The Asahi Pentax Spotmatic SP was the first in a long line of very successful Spotmatics, and is known as one of the first SLR cameras with TTL metering that actually sold well. My favorite thing about this camera is that it is the native mount for all of my beloved Takumar M-42 lenses. The Takumars are incredibly well built pieces that are as smooth as a hot knife in butter even after decades of hard use. The SP was released in 1964.
The first spotty I got was a mess. Everything worked on it but the cloth shutter curtain had mold all over it. It’s buried somewhere deep in my closet in a sealed plastic bag. Then I got the black one shown above. It works well but the previous owner tried to do a touch up paint job and it looks horrible. I would much prefer to just see the brassing and may even try to remove the touch up paint at some point. My third spotty was the one shown above with the silver finish. It looks really nice and I may send it in for a thorough CLA when I’m back in the U.S. next year.
I’ve taken a few photos with each camera and they here are here.
I’ve added photos of a bunch of M42 lenses. Some of these are older than me but the focus rings are still buttery smooth like the day they were made.