Lomopedia: Pentax K1000


Almost four decades ago, if you wanted to learn the ropes of photography, one of your camera options is a basic 35 mm SLR camera manufactured by Pentax: the K1000.

Pentax K1000 © Michelle M.F. via Flickr, Image used under Creative Commons license

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.

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Credits: fqcy140, brandon-c, fivedayforecast & erikamorais23

Technical Specifications

Type: 35 mm SLR with a built-in through-the-lens exposure meter
Film and Negative Size: 35 mm film. 24 mm × 36 mm
Standard Lens: SMC Pentax-M 50 mm f/2 with a fully-automatic diaphragm; Filter size: 49 mm; 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 50 mm 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 the 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 50 mm f/2 lens: width 143 mm (5.6") × 83 mm (3.3")
Weight: 790 g (27.7 ozs.) with 50 mm f/2 lens. 620g (21.7 ozs.) without lens

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

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


  1. segata
    segata ·

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

  2. 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

  3. 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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