I have several Ricohs, but none as new as the one you're asking about. I also have a K1000. The XR Ricohs I have are far superior to the Pentax. The K1000 made in Japan was a fine camera, later they were made in China and less well made, the newer ones are made in Korea and are junk.
My issue with the K1000, even the very first Japanese ones, is the lack of depth of field preview. To me that's an essential function that they're lacking.