Daniel J. Schneider Everyone knows about the Pentax K, but only slightly less well-known is the Spotmatic, with its total lack of automation, cheap and plentiful lenses, and rock-solid construction. The name Spotmatic seems to imply something to do with spot metering, right? The prototype did have a spot meter, but it was replaced with center-weighted average metering just before production began in an effort to appeal to a broader range of amateur photographers. Schneider The Spotmatic name applied to a long line of cameras that lasted until and included several functional variants.
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Page Shutter Turn the shutter speed dial clockwise or counter-clockwise to the shutter speed desired. Page Range Of Light Measurement Range of light measurement The exposure meter of the Spotmatic measures the brightness of the ground glass. Therefore, the meter should be turned on after you have focused your subject on the ground glass. As you will note from the table below, with an ASA film, you may use any shutter speed from 1 sec. A serious accident has been reported of a small child who has put a mercury battery into his mouth and has been hospitalized for serious gripes and stomach inflammation.
Please always keep a mercury battery from the reach of small children. The table below shows which flash contact, which shutter speed and which flash bulb may be combined for maximum lamp efficiency.
Page Self-timer Depending on how far down you turn the self-timer cocking lever 1 , it will release the shutter in 5 - 13 seconds. When operating the self- timer, always depress the self-timer release button 2 to release the shutter. Do not depress the shutter button … it will immediately release the shutter without delayed action.
If it is switched on, the tip of the automatic diaphragm release pin of the lens will hit the pin release plate inside the camera body and may get damaged. Further, it can be used with only two other cameras: Asahi Pentax SV and S1a with an orange-colored R marking on the film rewind knob. Preferably, it should be kept in its case and, as an additional precaution, inserted into a polyethylene bag.
It is advisable to test the camera at least four weeks prior to your departure to give time for a test film to be exposed and processed. Page Interchangeable Lenses With focal length longer than 55mm, the subject image is seen through the viewfinder larger than its life size.
Regardless of the lens selected for your Asahi Pentax, there is never need for an accessory viewfinder, ordinarily required for rangefinder type cameras.
Compact in size and light in weight, it enables you to view and focus at an 84 keeping the reflex mirror flipped up. A wonderful lens to create pictures with dramatic impact. Page 30 Weight 8.
Equipped with fully automatic diaphragm; Well balanced, its total length is rather short so it is light in weight. Most suitable for shooting night scenes, stage, indoors, sports and snap portraits. An excellent lens also for color photography. Gives needle-sharp resolution to every corner of the picture. Equipped diaphragm; supplied with special lenshood. Especially designed for those professionals who specialize in outdoor sports, news and nature-life photography.
Equipped with manual diaphragm; supplied with special lenshood. With a zoom ratio of 2. Not only is it a high resolution lens for visible light photography, but also it gives unmatched optical performance ultraviolet photography. BI - 3 filters built-in. It serves the purposes of the Asahi Pentax Extension Tubes 2 and 3. The Asahi Pentax Auto Bellows is a precisely designed close- up and macro equipment for professional photographers, research workers, scientists and specialists in close-up and macro works.
Page Shutter Turn the shutter speed dial clockwise or counter-clockwise to the shutter speed desired. Page Range Of Light Measurement Range of light measurement The exposure meter of the Spotmatic measures the brightness of the ground glass. Therefore, the meter should be turned on after you have focused your subject on the ground glass. As you will note from the table below, with an ASA film, you may use any shutter speed from 1 sec. A serious accident has been reported of a small child who has put a mercury battery into his mouth and has been hospitalized for serious gripes and stomach inflammation. Please always keep a mercury battery from the reach of small children.
ASAHI Spotmatic II Operating Manual
The camera was one of the first commercially available 35mm SLRs to include through-the-lens metering. The camera name is derived from the use of spot metering on the original design of the camera. The metering system was changed to average metering prior to its release but the change happened too late to change the marketing materials, so the original name continued to be used. A series of different models were made with minor changes and improvements. All Spotmatics use the M42 lens mount. In the United States, Spotmatic cameras were imported and marketed by Honeywell and bear the name "Honeywell Spotmatic". Cameras manufactured for sale outside the US were badged "Asahi Spotmatic".
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Equipped with FP and X flash terminals. Exposure Meter Built-in meter measures the brightness of the ground glass, and couples directly to shutter and film speed settings. Meter is powered with a mercury battery. Film Rewind Rapid rewind crank for speedy film take-up. Film rewind release button on bottom of camera body rotates while film is being rewound.