Asahi Pentax Spotmatic


Today I finally picked up dad's old Pentax Spotmatic SP from the camera shop. It had been in getting repaired for 5 months - the repair guy forgot about it..

The battery compartment was buggered, and the lightmeter switch was a little bit dodgy, but it's all fixed now and works perfectly.

The Spotmatic is a 35 years old (if not more!) all manual 35mm SLR camera. I wouldn't even bother trying to get my 6 year old digital camera repaired, but I guess the Spotmatic is like an old car - easy to repair.

I've got a variety of lenses for the Spotmatic, the Super Takuma 55mm f/2, 200mm f/4, 28mm f/3.5 and the cheap (and full of fungus) Hanimex 80-200mm f/4.5. I've also got extension tubes and a 2x teleconvertor and an automatic flash (however it's nothing like the modern Canon EOS flash). I'm unlikely to ever really use it again, since I have the EOS 350 digital and 300 film, but it's of sentimental value to me (and dad) so I thought I'd get it repaired.

Next thing on the list is to try and clean out that 80-200mm. Now where did I put the jewelers screwdrivers....