Sensible M42 metered body to use today?


ChrisPlatt

Link Posted 06/06/2012 - 02:25
FWIW the Pentax Spotmatic F (SP-F) meters at full aperture,
but only using Super-Multi-Coated (or SMC) Takumar lenses.
Stop-down metering must be performed when using other lenses.

Chris
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Banjo

Link Posted 07/06/2012 - 04:34
doingthebobs wrote:
The Spotmatic F has advantages, in that it is one of the 'newer' Spotmatics and it has open aperture metering, when used with the SMC Takumars. All mechanical as well, apart from the meter.

The Spotmatic-F endorsed!

I have two: both great to work with and batteries readily available. Can utilize any M42 lenses (even the oldest, entirely manual or pre-set models, including by other makers) just have to remember to use an appropriate stop-down mode with non-SMC lenses.
Last Edited by Banjo on 07/06/2012 - 04:35

Banjo

Link Posted 07/06/2012 - 04:49
johnriley wrote:
All Spotmatics are fully compatible with the 50mm f1.4 lens. It's only the S1a that needs to have the right colour R on the rewind crank.

Cameras earlier than the S1a should not be used with the f1.4 lens.

Thanks, John,

I also have some SP-F Spotmatics (as well as other, earlier models) and recently found one of the Super-Takumar 1.4 lenses at a tempting price. Having read the relevant pages of "The Pentax Way", I became worried about using it in the SP-F, particularly as it seems to protrude further into the mirror box than other Takumar M42 50mm lenses.

Eventually, I just bit the bullet and had a go (crossing my fingers the while) and....no problems! . It works just fine.

The instructions regarding the colour of the "R" on the rewind handles are confusing, as various examples seem to have either colour, seemingly unrelated to the model's placement in the manufacturing chronology.

BTW, I use Silver Oxide 1.5v cells and have no complaint with them.
Last Edited by Banjo on 07/06/2012 - 05:01

johnha

Link Posted 07/06/2012 - 21:54
I was put off an SP-F because I read the meter was switched on whenever an SMC-Tak lens was fitted.
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Oso

Link Posted 09/06/2012 - 13:22
Just d'ont forget to put on the lens cover

Oso

ChrisPlatt

Link Posted 10/06/2012 - 19:10
Oso wrote:
Just don't forget to put on the lens cover.

The SP-F meter switches off when you place the lens cover on.
The venerable K1000 works the same way...

Chris
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johnha

Link Posted 10/06/2012 - 20:30
Thanks Oso & Chris,

I knew the K1000 switched off (or is it just had very little drain on the meter) with the lens cap on, didn't know the SP-F worked the same way.

John.
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Last Edited by johnha on 10/06/2012 - 20:55
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