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07-24-2020, 01:41 PM   #16
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Is this an authorized, licensed clone? If not, how can the Chinese manufacturer get away with using the Pentax logo? Why would Pentax license someone to make clones? Wouldn't it degrade their brand reputation? Very strange situation.

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Most probably is not authorized, and the logo and name were printed for markets were brand name is hard to enforce
The K-1000 name still carries a lot of weight
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QuoteOriginally posted by Apet-Sure Quote
Is this an authorized, licensed clone? If not, how can the Chinese manufacturer get away with using the Pentax logo? Why would Pentax license someone to make clones? Wouldn't it degrade their brand reputation? Very strange situation.
The Pentax label, in this case, appears to have been glued to the prism housing by who knows who. The Mingca branding is probably underneath. As for the licensing, Mingca contracted with Pentax to produce K-1000 cameras using Pentax tooling. After the K-1000 end-of-life, Mingca acquired the tooling and continued making cameras. Their product is a direct and quite legal derivative of the original and is improved in several areas. At one point, there were a bunch of Mingca "K1000s" being sold under the Penflex label by Kiev USA...go figure...






Images lifted from https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/8-pentax-film-slr-discussion/296885-no-name-k1000-2.html. Notice the Helios 44K-4 bundled as kit lens.


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I too own a Brother P-Touch label maker.

What brand and model camera would you like?

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And you know the best part about this find? You've got the K-mount and all those Pentax lenses to choose from to use with it!


hell yeah!!!

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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
The Pentax label, in this case, appears to have been glued to the prism housing by who knows who. The Mingca branding is probably underneath. As for the licensing, Mingca contracted with Pentax to produce K-1000 cameras using Pentax tooling. After the K-1000 end-of-life, Mingca acquired the tooling and continued making cameras. Their product is a direct and quite legal derivative of the original and is improved in several areas. At one point, there were a bunch of Mingca "K1000s" being sold under the Penflex label by Kiev USA...go figure...






Images lifted from No Name K1000 - Page 2 - PentaxForums.com. Notice the Helios 44K-4 bundled as kit lens.


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thank you for that information, it helps me to know what i have in my hands

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I too own a Brother P-Touch label maker.

What brand and model camera would you like?

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im afraid i dont know if you're asking to me, but im going to answer your question: My actual dream camera its a Canon A1, they're very uncomon over here, and the ones that i find are really expensive, but i find that camera to be so pretty, and the history behind it makes me want to have one.
What aboyt you??
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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
The Pentax label, in this case, appears to have been glued to the prism housing by who knows who. The Mingca branding is probably underneath. As for the licensing, Mingca contracted with Pentax to produce K-1000 cameras using Pentax tooling. After the K-1000 end-of-life, Mingca acquired the tooling and continued making cameras.
Interesting. I never knew that part of the Pentax story.
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