Asahi Pentax Spotmatic F

Spotmatic F with SMC 50mm f/1.4 Specifications


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Asahi Pentax Spotmatic F

Spotmatic F with SMC 50mm f/1.4

Type 35mm single-lens reflex with built-in TTL light meter.
Film and Picture Size 35mm film.  24mm x 36mm
Standard Lenses SMC Takumar 50mm f/1.4 or 55mm f/1.8 with fully automatic diaphram.  Distance scale: 0.45m (1.5 feet) to infinity.   Filter size: 49mm.
Shutter Focal plane shutter.  Speeds: B, 1-1/1000 sec.  Film speed (ASA) setting dial and window on shutter speed dial.  Built-in self-timer releases shutter in 6-12 seconds.  Shutter button lock provided.
Viewfinder Eye-level pentaprism finder with Fresnel lens + microprism.

0.89x magnification with 50mm lens.  -0.1 dioptry.  93% field of view.

Focusing Turn the distance scale ring until the subject image in the viewfinder comes into sharp focus.  Minimum focus distance: 0.45m (1.5 feet) (With 50/55mm lenses)
Reflex Mirror Instant Return Type with special shock absorbers for minimum vibration.
Film Advance Ratchet type rapid wind lever (for film advance and shutter cocking).  10 pre-advance and 160 advancing angle.
"Cocked" Indicator A red disk appears in a small window along-side the shutter release button when the shutter is cocked, and blacks out when it is released.
Film Exposure Counter Automatic re-set type.
Lens Mount 42mm threaded lens mount (Pentax-mount)
Flash Synchronization FP & X contacts for conventional flash cord connection.  Electronic synchronization at 1/60 sec.  Hot shoe with X sync for cordless operation.
Exposure Meter TTL CdS meter measures the average brightness of the ground glass, and couples directly to the shutter and film speed settings.   Film speed (ASA) setting ranges from 20 to 3200 (LV3 -18 for ASA 100 film with 50mm lens.)  Meter is powered with a mercury battery.
Film Rewind Rapid rewind crank for speedy film take-up.  Film rewind button on base of camera body releases film from take-up spool for rewind and rotates while film is being rewound.
Loaded Film   Indicator Loaded film reminder dial underneath film rewind knob is marked with various reminder symbols and numbers
Dimension width 143mm (5.6") x height 93mm (3.66") x thickness 91mm (3.6")
Weight 894g (1 lb. 13 oz.) with 50mm f/1.4 lens.  Body alone: 642 grams (1 lb, 5 oz.)
Price when New camera with 50mm f/1.4 $600

Spotmatic F with SMC 50mm f/1.4

Specifications | Features

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SPotmatic F When the Asahi Pentax Spotmatic was introduced to the public at the 1960 Photokina, the photographic World's Fair in Cologne, Germany, it attracted immediate and keen attention.  Not available for purchase at that time, it was a model of the advanced features and design that would be incorporated into cameras in the future.  
Four years of intensive research, exhaustive experiments and intensive testing followed before it became available to serious amateur and professional photographers in late 1964.  In the early '70's, this venerable machine was updated with internal refinements and given a meter with greater range and a hot shoe for use with flash and other accessories. SPotmatic F
SPotmatic F

The traditional classic design and simple elegance associated with the earlier models of the famous Asahi Pentax have been retained in the Spotmatic despite the incorporation of many highly advanced features. 

Meticulously constructed by master craftsmen, the Asahi Pentax cameras remain the standard of excellence and precision in the world of 35mm single-lens-reflex cameras.

SPotmatic F
Spotmatic F with SMC 50mm f/1.4 SMC Takumar 50mm f/1.4

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