Camera Focus Mode for Pentax SpotmaticManual Focus
  • Camera Focus Type for Pentax SpotmaticSplit Image


  • Camera Shutter Speed Range for Pentax Spotmatic1s – 1/1000s
  • Camera ISO Speed Range for Pentax Spotmatic20 ISO – 1600 ISO
  • Camera Exposure Modes for Pentax SpotmaticManual
  • Camera Exposure Meter for Pentax SpotmaticAverage
  • Camera Viewfinder for Pentax SpotmaticPentaprism

Lens & Accessories

  • Camera Lens Type for Pentax SpotmaticInterchangeable Lens
  • Camera Lens Mount for Pentax SpotmaticM42 screw mount
  • Common Camera Lenses for Pentax SpotmaticSuper-Takumar 50mm f/1.4 is a common lens for the Pentax Spotmatic Super-Takumar 50mm f/1.4Takumar 35mm f/3.5 is a common lens for the Pentax Spotmatic Takumar 35mm f/3.5Super-Takumar 135mm f/3.5 is a common lens for the Pentax Spotmatic Super-Takumar 135mm f/3.5
  • Camera Flash for Pentax SpotmaticPentax Spotmatic Flash No Built-In Flash
  • Camera Common Accessories for Pentax SpotmaticLens hood is a common accessory for the Pentax Spotmatic Lens hoodLeather case is a common accessory for the Pentax Spotmatic Leather caseStrap is a common accessory for the Pentax Spotmatic Strap


  • Camera Battery Type for Pentax Spotmatic1.35V mercury cell
  • Battery Life for Pentax SpotmaticApproximately 1 year
  • Battery Replaceable for Pentax SpotmaticReplaceable


Use Cases

  • Camera Use Cases for Pentax Spotmatic
    Street Photography
    Portrait Photography
    Landscape Photography
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Description for Pentax Spotmatic Description for Pentax Spotmatic

The Pentax Spotmatic is a classic 35mm film SLR camera that was introduced by Asahi Optical Co. (now Pentax) in 1964. It quickly gained popularity among photographers for its advanced features and reliable performance. The Spotmatic features a rugged metal body with a comfortable grip, making it ideal for both amateur and professional photographers. It has a bright and clear viewfinder, which allows for precise focusing and composition. The camera is equipped with a built-in light meter that provides accurate exposure readings, ensuring properly exposed photographs. The Spotmatic uses the M42 screw mount, which allows for a wide range of interchangeable lenses. It also has a wide range of shutter speeds, from 1 second to 1/1000th of a second, as well as a bulb mode for long exposures. The Pentax Spotmatic is a highly regarded camera among film enthusiasts and collectors, known for its durability and exceptional image quality.

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The Spotmatic was the first camera to feature TTL (Through-The-Lens) metering, which revolutionized exposure control in SLR cameras. It uses a mercury battery for the light meter, which may be difficult to find as mercury batteries are no longer produced. However, there are alternative methods to use the camera without the light meter or with a modern battery adapter. The Spotmatic is compatible with a wide range of M42 lenses, including the renowned Takumar lenses, known for their exceptional optical quality. It is a fully manual camera, which requires the user to set the aperture and shutter speed manually. The Spotmatic is a reliable and versatile camera that is well-suited for various types of photography, including landscape, portrait, and street photography.

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Description for Pentax Spotmatic Pros and Cons for Pentax Spotmatic

Full manual control allows for precise exposure settings

Built-in light meter helps with exposure metering

Compatible with a wide range of M42 screw mount lenses

Durable and reliable construction

Large and bright viewfinder for easy composition

Manual focus only

No built-in motor drive for automatic film advance

No built-in flash

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Description for Pentax Spotmatic Potential Problems and Fixes for Pentax Spotmatic

Sticky Shutter

The Spotmatic is known for its sticky shutter issue, especially when it's not been used for a long time. Regular use and professional cleaning can help maintain the shutter.

Light Meter Failure

The light meter in the Spotmatic can fail due to age or battery leakage. It's recommended to have a spare light meter or use the sunny 16 rule for exposure.

Fungus in Lens

Fungus can grow in the lens if the camera is stored in damp conditions. To prevent this, store your camera in a dry, cool place and use silica gel packets to absorb moisture.

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