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04-08-2010, 02:44 PM   #16
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Well the guy who says he bought his in 1974 has the model wrong - should be SP500 - the K cameras didn't go on sale till 1976 - this is the most amazing introductory ad I've seen, from February '76:

The K cameras were not for sale in '75 in the USA as I checked two different mail order listings.
As late as Nov '76 47th St Photo was still selling Spotmatics alongside the K cameras. There is a K1000 but no K500 listed. By March '78 only the K2, KX and K1000 were left, the MX and ME were for sale.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ChrisPlatt Quote
Errors, confusion, or failing memories? Quite possibly. But an interesting possibility nevertheless.
I like a mystery. Some here apparently do not. However until I see a picture of one, I'm not buying...

Chris, this is fun, I like these puzzles... I'm occupied with one about Bessa 66 dates, as someone is saying they may have built them post-war, using pre-war bits. AFAIK post war, the Bessa 66 became the Perkeo.

Meanwhile, here's a real chimera from the '79 Photokina, SMC-M Flexi 35/2.8 - a 33 to 39mm zoom!
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According to the Pentax Timeline the Pentax K series was introduced in 1975.
The SP500 debuted in 1971 and the SP1000 in 1974.

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This is the Thai website I found that mentioned the K500, I translated it with Google:

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QuoteOriginally posted by unixrevolution Quote
I have never heard of a K500. The K1000 was already an economy was obsolete before it was introduced in 1975.
And yet it moved...for 21 years.
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Danilo Cecchi does not mention it in his his very thorough book, "Asahi Pentax and Pentax SLR 35mm Cameras 1952 - 1989".

Likewise for Carl Shipman and his book, "How to Use and Select Pentax SLR Cameras".

Without physical evidence I shall remain skeptical.

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