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Specification for Pentax K1000

Main characteristics
Image Sensor Type: CCD
Resolution: 6.31 Megapixel
Camera Type: Standard Point and Shoot
Lens
Interchangeable Lens: Not Interchangeable Lenses
Focus Type: Autofocus&Manual Focus
Image Quality
Camera Resolution: 6.31 Megapixel
Image Resolutions: 3008 x 20082400 x 16001536 x 1024
Exposure Control
Shutter Speed: 30 - 1/4000 sec
White Balance: AutoManualDaylight / Sunny (Preset)Cloudy (Preset)Fluorescent (Preset)Tungsten (Preset)Shade (Preset)Flash (Preset)
Frames Per Second: 2.8 Frames
Storage
Memory Type: SD Card
Compression Modes: FineSuperFineNormalUncompressed
Compression Type: JPEGRaw ImageEXIF 2.2DCFDPOF
File Size (High Res.): 6 MB (21 images on 128MB card)
Flash
ISO Speeds: Auto20040080016003200
Flash Type: Built-In&External
Flash Functions: Flash OffAuto FlashRed-eye Reduction FlashForced On
Viewfinder / Display
Viewfinder: Optical (Through-the-lens)
LCD Panel: With LCD Panel
LCD Panel Size: 2.5 in.
LCD Screen Resolution: 210,000 pixels
LCD Protected Position: Without LCD Protected Position
Interfaces
Interface Type: USB 2.0
Video Interface: Video Out
Power Supply
Battery Type: 4 x AA BatteriesCR-V3
Included Features
Self Timer: 2 Sec.12 Sec.
Built-in Microphone: Without Built-in Microphone
Built-in Speaker: Without Built-in Speaker
Tripod Mount: With Tripod Mount
System Requirements
Operating System: Apple Mac OS XMicrosoft Windows 2000Microsoft Windows XP Home EditionMicrosoft Windows XP Professional
Other
Height: 9.1 cm
Width: 13 cm
Depth: 7.1 cm
Weight: 0.6 kg
Warranty: 1 Year
Exterior Color: Black
Included Accessories: SoftwareUSB CableVideo Cable4 x AA Rechargeable BatteriesStrap
Release Date: July, 2006

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Pentax K1000

“I have a Pentax KX, which is virtually the same as the...”

Written on: 20/08/2010

I have a Pentax KX, which is virtually the same as the K1000, except with a few more features. It was my first SLR and still is the only one I own, even though, eventually I will go digital for the convienence. The biggest winning point to this camera is that wonderful bayonet mount. Pentax still manufactures K Mount (bayonet) lenses, you won't get all you're digital features though ;) If you have the opportunity to buy one of these, DO IT! It's the camera that brought you the haunting images… Read Full Review

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Pentax K1000

“As soon as I laid my hands on the Pentax K1000 in a...”

Written on: 19/04/2010

As soon as I laid my hands on the Pentax K1000 in a photo studio I fell in love with it. I Paid about US$ 70 for it. I started learning the basics with my K1000 & have been enjoying every composition with it for the last 2 years. The all manual options help me give my touch to the picture. The shutter sound is great. Though its very old but its in mint condition & hardly used by previous owner. I am now getting tele & wide lens for it from ebay… Read Full Review

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Pentax K1000

“What an incredible camera! So solid and easy to use....”

Written on: 15/01/2010

What an incredible camera! So solid and easy to use. BOTH 50mm f1.7 and 50mm f2.0 Pentax lenses are great, really very good lenses. I mostly shoot colour negatives and these lenses produce sharp and at the same time -- hard to describe this -- gentle images. Thus, visually very beautiful (of course one needs to find a very good place to print them!).
My K-1000's light meter goes dead when being used in really low light, but it is rarely ever a problem. The camera's shutter sound is a little… Read Full Review

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Pentax K1000

“Stunning 'old school', manual everything SLR. Just...”

