Pentax Asahi Spotmatic SPII 35mm SLR Camera 55mm f1.8 Takumar Lens
On offer today we have a lovely working example of this well rated Pentax Asahi Spotmatic SPII 35mm SLR Camera 55mm f1.8 Takumar Lens. This was one of the first cameras to use ‘through-the-lens’ (TTL) metering. Several variants of the ‘Spotmatic’ were available from 1964 to 1976. This is the 1971 SPII chrome and black version, with an extended ISA range to 3200ASA and FP/X-Flash synchronisation.
Spotmatic is derived from Pentax’s intended use of spot metering but, just prior to launch, the design was changed to average metering and it was too late to change the accompanying marketing material!
Not only are these great performers but are superb legacy cameras. This example, camera and lens, is in near mint condition with no sign of fungus. 95% Exc++ with superficial surface scuffs commensurate with age and use. Comes complete with manufacturer’s 55mm f1.8 Takumar lens and a genuine Asahi Pentax 46mm lens cap.
For more information, please click on the following external link to a Spotmatic SPII camera manual
- Product Line: Pentax Asahi Spotmatic SP II (Honeywell in North America)
- Type: SLR body
- Manufacturer: Asahi Optical Co. 50207601
- Year of launch: 1964
- Films: 35mm, speeds up to 1600 ASA
- Viewfinder: pentaprism eye-level viewfinder
- Lens Mount: Pentax/Praktica screwmount (M42)
- Shutter: Focal plane shutter, speeds 1 – 1/1000 second, flash sync 1/60 second
- Metering: CdS TTL metering (stopped-down manual match-needle metering system) EV 1.7 ~ 18 (ISO 100) ASA range 20-3200.
- FP and X-flash synchronisation
- Lens System
- M42 screw fit Super-Multi- Coated Takumar
- Manual Focus
- f1.8 55mm
- Compatibility: Pentax M42
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