found a "gem" film camera story

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  1. robitussin217

    robitussin217 TPF Noob!

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    I work at a camp and live in a house dedicated to ministry training. We were storing bunk beds in the attic and my friend came across an Asahi Pentax K1000!

    I have a Nikon D40 and had been looking for a deal on a Nikon FE to try film. So, I was very excited to find this camera (even though not a Nikon) and took it to procamera in Charlottesville, VA to see if it was operational and to make sure that in my attempts to make it go I wasn't going to ruin it.

    I got a battery for the light meter- it works! I got a cheap roll of B&W film to check the light sealing and have to get it processed.

    I was so excited I thought I'd upload a picture for cheap entertainment factor.

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    I don't know how these photos will turn out. And, I don't know where I am on the digital vs. film spectrum. But, it was SO much fun to shoot film. It makes me really focus.

    And, NO MENUS! No press and spin or press hold and spin or accidentally pressing too many times! Yay for dedicated rings and nobs.

    I just thought I'd share that with you all.
     
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    Congrats. K1000 is a classic.
     
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    robitussin217 TPF Noob!

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    Thank you, I really like it...trade you for the leica, tho
     
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    My primary camera is a K1000 that first belonged to my dad. I have other more expensive, fancier film cameras but I love to use the K1000.

    Buy a bunch of film and keep shooting it. With $50 in supplies you can start developing your own film at home. Then you can scan the negatives or start printing your own with another $150 investment.

    Have fun with it.
     
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    We never do. :D
     
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    Oh..you know I would but I've got a k1000 already :)
     
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    A friend gave me an old Pentax K1000 about a year back. Recently I got it out and tried out the macro feature on the lens that came with it. Link to the image below. I love using the camera with it's old needle meter system and everything else is manual. Sort of reminds me of the srT201 that I recently picked up and am starting to work with.

    http://home.comcast.net/~disposable12/macrolimb.jpg
     
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    Oh! so close...

    I would really enjoy doing that at some point. Good food for introversion that's not video games. Any suggestions on what the $50 would get me or a link to a site *goes to search forums*

    I feel like these amazing machines are everywhere. After using the k1000 the D40 feels like a plastic toy. These things are immortal. So cool...

    makes me feel better... :)
     
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    Congrats on your find. Mine is a brown leathered K1000 SE I purchased several years ago to replace one that I sold. I had sellers remorse.

    The K1000 was manufactured a very long time which resulted in a variety of variations. Might be interesting to do some searching to find out. People usually start by finding the origin of manufacturer usually stamped on the bottom plate.
     
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    The original k-1000s were made in Japan. In the late 1970s production was
    moved to Hong Kong and in the 1990s to China.

    The first Japanese-made cameras are the best made in my opinion. They
    are of rugged all-metal construction and are the heaviest. The Chinese
    cameras substituted plastic parts such as the top cover, the film wind shaft
    and some other parts. The first time I tried working on a Chinese K-1000 I
    shattered the film wind shaft by putting very little torque on it. I was amazed
    at how fragile it was.

    From examples that I've seen the Hong-Kong cameras had a tiny sticker
    strip on the bottom that said "Made in Hong Kong" which was easily
    removed. They also seem lighter than the Japanese-made cameras. I don't
    think the Chinese cameras had any designation of country, from what I've
    seen anyway.

    The K-1000 is a great camera and there are other K-series models
    too that equaled or surpassed it like the KX, KM and K2 models.
    These K-series cameras are why we call the Pentax lens bayonet
    mount the "K-Mount," a term which is still used today for current
    Pentax SLRs.
     
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    Thanks so much compur. That is very interesting. You're right about the sticker on the Hong Kong version. It's a small strip that says, "BODY ASSEMBLED IN HONG KONG."

    And, I didn't know they got heavier than this. It's very hefty.


    Thanks for sharing, it's fun to hear K1000 stories. I've been reading a little bit about its history and the brown SE's are the earlier version (of the SE), switching back to black later. They also have the split screen viewfinder focusing system vs. the pentaprism "little dots" system.
     
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    All you really need is a tank:

    COMPACT RKR TANK Adorama Ultra Universal Plastic Daylight Film Developing Tank for Film Sizes, 35mm, 120 and 220

    And the chemicals which you should be able to find at a local photo store.

    You can even get "kits" which hold all the chemicals if you're too lazy to put together your own:

    Rollei 'The One' Film Development Kit 120 - Black & White Film - 120 Film - Films - Lomography Shop

    Personally I dont' have room for an enlarger (that's to make prints from your negatives) so I bought a Canoscan 8800F. It's a pretty nice scanner I picked up for a 180...

    My basic trade off was that an enlarger would also cost $$$, take up much more space, and require a darkroom with chemicals to do the prints. Which I would love to do except my apartment is the size of a closet... :(:(
     

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