Note – Since publishing this article, it has been brought to our attention that you are able to get some excellent cheap wide-angle lenses for your Pentax k1000 via eBay. We would highly recommend that you check out the wide-angle lenses currently available as they can sell for as little as only thirty dollars!
In this article, we will be taking a look at what we feel is the best wide angle lens for Pentax k1000 cameras currently available on the market right now. With the k1000 being a 35mm film camera we would always recommend that you go with a 28mm lens for wide angled photography. This will offer excellent imagery for landscape, interior, and to some extent, street photography providing the best photographs possible.
The thing is, the camera and supported lenses can be in short supply and hard to come by these days. We have seen a number of reports of photographers being able to score bargains at various second-hand stores but we would not advise this. The majority of these were due to both luck and the photographer having the relevant knowledge and the sales clerk having no idea what they were selling.
Picking up a lens from a second-hand shop has the risk of the lens not working as well as the lens not fitting your k1000. The two lenses that we will be covering in this article both work with your k1000 and have an excellent track record and reputation while both being priced at under one hundred dollars.
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The Tokina 28mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Lens
Like all native Pentax k1000 lenses that doesn’t require a converter to fit the camera, the Tokina 28mm comes with the Pentax PK mount to allow you to quickly and easily mount or demount the lens from your camera when needed. The metal lens mount ensures an easy fit while also reducing the possibility of any accidental damage to the bayonet system when mounting or unmounting the lens.
The photograph above is an excellent example of the type of image that you can capture when using your Pentax k1000 with the Tokina 28mm for wide angle photography. The 28mm on the lens with the 35mm film offers the perfect aspect ratio for high-quality wide angles images.
As you may expect if you are an experienced k1000 user, the Tokina 28mm is a fully manual lens with no auto-focus at all. That said, the manual control rings on the lens are very easy to use, smooth, and responsive allowing you to easily tweak the focus of the lens to get the photograph that you want.
In addition to working with your k1000, the Tokina 28mm will also natively fit with the ME and ME super if you own either of them as well as potentially fitting some of the Pentax DSLR range without the need for a converter.
The Takumar 28mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Lens
Although a lesser known brand, the lens itself has a solid reputation amongst the community and a proven track record. Its 28mm focal range is perfect for allowing you to capture some high-quality, wide-angle photographs with the 35mm film used in the Pentax k1000. The lens is very easy to use and features the same Pentax PK Mount as the Tokina 28mm above allowing for quick and easy mounting and unmounting from your k1000.
Again, the lens has no built-in autofocus so you will have to manually focus the lens for your photographs. That said, the manual focus ring is smooth and easy to rotate with just enough resistance to ensure you don’t accidentally over focus when rotating.
The bayonet system on the lens is easy to use and the metal fittings help to extend the usable lifetime of the lens, unlike the cheaper and lower quality plastic based lens mounts that can quickly show signs of wear and tear and become troublesome.
Considering the price of the lens, it really does offer a budget-friendly solution for capturing wide angled photographs with your k1000 with a decent build quality that is very robust.
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