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07-22-2009, 06:40 PM   #1
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Pentax k1000 Lenses?

Hello All! I own a Pentax k1000 (and i love it!) However, I want to purchase a longer zoom lenses. Does anyone know which lenses are compatible with my k1000?

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You'll need to check two things: whether the lens has an aperture ring and whether it covers the film image circle. Pentax DA and FA-J lenses will sometimes cover the image circle but don't have aperture rings, so forget any of those. All other Pentax-made K-mount lenses will be OK. Other manufacturers have digital-only lens lines and other lines meant for film, but I can never keep the letters straight. The Sigma or Tamron web sites should decode these markings for you. Stores like B&H allow you to search for lenses that work on film. For third-party used lenses, anything that's manual-focus and K-mount is old enough to be fine.
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Thank you so much for your reply. I am still learning..

I recently found a "Pentax A 80-200 f4.7-5.6 Manual Focus Zoom Lens" Would that fit onto my Pentax k1000?

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Short answer: A70-210

Long answer: Our beloved/revered K1000 been fully manual, you need a lens with aperture ring and of course manual focus. M series lenses are fully manual and are a perfect match for this camera. The "A" series lenses are also perfect for this. These lenses have an "A" setting in the aperture ring allowing aperture automation on more advance cameras like K2 and later models. This A setting will not work in the K1000 but everything else will. Some A series lenses are actually easier to find. Third party lenses are usually A type.
You mention a longer zoom. My favorite long zoom is the A70-210 f4. It is a great lens, not hard to find and not overly expensive.
Hope this helps.

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Forgot to mention: Check the lens database in this forum.
Pentax Lens Review Database - Main Index
You can check the K, M and A series zooms for models and reviews.
WARNING: You may end up wanting them all

F series and forward are autofocus.

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