Spottys are a good basic camera ,solid without lots of bells and whistlesto get in the way. There are lots of great M42 lens's out there. Really from my standpoint the only drawback to spotmatics now are the stopdown metering and the fact that at their age you can figure there is a good chance the shutter could be a little slow and need a cla. From your standpoint the spotty suffers from a loud mirror slap well normal for pentax loud for other brands lol. when I was looking for an slr a few months back I was primarily looking at spottys till I saw a km at a great price.