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Pentax Spotmatic SP serial number

Jonah C. , Nov 04, 2004; 10:53 a.m.

My father gave me his old Pentax Spotmatic SP with a 50mm / 1.4 super- takumar lens that he purchased in Asia. I would like to find out the manufactured date. Is there a website listing the serial numbers of Spotmatics coorelating with their manufacturing dates?

thanks in advance


D Colucci , Nov 04, 2004; 11:03 a.m.

short answer, no. Pentax did not use serial #'s for dating - they used a batch system..however, you can assume your item dates to 1964-1970 ( after '70 they became SMC lenses )


John Smullen , Nov 04, 2004; 01:02 p.m.

There were two version of the Spotmatic SP, with the later one being produced from 1965 to 1973. My guess is that you have the later one, just because it was produced so long. The 50mm 1.4 Super Takumar lens was produced from 1964 to 1971 in two different versions. The SMC version was introduced in 1971. Anyway, your camera may have been produced and sold before before or after the SMC lenses became available. It was not unusual to see Super Takumar lenses offered with new screwmount bodies at the same time that SMC lenses became available.

Here is an interesting site with a lot of information on Pentax cameras and lenses: http://www.aohc.it/slr02e.htm

Berk Sirman , Nov 04, 2004; 01:10 p.m.

Is the asa range between 10-800 or 20-1600? If it is the former then the camera was made in 64-65. If it is the latter you are looking at 65 and later. Another place to look is the bottom plate. If you see "231" then it is the earlier model if it is "21302" then it is the latter.

Jonah C. , Nov 05, 2004; 11:18 a.m.

Thank you for the information. ISO setting is up to 1600 and the batch number on top of the camera (no numbers on the bottom plate) is 2312306. I assume this is one of the later model of the Sponmatics.


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