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Pentax KM SLR Camera with 55mm f/21.8 Lens


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8/10 overall condition, comes with 6 months warranty.

Serial No.: #8183599


The Pentax KM is the same as the K1000 is the simplest member of Asahi Optical's Pentax K-series SLRs, whose other members are the Pentax K2, KM, and KX, all introduced in 1975, and the K2 DMD (1976). All have the same basic body design, but with differing feature levels, internal electronics, and external controls and cosmetics.

On top of all the feature KM has two extra feature: additional Depth Of Field preview and manual control over when the light meter is turned on. 

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..

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  • Through-the-lens full-aperture metering.
  • Instant-return mirror.
  • Single 360º rotating shutter speed dial.
  • Full-aperture coupled metering.
  • ASA setting on shutter dial with automatic ASA lock.
  • Full-aperture viewing with fully automatic diaphragm (closes down to set shooting aperture and reopens to full aperture automatically for every shot).
  • Bright Fresnel focusing screen with microprism center spot (also additional split-image on K1000 SE).
  • "Pure Image" finder with no distractions except the meter/zone system needle.
  • Automatic double-exposure prevention.
  • Shutter-cocked indicator.
  • Combined shutter cock and film-wind lever.

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Reviewed By: Josh

The K1000 is, confusingly enough, Pentax’s crown jewel. Why is this confusing? The camera was never intended to be the brand’s flagship model, nor was it heavily advertised or promoted by the company. It was designed as a low-spec body for amateurs, relegated to play second fiddle to the more full-featured KM. But even though it was intended as a second-rate camera, the K1000 became far and away their most popular and long-lived machine, selling millions of copies spanning its introduction in 1976 to its culmination in 1997. This impressive twenty-one year production run is rivaled by few cameras, most notably by the professional Nikon F3, a camera seemingly more deserving of this unusual success.

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Reference List:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentax_K1000
  2. http://www.kenrockwell.com/pentax/k1000.htm
  3. https://www.casualphotophile.com/2016/11/07/pentax-k1000-camera-review/
  4. https://www.photo.net/discuss/threads/pentax-km-vs-k1000.45188/

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Category: pentax


Vendor: Pentax