just bought a spotmatic


selectcase

Link Posted 03/02/2010 - 21:18
I was browsing ebay and came across a cheap working spotmatic body with a few minutes left so put in a bid for a tenner not expecting to win and got it for a gend total of £15 odd incl postage I have a fair number of m42 takumar lenses that I use for the K7 so no worries there - I used film a little bit a while back but never anything like this - this should hopefully be a bit of fun so i will let you know how i get on - any advice on which film to get and usage gratefully recieved - i wouldnt mind doing a bit of b&w - if it does not work then i have not lost a lot.
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davex

Link Posted 03/02/2010 - 21:23
Hope you enjoy your bargain. For me one of the side benefits to this hobby is buying stuff off ebay to try out, sometimes one can get a bargain sometimes not but it all adds interest

Davex.
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selectcase

Link Posted 03/02/2010 - 21:28
Yes i agree - I decided if it does not work I will stick a lens on it and put it on the shelf as an ornament as I think they are quite an elegant looking camera - I hope it does work though

K7D DA 18-55 mk11WR|50-200 wr|DA16-45|Tamron SP90|lots of manual pentax glass

wasleys

Link Posted 03/02/2010 - 22:07
The mercury battery for the light meter is no longer available. If it is one of the earlier Spotmatics this silver oxide battery will be fine. The voltage difference does not matter as the meter has a bridge circuit.

This does not apply to the ES. Not sure about the F.

Should it be an SP500 do you realise that it has 1/1000th speed too? It's just not marked on the dial.

Michael

selectcase

Link Posted 03/02/2010 - 22:13
thanks for the info that loks like a useful site - I managed to get a 1.35v just in case from ebay here
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K7D DA 18-55 mk11WR|50-200 wr|DA16-45|Tamron SP90|lots of manual pentax glass

wasleys

Link Posted 03/02/2010 - 22:26
The Wein Cell you got on eBay has the correct voltage but once it is installed will lose its capacity quite quickly, that was why I stuck to the silver oxide cells with my two Spotties.

Michael
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selectcase

Link Posted 03/02/2010 - 22:28
Thanks for the info i did not realise that - I will get the silver oxide ones next as long as the camera works ok.

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Last Edited by selectcase on 03/02/2010 - 22:30

womble

Link Posted 03/02/2010 - 22:29
I think this is an SPII because it has a self-timer. The SP500 and SP1000 didn't.

The mess the battery cover is in would suggest that someone left some in there which went rotten and corroded the cover. Hopefully the meter is still working. You need to check the seals around the door and the mirror haven't gone all sticky and nasty too. They can be easily replaced with a kit from Interslice.

I use Varta Photo Special V400PX 1.35v batteries which I got from someone else on the forum, I forget who now. The ES does indeed use completely different batteries.

As to BW film, Delta 100 ASA will give nice fine grained results, Kodak T-max 400 is faster (obviously) but is a little grainier which will suit some subjects. Tmax can be pushed to 1600 for that grainy reportage look. Colour slides you have Fuji Velvia which gives a very saturated colour look (nice for flowers) or Provia which is a little more toned down. I don't use colour print film so cannot help there.

Hope that helps. Kris.
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

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selectcase

Link Posted 03/02/2010 - 22:32
OK thanks I will look for some film and see what the camera is like

K7D DA 18-55 mk11WR|50-200 wr|DA16-45|Tamron SP90|lots of manual pentax glass

womble

Link Posted 03/02/2010 - 22:33
If you PM me your address I can send you a roll of Delta 100 as I have some spare.

K.
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

My website

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selectcase

Link Posted 03/02/2010 - 22:39
That would be great thanks pm on way

K7D DA 18-55 mk11WR|50-200 wr|DA16-45|Tamron SP90|lots of manual pentax glass

Dangermouse

Link Posted 03/02/2010 - 22:40
I buy Ilford HP5 400 for my black and white needs, it seems to be decent stuff and not too grainy.
Matt

Shooting the Welsh Wilderness with K-m, KX, MX, ME Super and assorted lenses.

Aero

Link Posted 03/02/2010 - 23:02
I used HP4, HP5's predecessor, in newspaper work for several years and it was splendid - slightly less grainy than that other great 400 ASA film, Tri-X, from memory. HP5 is about as good as you can get in B&W at that speed.

Al

womble

Link Posted 03/02/2010 - 23:08
HP5 is a classic film, been around for an age (since 1976 in its original form) as has various incarnations of FP4 (since 196. TMax isn't grainy really, just not as fine as the Delta 100.

I've not used BW enough to really get a feel for the character of the various films. I used to use XP1 years ago which has the same developing process as colour print film so you can take it to the local snappy snaps. It also had the advantage of being able to push it to 1600 or above and still not be too grainy. It was replaced with XP2 (in 1991 I discover!) but I have never used it. At college when I was developing my own I stuck with FP4 and HP5. More recently, at the recommendation of the photographer at work, I have been using Delta 100 on site. (I just loaded 4 double sided dark slides with 5x4" Delta 100 so it will be interesting to see how they turn out.)

K.
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

My website

johnriley

Link Posted 03/02/2010 - 23:54
The original Spotmatic has a self timer. The Spotmatic II is labelled as such and it also has a hotshoe. This one therefore is the original Spotmatic.
Best regards, John
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