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08-29-2009, 08:07 AM   #1
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I just bought a SP 500 on *bay. The camera came with the original leather case, with a non-Pentax flash hotshoe and with the original 2/55 Super-Takumar. The lens was protected by an odd filter and is in a very good condition - clean glass, no dust, no brassing. The camera shows no dents and a little minor wear - only the hotshoe left some traces on top of the housing. And there is still a mercury cell in the battery chamber which makes the meter work correctly! I compared the values from the meter to the ones from my CLA'd KM - everything is fine! The mirror is also clean and comes down even at shutter speeds longer than 1/15. It is much more easy to move the shutter speed button on the SP 500 even with one finger than on the KM. Everything operates so smoothly! It is very convenient for me that the meter only works when I push the button: I killed some batteries on my KM when I forgot to put the lens cap back on the lens after use. And I don't think I will miss the self-timer at all.

I had to pay 19.65 Euro ($ 28) plus 6.50 Euro ($ 9.30) for shipping. Do you think this was a good deal? People told me old spotmatics aren't worth much because there are so many of them left.

08-29-2009, 11:08 AM   #2

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From what I've seen on ebay, you got a pretty good deal. Its true that Spotmatics (including SL, SP1000, SP500, etc.) are not terribly valuable, but you certainly didn't overpay. This is especially true considering that it seems to be in very good condition.

You paid less than $40 USD, delivered. That's not very much compared to the several hundred dollars that a Nikon F from the same era might bring.

You are especially lucky to have one with an accurate meter. After all these years, many Spotmatics meters are completely dead, or wildly inaccurate.

BTW, while the SP500 doesn't have 1/1000 marked on the shutter dial, there is one more click-stop after 1/500. This is, in fact, the 1/1000 setting. It is my understanding that it may not be accurate, and when they were new, Pentax wouldn't accept a service request for an inaccurate 1/1000 shutter speed.

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