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12-05-2014, 10:03 AM   #1
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How much would you pay for a K1000 with a 50mm f1.7 lens in very good condition ?

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$60-$80?
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I would pay about a hundred bucks, give or take
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It also depends on where the K1000 was made. The early 1976 made in Japan ones fetch the highest prices and the last more plastic made in China ones are worth the least.

There are also made in HK K1000’s and they would be in the middle price wise. The made in China ones are to be avoided.

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It depends on what the seller means by "very good".
If it has has been recently serviced (cleaned, lubricated, aligned, new light seals and mirror foam) and everything is 100%, maybe $100 for a K1000 SE.
If it hasn't been serviced and there is no guarantee, $25. Maybe as much as $40 if I really wanted the lens it comes with. The M-50/1.7 is common and also very good.
If it doesn't have the AOC badge on the front of the pentaprism, I personally would skip it. I prefer the Japan-made versions.
For the price, you could maybe find a KX instead, but I completely understand if all you want is a K1000. It was my only camera for quite a few years.
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The early HK-made ones are pretty much identical (aside from detail differences such as the serial number location and so on) to the Japanese ones, I have one and it's as solid as my KX/KM bodies. I think it must be one of the first or second batch made in HK judging by the serial and where it fits in the database.

As said above, the only ones many people avoid are those without the AOC logo on. I've never handled a "plastic" K1000 so can't comment.
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I've seen on ebay Australia that the K1000 (in working order) tends to go for anywhere from $50 to $150, depending on condition and seller.
The great condition ones with a recent cleaning/lube are always at the top end of that, I have never seen a CLA'd one appear for sale below $150 (which makes sense since a CLA is $100 or so anyway)

The 50mm F1.7 depends on the model, the A series (auto aperture) tends to fetch a slightly higher price due to it's easier nature to use on DSLRs.
I've seen them go for up to $80.

If you are looking to make the most money I would think you are best to sell the lens and body separately.

As for pricing, advertise it high, you can always come down if it's not selling. And try to talk up the "legendary K1000, simple full mechanical etc etc" aspects, people looking for a retro piece (hipsters) tend to be willing to spend a little more than those just wanting to take film photos from my experience.
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QuoteOriginally posted by gofour3 Quote
It also depends on where the K1000 was made. The early 1976 made in Japan ones fetch the highest prices and the last more plastic made in China ones are worth the least.

There are also made in HK K1000ís and they would be in the middle price wise. The made in China ones are to be avoided.

Phil.
I agree, the best ones are these made from 76 to 78 with the 55mm f2.0.

I paid mine $60 plus shipping, but it's not inmint condition, on the opposite, it's well used, almost surely an ex student camera.

I would pay $90 for one in perfect collection conditions.

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The early HK-made ones are pretty much identical (aside from detail differences such as the serial number location and so on) to the Japanese ones, I have one and it's as solid as my KX/KM bodies. I think it must be one of the first or second batch made in HK judging by the serial and where it fits in the database.

As said above, the only ones many people avoid are those without the AOC logo on. I've never handled a "plastic" K1000 so can't comment.
I think ALL K1000s (including the Chinese ones) are good, simple and reliable cameras, if I had to go for a HK one I'd rather get an SE. main difference is IMO the lens and the weight, the first series (I don't know if they were really built in Japan or already in HK, I know that some SP1000 have an HK sticker) feel heavier and more solid. More metal I assume.

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Very good comments above!

I would add that it depends a lot on the market where you live. Here in the Portland area there is a vibrant and active film photography scene and a K1000 in a shop goes for a premium price over that of more capable cameras (go figure). Here a CLA'ed with 50/2 goes for about $120 USD in shop. Craigslist for about $75.

I usually suggest the KM as a more logical and less expensive alternative.


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I have a K1000 SE that I bought around 15 years ago and it is in very good condition. It has the 1:2 50mm lens which works very well. I think I paid around $100 for it. I used it for several years without problems before I switched to digital. I stuck with Pentax for the digital SLR partly because I had a couple extra lenses, but really because of the Pentax reputation. Not in the market for another film SLR but would probably pay around $100.00 for one in good condition, if I was looking.
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I paid 52.50 earlier this year for mine on fleabay. It was advertised as a K1000 but I saw the E poking around the lens in the photo so I knew it was an SE. The seller sd it advanced and fired and the meter worked but he had not run film through it. I won it for 40. plus 12.50 shipping. So far so good...great camera! They come up cheap now and then, you just have to be patient. (and lucky)

edit: It only had the 1:2 50mm though. But it came with a cable release and some crazy handle extension for a flash. (I never use it)

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QuoteOriginally posted by IHS Quote
I paid 52.50 earlier this year for mine on fleabay. It was advertised as a K1000 but I saw the E poking around the lens in the photo so I knew it was an SE. The seller sd it advanced and fired and the meter worked but he had not run film through it. I won it for 40. plus 12.50 shipping. So far so good...great camera! They come up cheap now and then, you just have to be patient. (and lucky)

edit: It only had the 1:2 50mm though. But it came with a cable release and some crazy handle extension for a flash. (I never use it)

There are certainly bargains out there, I recently picked up a Pentax MX, with a 50mm F1.4, Polarising filter, lens hood, sunpak flash, and a genuine Pentax M42 adapter for uner $80
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^^^Good job!!! Congrats I've seen people trying to sell just the lens for that. (or even a little more)
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Well I got both my K1000s for free, so... The first one I got is older, metal, heavy. I paid $80 to have it CLA'd by Eric Hendrickson. Absolutely worth it. The second one I got recently is the Made In China model, lighter, feels comparably "cheap". I see no reason to have it CLA'd or even replace the seals while I have the other...

For a nice old K1000 and the 50/1.7, I'd say $100-120 is fair. $80 is a bargain. $50 is a steal.
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