This SP 500 has been taken care of very well. Check photos for condition.
- Honeywell Pentax Spotmatic SP 500 SN: 3345003
- Auto Mamiya/Sekor 55mm f/1.4 SN: 147309
- Auto Mamiya/Sekor 200mm f/3.5 SN: 104922
- Asahi Super-Takumar 35mm f/3.5 SN: 2003429
In 1971, Asahi Optical Corporation released a series of cameras. The first was the Spotmatic SPII, its flagship model and the second was the SP500 which was designated the budget model.
Unfortunately, Asahi didn't know how to make a budget model so all they did was change the shutter speed dial to make 1/500 the top speed and not 1/1000. But all they changed was the painting/etching on the dial and not the shutter mechanism itself. So you can actually turn the dial one more click past 1/500 and get a 1/1000 sec shutter speed.
So other than that oddness, the SP500 is identical to the SPII
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