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09-18-2010, 07:02 AM   #1
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Pentax SP1000

The PENTAX SP1000 replaced the SP500 as the budget model. It was basically the original Spotmatic (which had been introduced 9 years earlier) but without a self timer. It thus didn't have recent advances such as the open aperture metering found in the Spotmatic F and ES series.

Asahi Pentax SP1000
Also marketed as
Honeywell Pentax SP1000
Year introduced
Year discontinued
Automatic aperture stop down
Stop down, centerweight
Meter range
EV 1 to 18
ISO range
20 to 1600
DX ISO range
No DX coding
Exposure modes
Manual, B
Exposure compensation
Not applicable
Exposure memory lock
Shutter speeds (auto)
Not applicable
Shutter speeds (manual)
B, 1 - 1/1000s
Shutter speeds (mechanical)
B, 1 - 1/1000s
Self timer
Mirror lock-up
Auto bracketing
Not applicable
Multiple exposures
Ratchet type rapid wind lever. 10 pre-advance and 160 advance angle
Flash hot shoe
Built-in flash
TTL/P-TTL flash
Flash sync speed
FP and X terminals - 1/60s
Flash exposure comp
Not applicable
0.88x (with 50mm lens)
Viewfinder type
Pentaprism finder with Fresnel lens + microprism
Diopter correction
Exchangeable screen
Depth of field preview
Image size
24 x 36 mm
1.3V mercury PX-400
Battery grip/pack
Size (W x H x D)
143 x 92 x 88mm

This model was not sold in Japan

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12-07-2010, 12:14 PM   #2
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Pentax SP1000 Camera Review

Pros It is a Spotmatic
Cons Only if you desperately need a self timer
Rating 9
Price (U.S. Dollars) 30
Years Owned 4

I can recommend this camera: Yes

Value, Features, Performance & Size
The aesthetics of the original Spotmatic simplified and purified.

Camera Review

Think of the SP1000 as a screw-mount K1000, or rather the K1000 as the K mount SP1000.

The main thing it lacks compared to the 'full' Spotties is the self timer, its weight (neglible) and added complexity (they do sometimes fail). Thus it shares all the other Spotmatic strengths - compact size, rugged, well made, solidly designed.

If you care about aesthetics (and I do!), then the SP1000 is the youngest camera you can get with the original Spotmatic body shape. (The SP1000 has the add-on accessory shoe of the original SP and different lines than SPII.)

So, the bottom line when it comes to screw mount bodies: the Spotmatics are the best built and currently repairable cameras. They take modern batteries due to their bridge circuits. Their weak spot appears to be the stop down / meter switch which can get worn or dirty over time, and some of the competition's solutions may be ergonomically better (Yashica TL Electros have a slide on the bottom right of the mount, easy to push or pull with either hand; the Fujica ST's have a button under your right hand that you merely squeeze). However, the competition of the day often is not worth repairing - even if you can find someone willing to do so.

Stop-down metering. Yes, it can be a pain. However, in practice with manual metering you meter the thing you want to meter, apply any exposure shift you want, and then keep shooting until the light changes or you want something else. With an open-aperture metering camera the meter's chattering at you all the time.

In summary, the SP1000 is a fine camera, often under-appreciated, lacking the cult following of the K1000. However, it is the cleanest, newest way to get an original Spotmatic.
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Pentax SP1000 Camera Review

Pros simple and rugged
Cons mercury batteries!
Rating 10
Price (U.S. Dollars) $100
Years Owned 30

I can recommend this camera: Yes

Value, Features, Performance & Size
Don't need batteries to function.

Camera Review
This was a gift from my wife to back up the SP500 I already owned. These are the same size as a Spotmatic, it just doesn't have a self timer. It has been used in the Colorado mountains in the winter and Arizona in the summer, and it just works!
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