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02-16-2009, 05:47 AM   #16
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Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number: 7756615
Location of serial number: Top plate engraved
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 information
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: None

Focusing screen: Microprism

Year of original purchase (if you know): 1978

02-16-2009, 07:04 AM   #17
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New variation found!

Heads up, gang, there's a new feature of K1000s that we should be aware of.

CSSLDR over at the "How Many K1000's" thread, and the thread that started this all, has an interesting camera:

[link to post]

*pulls down projection screen with images of CSSLDR's K1000 and pulls out a pointing stick*

First of all, notice that while the serial number is engraved on the top plate la Spotmatic and K-series-other-than-K1000, "Japan" does not appear on the back top plate of the camera.

And if you'll look here, between the rewind knob and the prism housing, notice the small raised area towards the back of the camera. This is precisely where the battery check button is located on the KX, and an identical bump appears on the KM.

This is most likely some sort of transitional body, made in Japan.

If your K1000 has a similar bump, it should be mentioned here.
02-16-2009, 01:19 PM   #18
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QuoteOriginally posted by Stevopedia Quote
First of all, notice that while the serial number is engraved on the top plate la Spotmatic and K-series-other-than-K1000, "Japan" does not appear on the back top plate of the camera.

And if you'll look here, between the rewind knob and the prism housing, notice the small raised area towards the back of the camera. This is precisely where the battery check button is located on the KX, and an identical bump appears on the KM.

This is most likely some sort of transitional body, made in Japan.

If your K1000 has a similar bump, it should be mentioned here.
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02-16-2009, 02:56 PM   #19
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Here's a photo of a camera with a top serial number, the bump and Japan.



That one is serial #7551580. I also had #7728223, top serial number, bump but no Japan. Both of these are listed in my previous post. All those cameras were from my extensive eBay trading days and long ago sold.

02-16-2009, 02:58 PM   #20
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Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number: 8058874
Location of serial number: Bottom plate engraved

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 information
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: None

Focusing screen: Microprism

Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number: 8059410
Location of serial number: Bottom plate engraved

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 information
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: None

Focusing screen: Microprism
02-16-2009, 05:30 PM   #21
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From an old ebay TurboLister backup file - dk if I can find the actual images

Model: K1000 SE
Color of faux leather: Brown

Serial number: 7947814
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 (no Japan)

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

Manufactured/assembled in: No information (glue present, sticker removed)
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: Bottom plate sticker (removed)

Focusing screen: IIRC Split screen with microprism collar

Weight (without batteries and body cap) (if you know): no information
Year of original purchase (if you know): no information

Last edited by monochrome; 02-16-2009 at 06:48 PM.
02-16-2009, 06:32 PM   #22
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Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number: 6844223
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 information
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: None

Focusing screen: Microprism

Weight (without batteries and body cap) (if you know): Do not know
Year of original purchase (if you know): Do not know
02-16-2009, 07:11 PM   #23
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QuoteOriginally posted by Stevopedia Quote
Heads up, gang, there's a new feature of K1000s that we should be aware of.

CSSLDR over at the "How Many K1000's" thread, and the thread that started this all, has an interesting camera:

[link to post]

*pulls down projection screen with images of CSSLDR's K1000 and pulls out a pointing stick*

First of all, notice that while the serial number is engraved on the top plate la Spotmatic and K-series-other-than-K1000, "Japan" does not appear on the back top plate of the camera.

And if you'll look here, between the rewind knob and the prism housing, notice the small raised area towards the back of the camera. This is precisely where the battery check button is located on the KX, and an identical bump appears on the KM.

This is most likely some sort of transitional body, made in Japan.

If your K1000 has a similar bump, it should be mentioned here.
It appears so far that the "bump" coincides with the serial number being engraved on the top plate. There may or may not be "Japan" engraved next to Asahi Opt. Co. on the back side of the top plate on bodies with the bump.

My interpretation is that they moved the production away from Japan during the first production run ("with the bump") and they placed a sticker with Hong Kong on the bottom plate - most of those cameras have since lost that sticker, though. Next production run was a top plate without a serial number (but still with Asahi Opt. Co. engraved on the back of the top plate) and with the serial number stamped into the bottom plate, probably including a sticker with Hong Kong which again, most of us have lost.


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02-17-2009, 03:32 AM   #24
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But there is also a "Japan" sticker, and I saw a photo of one here on the forum once. And it was on a camera with the serial number on the bottom. The thread was from several months ago.

At this rate it doesn't seem like we'll ever REALLY get dates of production for each K1000 variant...
02-17-2009, 04:23 AM   #25
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My K1000 was purchased in Olympia, Washington. My first SLR to capture my first trip to the USA!


Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number: 6057213
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: Top None

Focusing screen: Microprism

Weight (without batteries and body cap) (if you know):
Year of original purchase (if you know): 1980
02-17-2009, 05:22 AM   #26
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#1:

Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number: 7903557
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): unknown
Year of original purchase (if you know): unknown

(Note: there is residue from a sticker on the bottom plate, which I assume showed the country of origin.)

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#2:

Model: K1000 Se
Color of faux leather: Brown

Serial number: 6639176
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: Split screen with microprism collar

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

(Note: there is residue from a sticker on the bottom plate, which I assume showed the country of origin.)
02-17-2009, 09:35 AM   #27
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Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number: 7817712
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: Unknown

Focusing screen: Microprism

Weight (without batteries and body cap) (if you know): unknown
Year of original purchase (if you know): January 1987

Notes:
- My K1000 had a sticker on the bottom plate but I don’t remember what the country of origin was.
- It has the red X on the flash shoe that one poster mentioned.
- It was packaged in a kit with an M50/2 having serial number 8717961 with no mention of Japan.
02-17-2009, 12:48 PM   #28
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my second and third K1000 (both second hand)

Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: black

Serial number: 6911247
Location of serial number: Bottom plate engraved

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: Hong Kong
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: bottom plate sticker

Focusing screen: microprism

Strap: one centimeter wide cloth weave with black rubber Asahi Pentax shoulder grip
Weight (without batteries and body cap) (if you know): Don't know
Year of original purchase (if you know): Don't know (I got it in late 90's)
red X hotshoe
M 1:2 50mm 3124431


Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: black with Asahi Pentax black leather armadillo lens/camera case enclosure. (made in Japan)

Serial number: 7028898
Location of serial number: Bottom plate engraved

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: Hong Kong
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: bottom plate

Focusing screen: microprism
red X hotshoe
A 1:2 50mm 6838057 Taiwan



I will soon sell both. Send me a message.

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02-18-2009, 01:17 AM   #29
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Model: K1000
Colour of faux leather: black
Serial number: 7040790
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: no
Top plate: metal
Bottom plate: metal
Battery cover: threads
Manufactured in Japan
Location of manufacturing info.: bottom plate sticker
Focusing screen: microprism
Weight: don't know
Year of original purchase: don't know
02-19-2009, 09:32 PM   #30
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Both bought new

K1000 (body #1)
Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number: 7989037
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: Split screen with microprism collar

Weight (without batteries and body cap) (if you know): ( will add later)
Year of original purchase (if you know): 1984

K1000 (body 2)

Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number: 8059384
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: Split screen with microprism collar

Weight (without batteries and body cap) (if you know): ( will add later)
Year of original purchase (if you know): 1985
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