The film is loaded and I have begun clicking away…

When the first Pentax Spotmatic was introduced to the public at the 1960 PHOTOKINA, photographic fair, in Cologne, Germany, it attracted the instant and close attention of photographers and photographic engineers alike.

The model range included the original Spotmatic, Spotmatic II and IIa, Spotmatic F, plus the SP500 and SP1000. There was also the Pentax SL, which was identical to the Spotmatic except that it did not have the built-in light meter

I have just bought and received via eBay a Pentax SP500 camera. I put a new battery into it and the internal light meter worked straight away. Unlike the Pentax K1000 you need to switch the light meter on using a sliding switch on the front of the body.

The film is loaded and I have begun clicking away…

Pentax cameras of this era came with fantastic standard multi coated lenses. The one I purchased came with an original Takumar 1:2/55mm lens, a great lens that is flexible and precise.

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Death by Sushi' Fish can kill me. When I was very small (maybe 3 or 4 years old) my grandfather, who lost the sight of one eye from a bullet fired by a German sniper (fortunately not a very good one) during the Battle of the Somme in World War 1, wiped my face with the corner of his apron, an apron he had used to wipe his filleting knife on. He was a grocery shopkeeper who specialized in wet fish. I think I am an artist (?)

4 responses to “The film is loaded and I have begun clicking away…”

  1. shawnganther says :

    Beautiful camera with a great lens – one of the best, or so I hear. Good luck and happy hunting.

  2. morgue870176 says :

    Cheers – Shot the film in an hour and tried various lenses and surprisingly (well maybe not) the Takumar 1:2/55mm was the most successful. I was fortunate to find a local 1 hour processing shop and got them processed – fairly pleased. I will post a couple later.

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