Andrew Gilchrist , Apr 06, 2010; 12:31 a.m.
Not an expert on these cameras but things I would try (if you haven't already):
- turn on the light meter with the thumb switch on the left-hand side (side with rewind knob) of the camera.
- some cameras expect that the film advance lever is partially extended away from the body to activate the meter (not sure about spotties)
- battery check by setting ISO/ASA to 100 and shutter speed to 'B', then press the meter switch (needle should drop)
- check that battery is facing the right way. The manual I saw indicated that positive should face the top of the camera.
I wouldn't expect the lens to matter.