Asahi Pentax K1000 35mm Camera with 24mm Lens - Roadshow Collectibles

Asahi Pentax K1000 35mm Camera with 24mm Lens.

  • $274.99 CAD

Asahi Pentax K1000 35mm Camera with 24mm Lens.


The Pentax K1000 is one of photography's greatest, most popular and longest-lived cameras.

The Pentax K1000 is simple. It does exactly what it needs to do, and nothing more.

Exactly like Apple, simplicity is the K1000's greatest strength. All the irrelevant foolishness that chokes fancier cameras, and especially digital cameras, never get in the way of a great picture with the K1000. While DSLR shooters are standing there cursing at their cameras when they can't figure out why it won't take the picture when they press the shutter, the K1000 just keeps shooting.

The Pentax K1000 is a 35mm SLR. It is completely mechanical and needs no battery to run, except for one tiny 20 cents A76 cell battery to run its light meter.

Unlike the "automated" digital nonsense with which too many people burden themselves, the K1000 has only three shooting controls: aperture, shutter speed, and focus. (You also set the film speed when you load it.)

While digital cameras have automatic ISO, automatic white balance, automatic exposure, automatic advance, automatic focus and a zillion other "automatic" features, why on God's green Earth is it that then the"manual" K1000 lets us take great pictures with only three controls, while fully automatic cameras of today have hundreds of controls that need to be set? Not only does the Pentax K1000 only have three controls, it even tells us exactly how to set each of these controls all by itself!

The Pentax K1000 is so brilliant that you never need to turn the meter or camera on or off: both are always on for instant picture taking!

While even the most brilliant cameras like LEICA's $ 8,000 M9-P still make us stop and do math in our heads to see Zone System values, the Pentax K1000's brilliant exposure meter has an in-finder zone-system indicator. The middle is Zone V, and up and down the scale are the other (unmarked) Zones. Easy. The K1000's shutter button is much smoother than any LEICA made since 2002, with none of the LEICA's notchiness that blurs long exposures.

Most 35mm cameras expect us to guess if their film is wound or not to the next frame. While LEICA, NIKON, CANON, and other cameras demand that we remember this from day to day, the Pentax K1000 has a shutter-ready indicator right next to the shutter button. Orange (as shown) means ready, and black means not wound. Brilliant

There is a very good reason every photo teacher demanded the K1000 be used in their classes: because the K1000 is an extraordinary camera that forces you to think about your picture instead of your camera.


Some Features

  • Through-the-lens full-aperture metering.
  • Instant-return mirror.
  • Single 360º rotating shutter speed dial.
  • Full-aperture coupled metering.
  • ASA setting on shutter dial with automatic ASA lock.
  • Full-aperture viewing with a fully automatic diaphragm (closes down to set shooting aperture and reopens to full aperture automatically for every shot).
  • Bright Fresnel focusing screen with micro prism centre spot (also additional split-image on K1000 SE).
  • "Pure Image" finder with no distractions except the meter/zone system needle.
  • Automatic double-exposure prevention.
  • Shutter-cocked indicator.
  • Combined shutter cock and film-wind lever.
  • Ratcheted multi-step wind lever. Many Nikons don't have this.
  • Automatic resetting frame counter.
  • Rewind crank with a folding lever and rotating crank tip.
  • Ratcheted single or multi-stroke wind lever with a comfortable plastic tip.
  • X-sync hot shoe.
  • PC flash sync socket.
  • Threaded for a conventional cable-release.
  • 1/4-20 tripod socket. Tripod Screw Maximum Depth: 5.5mm.

Item Code - ELE8E501PVC 

Camera - Width: 5 1/2"  Height: 3 1/2"  Depth: 3 1/2"  Weight: 826 g

Extra Lens - Width: 2 5/8"  Height: 2 1/2"  Depth: 2 5/8"  Weight: 283 g

Lens Within Case - Width: 4 7/8"  Height: 3 5/8"  Depth: 3 7/8"  Weight: 439 g

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