Results 1 to 4 of 4


  1. #1


    Okay thanks for helping me last time those we responded. Now I have been taking pics with my Pentax K1000. I'm loving it! but I have a few questions.

    1. If your shooting a really bright day. What fstop do you use? I was able to get a light meter reading on B which I belive is the Bulb setting, but I don't know anything about shooting on B, can someone help me out.

    2. Can you buy any lens to fit a Pentax K1000? I'm interested in a zoom lens.

    That's it for now.

  2. #2
    Did you get a users manual with this camera? This one is a classic. If not, you can download one from here:

    They stopped making this camera in 1997. Does the thru-the-lens meter not work? You should see the meter needle on the right side of the view finder. With this camera, the "correct" setting for the camera is when the needle is in the center of this area lined up with the little line there. All settings are manual (no "automatic" settings). Are you sure the battery is working OK?

    What type of film are you using? There should be package insert with the film giving some guidelines on f-stop settings at different shutter speeds under different conditions.

    Here is some information that may be helpful:

    You can use just about any K-mount lenses with this camera, or use a T-mount adaptor to use these lenses.


  3. #3
    great to hear you're having fun.

    1) the f-stop, a.k.a. aperture is dependent on what you're trying to do. In broad daylight I'm anywhere between f/2.0 and f/22. It all depends on the subject.

    A good starting point for daylight is the "Sunny 16" rule, which is a shutter speed of 1/[iso], w/ an aperture of f/16. It's not always dead-on accurate, but it's worth trying.

    FYI, the bulb setting is an option that allows the shutter to be open as long as the button is depressed. It's pretty inaccurate in most cases (b/c you typically shoot at a shuutter speed a fraction of a second), but works great for long exposures.

    Forgive me if I'm being presumptuous, but you need to get a grasp on exposure and understand how aperture, shutter speed, and film speed (iso) work together. I recommend this book for anyone. It's definitely worth it to get the basics down.

    2) no, you can't buy just any lens for your camera. It has to have a Pentax-specific mount. Check out for new lenses & for used gear. Both a reputable companies and easy to deal with.

    ~ scott

  4. #4
    Thanks for the suggestions, if you have any other books that I might benefit from let me know. I'll try to post some stuff when I get it developed.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts