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Pentax KM vs K1000?

David Marsh , Nov 04, 2002; 02:04 a.m.

Hi Everyone,

Just after some advice. I've been keeping my eye open for a k1000 for a little while lately. I like the idea of a fully manual camera and already own a ME super (that's on its last legs). Anyway, a local camera shop has a Pentax KM with some lenses it's selling as a "students" package. Up until I saw it in the window I'd never heard of it. The shop owner said it's basically just a k1000 with DOF preview.

So, I'm just wondering if anyone know's any great difference between the two bodies, and whether it's worth waiting for a good k1000 to turn up. Unless the KM has some serious design flaws I'll probably end up purchasing it as they seem so similar to what i've been waiting to buy.


David Lee , Nov 04, 2002; 02:48 a.m.

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Jeff Polaski , Nov 04, 2002; 07:18 a.m.

K-1000's tend to be more expensive since everyone knows what they are. the KM is just about the same, but add DOF preview and manual control over when the light meter is turned on. If it's a good price and a good user quality, go for it.

richard oleson , Nov 04, 2002; 08:12 a.m.

i have a km, my wife and daughter have k1000's. the cameras are exactly identical in handling, have the same (nice) meter readout and the same (damn) lack of an on/off switch.

in addition to everything on a k1000, the km has a DOF control (vital) and a self timer (handy once in a while). they are otherwise absolutely identical. the km is my personal favorite of all mechanical pentaxes.

rick :)=

Colin Carron , Nov 04, 2002; 11:43 a.m.

Just a thought... if you already have the ME Super have you also considered the MX? This has the same neat body size as the ME Super but is all manual. I had one for 20 years. It is a brilliant camera.

Douglas Green , Nov 05, 2002; 03:42 p.m.

The KM is better than the K-1000, because it has the features of DOF Preview and Self-Timer. In all other ways, it is virtually identical to the K-1000. It also is just as easy to get repaired as a K-1000 because the very large amount of parts interchangeability between them. Another good one is the KX, next one up in the model line, as it adds superior information (shutter speed and f-stop setting) inside the viewfinder.

I would also would echo the praise of the the wonderful Pentax MX - probably the best match-needle only body ever made by ANYONE, unless you are counting the Nikon F2AS, and need to develop your arm muscles (and your bank account). Unfortunately, Pentax MX bodies are hard to find.

David Marsh , Nov 05, 2002; 10:14 p.m.

Thanks everyone for all your help :-) This was the first time I've asked a question here on photo.net and I didn't expect such a good response. I've pretty much decided to get the KM. It's in good nick and at a resonable price. At least this way I'll be out and about exposing film rather than checking out the k1000's on ebay.

Sean McPhillips , Sep 23, 2003; 08:31 p.m.

I know it's nearly a year later but I just found this site and I was interested in your post about the Pentax KM because I have owned one for years and find it a nice camera . . so did you get the KM in the end?

David Marsh , Sep 25, 2003; 11:45 p.m.

Hi Sean, In the end I did buy the KM, and i've since bought a second one. I'm pretty happy with them, and they've been great to learn on. The only trouble I've ever had with them is user errors, like forgetting to change the shutter speed to 1/60th with a flash and not changing this ISO when I've swapped in different film (in a hurry normally ;-)

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