asahi Pentax sp500

Discussion in 'Photography' started by jessicacrowley92@gmail.com, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. I sold the SP500 at retail when it was new. It was Pentax's budget
    camera, a cut down version of the normal Spotmatic. The largest
    differences were the lack of a self-timer and a 1/500th top shutter
    speed, as opposed to 1/1000 - hence the name. It did NOT have full
    aperture metering
     
    Scott Schuckert, Jan 28, 2014
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  2. Mike Trainor Guest

    On Tue, 28 Jan 2014 14:48:10 -0500, Scott Schuckert <>
    wrote:

    >
    >I sold the SP500 at retail when it was new. It was Pentax's budget
    >camera, a cut down version of the normal Spotmatic. The largest
    >differences were the lack of a self-timer and a 1/500th top shutter
    >speed, as opposed to 1/1000 - hence the name. It did NOT have full
    >aperture metering



    Stand corrected on giving Asahi the credit for introducing full
    aperture metering. Looks like Topcon (never seen one!)
    and the great Minolta workhorse, the SRT-101, beat Pentax
    to it.

    But, if memory serves me right, the Pentax Spotmatic had
    full aperture metering, right?

    thanks
    mt

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    Mike Trainor, Feb 8, 2014
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  3. In article <>,
    <> wrote:

    > I bought two of the spotmatics back in 1971 . One still works fine after
    > hundreds of rolls of film . I believe the spot in the name refers to the
    > focusing spot in the middle of the screen



    Nah. The original prototypes had spot meters, with sensitivity limited
    to the center of the screen. However, it was difficult for amateurs to
    use, and didn't work very well anyway (the sensitive area was not
    precise). It was changed to a slightly center-weighted averaging
    system, but the name remained.

    http://www.photoethnography.com/ClassicCameras/index-frameset.html?Asahi
    PentaxSpotmatic.html~mainFrame
     
    Scott Schuckert, Mar 3, 2014
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