Lomopedia: Pentax K1000


This installment of Lomopedia is about the Pentax K1000, one of the simplest manual cameras that came to be known as one of the quintessential "student's camera."

Almost four decades ago, if you wanted to learn the ropes of photography, one of your camera options is a basic 35mm SLR camera manufactured by Pentax: the K1000. This affordable SLR camera had everything the amateur photographer needs; it was fully mechanical, had manual controls, a TTL metering system, shutter speeds from 1/1000 to 1 second, and compatibility with all available K-mount lenses. Noted for its exceptional longevity, Pentax manufactured this basic yet workhorse of a camera from 1976 to 1997, with over three million units sold.

Photo via Camerapedia

Technical Specifications:

  • Type: 35mm SLR with built-in through-the-lens exposure meter
  • Film and Negative Size: 35mm film. 24mm x 36mm
  • Standard Lens: SMC Pentax-M 50mm f/2 with fully-automatic diaphragm; Filter size: 49mm; Minimum focusing distance: 45cm
  • Shutter: Rubberized silk focal plane shutter. Speeds: B, 1 to 1/1000 sec.
  • Viewfinder: Pentaprism finder with cross-microprism or split-image focusing screen. 0.88x magnification with 50mm standard lens focused at infinity. Dioptry – 1.0.
  • Reflex Mirror: Instant-return type with special shock absorbers for minimum vibration
  • Lens Mount: Pentax bayonet mount
  • Film Advance: Ratchet-type rapid-wind lever. 160-degree throw and 10-degree play. “Cocked” indicator alongside shutter release button.
  • Exposure Counter: Automatic reset
  • Film Rewind: Rapid-rewind crank for speedy film take-up
  • Flash Synchronization: X contact hot shoe for cordless flash connection. X synchronization at 1/60 sec.
  • Exposure Meter: CdS meter measures the average brightness of the ground glass at full aperture, and couples directly to aperture, shutter, and film speed settings. Zero-method exposure control. Film speed from 20 to 3200 ASA. EV 3 – 18 with ASA 100 films. Powered with one 1.5V alkaline (LR44) or silver oxide (G13) battery. Built-in photoswitch.
  • Dimensions With 50mm f/2 lens: width 143mm (5.6") x 83mm (3.3")
  • Weight: 790g (27.7 ozs.) with 50mm f/2 lens. 620g (21.7 ozs.) without lens
Credits: fqcy140, brandon-c, fivedayforecast & erikamorais23

All information for this article were sourced from Pentax K1000 on Wikipedia, Pentax K1000 on Camerapedia, and Pentax K1000 on Camera Manuals.

written by plasticpopsicle on 2013-09-09 in #reviews #lomopedia #film-camera #35mm-slr #lomography #pentax-k1000


  1. segata
    segata ·

    Nice article, seems like a worthwhile camera to own :)

  2. buttonmunch
    buttonmunch ·

    I love my Pentax K1000 :)

  3. brandon-c
    brandon-c ·

    It was a shock to see you used my photo, definitely unexpected. I love my k1000's, they are great cameras

  4. gmushinsky
    gmushinsky ·

    I love my K1000's too,
    and very often when I am taking pictures with K1000 somebody approach me saying "Oh! it was my favorite camera for many years!"
    It still is for me.

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