Written on: 31/12/2009

Stunning 'old school', manual everything SLR. Just make sure that you get an early version. It had a 20+ year production run! Early ones made in Japan (usually badged 'Asahi Pentax'). Later ones are made in China (in a Chinon factory, so I'm told..) and have inferior build quality… Read Full Review

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Pentax K1000

“The K1000 is a therapeutic camera. You have to feel...”

Written on: 22/12/2008 by WWreese (2 reviews written)

The K1000 is a therapeutic camera. You have to feel the subject and tweak and adjust to make a terrific photo, but is well worth it. I have old prints from the early 80's taken with the Pentax that simply look better than digital.

I love this camera and, after many moves in the last 18 years, have made a point to hang onto this classic. The case is battered and torn, but this great little unit is still ready to go!! In fact, I am considering new accessories for the camera… Read Full Review

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Pentax K1000

“First class for the serious photographer. Not for use...”

Written on: 05/10/2008 by mike taylor (1 review written)

First class for the serious photographer. Not for use for the snap happy. Although it's a bit heavy to carry around it's an excellent value for money camera… Read Full Review

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Pentax K1000

“The Pentax K1000 is an excellent camera, I have had it...”

Written on: 10/09/2008 by joehanek (1 review written)

The Pentax K1000 is an excellent camera, I have had it for many years great for pro's and beginners. I have taken many wonderful photo's with this camera… Read Full Review

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Pentax K1000

“I have had my Pentax K1000 since 1977 and it has never...”

Written on: 29/07/2008 by Ros Teuma (1 review written)

I have had my Pentax K1000 since 1977 and it has never let me down. Picture quality is superb, especially close-ups, and I haven't yet found a digital camera at a comparable price to match it. It has been up mountains, in the desert, on the beach, on safari, been bounced and jolted - tough as old boots… Read Full Review

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Pentax K1000

“I really like the camera. It's easy to use and good...”

Written on: 28/07/2008

I really like the camera. It's easy to use and good for starting photographers. The camera is so simple and elegant. The pictures turn out great! It was a good purchase. The camera runs out of batteries quickly because there is no on or off switch. I recommend keeping it in a very dark area so doesn't waste batteries. Overall, it's a very nice camera to have around… Read Full Review

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Pentax K1000

“This is the best slr camera i have ever used and is...”

Written on: 01/04/2008 by bobdole (1 review written)

This is the best slr camera i have ever used and is built like a tank; it is increadibly robust and has never let me down.
It doesnt have the widest array of features but for a simple slr nothing comes close in my opinion… Read Full Review

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Pentax K1000

“The only problem I've had with my Pentax K1000 was the...”

Written on: 20/12/2007 by quartermiler660 (1 review written)

The only problem I've had with my Pentax K1000 was the TTL light meter quit working after several years of use, and the camera bag, ofcourse containing the Pentax somehow slipped under the air seat in my truck, and the steel scissoring arms that allow the seat to bounce up & down nailed it. Hit the prizm housing and dented it . It never had a light leak and at that point, the meter still worked. I finally got the meter repaired a few years back & the camera works like new. The repair… Read Full Review

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Pentax K1000

“It's a good camera and I have taken good photos, those...”

Written on: 20/11/2007 by emai (1 review written)

It's a good camera and I have taken good photos, those photos I gave to the press. They put my photo on the front page....its my good point of my Pentax k1000… Read Full Review

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Pentax K1000

“This has been my go-to camera for 3 years now after I...”

Written on: 18/08/2006 by nautilaz (1 review written)

This has been my go-to camera for 3 years now after I moved up from a point and shoot. It's been great to get me acquainted with the use of an all-manual SLR. I've taken it on three different world-travels, though heavy in the bag, it has helped me progress in my overall skill. For travel purposes, the body is fine, but the lenses offered are not as durable (two of three are jammed). Being without batteries, the simple metering system is subject to problems in any kind of indoor situation… Read Full Review

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Pentax K1000

“Maybe it is a matter of getting used to it, but I...”

