While at my parents place a while ago I stumbled across an old dusty camera bag which sparked my interest. Once I opened it I discovered a very old camera of my Father’s that has been preserved and not touched for years. I was so happy when he said that I could have it! I even asked him twice just to be sure.
The Pentax K1000 (originally marked the Asahi Pentax K1000) is an interchangeable lens, 35 mm film, single-lens reflex (SLR) camera, manufactured by Asahi Optical Co., Ltd. originally in Japan. It uses a horizontal travel, rubberized silk cloth focal plane shutter with a speed range of 1/1000 second to 1 second, along with Bulb and a flash X-sync of 1/60 second. It is 91.4 millimetres tall, 143 mm wide, and 48 mm deep, and weighs 620 grams. The body was finished in black leather with chrome trim only, although early production Pentax K1000 SE bodies had brown leather with chrome trim. (source)
This design of the Pentax K1000 began in 1975 when the first of the Pentax K-series SLRs were introduced. My Dad most likely purchased this model in the early 80′s and made sure to have all of the necessary lens add on options. There is even a hot shoe flash that is still fully operational!
The K1000′s amazing longevity and performance makes it a historically significant camera. These vintage models go for about $100 today once valuing in at $299 when they were first introduced. I have a love for all things from the past and often find myself being nostalgic for time periods that are long gone. Is that weird ? LOL. I actually want to grab some film and take a few shots to look through the lens finder my Dad once did.
I think this will start my collection of vintage cameras…I am