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08-21-2009, 01:40 PM   #1
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buying for boyfriend

My boyfriend wants a k1000 for his birthday and I know nothing about cameras. Is this a O.K buy?

Used Pentax | K1000 35mm SLR Manual Focus Camera with 50mm f/1.7

08-21-2009, 02:18 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forums ety127!
First of all is make sure that if he wants the film camera or digital as you might have read his request wrong.
Did he say K1000 or K2000?
There is the K1000 which is what you have on the link and the K2000 which is a digital camera and an entry level one.
Here is what the K2000D or KM looks like: Pentax K2000 Review
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That price looks to be very high for a K1000.

K1000's can be overpriced in some areas because of their cult status. K1000's can be bought for as little as 50 bucks, but this varies depending on what the going price is for where you live.

In my area, Craigslist k1000's are usually $75 to $125. I have bought K1000's for as little as $35 off e-bay.

The challange for you is that you are buying a used camera, and have no knowledge as to what the going prices are, or what a good K1000 looks like. In a way it is like a non-driver buying a used car for someone else.

Back to the one for sale at BH...

Buying through a company like BH or KEH does offer the chance to return the camera if it is faulty, or not what you wanted.

Things to consider when buying a K1000:

What lens is included
overall condition
has it been CLA'd (this is good)
Where was it made, Japan, Hong Kong, China (skip the Chinease made)


Great camera by the way.
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Welcome here - your boyfriend's a lucky guy!
The K1000's one of the first film cameras Pentax made - it's fully manual and has no bells or whistles at all - does your boyfriend want a camera of this nostalgia?
There are a couple of other cameras that may confuse the buyer, as there is the K100D (an earlier generation digital SLR camera), the K2000 (one of the latest entry-level dSLRs) or K200D (a mid-range model dSLR).

Do let us know if you're sure about the K1000.

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He wants one like he had back in school which was some time ago, so i'm pretty sure it was the K1000.
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There are new film cameras being made that have the k-mount. The advantages of one of these is all the functionality (or lack of) of the K1000 with some of the more modern features thrown in. Also, obviously there is the additional advantage of a years warranty.
It would also be cheaper than the price of that K1000 at B&H and would have a zoom lens.
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So, he wants it for nostalgia.
Well, I haven't had any experience with the K1000 so I think there would be others who would be more of an expert here that would reply to your post or point you to where you can get one for the right price.
Good luck on the search and lucky boyfriend you got!

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Look, the K1000's a fine manual camera built like a tank - I'm sure it'll be fine though as it's all mechanical, it'd be good to either check out its mechanism in person or have a returns policy just in case.

If it's only the K1000 you know he wants, then go for it, though if he's just after any manual Pentax camera, there are lots of very good ones around, like the Pentax ME, ME Super and LX which are just classics. But I don't want to confuse the issue...

All the best for that.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ash Quote
Welcome here - your boyfriend's a lucky guy!
The K1000's one of the first film cameras Pentax made - it's fully manual and has no bells or whistles at all - does your boyfriend want a camera of this nostalgia?
There are a couple of other cameras that may confuse the buyer, as there is the K100D (an earlier generation digital SLR camera), the K2000 (one of the latest entry-level dSLRs) or K200D (a mid-range model dSLR).

Do let us know if you're sure about the K1000.
The K1000 was not exactly one of the first cameras Pentax made. Pentax had been making cameras since the 1950's. There are plenty of Pentax camera models that are pre-K1000.

The K1000 followed the introduction of the K2, Kx, and the Km. With these three cameras, Pentax introduced the K-mount lens in 1975. The K1000 was introduced in 1976. The K1000 is a stripped down KM with the timer and the DOF preview removed.

It was one of the most popular camera models ever produced. It was THE camera used in highschool classrooms. It now holds a nostalgic place in many people's hearts.

Here is a link to the K1000 database:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-film-slr-discussion/51190-k1000-se...-database.html

Here is a link to an ongoing discusion of people's favorite Pentax film SLR's:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-film-slr-discussion/23839-favorite...lm-camera.html

Here is a link to some Pentax K series History:

Pentax K-Series Film Bodies

Here is a link to the manual:

Pentax K 1000 instruction manual, user manual, PDF manual, free manuals
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K1000 is a good solid camera. The listing you linked to is a little on the high side but the lens is also a good quality unit and worth that on the used market. The plus side is you are buying from a solid retailer that should (check and be sure) take it back if there are problems with the unit. Sure you can find this package cheaper on the used market, but this is an older model and you could save $30-50 and buy a camera/lens that are not in good or working condition.

I'd say get the one you found and he'll be very happy with it.
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Look at shopgoodwill.com, they have many k1000 there at low prices.
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We have a K1000. My Wife bought it around 1978. Around 1998 or so, the shutter stopped working. No surprise as we both used it quite heavily since '78/ Got the shutter fixed and it has worked without problems since '98...11 years ago. So...31 years of taking pictures, with different lenses.

A great, basic camera. Pop Photo I believe in a '70's or '80's test called it the '57 Chevy of cameras...a classic. They also said many pro's carried one as a back up if their regular pro camera broke down.

The K1000 is an icon in the camera world, IMHO Pentax made and sold them for decades, I do believe.

BTW contrary to some earlier info provided, it was not one of Pentax's earliest efforts...heck there were over 20 years of screw mount Pentaxes and a few years of K mount bodies before it was introduced.

I've got a '68 S1a and a '74 ES 11...and there's lot's of older Pentax's.
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