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04-21-2013, 06:18 PM   #1
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Is this price reasonable?

Hey everyone! I am planning to return back to film photography after...3 yrs? I found a old roll of film that I had rolled myself years back and the drive came back with a vengeance! I need your opinions fast! Planning to buy a Asahi Pentax K1000 SLR 35mm Film Camera with two lenses (SMC Pentax-M 80-200mm f/4.5 Zoom Lens and SMC Pentax-M 50mm f/2 Lens) and Pentax AF160 Flash alongside a camera cover and bag for $152. Is it worth it? What do y'all think? Thanks in advance for taking the time to answer

04-21-2013, 07:07 PM   #2
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I would say take it if the lenses and camera are described as functional!
I just bought a K1000SE and since I have it I can't get enough of it... gotta love film!
And 150 bucks is definitely ok for that big a package
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What kind of shape is it all in? I have the camera and lenses you list I wouldn't part with them. They all work as they should even tho I bought the k-1000 and 50 lens new back in the middle 70's
04-21-2013, 07:50 PM   #4
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Not a very good deal IMHO, those lenses aren't good, do you really need that bag and flash, otherwise you've paid $150+ for a K1000

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It doesn't look like that good of a deal to me either, but if this is what gets you going it might still be worth it.
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I wouldn't get a K1000 at all. The KM is better, cheaper and you can still show off its lack of automation. There are some Ricoh models worth searching out. I like the P3 but it uses (gasp) electricity.

I'd look for a K55/1.8 or K55/2, or the M50/1.7 for a normal lens. The 80-200/4.5 is a decent lens but it's kind of big and slow. An A70-210/4 is better if you can get one cheap.
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Welcome to the forum and it sounds like a welcome back to photography too.

Do your homework here and elsewhere re pricing, deals can be had, also there's a great lens review sections here on the forum, just follow the links below.

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06-13-2013, 03:20 AM   #8
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You know what? I was really reluctant about purchasing and you guys helped me make up my mind. Much appreciated! The only film camera I every used was a K1000 so I was a bit fixated. I am really unfamiliar with all other cameras and so its awesome to have found this forum with informed opinions of other photographers I'll keep my eye out for the models mentioned above. Thanks again guys

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There's nothing wrong with the K1000, but I've seen the bodies go for $30-40 in excellent shape, the 50mm lens is a $30 lens... The AF160 flash is a $15 item on eBay. The 80-200 is maybe a $50 lens... So it's not a horrible deal, but it's not a great one, either.
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No Deal?

Hello Cliquer, welcome to the Forum!
My first reaction is that it's not a great deal and you're better off passing. Everything except the K1000 is low-end gear, you can do much better by shopping around. Even the body, as much as I admire the tank-like quality of the K1000, isn't very versitle for all-around shooting.
Personally, I'd go for a good ME Super or MX body. this would give you aperture priority as well as full manual. Both have winders available, which means you can have the 'battery grip' security of a larger SLR even if you don't use the winder function. Some folks don't like the added size and weight of a winder/grip, others do.
An AF280-T flash is much more powerfull, has tilt and swivel and tele/wide adaptors available, usually about $50.00 USD on eBay. It even works with DSLRs!
The 'M' or 'A' series 50mm f/1.7 would be a better lens than the f.2.0, for not much more $$.
'M' series primes are still fairly inexpensive, look into the pricing of a 28 or 35mm, a fast fifty, then either a 100mm or 135mm. 80-200mm zooms are plentiful and cheap, research the lens reviews here for the best quality version.
Most of the wide and medium M's and A's use a 49mm filter, be sure to find a quality circular polarizer in that size, plus whatever filters you need for B + W film.
Good Luck!

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