Almost four decades ago, if you wanted to learn the ropes of photography, one of your camera options is a basic 35 mm SLR camera manufactured by Pentax: the K1000.
This affordable SLR camera had everything the amateur photographer needs; it was fully mechanical, had manual controls, a TTL metering system, shutter speeds from 1/1000 to 1 second, and compatibility with all available K-mount lenses. Noted for its exceptional longevity, Pentax manufactured this basic yet workhorse of a camera from 1976 to 1997, with over three million units sold.
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Type: 35 mm SLR with a built-in through-the-lens exposure meter
Film and Negative Size: 35 mm film. 24 mm × 36 mm
Standard Lens: SMC Pentax-M 50 mm f/2 with a fully-automatic diaphragm; Filter size: 49 mm; Minimum focusing distance: 45cm
Shutter: Rubberized silk focal plane shutter. Speeds: B, 1 to 1/1000 sec.
Viewfinder: Pentaprism finder with cross-microprism or split-image focusing screen. 0.88x magnification with 50 mm standard lens focused at infinity. Dioptry - 1.0.
Reflex Mirror: Instant-return type with special shock absorbers for minimum vibration
Lens Mount: Pentax bayonet mount
Film Advance: Ratchet-type rapid-wind lever. 160-degree throw and 10-degree play. "Cocked" indicator alongside shutter release button.
Exposure Counter: Automatic reset
Film Rewind: Rapid-rewind crank for speedy film take-up
Flash Synchronization: X contact hot shoe for cordless flash connection. X synchronization at 1/60 sec.
Exposure Meter: CdS meter measures the average brightness of the ground glass at full aperture, and couples directly to the aperture, shutter, and film speed settings. Zero-method exposure control. Film speed from 20 to 3200 ASA. EV 3 - 18 with ASA 100 films. Powered with one 1.5V alkaline (LR44) or silver oxide (G13) battery. Built-in photoswitch.
Dimensions With 50 mm f/2 lens: width 143 mm (5.6") × 83 mm (3.3")
Weight: 790 g (27.7 ozs.) with 50 mm f/2 lens. 620g (21.7 ozs.) without lens