Note – Since publishing this article, it has been brought to our attention that you are able to get some excellent portrait lenses for the Pentax k1000 via eBay with them selling for as little as only thirty dollars making them a total bargain! We would highly recommend that you check out the lenses currently available before going with any of the recommended articles below.
We keep seeing people reaching out with questions for their k1000 and today its the turn of what we feel is the best portrait lens for Pentax k1000 cameras. Now, due to vintage lenses sometimes being a total nightmare to get your hands on, we will actually cover two lenses.
This increases the chances of you being able to source on of them that is in a good condition. Thankfully, the links on this page have been checked and will take you to reputable sellers of the lenses that will provide you with a fully working lens without issues. The first lens that we will be covering is without a doubt the best one and it is very budget friendly, the second lens is extremely cheap and as thus, provides the performance that you would expect from such a cheap lens.
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The SMC Pentax 50mm f/1.4 lens
The 50mm focal length of the lens makes it perfect for portrait photography and its f/1.4 aperture offers you some of the best low light performance you will ever get for your Pentax k1000. The lens will make an excellent addition to your camera accessories for both portrait photography and film photography allowing you to capture some beautiful portraits with your camera that have some excellent image quality.
The high-quality build of the lens during production has let it stand the test of time without showing the signs of aging provided any past owners have taken care of the lens. Due to the lens being very robust it has been able to take more than its fair share of knocks over the years without them having any effect on its performance.
As we touched on earlier, the manual focus ring on used versions of the lens can be a common fault. The links on this page will take you to a specific seller of the lens who ensures that all their lenses are in full working order without fault before shipping them. That said, the manual focus ring on the lens is great and is very easy to use allowing you to easily tweak your image quality as and when required to ensure that you get the best photograph possible.
This is an excellent feature when trying to capture portrait photographs with film cameras as it lets you get the best possible photograph straight away tweaking it on location ensuring that you get the best image quality possible.
If you are looking to pick up a cheap, high-quality portrait lens for your Pentax k1000 then you have to pick up the SMC Pentax 50mm f/1.4 lens. It has an excellent reputation within the community due to its excellent perfomance and its ease of use makes it a great little lens to add to your camera accessories.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Pentax 50mm f/1.4 to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
The Pentax SMCP-M 50mm f2
Although the lens is based around the 50mm focal length that is great for portrait photography, the lens is essentially a heavily discounted bit of kit that has the vast majority of tech ripped out of it to provide the cheapest lens possible. This has a direct impact on the image quality that the lens can provide. On top of this, although it is listed as having an f/2 aperture, its low light performance can leave a lot to be desired.
The build quality of the lens is solid in all fairness though and this has enabled it to last over the years while still keeping a similar level of quality of that it would have had upon its initial launch. The lens mount of the lens is also made from metal rather than plastics reducing the chances of you having any issues with the lens mount on it as the plastic mounts tend to age very badly.
The lens will attach directly to the mount on your Pentax k1000 without issue provided that you have sourced a lens that is in good working order. This saves you the nightmare of having to try and find a vintage lens converter as they can be a right pain to source in full working order but thankfully are not needed due to the lens mounting directly.
If you are on a very tight budget then the Pentax SMCP-M 50mm f2 is probably the lens for you but just keep in mind that its image quality leaves much to be desired.