Pentax K1000

"The New Street Machine"

Asahi Pentax K1000
Announcement / Release
around 1976
around 1997
Birth Place


The Pentax K1000 is an interchangeable lens, 35 mm film, single-lens reflex camera, manufactured by Asahi Optical Co., Ltd. from 1976 to 1997, originally in Japan. The K1000's extraordinary longevity makes it a historically significant camera. The K1000's inexpensive simplicity was a great virtue and earned it an unrivaled popularity as a basic but sturdy workhorse. The Pentax K1000 eventually sold over three million units.

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