Pentax K1000 Chrome - made in Japan
Clean restored copy of early-production Pentax K1000. This popular camera had a very long production run, that started in 1976 and ended in 1990's. Asahi Pentax made K1000's in Japan only during the first two years of production. In early 1979, all production moved to Hong Kong, and later to China. Latest made-in-China K1000's show obvious cost-cutting by Pentax, with many metal body parts replaced with plastic and inferior quality parts being used. These later cameras are missing "Asahi" logo from the prism cover. Made-in-Japan units have several small distinguishing features (including serial number that is engraved on the top of the camera). Clean copies of these are rare and highly collectable.
This K1000 in near-mint condition is from the early production run (circa 1978). No dents or paint loss anywhere. There are few shallow scratches on the bottom - no other cosmetic defects. The camera was fully cleaned and lubricated inside and out. Shutter fires properly, film transport and meter all work perfectly. Viewfinder and focusing screen are bright and clear from dust. Shutter speed dial has sharp and bright lettering. Light seals (including internal, around the prism) and mirror bumper are brand new ($25 value). Original Asahi Pentax camera strap, factory manual and fresh battery for the meter are included.
The camera comes with two lenses: SMC Pentax-M 50mm f/2.0 normal prime and J.C. Penney 135mm f/2.8 telephoto prime. Both lenses have clear glass, no visible scratches or fungus. Focusing is smooth, aperture action is snappy. Telephoto lens aperture blades have traces of oil, but the operation is unimpeded. Barrels are clean and dent-free, with barely noticeable wear on the front rim. Kenko UV filter and genuine Pentax front cap for the 50mm lens, both caps for the 135mm lens are provided. Super-clean film SLR - perfect for a beginner film shooter or a Pentax collector, high-quality early build.