After a few weeks
playing with my Pentax Spotmatic camera I find shooting it a blast.
It is a fully manual SLR
with typical layout of the controls. You won't find much more on this
camera than shutter speed dial & release, film advance level and a
self-timer. Aperture and focus is of course controlled via the lens.
The Spotmatic has
through the lens (TTL) metering, but unlike newer cameras there is a switch
near the lens mount to enable the meter. This engages an automatic
diaphragm release on newer M42 lenses to stop the aperture down for metering.
The documented usage
model is to first compose and focus with the aperture wide open and then engage
the meter and adjust exposure as needed. The image through the viewfinder
darkens during metering as the lens stops down to the chosen aperture.
Personally I found
myself metering first and then disengaging the switch to perform final
focusing; either method works fine.
The only quirks I have