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12-30-2014, 07:45 PM   #1
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K1000 Light Meter Repair

I have a Pentax K1000 that was my father's, and then mine. About 8 years ago the light meter broke (not the batteries, or a dirt issue) - it's stuck up at the + side whether there are batteries in it or not. I took it to a local camera shot yesterday and they said I should just buy a new body for $85 rather than repair the light meter because the parts were hard to find. I just wondered if that was good advice, or if I should look for another repair store, or go back and insist?

Thanks for any help!

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12-30-2014, 08:01 PM   #3
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Since you have inherited the camera it must be an older, pre-plastic era model, and could be worth repairing if otherwise in good condition.

Eric has done a great job repairing Pentax stuff for many of our members, highly recommended.
12-30-2014, 08:01 PM   #4
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The camera obviously has sentimental value to you which would equate to a desire to repair rather than replace.

Consider sending the camera to Eric Hendrickson in the US. He charges $63.00 plus parts and shipping for a K1000. He should have the parts otherwise you can pick one up cheap enough used as a donor.

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12-31-2014, 06:40 AM   #5
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Parts should be readily available, given the number of these things about. If it's otherwise functional then it's well worth having it CLAd.
12-31-2014, 03:21 PM   #6
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If you are in the UK try Robin at Harrow Technical.

Any old film camera will likely need some servicing. There is no guarentee that a different K1000 won't develop faults in due course. Given the sentimental attachment I'd get it repaired by one of the specialists we have mentioned.


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