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Asahi Pentax K1000




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The Asahi Pentax K1000 was introduced in 1976 as an affordable camera. The K1000’s extraordinary longevity makes it a historically significant camera. The inexpensive simplicity was a great virtue and earned it an unrivaled popularity as a basic but sturdy workhorse.

This model eventually sold over three million units. The K1000 is equipped with all features required for manual photography: it has a mechanically-timed focal-plane shutter with speeds from 1 to 1/1000 second, and a TTL match-needle metering system, but no automatic exposure modes.

It can accept all the K-mount lenses made by Pentax and licensees such as Ricoh and Cosina. There is no depth of field preview button, self timer, or mirror lock up.

Despite its great popularity and longevity of the same basic design, Pentax finally ceased production of the K1000 after more than 20 years in 1997.

The Pentax K1000 is a good choice for photographers who want a reliable and well-built camera that is easy to use. It is especially well-suited for students and beginners, thanks to its simple control layout and affordable price, but capable of shot incredible photos.

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