The Spotmatic cameras were introduced by Asahi Optical Company in 1964 and marketed through 1976. The camera was one of the first commercially available 35mm SLRs to include through-the-lens metering. The camera name is derived from the use of spot metering on the original design of the camera. The metering system was changed to average metering prior to its release but the change happened too late to change the marketing materials, so the original name continued to be used. A series of different models were made with minor changes and improvements. All Spotmatics use the M42 lens mount. In the United States, Spotmatic cameras were imported and marketed by Honeywell and bear the name "Honeywell Spotmatic". Cameras manufactured for sale outside the US were badged "Asahi Spotmatic".
Type: SLR body
Manufacturer: Asahi Optical Co.
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 20-1600 (on original Spotmatic)
In good working condition with no major signs of wear, light meter has been tested and is working, and it has had all light seals replaced. Comes with macro lens as pictured. Has a dent on top of the camera and a line through the viewfinder which is a separation of the mirrors within the pentaprism. In the last two photos you can see how this affects vision through the viewfinder. If you look at the viewfinder it is possible to see the line, but when looking through the viewfinder, the line becomes almost invisible, and more like a horizontal shadow across the centre.
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