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05-17-2016, 01:19 PM   #1
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Hello from Georgia!

Greetings from a new Pentax user. I've enjoyed photography since a teenager and was fortunate enough early on to land a photo position at a regional university. After 27 years I guess you could say I've made a career of it, LOL, the last 15 years of which has been strictly digital. However, I've recently begun to shoot film again as a sort of exercise in discipline. I have a cabinet full of different camera systems I've collected over the years, but only recently acquired my first Pentax gear - an early Honeywell Spotmatic and several M42 lenses. I was so impressed with the build and operation of that camera that I picked up an SPII as well an old H1.

In addition to collecting and using them, I also enjoy researching the history of these classics. I figure there is no better place for me to learn than here with the Pentax experts.

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Welcome to the forum, good to have you here, please share any little insights you come across from time to time.
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Yes, another Georgian!

I'm down here in Jonesboro, carrying the Pentax banner midst all the Canikon apostates. You might also look into the K mount; the film apex of which is the Mighty LX. Lenses for the K mounts are readily available, and can also be used on the digital Pentaxes.
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Welcome to the forums, Steven All of my Pentax experience has been digital, but I'm now waiting on a very-good-condition Pentax ME Super body (that I picked up on eBay today) to use with my older lenses. My interest isn't an act in discipline, but rather to add some variety to my photographic endeavours.

Do you develop the films yourself, or use a 3rd party developing service? What about scanning? I've been looking into scanners recently, but for the amount of film I'll be shooting, I've reluctantly concluded I'll be better off having the lab scan the negatives on my behalf...

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QuoteOriginally posted by Sweeper67 Quote
In addition to collecting and using them, I also enjoy researching the history of these classics.

Hi Steven. Welcome to the Pentax forums. For many members here, " film " is in their present and not their past, so you will fit right in here.
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I'm newbie in this Forum, welcome Bro.
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Many thanks!

Wow! You all (or maybe I should just say "y'all" since I'm in the deep south) sure know how to make a person feel welcome. I do appreciate it! And it's good to see another Georgian here, @grhazelton!

To address the question posed by BigMackCam about developing - I shoot b&w almost exclusively, so I'll develop the film myself. I just take over the kitchen for a couple of hours. And as long as I clean up after myself my better half is fine with it.

But, yeah, scanning... what a tedious process, but not all that different from making prints in the darkroom. I don't think I ever printed every image from a roll of film - only the best ones. So I approach scanning in the same way. I'll scan the strips as whole pieces, then pick the ones to do hi-res scans on. Right now I'm using an Epson Perfection V750 Pro and VueScan software. I prefer it since it supports scanning of multiple formats, even 8x10.

I have certainly considered farming out the processing to a lab. I was checking out The Darkroom.com for processing some 4x5 film for me. Prices seem reasonable and they offer different resolutions of scanning. However their top scanning resolution - at an increased price, of course - is still a bit low, I think. So, I'm always open for suggestions. I'd love to play around with transparency film on my large format, and I'm certainly gonna let the pros handle that processing.

Also glad to hear that film is still getting used around here. There are SO many awesome film cameras out there it would be a shame to see them become completely obsolete. And, yes @grhazelton, I have an LX in my sights for the not-so-distant future!
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Welcome to the forum! In photography, lately I have seen a revived interest in film. Fantastic - keep up the great wok and do post some of your work.

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