1960s Pentax Spotmatic – Single Lens Reflex Camera

Pentax Spotmatic

Originally uploaded by canuckshutterer.
The simple but elegant design of the Pentax Spotmatic series of film cameras translated into large sales in the 1960s and 70s. The camera is fully manual with a built in light meter. Pentax M42 (screwmount) lenses are still usable with an adapter on Pentax digital slr cameras. The quality of these manual Pentax lenses is superb and is optically the equal of lenses of today.

In 1975, my first SLR camera was a later model, slightly downscale, called the Pentax SP1000. I took a lot of fun photos at university with that camera, football games, pretty pretty girls, and long lost friends.

If I had not fallen victim to all the camera magazine hype about the new and improved, I might have done very well to stick with that camera and add a 28mm and 105mm lens. The 28 for landscape and the 105 for portraits. The 85mm focal length also works well for portraiture. The Super Takumar or SMC 85mm lenses have always been premium and remain relatively pricey.


Author: William J. Gibson

62 year old - writer/photographer Canadian, survived open heart surgery, received kidney transplant, sometimes dour, sometimes amusing, over six feet in height, severely follicle challemged

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