Life goes on, even after the discontinuation of the Pentax K-1000
For more than two decades, photo instructors in high schools and colleges across the United States told their students that they must own a manually controlled single lens reflex as a prerequisite to taking the class. I've seen the course requirement sheets. Often they specify Pentax K-1000 - sometimes even suggesting that no other camera will do.
It's understandable that instructors recommended the Pentax K-1000, because it was an ideal camera for students to learn the essentials of film-based photography.
It will probably be several years before the word filters out to the farthest corner that Pentax discontinued the K-1000 in 1997 and there are no more to be had. For now, specialty dealers must do two things:
For the first part, take the portion of your Pentax catalog - or a trade paper announcement - which announced the discontinuation and put it in a small plastic frame near your SLR display.
Then make a check list of the features found (and not found) in the K-1000:
At this time, the appropriate replacement is the Promaster 2500PX.
At this point, all the K-1000s out there are at least 10 years old. Used ones still bring a relatively high price because they are so versatile.
Where to buy the Promaster 2500PX (this information is included for the non-dealers who find their way to this page. Camera dealers presumably know where to buy PRO products if they are eligible)