Is the Pentax K1000 the BEST 35mm film camera for beginners? It just might be. It’s definitely one of the most popular basic film cameras. No automatic exposure features; manual exposure, manual focus. It doesn’t even need a battery unless you want to use the built-in light meter. If you can get your hands on one of these, do it. You’ll learn the fundamentals of photography after a couple of rolls. And that knowledge goes a long way, even when shooting digital. Here’s an overview and tutorial on how to use the K1000.