Hi all! I'm not sure if this has been asked before, but here goes. I'm looking to buy either a Spotmatic (any variant, but preferably the F) or a K1000. I'm sure there's a lot of merit and also cons to each but simply...I want a reliable, fully manual (no electronics!) workhorse that will last me a long time.
Honestly, I'm keener on the Spotmatic because of it's M42 mount...cheap lens ahoy (Spotmatic + Helios 44-2...yummy!!)! The K-mount of the K1000 also has cheap lenses, but I'm not sure about how they compare (in price) to those of the M42 lenses.
On the other hand, I read somewhere that most of the M42 lenses uses stop-down metering...correct me if I'm wrong. The thing is, I have no clue on how this stop-down metering thing works because my only experience with a manual film SLR is with my Yashica FX3, which can meter with the aperture wide open. Is stop-down metering a pain? I have a light meter with me, so can I just forget about this stop-down metering thing and just meter with my standalone light meter?
Another concern of mine is...is there any split-prism focusing ring (not sure if this is the right term) on the Spotmatic or the K1000? Or do they just have microprism collars (again, this might be the wrong term) in the VF to aid focusing? I find it very easy to focus using the split circle thingy on my FX3.
I'd appreciate any feedbacks as to which one is better..and if there's any quirks to each of these cameras. It'll help me greatly in deciding what I should get. Thanks all!