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Latest Review Posted Pentax K1000
I love this camera because it's as lovely as what came before it in Pentax design and manufacturing history. It's gorgeous, but it is ridiculously expensive to buy.

Superb solid Spotmatic SP1000-style camera that is fully mechanical - except for the metering system - just as the cameras that preceded it. It is no more sensational than those cameras, though. The trouble is that these cost a ridiculous amount between $120 and $160 and a Spotmatic goes for about $50 to $80 if you are not being ripped off, or much less than that if you get an SP1000. In Europe people are very keen to pay even more. I have no idea why this happens, but it does have a very fashionably trendy following in countries like the UK.

The bayonet mount allows both M42 lenses (with an adaptor) and P/K lenses to be used.

Light metering tends to vary - or fail with time - and you can find many K1000's with a tendency to over-expose by a stop or two. Because the light meter is a needle-type, it can be difficult to see in dark conditions.

They tend to be very clunky and loud cameras. Don't believe what people say about replacing the mirror buffer to reduce the "clunk" as this does nothing to buffer what is basically a loud mechanical system.

More up-to-date versions were made in China with a tough and flexible impact-resistant ABS plastic top and bottom. These do not have "Asahi" wording and the logo on the prism case. Some people hate that plastic "invasion" of a p...

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