Excerpt: My very first film camera. My dad bought it in the late 70s to use while he was in college. It was used after that to take pretty much every family photo until they got a digital camera in 2004. My dad gave it to me in 2006 when I started taking photography classes.
Excerpt: This camera is great. It's simple, easy, and straightforward to use. I've used mine for quite some time now, it's awesome. The sound it makes is beautiful, and the overall use of the camera is easy. The only part that annoys me is that without a lens cap, the battery runs out quickly.
Excerpt: My only wish for the K1000 would be that Pentax had designed all four of the old Ks with interchangeable focusing screens. Beyond that, even though a DoF preview would be nice, it's not really a necessity.
Pros: Light, User-friendly, Easily Learned, Very Capable, Attractive, Inexpensive
Cons: No DoF Preview, no Interchangeable Focusing Screens
Summary: My k1000 will be 30 years old this Christmas, and it has been the most reliable camera I have ever owned. My lenses are still nice and sharp. My light meter and flash shoe still work. I have probably changed the battery 3 times. There are no light leaks. Everything works just like the day I got it.