Where to CLA or Refurbish a Spotmatic

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by danac, Jan 5, 2021.

  1. I'm looking for a near perfect Pentax Spotmatic circa 1969. But there's no point in doing so unless it can be serviced by a master technician that specializes in this model. Is there such a person?
  2. In the UK, Robin Gowing at Harrow Technical. Did mine some years back including the meter, still running well.
  3. Thank you. It's good to know there are still folks around who can work on vintage Pentax film cameras.
  4. Thanks Don. I bookmarked it. The camera won't get here from Canada until the 22nd. I don't know if it needs anything yet but given the age who knows.
  5. You're welcome. About 10 years ago I bought a Spotmatic for my wife. It developed a tapering shutter and I found Eric. The camera came back and operated 'like new'. Although my Spotmatic was working well, I sent it to him for a CLA. A decade later, both cameras remain sweet users. If you find yourself using a 50 year old camera regularly, I'd recommend a CLA even it there seems to be no problem with it.
  6. Yep. This is exactly what I have done with my old Canon SLR film cameras. My AE-1 and A-1 both went to K. Oikawa in S. California for CLA and whatever else that master technician thought was necessary. The FTb-N that I bought last month is at Oikawa-san's shop at this very moment. I believe in the adage: "Why spoil the ship for a ha-pence of tar."
  7. Another vote for Eric. I have an H1a from about 1964-ish. I've been using it since high school and sent it to him for a CLA a few years ago because the winder was not always cocking the shutter. He fixed it, cleaned it, and it's still working great.
  8. I got my Spotmatic back a couple of days ago. It works like a brand new camera. I even got a free battery as the one I had in it was a poor fit. Eric was fast and thorough. Like K. Oikawa is to Canon film cameras, Eric is a rare treasure. Both are fine craftsmen who obviously take great pride and care in their work.
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  9. This was a persistent problem with both Pentaxes and the early Prakticas they descended from. If you learn how to fix that problem yourself, then you won't have to worry as much since the other parts of the older Pentaxes are pretty reliable.

    There are fixes described here (SP) and on the internet.

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