Learning my way around a Pentax K1000

Today Paul Smith introduced us to The Pentax K100 , 35mm camera. The Pentax is a no-frills , does what it says on the tin kind of a camera. It is very straight forward and allows the photographer to concentrate creating beautiful images rather than wrestling with a multitude of settings that I feel can sometimes distract from, rather than enhance the photographers ability to pre-visualise the final outcome.

A short You Tube video explaining the functions of the Pentax k1000 :

So, the basic settings that I need for using the Pentax K1000 are as follows;

APERTURE – also referred to as f-stop. The values are –

      2.8  /  4  /  5.6  /  8  /  11  /  16  /  22

           Large opening  <——————–> Small Opening

When taking a shot, generally the more light in the environment the higher the f-stop needs to be . Higher value f-stops also give a larger depth of field affect (df).

ISOInternational Standards Organization – or the sensitivity of film to light, although it applies to both film and digital photography. The values are –

50 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600

                   Slow <——————————> Fast

SHUTTER SPEED– Shutter Speed range –

1 / 2 / 4 / 8 / 15 / 30 / 60 / 125 / 250 / 500

 Slow <———————————————>Fast

Shutter speeds can be a valuable tool when capturing action shots , for example a running waterfall. Slower shutter speed means that the aperture stays open for longer and therefore captures more of the action. This can give rise to a blurry water effect.

The use of a Light Meter can really help the photographer to customize the settings on the camera to achieve the desired exposure and effects.

Another technique that photographers employ is the use of appropriate lens according to the result they want to attain.

There are 6 different types of lens that can be attached to the Pentax K1000;

  • Prime Lens or 50mm – This is a ‘standard’ Lens and is used as a average lens on many cameras. Suitable for shooting in low light.
  • Macro – Suitable for shooting fine detail, close up.
  • Fish Eye – This Lens gives a wide angle in the frame, allowing for greater capture of background detail.
  • Zoom – This does what it says, zooms into distant subjects/objects.
  • Telephoto – As above but Ultra!
  • Tilt Shift – Ever wondered how a photographer has created a scene that makes the subjects/objects look like toy models. This is the lens that they use.


This is just a brief synopsis of the different lens and uses for them, I will cover them in more detail at a later date.






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