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06-14-2010, 12:52 PM   #1
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My K1000 keeps bugging me.

Hi all,

I'm the happy owner of a K1000 but it's giving me empty rolls on a regular base.
Checked the shutter, it fires, film advance does work but not flawlessly. But in that case the first frame of the roll should be overexposed but the whole roll is empty.
Does anybody know what's happening here or how I can troubleshoot?

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06-14-2010, 12:57 PM   #2
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You're either inserting the film incorrectly, or there's something wrong with the camera.

The film rewind knob should rotate every time you advance the film. If this is not the case, then your film was likely not exposed at all. You should also notice this when rewinding. Did you end up rewinding the entire film, or just a small part of it?

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06-14-2010, 01:15 PM   #3
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You can perform a basic check of shutter, lens and and film transport by operating your camera with the back open.

1) With no lens mounted observe shutter and mirror function at all speeds.
2) With a lens mounted repeat and observe function of lens diaphragm.
3) With a scrap roll of film loaded repeat and observe film advance.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
...The film rewind knob should rotate every time you advance the film. If this is not the case, then your film was likely not exposed at all...

Add to that the most basic of all instructions that apply to almost all 35mm film cameras:
Make sure the sprocket wheels engage the film perforations top and bottom before closing the back.
This may require one or two full winds to accomplish. It may well be that your camera's film advance is busted, but my experience has been that usually the film was simply misloaded (been there...done that). Here is a link to the pdf version of the K1000 manual where film loading is discussed in detail:

Pentax K1000 Manual (pdf)


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Thanks for your advice, the camera seems to be functional again apart from one multi exposure in the last roll:

07-12-2010, 08:56 PM   #6
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Erasmo, looks like a happy accident...consider the photo above a gift from your K1000 .

Best,
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