Written on: 04/01/2006 by Sol (1 review written)

Maybe it is a matter of getting used to it, but I think that the Pentax K1000 35mm SLR camera's exposure meter scale (in a viewfinder) is much simpler (no different flashing lights, etc, etc.), and that's why it is easier to use. Very handy!

Also, compared to other brands manual cameras, I would choose Pentax because their manual focus lenses have got half a stop aperture bracketing, i.e. f5.6, f5.6 and a half, f8, f8 and a half, etc, which is an essential feature if you shoot slides and need… Read Full Review

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Pentax K1000

“The Pentax K1000 35mm SLR camera was one of 3 cameras...”

Written on: 14/12/2005 by Steve Andrews (4 reviews written)

The Pentax K1000 35mm SLR camera was one of 3 cameras introduced by Pentax with the new K fitting lens. It was the most basic model in the range, but is simple and a joy to use. I have owned 2 of them. The first I bought new after using one of the college loaned K1000's. I traded it for a P50 (big mistake), and 10 years later found another K1000 cheap in a pawnbrokers shop.

The parts are available for repairs, and there is a vast assortment of lenses, both secondhand and new that will fit it… Read Full Review

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Pentax K1000

“I am a beginner manual photography student, and the...”

Written on: 01/10/2005 by RY9 Team EMS (3 reviews written)

I am a beginner manual photography student, and the Pentax K1000 35mm SLR camera is a great beginner camera to learn the basics on. I am only 18 years old, and even though this camera is older than me, the quality and reliability is great!… Read Full Review

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Pentax K1000

“Pentax K1000: I love this camera so much that I own...”

Written on: 06/12/2004 by chrisshufordphotography (1 review written)

Pentax K1000: I love this camera so much that I own two of them and own 9 different lenses for them. I have shot hundreds of weddings with these cameras over the years and refuse to give them up (even though I have 2 eos 50s and a nikon n65) The K1000 are still the cameras I would have if I could only pick one… Read Full Review

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Pentax K1000

“To talk about the features of the Pentax K1000 in this...”

Written on: 15/09/2004 by GANDALFcmk (1 review written)

To talk about the features of the Pentax K1000 in this age of bells and whistles probably misses the point. Since it burst on the scene in the early 70's, the attraction of the K1000 is that it's feature-less. Thousands of photography students for more than 25 years have been taking their first serious pictures with this camera. A quality camera? Reliabe? Durable? How many other camera models can you name that have been continually manufactured for a quarter of a century? Pentax produced its… Read Full Review

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Phillip Stephenson's Response to 170275_GANDALFcmk's Review

Written on: 27/01/2006

I can only agree. I bought my K1000 in 1981 and it has never been repaired and has never given a problem. My camera has not had hard use, but it has had a fair bit of use in any case. My previous camera was a Praktica with a Pentax screw mount and I was able to buy an adaptor so I could still use my old lenses, although I have bought a couple of bayonet mount lenses over the years. The fact that the camera is all manual means you can be a little more creative than with modern cameras that boast of being able to "point and shoot". I believe that for all-round use, the K1000 is excellent value for money.

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★★★☆☆
Pentax K1000

“The Pentax K1000 35mm SLR camera has a basic, simple...”

Written on: 28/11/2003 by Rath69 (1 review written)

The Pentax K1000 35mm SLR camera has a basic, simple design. So much so, it was made for twenty-plus years. Imitated by others for it's design. If you want to shoot time exposures, astrophotography, artistic capture of light and motion, or just plain weird stuff, this is your choice.
I've owned one for twenty years, now have a second one, have bought three more for other people, and plan on getting third for myself in near future.
Even one in need of repair is worth the time and repair… Read Full Review

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Pentax K1000

“If you want to learn the basics about photography go...”

Written on: 01/11/2003 by chevron2003 (1 review written)

If you want to learn the basics about photography go and find one of these. Mine has lasted twenty plus years and I am only selling it because I have been seduced by digital photography but my digital pictures will be all the better for having owned a K1000. A crying shame that they don't make them any more… Read Full Review

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