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05-25-2012, 08:06 PM   #1
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Hi from California!

Hey everybody, my name is Jessica. I came across this site earlier today trying to find out what year my Pentax K1000 is from.
I bought it earlier this year, and since then I've picked up the basics in a college photography course. It wasn't as much fun as it sounds. But it definitely taught me some technical aspects of cameras.
What I was wondering, is if anybody that reads this knows anything about the history of the K1000. Maybe you could help me figure out when mine is from based on the information I posted onto the serial number listing:


Model:K1000
Color of faux leather: Black
Location of serial number: Bottom plate stamped
Manufactured/assembled in: Hong Kong
Focusing screen:Not sure, looks like split screen image, but without the actual line
Location of manufacturing/assembling information:Bottom plate sticker
Asahi Optical logo on prism housing:Yes
Asahi name above Pentax name on prism housing: Yes
Asahi Opt. Co. engraved on back side of top cover: Yes
"Bump" on top plate near rewind crank: No

Top plate: Metal
Bottom plate: Metal
Battery cover: Threads

Weight (without batteries and body cap): Unknown
Year of original purchase: Unknown


Thanks for reading! and hello, again.

05-25-2012, 09:49 PM   #2
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Welcome Jessica, If you use the pull down menus Cameras= Serial number data base it will give you an idea of you camera genealogy. Cliff
05-25-2012, 10:03 PM   #3
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Thanks, Cliff! I actually added all that information, including the serial number to that database. I was a bit confused by it, though. So far, I've been able to place a tentative year on it. I'm thinking it was originally sold sometime in the late 70s-early 80s.
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As I recall the bump on the top plate was there because the k1000 shared the top plate with another camera in the beginning. The KX I believe. My k1000 has the bump and I bought it new 76- 77. I am not sure when they did away with the bump.

05-26-2012, 09:04 PM   #5
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Okay, I was leaning more towards early 80s regardless. I was looking more closely at the lens today, and found out it has a filter that says "PENTAX 49 SKYLIGHT" "JAPAN" on it. So that was a nice surprise.
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