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AVaddict Original Post: Nov 18 '04,  8:47 am           Reply
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Pentax K1000

I want to get back into black and white film. I am going to buy a nice digital this christmas, but haven't decided on a brand, but i do know I want at least 8MP and it needs to be an SLR. In the meantime i want to get a cheap, easy, manual film camera. Is the Pentax K1000 still made? f so, for the price is it a good option or for a few dollars more are there beter super basic models out there?

I don't know poo about film cameras anymore. I had one of these about 15 yrs ago and remember really liking it.

Any input is appreciated!

     
Howard_Creech Posted: Nov 18 '04,  11:05 pm           Reply
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RE: Pentax K1000

Pentax K1000 production ceased in ’97 or ’98, although they can still be found used ($100.00-$150.00). You could also look for a used Nikon FM (FM2, FM2n), but they’ll cost you substantially more.

If you want a new camera that is similar to the Pentax K1000 (super basic manual SLR) you can go with either the Nikon FM10 (less than $200 with zoom lens) or the Yashica FX3 Super 2000 (I’ll email you a link for the Yashica).

     
bigred1978 Posted: Nov 20 '04,  6:55 pm           Reply
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DOWNLOADING/PRINTING FROM CAMERA PHONES

I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHY THE PICTUREMASTER MACHINES AT WALMART DO NOT HAVE A HOW TO MANUAL AT THE STATION, OR EVEN BETTER WHY THE EMPLOYEE AT WALMART DO NOT KNOW HOW TO RUN THE MACHINE EITHER. I WENT THE THE STORE IN MONACA,PA TO DOWNLOAD MY CAMER PHONE PICTURES AND PRINT THEM FROM THE KODAK MACHINE AND WAS NOT ABLE TO, UNFORTUNATLY THE EMPLOYEE COULDN'T EVEN HELP. IS THERE ANY WAY THE INSTRUCTION CAN BE E-MAILED TO ME SO I CAN USE THIS MACHINE?

     
nightshad0w Posted: Jun 01 '05,  3:04 pm           Reply
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RE: Pentax K1000

in response to AVaddict I have a couple of old ashai pentax spotmatic's which are some of my favorite cameras around. They are old, but do just as good as a nikon n6006 etc.. I love to shoot film, because you have to work for you're pictures. However theese days the new say....12 megapixel cameras, made by companies like cannon nikon and pentax, all have you're standard slr features. I just love the machanical operation of the old cameras. I also have a big collection of nikon and pentax slr's (old and newer)

     
AVaddict Posted: Jun 07 '05,  6:26 pm           Reply
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Quote: bigred1978
I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHY THE PICTUREMASTER MACHINES AT WALMART DO NOT HAVE A HOW TO MANUAL AT THE STATION, OR EVEN BETTER WHY THE EMPLOYEE AT WALMART DO NOT KNOW HOW TO RUN THE MACHINE EITHER. I WENT THE THE STORE IN MONACA,PA TO DOWNLOAD MY CAMER PHONE PICTURES AND PRINT THEM FROM THE KODAK MACHINE AND WAS NOT ABLE TO, UNFORTUNATLY THE EMPLOYEE COULDN'T EVEN HELP. IS THERE ANY WAY THE INSTRUCTION CAN BE E-MAILED TO ME SO I CAN USE THIS MACHINE?



not following, you own one, but lost the directions?
     
hick36 Posted: Jan 31 '06,  1:31 pm           Reply
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RE: Pentax K1000

I have a Pentax K1000 I just got it for free,I dont know anything about it? Someone pleeease fill me in. Is it good bad? Does it shoot black and white?
Im thinkin of selling if for some money if I dont know anything about it. I love photography and this is my first "real" camara. please someone help me. If you wanna talk email me at hick_36@hotmail.com thanks..

     
AVaddict Posted: Feb 03 '06,  5:46 pm           Reply
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RE: Pentax K1000

it's certainly a good platform to learn on, everything is manual.

     
shopaholic_man Posted: Jul 06 '06,  9:04 pm           Reply
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That was my first camera!

I LOVED the Pentax K 1000, and had it for over 15 years, until it got stolen on a vacation. I learned the basics of photography with it, how to focus, use apeture priority, shutter speed priority, how to use depth of field etc. I use digital cameras now, but I will always be indebted to Pentax for actually teaching me how to be a photographer, rather than just taking pictures. It was durable as all get out too! I had dropped it on more than one occasion, and it had a very rugged body.

