Note – Since publishing this article it has come to our attention that there are some absolute bargains to be had for 35mm K1000 lenses on eBay! We have seen suitable options for as little as only $15 offering you huge savings over other vendors. We would highly recommend that you check out the link above to try your luck and see what they currently have listed for the Pentax k1000.
In this article, we will be taking a look at what we feel is the best 35mm lens for Pentax k1000 cameras currently available on the market right now. Although a relatively old camera, the sudden increase in 33mm based film photography has resulted in an increase in people asking for advice on their camera.
We recently published our article covering what we feel are the best wide angle lenses for the k1000 but this time we are moving onto a 35mm prime lens that still has some decent wide-angled photography capabilities.
The Pentax SMCP-FA 35mm f/2.0
As the Pentax k1000 35mm film camera is an old school manually controlled camera, there will be no two-way communication between the lens or camera body no matter what you choose meaning you will have to control the lens manually. Thankfully, the Pentax SMCP-FA 35mm f/2.0 has both a manual focus ring and a manual aperture ring that are very smooth and easy to rotate while having just enough resistance to allow you to control your turns.
With it being a prime lens it has a fixed 35mm SLR focal length that offers excellent performance for general photography with great low light performance. Although the jack of all trades, master of none label could be applied to the Pentax SMCP-FA 35mm f/2.0 we feel that the lens is able to hold its own to some of the dedicated or specialist type lenses out there.
As it is a Pentax lens and one of their k-mount lenses at that it has the standard bayonet mount system for the k1000. This allows you to quickly and easily attach the lens to your camera without issue, even when in a hurry. The metal lens mount helps to ensure a quick and easy mounting with a tight and snug fit to ensure you are getting the best photographs possible.
The Pentax SMCP-FA 35mm f/2.0 comes with a minimum focal distance of one foot but the vast majority of photography niches that you are going to be capturing photographs on traditional film will be well above this anyway. The lens also provides a sixty-three-degree angle of view allowing you to manipulate your surroundings to get some unique looking traditional style photographs.
The build quality of the lens itself is solid and although the lens is very robust, a lens bag and lens cap are included with your purchase as standard. This offers some additional protection for your lens during traveling between your various photography locations to reduce the chance of your kit getting damaged.
All in all, this is a relatively fast lens that you are able to use to get a wide range of photography styles out of your k1000. The lens has stood the test of time and has the reputation to match it as well as the benefit of having been put through its paces by many a photographer over the years. Although you can use the links on this page to pick the lens up quickly, you may be able to get yourself a bargain in your local second-hand store but be sure to check that the lens is in full working order before purchasing it as we have seen some nightmare stories from photographers who purchased kit at second-hand stores.
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