When I was a nipper, several family friends owned Spotmatics and I always saw them as something rather special. A bit more than a decade ago, I read an article about them on a website and was reminded about how I had thought about them back in the days of short trousers, idly thinking, yes, if I ever see one for a good price, I ought to get myself one of those. Then I forgot about it. Though I'm sure that if I had stumbled across one in a charity shop for a tenner, I would have snapped it up. ~But I didn't" Anyway, since then, I have become a bit more engaged in photography and recently started experimenting with adapters to mount our old Pentax lenses (used with an MX, ME Super and P30 35mm bodies) to my Canon DSLR. This was fun! It also made for more enjoyable photography because I had to go back to thinking things through more carefully. So this is how things started... Then, it dawned upon me that some great old lenses could be bought for extremely low prices and I started to hoover up an arsenal of them. I found some astonishing bargains, including a lovely little Hoya 35-70mm f4, still in the original box and wrapping for well under a tenner and a beautiful Pentax-M 80-200mm for £0.99p! So, I ended up with about 20-odd new lenses, which I suppose might be seen as a trifle obsessive, but the real stars of the show were the Takumars, which I completely fell in love with. I bought 3 - a 55mm f2, a 28mm f3.5 and a 135mm f3.5. Turns out that these were the lenses originally used with the jolly old Spotmatics. Well! There was nothing else for it, was there? What can a poor lad do? So I managed to find a rather lovely Spotmatic F for the princely sum of £23. And here it is.