asahi Pentax sp500

Discussion in 'Photography' started by jessicacrowley92, 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. jessicacrowley92

    Mike Trainor Guest

    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?

    Mike Trainor, Feb 8, 2014
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  3. 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.
    Scott Schuckert, Mar 3, 2014
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