Every year or so I take a trip out of the country and I am always scrambling on which camera (or cameras) to take with me. It always seems to sneak up on me and I always second guess what I should take. Before the trip I had gone to an American Cancer Society shop and I snatched up this Honeywell Pentax SP1000. It had been siting in the corner for a few weeks just waiting for its time to come. I looked it over and it looked to be working fine, so I just packed it up with some film and off we went to Europe. Surprisingly enough it took brilliant shots. I didn’t have a flash to go with it, so most of my shots are bright outdoorsy type.
Honeywell Pentax SP1000 SLR Camera
The SP1000 was introduced in 1976 and was the budget model to replace the SP500. It was almost identical to the Pentax Spotmatic without the self-timer function. It was sold as the Asashi Pentax SP1000 outside of the US. The camera is actually entirely mechanical, besides the light meter, and that is how I used it cause I didn’t realize that the battery compartment was seized closed when I packed it (sad face). The SP1000 has the option to change up lenses as it was manufactured with a 42mm Pentax or Praktica screw thread also known as a 42M. While most photography teacher recommend using a Pentax K1000 for students this camera is a great alternative and was considered a workhorse in its early days.