While I use a variety of film cameras, my SLRs and interchangeable
lenses so far have been mostly Nikon.
I wanted to branch out and try an older interchangeable lens
system and decided on the M42 mount. There
is some pretty nice M42 glass with unique aesthetics, often available at affordable
M42 is a thread mount where you literally screw the threaded rear
end of the lens into the camera body. M42
is sometimes known as the Praktica or Pentax thread mounts as those were two of
the most prolific camera makes to use it.
After some research it seemed that the original Pentax Spotmatic was
one of the best camera bodies made to use M42 lenses. It has TTL metering, a reputation for quality,
and a pleasing design.
It has a few quirks for those used to more modern SLRs; primarily
that you often have to focus and meter as separate steps. But now that I have put a few rolls through one it has a certain
charm to it that I find hard to resist.