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    Pentax K1000

    Whoo Whoo! My Pentax came in today! Very excited to put it through its paces.

    I do have a few questions. First off, When it comes for light tightness, what should I look for? This is my first time using a camera of the sort. The center of the view finder is new to me. This is a non SE model. I was wondering if the center dot has the split prism. I assume its to help for fine focusing. Is there anything else I should look for while putting it through its paces. Oh, I threw in a new light meter battery.

    I'd like to add that there is a sticker where the film goes stating that it was last serviced in 05 of '93.

    Thanks,

    Zack

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    The Pentax K1000SE was sold through specialty stores that could not compete with mass merchandisers cut throat pricing. Same camera give or take cosmetics.

    David

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    Quote Originally Posted by zackesch View Post
    ... last serviced in 05 of '93.
    Wow... or in ebay speak, "recently CLA'd".

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    Examine the foam light seals where the back closes. Also look at the mirror foam bumper where the mirror swings up.

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    David, Thats interesting to hear. So the center is a split prism then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianShaw View Post
    Wow... or in ebay speak, "recently CLA'd".
    My other eBay / CL favorite: "It worked the last time I used it [15 years ago]."

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    Awesome camera! I still have mine that I bought new in 1981. Still works perfectly.

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    I bought mine used in a Pawnshop while visiting Reno in 1984 and I still use it. It came with the 50/2 lens and I think that is still my favorite lens. Nice and sharp right from f2 on. I absolutely love mine. It lived on a diet of Kodak Gold 400 for years and years but now it sees a lot more black and white, still Kodak though.

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    Inspect the foam seals in the channels where the door fits on the back and near the door hinge. While replacing the foam is easy, you can often make do just by using the lower half of the case and/or some black tape.

    You can read about K1000 variations here.

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    K1000 is a great camera, you gonna love it!

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