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General Description

The K1000 is very similar to the KM except for the self-timer and DOF preview which only the KM provides. With both cameras, a needle in the viewfinder indicates over- under- or correct exposure.

The K1000 was sold more than 2 000 000 times as it was relatively cheap, highly reliable, and highly regarded as the perfect tool for learning photography, as it has no features whatsoever that could distract from composing, focusing and ensuring correct exposure.

From 1975 to 1978, the K1000 was made in Japan. From 1978 to 1990 it was made in Hong Kong. Finally, from 1990 to 1997, it was made in China.

Product Variations
Exact NameK1000K1000K1000
Years of Production1967 ~ 1997unknown ~ unknownunknown ~ unknown
Availabilityabout once a week, usedonce in a lifetime, usedonce in a lifetime, used
Catalog Number04500unknownunknown
Sold with Case

Technical Specifications

Lens MountK
Mount LimitationsThe lens must be set to a numerical aperture
Mirror Lock-Up
Cable Releasemechanical
Infra-Red Release
Additional Features
Width x Height x Depth143 x 91.5 x 49 mm
Weight620 g
Exposure System
Exposure ModesM
Metering Modes with K and M Lensesfull-frame
Metering Modes with A and newer Lensesfull-frame
Meter MaterialCdS
Exposure Compensation (Step)N/A
Meter Range3 ~ 18 EV
Manual ISO Range32 ~ 3200 ASA
Constructionmechanical (horizontal)
Shutter Speeds1 ~ 1/1000, B
Mechanical Speedsall
Magnification [Coverage]0.88x [91%]
Aperture Indication
Shutter-Speed Indicationneedle
Interchangeable Screens
Power Source
Batteries1 x 1.5 Volt silver-oxide (A76, SR44) or alkaline (LR44)
Continuous Shooting
Continuous Shootingmanual wind lever
Flash System
Command Protocol(s)analog
Synchronization Speed(s)1/60 ~ 1, B
Built-In Flash
Fitting Case(s)unknown