Similar, though I wouldn't go so far as to say "nearly identical". Sort of true but with a few important differences. Biggest--the gearing and interlocks under the baseplate that co-ordinate film advance and shutter cocking was improved in the K1000, such that they have a *far* lower instance of the classic "film advance jam" issue. (One wheel had its shape changed to be more oblong in later Spotmatics, which improved matters but the K1000 went further.)
Originally Posted by elekm
The K1000 also discarded stop-down metering, with the trade-off of losing DOF preview, which contributed to some re-arranging of the assembly on the face under the lensmount plate.
In the end, I prefer Spotmatics these days. Somehow I've always found them easier to correct, and the screwmount is a lot less cumbersome for me than the bayonet. I used K mount for nearly a decade before I got into M42 and "Leica" screwmount, but the screw quickly became my favorite. Touch it to the body at any position, spin it backwards til there's a click, then forwards. With the bayonet I'm always looking for the orange dots and fumbling around, lest I cause metal to grind on metal and put my teeth on edge.
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