If you can pick one up used, get IT, but don't STEAL IT, I was really upset when mine got stolen! I still have a Pentax film camera the Z30 that's auto everything, but I use digital now for convenience. I have a Canon Elph and a Panasonic FZ5.

     
drernesto Posted: Oct 29 '06,  12:19 pm (Updated: Oct 29 '06,  12:24 pm)           Reply
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RE: Reply to AVaddict on Pentax K1000

The K1000 was discontinued in the 90's but examples in very good condition can be had at ebay for well under $100.
Make sure that you purchase the version of the camera with the word Asahi on the prism or you'll be getting the manufactured in China version from the 90's. The made in China version used a plastic base and prism cover and made extensive use of plastic in the mechanism. They're known to be troublesome. The original made in Japan or, later, made in Hong Kong versions are all metal and practically indestructible. I own four K1000's, two of which I bought brand new in 1976 during it's first production year. They're both still working flawlessly having had no repairs whatsoever and minimal maintenence.

     
drernesto Posted: Oct 29 '06,  12:33 pm           Reply
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RE: to Hick36 on Pentax K1000

The camera is fully manual and will shoot either B&W or Color film, negative or transparency (slides) up to ASA (or ISO) 3200. Is it a good camera? You bet! If you can find one in good condition (ebay seems to have them at auction frequently) you can probably "win" one for between $50 and $100. It's worth every penny. If the camera doesn't, and it likely won't, come with a manual there are several sites on line that publish PDF's for the K1000 manual. There's at least one site i've seen that won't charge you to download the manual.
Good luck.

     
AVaddict Posted: Oct 31 '06,  5:45 pm           Reply
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RE: Reply to AVaddict on Pentax K1000

let me know when yopu want to sell one of your originals!

     
digitalquirk Posted: Dec 26 '06,  6:25 am           Reply
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K1000, check alternatives

These days, it can be difficult to find a K1000 in good condition, and when they do exist, the prices tend to be quite high for such a camera ($100 or more). Add on to this the fact that if it hasn't been serviced, it will probably need it as the foam-rubber light seals will tend to get gummy with age. While worth the money for a genuine collector, it may not be such a great deal for someone interested in "Dabbling" with something like Black & White film photography. Instead, I would recommend one of the "Forgotten" Pentax cameras; for instance, I bought a Pentax P3n in mint condition (meaning not even a scratch nor any signs of wear) off of e-bay for $40, including the cost of shipping. The P3 and my P3n both offer the same manual controls as the K1000 and will accept all the same lenses that the K1000 can use. It has a manual winder just like the K1000, though it's much more smooth and advances the frame quicker. It has a shutter speed wheel in the exact same spot with all the same settings, from bulb up to 1/1000th of a second. The prism placement and overall camera design looks quite similar to a K1000 (the unmistakable classic Pentax design), with the same hot shoe for a flash and eye piece.

The P3n does offer some significant advantages over the comparatively bland K1000, however. The body is easier to hold with a molded grip for the right hand. It offers program modes, including full program and aperture priority (where the camera selects the shutter speed based on the aperture setting). The film loads a lot easier, and the camera detects and automatically sets the ASA/ISO of the film. There is a self timer. It sports a depth-of-field preview button, something sorely missed in the K1000; as well, there is a meter lock button. The only disadvantage is that the view screen area is a little smaller in the P3n.

If you can find a K1000 in good shape for a good price, then by all means get one; I've had one for years. They are definitely solid cameras and take great pictures. However, the P3 and P3n are equally as capable of taking the same great photographs and are much easier to use and live with for usually a much lower price.

     
c-fost Posted: Dec 28 '06,  9:17 pm           Reply
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Pentax For Sale

If anyone is looking for a Pentax K1000, which I find to be one of the most amazing old-school, bomb-proof, cameras around check out

K1000 For Sale

     
talm003 Posted: Mar 29 '07,  11:27 am           Reply
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Pentax manual

I have a manual for a pentax asahi k1000, If anyone send a email to me and request it I will send a high resolution copy via email or usp service! Thanks Talm003

     
talm003 Posted: Mar 30 '07,  11:42 am           Reply
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RE: Pentax manual

opps! Email is satellitesandmore@yohoo.com

     
alchoguil Posted: May 08 '07,  12:56 pm (Updated: May 08 '07,  12:56 pm)           Reply
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RE: Pentax manual

wats up..? can i have a copy of those instruction manual.. tnx. i will really appreciate thet. thanks! email is guillen@pot.com

     
samgirly Posted: Feb 11 '08,  10:32 am           Reply
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pentax k1000

I just got a new digital slr camera and want to sell my old pentax k1000 that I,ve had for approx 20 years. What would be my best option? Has anyone ever sold one before?

     
asahi1000 Posted: Mar 30 '08,  6:15 pm           Reply
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Asahi Pentax k1000

Ive been readings some of the replys that some have written, and it sounds to me like you guys know what your talking about. I am an amatuer photographer and im not 20 yet. i say that because i need some help with the asahi k1000. my mother found it at a yard sale, it doesnt look to bad and its got alot of switchs that i have no clue what they are used for(ive mostly used digital cams). if there is by any chance anyone could email me a manual or even a video about the cam, i would be very great. my email is leannem324@msn.com, please put the camera name or something to that nature in the subject so that i wont delete it thinking it is junk that would be awesome to. Thank You if you think you can help :)!!!!

     
sim54 Posted: Jul 22 '08,  9:18 am           Reply
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RE: Pentax manual

I just got a pentax k1000 given to me. I haven't a clue how to use it and did not get a manual with it. could you please send one to me via e-mail. I would be ever so great-full
Thank you sim54

     
rytyjay Posted: Sep 21 '08,  1:38 pm (Updated: Sep 21 '08,  1:41 pm)           Reply
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Manual Request

Can I get a get a copy of the Pentax k1000 manuel I have a friend that just recieved one and hasn't the clue thanks so much.

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