Pentax K1000 SE with Pentax SMC 50mm 1.4 lens
Overall Condition 8.5/10
- All functions working
- clean and clear viewfinder
- clean and clear lens
- original brown leatherette
- light meter working
- some minor marks on body from use
The Pentax K1000 is one of photography's greatest, most popular and longest-lived cameras.
The Pentax K1000 is simple. It does exactly what it needs to do, and nothing more.
Exactly like Apple, simplicity is the K1000's greatest strength. All the irrelevant foolishness that chokes fancier cameras, and especially digital cameras, never gets in the way of a great picture with the K1000. While DSLR shooters are standing there cursing at their cameras when they can't figure out why it won't take the picture when they press the shutter, the K1000 just keeps shooting.
The Pentax K1000 is a 35mm SLR. It is completely mechanical and needs no battery to run, except for one tiny 20¢ A76 cell to run its light meter.
The main variants are the K1000 (black leather, microprism focusing aid) and the later K1000 SE (black or brown leather and with a split image focusing screen or a combination microprism/split image screen).
- Lens release: lever on the right lower side of the lens mount, slide downward and turn the lens counter clockwise, when mounting the lens the red marks of the lens and the camera must be aligned
- Focusing: manual front focusing, via Fresnel matte screen, ring and scale window on the lens
- Shutter: horizontally traveling, rubberized silk focal plane, speeds: 1/1000–1 s +B; setting: speed dial knob on the top plate
- Shutter release: on the top plate, with cable release socket
- Cocking lever: also winds the film, short stroke, retractable, on the right of the top plate
- Frame counter: additive type, auto-reset, window on the cocking lever
- Viewfinder: eye level SLR pentaprism, needle index of exposure meter visible in it
- Exposure meter: full frame averaging TTL metering with built-in coupled match-needle meter ASA range: 20–3200, setting: ring and window on the speed dial, lift and turn
- Exposure setting: manual, turn the speed dial or aperture ring until the needle aligned to the center of the index, in the finder
- Rewind: folding crank on the top plate, turns when winding
- Rewind release: a button on the bottom plate
- Flash PC socket: left lower front side of the camera, w/ removable lid, X-Sync. 1/60, red X mark on the speed dial
- Self-timer: none
- Back cover: hinged, opens by lifting the re-wind lever
- Tripod socket: 1/4 in
- Strap lugs
- Battery: 1.5 V LR44 alkaline or SR44 silver oxide (only for exposure meter)
What we think
- Great basic design
- Fully manual/mechanical
- Wide range of amazing Pentax lenses
- Rugged build quality
- Easy and cheap to repair
- Great camera for people who want to learn photography