Leading film photographer Andrew Sanderson is trying to track down an old Pentax SP500 35mm film camera he bought in the 1970s. Can you help?

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A facsimile of Andrew’s missing Pentax camera

Many objects can hold sentimental value for a host of reasons, and cameras are no exception.

In a recent edition of our regular magazine feature ‘My life in Cameras’, Andrew Sanderson fondly recalled a camera that had been his constant companion for several years.

‘When I went to college to study photography, I bought a Pentax SP500 35mm camera that I carried around everywhere. I loved it and I owe so many of my favourite images to this camera,’ he said in the June 13 issue of Amateur Photographer.

‘I shot hundreds of rolls on it before trading it in for something I thought would be better. I wish I still had it.’

Andrew had marked the camera out as his by painting it a distinct shade of green – see above for an artist’s impression – and now he’s on a mission to find out where it ended up.

This is where we’d like your help. Have you ever seen a distinctly green camera lurking in a second-hand shop? Or know someone whose collection might house a few unusual Pentax film cameras? Then we want to hear from you!

If you think you can help track down the missing Pentax SP500 camera, send us a message on Facebook or email us at amateurphotographer@timeinc.com.

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A non-painted Pentax SP500

Andrew Sanderson is one of the leading film photographers/printers in the UK. He is an Ilford Master Printer, the author of three books and has published more than 100 articles. He regularly runs workshops, and gives talks and demonstrations from his studio/darkroom in West Yorkshire and at colleges and universities around the UK. www.thewebdarkroom.co.uk.