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10-10-2010, 10:17 AM   #211
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I have updated the database with all data received so far. The results are attached as pdf files to the first post in this thread:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-film-slr-discussion/51190-k1000-se...tml#post490307

10-11-2010, 04:03 PM   #212
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Model: K1000 SE
Color of faux leather: Brown

Serial number: 6047211
Location of serial number: Bottom plate stamped

Asahi Optical logo on prism housing: Yes
Asahi name above Pentax name on prism housing: Yes
Asahi Opt. Co. engraved on back side of top cover: Yes
"Bump" on top plate near rewind crank: No

Top plate: Metal
Bottom plate: Metal
Battery cover: Threads

Manufactured/assembled in: Unknown
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: N/A

Focusing screen: Split prism with microprism collar

Weight (without batteries and body cap) (if you know): 620g
Year of original purchase (if you know): Unknown

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10-15-2010, 06:59 AM   #213
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Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number: 7431895
Location of serial number: Bottom plate stamped

Asahi Optical logo on prism housing: Yes
Asahi name above Pentax name on prism housing: Yes
Asahi Opt. Co. engraved on back side of top cover: Yes
"Bump" on top plate near revind crank: No

Top plate: Metal
Bottom plate: Metal
Battery cover: Threads

Manufactured/assembled in: No information
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: None

Focusing screen: Microprism

Weight (without batteries and body cap) (if you know): unkown
Year of original purchase (if you know): unknown



This lens came with a Pentax SMC-M 50mm, f/2 lens. I believe that the husband of the lady I bought this from was the original owner. This lens would put the original manufacture/purchase date sometime in the early eighties, as that is when the M-series cameras/lenses were in production.
10-15-2010, 10:15 PM   #214
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This is my Pentax K1000 SE

Serial number: 6057734
Location of Serial number: Bottom plate insert
Asahi optical logo on prism housing: No
Asahi name above Pentax name on prism housing: No
Asahi Opt. Co. engraved on back side of top cover: No
" Bumb" on top plate near rewind crank: No

Top plate: plastic
Bottom platelastic
Battery cover: bayonet
Assembled in: China
Location of assembing information: Bottom plate sticker
Focasing Screen: Split screen with microprism collar
Weight : don't know
Year of manufacture: don't know

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Last edited by notsowise; 10-15-2010 at 10:38 PM. Reason: Not metal as I thought.
10-21-2010, 06:35 PM   #215
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Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number: 7785273
Location of serial number: Bottom plate stamped

Asahi Optical logo on prism housing: Yes
Asahi name above Pentax name on prism housing: Yes
Asahi Opt. Co. engraved on back side of top cover: Yes
"Bump" on top plate near rewind crank: No

Top plate: Metal
Bottom plate: Metal
Battery cover: Threads

Manufactured/assembled in: No information
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: None

Focusing screen: Microprism

Weight (without batteries and body cap) (if you know): 1 million pounds
Year of original purchase (if you know):1986

This camera came with an SMC Pentax-A 50mm f/2 lens.
10-21-2010, 06:40 PM   #216
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Just so you guys know, future entires should be posted here: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-serial-number-database/?do=addserial&itemid=275

(since we now have a dedicated database just for serial numbers)

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11-16-2010, 05:33 PM   #217
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I see another difference that no one else may have noticed: the collar around the rewind crank.

If you look at the pictures posted by notsowise above, you'll notice that the part of the top plate around the rewind crank is chrome and stepped and apparently an integral part of the body, where the part I'm accustomed to seeing (and depicted here on Bojidar Dimitrov's excellent website) are painted black the same as the cap of the film counter and shutter speed dial and one smooth, relatively shallow slope. It's an extra piece that fits onto the top plate. My guess is that the type shown in notsowise's picture is a later modification to reduce cost, whereas the version in the second picture is the earlier version.

edit: Looking at it again, it seems that the difference I noticed seems to be a consequence of having a plastic top plate, as the K1000 posted by notsowise has a plastic top plate.

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11-17-2010, 08:52 AM   #218
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Yes, on earlier models the black piece you're discussing was metal. It was later changed to a lightweight plastic.

I recently purchased two SEs in good shape to replace some parts of an older brown SE (all metal) I've been fixing up. The two newer SEs had the AOCO logo stamped in the top plate, but the black piece was plastic, along with quite a few other parts that are metal in the older brown one. There were other changes made too, to simplify the design and reduce cost. There are benefits though, it was much easier to disassemble the newer bodies due to some of these updated parts.

