First pics out of my 'new' Spotmatic


Link Posted 03/09/2010 - 17:26
I know they are nothing special, I'm glad it just works but these are the first pics out of my newly purchased Spotmatic F they are taken with the 50mm f1.4 or 35mm f3.5.

Local campus 'pack'

Little over exposed maybe but I was guessing as the sky was very bright

Local chav entourage, polish I believe

Quite pleased with them for my 1st film in aaaages, Processed at jessops onto CD, £6 and turned round in under half an hour (they were quiet). TTL exposure meter in the camera seems to be doing its job too. please feel free to crit or comment.


Link Posted 04/09/2010 - 01:25
I do like the last shot of the kids, and I rather like the high-key effect in #3 as well. Good first effort all round!
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Link Posted 04/09/2010 - 01:51
You'll be right back into it as if you'd never left at this rate.
Last Edited by i-Berg on 04/09/2010 - 01:51


Link Posted 04/09/2010 - 02:40
Great results! Must finish off that film in my P30.


Link Posted 04/09/2010 - 12:27
Congratulations on a fine camera.

Are these shop-done scans? They seem to have a bit of a green colour cast which is common to shop-scans (as they scan BW negs as colour ones). It can be got rid of in software quickly enough by converting to greyscale.

I agree with Gareth re: bokeh. The 50mm f/1.4 is a highly regarded lens.

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Link Posted 04/09/2010 - 17:42
Great set - well done you

K20D,*istD ( now a dedicated M42 digital ),K100D,MZ5N,P50,ME Super,Spotmatic 1000,Spotmatic,ESII,ES,H2.18-55 II,18-55,75-300 FAJ,35-80 FA,80-200 F,28-105 FA,Sigma 24-70 AF Aspherical,Sigma 28-300 Hyperzoom , Praotor II 500 M42,Centon 500mm mirror,and a few Pentax M42 Taks,super-Taks,smc Taks,A and M lenses.Benbo trekker,7dayshop monopod and a Lowepro rucksack.

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Link Posted 05/09/2010 - 00:19
Thanks for the kind words.

Yes dev and scan by my local Jessops (£6 and done in about 25mins, can't really argue). If you ramp the saturation up on some of the scans you do get a mildly green grass and purple sky

the 50mm 1.4 is a lovely lens, its the first M42 I bought for my Canon 20D as I wanted a better fast prime than the canon 50mm 1.8 'nifty fifty' (which is horribly plasticy).

hefty1: What do you mean by 'high-key' effect in #3?


Link Posted 05/09/2010 - 13:52
Backhouse wrote:
hefty1: What do you mean by 'high-key' effect in #3?

Rather than re-invent the wheel I'll let Wikipedia explain for me: clicky
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Link Posted 07/09/2010 - 20:32
When I was growing up a Spotmatic was my dream camera. Nice to see some shots taken with one. I really like the leaping Poles. That will be great to look back on in years to come...
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Link Posted 09/09/2010 - 10:55
Another one I found


Link Posted 13/09/2010 - 06:28
cardiff_gareth wrote:
Check out that bokeh on the 2nd pic - tidy !

My first thought too. Great !

Just sold two Spotties - kept one of the Tak 50 1.4s though Pentax. Pentax DA*300/4, Cosina 55/1.2, Lens Baby Composer Pro & Edge 80, AFA x1.7, Metz 50 af1.
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Link Posted 17/09/2010 - 10:09
A nice set of images. Just goes to show you do not need to drop large amounts of cash to get some excellent pictures.


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