Rare "made in Japan" early production copy of Pentax K1000. After introducing K1000 in 1976, Asahi Pentax moved production of this popular film SLR to Hong Kong after only two years of making them in Japan. The cameras produced in 1976-78 in Japan have their serial number engraved on the top (vs the bottom of the camera), and "Japan" engraved on the back. These early production units are very rare and most collectable.
This particular unit is a well-preserved camera, with no major scratches or scuffs. There is minor brassing on the film door frame, and one tiny dent on the top of the prism cover. Leatherette is in excellent shape. Shutter seems to fire accurately at all settings, film transport and meter work as designed. Viewfinder and focusing screen are bright and clear from dust. Brand new light seals were professionally installed for years of trouble-free operation.
The camera comes with two made-in-Japan lenses: SMC Pentax-M 50mm f/2.0 prime and Pentax-M 40-80mm f/2.8-4.0 compact zoom. The lenses have clear, scratch-free glass, no fungus. Focusing is smooth, apertures are snappy. There is a little bit of oil on the aperture blades of the zoom lens, which doesn't seem to affect its operation. Barrels of both lenses show moderate amount of wear, with some paint loss on the rings and front rim. Rare genuine Asahi Pentax UV filter and front cap are included with the 50mm lens. Colorful vintage camera, old-school Asahi Pentax camera bag and a fresh battery for the camera's meter are provided.