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08-04-2009, 02:49 PM   #121
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Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number:7089448
Location of serial number: Bottom plate sticker

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: None of the options, just a faint circle

08-10-2009, 04:00 PM   #122
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Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number:7376983
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: Hong Kong
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: Bottom plate sticker

Focusing screen: Microprism

Weight (without batteries and body cap) (if you know):
Year of original purchase (if you know):
08-10-2009, 04:03 PM   #123
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Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number:8326097
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):
Year of original purchase (if you know):
08-11-2009, 02:32 PM   #124
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Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black
Serial number: 4950312
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
"Bump" on top plate near revind crank: No

Top plate: Metal
Bottom plate: Metal
Battery cover: 1/4 turn Bayonet

Manufactured/assembled in: Hong Kog,
Location of manufacturing/assembling information:Bottom plate sticker

Focusing screen: Microprism

Weight (without batteries and body cap) (if you know): about a pound or so
Year of original purchase (if you know):1988
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08-16-2009, 04:23 PM   #125
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Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black
Serial number: 8344817
Location of serial number: Bottom plate stamped

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: Yes
"Bump" on top plate near revind crank: No

Top plate: Metal
Bottom plate: Metal
Battery cover: Threaded

Manufactured/assembled in: Unknown
Location of manufacturing/assembling information:None I can find

Focusing screen: Microprism

Weight (without batteries and body cap) (if you know): about a pound or so
Year of original purchase (if you know):
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08-17-2009, 08:15 PM   #126
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QuoteOriginally posted by JMPA Quote
Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number: 7567995
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)
"Bump" on top plate near rewind crank: No

Top plate: Metal
Bottom plate: Metal
Battery cover: Threaded

Assembled in: Unknown
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: Unknown

Focusing screen: Microprism

Weight (without batteries and body cap) (if you know): Don't know
Year of original purchase (if you know): unknown (a friend bought at a yard sale long ago, and I'm buying it from him)

P.S.: doing my research these days I read somewhere (Wikipedia?) that the 50mm Pentax-A lens was introduced in 1983. This camera has the previous lens, the 50mm Pentax-M (as can be seen by the aperture ring below, lacking the A-position and little button after the 22). Assuming the lens on this camera is the original one that was sold with it (reasonable), then this camera should be from 1983 or earlier. That's the best guess I could arrive at so far for its age.
With a 7 5xx xxx serial number this camera should be from the latter part of the 1970'es. Of course, your other K1000 broke the pattern so who knows
08-17-2009, 08:26 PM   #127
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QuoteOriginally posted by dikigoros Quote
Maybe this is one of the last K1000s ever made?

Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number: 5652986
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
"Bump" on top plate near revind crank: No

Top plate: Plastic
Bottom plate: Plastic
Battery cover: Bayonet

Manufactured/assembled in: China
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: Bottom plate sticker

Focusing screen: Split screen
Weight (without batteries and body cap) (if you know): 525 g
Year of original purchase (if you know): purchased on Ebay
Yes, it must be one of the most recent samples. It is our first with a 5 6xx xxx serial number. Before your camera I thought that the China production ended with 5 5xx xxx.
08-17-2009, 08:33 PM   #128
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QuoteOriginally posted by KJon Quote
Picked mine up while listening to a Radio Tag Sale. Heard the caller mention "Pentax K1000", called him up and we made a deal. It's virtually pristine

Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number: 7015826
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: Hong Kong
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: Bottom plate sticker

Focusing screen: Microprism

Weight (without batteries and body cap) (if you know): Don't know
Year of original purchase (if you know): Don't know

Hope this info is helpful. I'd love to know when this camera was made.

Best to all,
Kevin
Judging from the other posts in this thread I'd say your camera is from 1982 - 1983.

08-18-2009, 04:40 PM   #129
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Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number: 6575922
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): ?
Year of original purchase (if you know): ?
08-24-2009, 10:53 PM   #130
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Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number: 5206173
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
"Bump" on top plate near rewind crank: No

Top plate: Metal
Bottom plate: Metal
Battery cover: Bayonet

Manufactured/assembled in: Hong Kong
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: Bottom plate sticker

Focusing screen: Microprism

Weight (without batteries and body cap): 1 lb 2.5 oz
Year of original purchase: approx. 1990
09-02-2009, 08:26 PM   #131
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Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number:7601365
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
"Bump" on top plate near revind crank: Yes

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

Manufactured/assembled in: Hong Kong,
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: Bottom plate engraved

Focusing screen: Microprism
Weight (without batteries and body cap) (if you know):
Year of original purchase (if you know):1977
09-03-2009, 08:48 AM   #132
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Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number: 6246794
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: Unknown, battery cover corroded in place.

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
09-05-2009, 09:13 PM   #133
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ole Quote
Judging from the other posts in this thread I'd say your camera is from 1982 - 1983.
Ole, thanks for the response. I'm sorry I missed it when you posted it. I came to the same conclusion when I found a prior edition of your posted database. As mentioned, I had purchased the K1000 second hand. I was tickled to think that the camera was made in '83 as that was the year I graduated high school. Two years later, my dad gave me an ME Super (which I still have and am currently shooting).

Many thanks for compiling this list and sorting out the production runs.

Best to all,
Kevin
09-07-2009, 05:21 AM   #134
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Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number:8038389
Location of serial number: Bottom plate engraved

Asahi Optical logo on prism housing: Yes, engraved
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: Unknown
Location of manufacturing/assembling information: N/A
Focusing screen: Microprism (very faint)

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

John

Last edited by jheu02; 09-07-2009 at 05:29 AM.
09-08-2009, 12:02 AM   #135
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Model: K1000
Color of faux leather: Black

Serial number:6262422
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):n/a
Year of original purchase (if you know): I'll find out and edit my post later.

edit- I'm assuming it was purchased in the late 70's, it has the f2 50mm kit lens so I know it was before 83, My dad bought this camera brand new so I'll ask him and see if he remembers, He was still in Detroit when he bought it (he has a bunch of slides from downtown), him and my mom moved to NC in 82, so right now lets say its >82.

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