Calling All Pentax Spotmatic Enthusiasts

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by Larry Yaremko, Jan 4, 2005.

  1. Hello.

    I am Larry Yaremko, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and I have just
    published a web site dedicated to the Asahi/Honeywell Pentax Spotmatic/ES
    cameras and SMC Takumar lenses. I would like to extend an invitation to all
    Pentax enthusiasts to visit the site and to check out the many hard-to-find
    resources that it will contain.

    I have already uploaded a series of rarely-seen SMC Takumar lens data
    sheets. The entire series of normal lenses and moderate wide angle lenses
    are now online. More will be added in the coming days. Every SMC Takumar
    lens model that was ever made will be represented.

    I will also be publishing copies of test reports, camera and lens manuals
    and vintage advertisements from Honeywell from the 60s and 70s.

    There will also be a Message Board where fellow enthusiasts can discuss
    issues related to Spotmatic and ES cameras, or Takumar lenses. I hope to
    have that feature in operation by the end of January.

    The web site is completely non-commercial, and contains no tracking cookies,
    web bugs or any other components that are invasive of anyone's privacy.

    It is my hope that the site can be an online encyclopedic resource devoted
    specifically to the M42 system. I plan on adding some new item or feature
    every day.

    Even though the site is now in its infancy, I would appreciate your
    spreading the word that it is out there. If anyone has any materials
    related to the Spotmatic or Takumar that they would like to share with the
    rest of us, please email me.

    Thanks, and I hope to meet many of you online soon.

    Larry Yaremko Pentax Spotmatic Web Site
    Larry Yaremko, Jan 4, 2005
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  2. Larry Yaremko

    me Guest

    Hi Larry. Have you seen this site?
    Film best!
    me, Jan 4, 2005
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  3. Larry Yaremko

    Escaper Guest

    Hello Larry:

    I am glad to see your site. I wish you luck and I would love to assist
    in one form or another. Regards, E.
    Escaper, Jan 4, 2005
  4. Larry Yaremko

    me Guest

    Recommended changes to website:
    Error? Link for 50mm 1.8 on left of lens menu links to 55mm 1.8.

    I don't like frames, personal preference.
    Good Luck,
    me, Jan 4, 2005
  5. Good effort, Larry. As of now, I own a Super Takumar 50mm f/1.4 lens
    that I use on my Canon 300D. Soon, I should also own a M42 mount 28mm
    f/2.8 and Jupiter 200mm f/4 lens.

    I was interested in a list dedicated to M42 mount lenses. If anyone's
    interested I can start a yahoo-group for the same.

    - Siddhartha
    Siddhartha Jain, Jan 4, 2005

  6. I have seen it, and that site was my inspiration to create a site that would
    be to the M42 system what his is for K-Mount.

    Ir is becoming increasingly difficult for Pentax enthusiasts to get their
    hands on information, and I hope that my new site may serve in some small
    way to fill the gap. Not a lot on it yet, but I do intend to add to it
    every single day, as I can find time. Within a couple of months it should
    be cooking.

    Larry Yaremko, Jan 4, 2005
  7. Thanks for your good wishes. If you have any material to share with the
    rest of us--especially reprints of magazine test reports--please let me
    know. I was planning on checking microfilm copies of the photo magazines at
    my main library, but it would be a lot easier if someone that already had
    these reports could give me copies.

    Larry Yaremko, Jan 4, 2005
  8. My mistake. The normal f/1.8 lens was a 55mm, not a 50mm. (The 50mm normal
    lens was the f/1.4--the radioactive one). I fixed it. Thanks for calling
    it to my attention.

    Larry Yaremko, Jan 4, 2005
  9. Siddhartha-

    Only problem with a Yahoo group is that one needs a Yahoo ID to view the
    messages. That serves to eliminate a lot of potential users. Also, Yahoo
    has exhibited questionable privacy policies. They use web bugs, to track
    your movements online (see their Privacy Policy). And, since they know your
    identity, because you have a Yahoo ID, it has the potential to be overly
    invasive of your privacy.

    My Message Board will be open to everyone, with no ID or password needed,
    and my site will never contain any privacy-invasive components or ads. I
    just need to tweak some settings at the server level, and I should have the
    Message Board up by month's end. Not sure how much interest there will be
    in that feature--we'll just have to see how well it is accepted.


    Larry Yaremko, Jan 4, 2005
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