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Jacob A. Heiny

Lenses for a Pentax K1000

Does anyone happen to know where I could aquire lenses for the K1000?

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7/16/2006 11:33:31 PM

Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  Virtually any place that carries Pentax, or any outlet for used camera equipment. The Pentax K-mount is the most ubiquitous lens mount ever. Besides Pentax's own cameras, it was used by several other lesser known camera makers such as Ricoh, Chinon, Sears, Cosina, and Vivitar. And third party lens makers Sigma, Tamron, and Tokina make lenses in the K-mount. Any and all K-mount lenses ever made will mount on the K-1000, including the latest autofocus lenses (though they are not a good choice for manual focusing). Pentax still manufactures manual focus K-mount lenses ("A" series), as does Tamron and Tokina.

The only K-mount lenses to avoid are the latest FA J-series autofocus lenses because they do not have an aperture ring (so there is no way to control the aperture if used on a K-1000), and the "digital" DA lenses which project an image on the film plane that is smaller than the 35mm film frame.

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7/17/2006 6:03:14 AM

Jacob A. Heiny   Wow, thanks a lot, Jon.

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7/17/2006 11:02:11 AM

  Ebay has some great deals on new Pentax K-mount lenses. Most are selling for less than 75 bucks under the "buy it now heading. I've gotten some great lenses for my X700 for less than 50 on ebay. Check it out.

Have fun and keep shooting,
Mark H.

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7/17/2006 9:40:09 PM

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