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Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number: 7847146
Location of serial number: Bottom plate stamped

Asahi Optical logo on prism housing: Yes
Asahi name above Pentax name on prism housing: Yes
Asahi Opt. Co. engraved on back side of top cover: Yes
"Bump" on top plate near rewind crank: No

Top plate: Metal
Bottom plate: Metal
Battery cover: Threads

Manufactured/assembled in: "Body Assembled in Hong Kong"
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: Sticker on bottom plate

Focusing screen: Microprism

Weight (without batteries and body cap): 700 grams
Year of original purchase (if you know): purchased ca. 1988, probably used, as it came with a Ricoh lens (Rikenon XR S 50mm f/2, S/N 196978)
05-13-2011, 01:54 PM   #220
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Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number: 8284977
Location of serial number: Bottom plate stamped

Asahi Optical logo on prism housing: Yes
Asahi name above Pentax name on prism housing: Yes
Asahi Opt. Co. engraved on back side of top cover: Yes

Top plate: Metal
Bottom plate: Metal
Battery cover: Threads

Manufactured/assembled in: no clue
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: none
Focusing screen: Microprism

Weight (without batteries and body cap) (if you know):
Year of original purchase (if you know): 1987
05-22-2011, 11:18 AM   #221
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Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number: 7732028
Location of serial number: Bottom plate stamped

Asahi Optical logo on prism housing: Yes
Asahi name above Pentax name on prism housing: Yes
Asahi Opt. Co. engraved on back side of top cover: Yes
"Bump" on top plate near revind crank: No (it has a screw, though)

Top plate: Metal
Bottom plate: Metal
Battery cover: Threads

Manufactured/assembled in: No information
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: None

Focusing screen: Microprism

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05-28-2011, 06:29 PM   #222
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Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number: 6931600
Location of serial number: Bottom plate stamped

Asahi Optical logo on prism housing: Yes
Asahi name above Pentax name on prism housing: Yes
Asahi Opt. Co. engraved on back side of top cover: Yes
"Bump" on top plate near rewind crank: No

Top plate: Metal
Bottom plate: Metal
Battery cover: Threads

Manufactured/assembled in: No information
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: None

Focusing screen: Split screen

Weight (without batteries and body cap) (if you know): N/A
Year of original purchase (if you know): N/A
08-09-2011, 12:40 PM   #223
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Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black
Serial number: 8471294
Location of serial: Bottom plate engraved

Asahi Optical logo: No
Asahi name on prism: No
Asahi Opt. Co engraved on back side: yes (No country of origin)

Top plate: metal
Bottom plate: metal
Battery cover: threads

Manufactured: Sticker is worn out
Location of manufacturing info: Sticker on bottom plate, completely worn out
Screen: Microprism

Weight: Unknown
Year of original purchase: Original owner claims 1990
08-25-2011, 01:02 AM   #224
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Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Brown
Serial number: 6204560
Location of serial: Bottom plate engraved

Asahi Optical logo: Yes
Asahi name on prism: Yes
Asahi Opt. Co engraved on back side: yes (No country of origin)

Top plate: metal
Bottom plate: metal
Battery cover: threads

Manufactured: None
Location of manufacturing info: No info.
Screen: Split prism with microprism collar

Weight: Unknown
Year of original purchase: Unknown








Images courtesy of Frank Feng Wei (The person whom I bought the camera from)
10-02-2011, 09:28 AM   #225
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I have two K1000's!

First Camera

Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number: 6133808
Location: Bottom plate stamped/engraved

Asahi Optical logo: yes
Asahi name on prism: yes
Asahi name on back of top cover: yes

Top plate: metal
Bottom plate: metal
Battery cover: threaded

Assembled in unknown

Focussing screen: Split prism with microprism collar

Weight: Unknown
Date of purchase: Unknown, but likely the early 1980s

If it helps, this camera came with SMC P-A 1:2 50 mm (early version) serial number 2033704


Second Camera


Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number: 7808811
Location: Bottom plate stamped/engraved

Asahi Optical logo: yes
Asahi name on prism: yes
Asahi name on back of top cover: yes

Top plate: metal
Bottom plate: metal
Battery cover: threaded

Assembled in unknown

Focussing screen: Split prism with microprism collar

Weight: Unknown
Date of purchase: Unknown, but likely the early 1980s

This camera came with SMC P-M 1:2 50 mm (early version) serial number 4396106
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