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09-18-2010, 12:02 PM   #1
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Pentax SP500

The SP 500 was released in 1971 as a budget model of the Spotmatic II. The camera is nearly identical to the Spotmatic II but is lacking a self timer, flash shoe and has the 1/1000s shutter speed marking removed from the shutter dial. The shutter speed limitation of 1/500s was cosmetic only as the camera can operate at 1/1000s.


Asahi Pentax SP500
Also marketed as
Honeywell Pentax SP500
Year introduced
1971
Year discontinued
1974
Mount
M42
Automatic aperture stop down
Yes
Metering
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
No
Shutter speeds (auto)
Not applicable
Shutter speeds (manual)
B, 1 - 1/500s
Shutter speeds (mechanical)
B, 1 - 1/500s
Self timer
No
Mirror lock-up
No
Auto bracketing
Not applicable
Multiple exposures
Yes
Winder
Ratchet type rapid wind lever. 10 pre-advance and 160 advance angle
Flash hot shoe
No
Built-in flash
No
TTL/P-TTL flash
No
Flash sync speed
FP and X terminals - 1/60s
Flash exposure comp
Not applicable
Viewfinder
0.88x (with 50mm lens)
Viewfinder type
Pentaprism finder with Fresnel lens + microprism
Diopter correction
No
Exchangeable screen
No
Depth of field preview
Yes
Image size
24 x 36 mm
Battery
1.3V mercury PX-400
Battery grip/pack
No
Size (W x H x D)
143 x 93 x 88mm (with standard lens)
Weight
610g



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Last edited by Ole; 10-10-2010 at 04:27 PM.
01-25-2011, 05:56 PM   #2
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Pentax SP500 Camera Review

Pros Rugged Construction, simple operation
Cons mercury batteries
Rating 10
Price (U.S. Dollars) $179
Years Owned 38 years

I can recommend this camera: Yes

Value, Features, Performance & Size
Strong, simple, honest. You make all the exposure and focus decisions.

Camera Review
My first new SLR, I bought it when I was in high school. It was the cheapest Pentax I could get. The salesman told me it was a Spotmatic without the self timer and top shutter speed of 1/500. There is a detent beyond 500, and the shutter fires, it is just uncalibrated. It went everywhere with me, must have made well over 10000 images with it. It had to go to the shop once in 38 years. I don't abuse my gear, but I don't baby it either. It has taken a beating over the years, and it simply works!
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