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12-30-2014, 06:53 AM   #2566
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QuoteOriginally posted by deus ursus Quote
Congratulations on your find. The LX is a beauty. I have the later version, which I bought used a few years ago.

Personally I prefer the M lenses just for the looks. The chrome ring just makes them so much prettyer than the later A lenses. Just for that, I stocked up on M lenses instead of A lenses, although I knew they would be more or less useless when I eventually went digital. On my newly bought K20D I can only use them in manual mode. (I hope some day Pentax will release a body with uncrippled mount, but I'm afraid they never will)

So, IMHO you should get M lenses for you LX. It looks much nicer with them. :-)
This is the list of M lenses I have:

28 mm f2.8
35 mm f2.8
50 mm f1.7
50 mm f1.4
85mm f2.0
100 mm f2.8
200 mm f4.0

Plus a 35-70 mm zoom. I think I'm plenty of M lenses.

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Bonne année, bonne santé !!!

I ended 2014 with this 10€ thrift store hard case camera bag ... and this leads me to a question for you guys.

I have a like-new Minolta X-700, but the Judas window is blocked/very dim. Getting this well brassed, but working, X-700 below reminded me of this problem because its window is so clear and bright.

Any ideas why a Judas window would be bad ... ?

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Happy New Year, good health and good light too!

I don't have the light path reference for the X700's judas window but looking at a couple of others - Pentax LX - Full Info on Its Interchangeable Viewfinders, Interchangeable Viewfinders for Nikon F3 cameras - Part III, it doesn't look like it is so simple. My guess would be a broken/missing mirror, dirt or possibly mold is blocking the view.

BTW, another great haul!
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Any ideas why a Judas window would be bad ... ?
If the Minolta is anything like a K Series Pentax then it’s just a small piece of glass/plastic that gets jarred out of position.

I have had a few KX & K2DMD bodies where Eric has had to reset the Judas window back in place. Most common is that the window is blank/dim or I even had one that was reversed and the aperture reading was far way and you could see most of the ring.

Phil.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Jean Poitiers Quote
Bonne année, bonne santé !!!

I ended 2014 with this 10€ thrift store hard case camera bag ...
Great find...My father in law shot that same set up for years. When he passed away it went to my brother in law where it now sits on his shelf unused.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Cuthbert Quote
This is the list of M lenses I have:

28 mm f2.8
35 mm f2.8
50 mm f1.7
50 mm f1.4
85mm f2.0
100 mm f2.8
200 mm f4.0

Plus a 35-70 mm zoom. I think I'm plenty of M lenses.
Sorry. Didn't realise you were that much into old gear. A few lenses there that I'd love to have myself.
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QuoteOriginally posted by LesDMess Quote
... I don't have the light path reference for the X700's judas window but looking at a couple of others - Pentax LX - Full Info on Its Interchangeable Viewfinders, Interchangeable Viewfinders for Nikon F3 cameras - Part III, it doesn't look like it is so simple. My guess would be a broken/missing mirror, dirt or possibly mold is blocking the view.

BTW, another great haul!
Merci Les ... thanks for your advice/input. Salut, J

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QuoteOriginally posted by gofour3 Quote
If the Minolta is anything like a K Series Pentax then it’s just a small piece of glass/plastic that gets jarred out of position.

I have had a few KX & K2DMD bodies where Eric has had to reset the Judas window back in place. Most common is that the window is blank/dim or I even had one that was reversed and the aperture reading was far way and you could see most of the ring.

Phil.
Salut Phil ... thanks. I was thinking that something was out of place. Really do not miss it nor need it ... but it would be nice to have. Cheers, J

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QuoteOriginally posted by IHS Quote
Great find...My father in law shot that same set up for years. When he passed away it went to my brother in law where it now sits on his shelf unused.
Thanks ... I have had a very lucky end of year string going ... May it continue into 2015 !
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Dunno if this counts as "gear Porn" but I built a Flash Guide Number Calculator.
it's a pdf file, and just a basic setup, but it works, and I will rebuild it at some time to include full cut/fold directions, usage instructions.
It will have a photon adder, and a manner to save flash specific modifiers, just some cool stuff.
Anyways, here it is:
http://45ink.com/gallery/images/demo/Flash-guide-slider.pdf

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QuoteOriginally posted by Jean Poitiers Quote
I ended 2014 with this 10€ thrift store hard case camera bag
Great haul Jean its hard to keep up with your thrift store "Porn". While they are working X700's are nice to shoot with but they can be a bit fragile, especially the electronics. But that 35-70mm MD zoom on the front of it is one of my all time favourite lenses they were so good that they were also produced under the Leica badge,a constant f3.5 stack of primes that also had Macro.
Here's some of my recent additions from combing a local second hand market. A rare Neoca rangefinder in full working order with its box, a mint condition Helios with its original caps and a very rare find a Pentax 35mm film cassette that looks like it was hardly used and I still got change from $10 AUD for this lot.
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01-02-2015, 01:25 PM   #2575
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The judas window could be a remnant from a previous hamfisted service.

I have a KX on which said device didn't work on arrival, pulled the top cover off to find the piece of metal supporting the mirror was bent. After some cautious trial-and-improvement bending with a pair of fine-nosed pliers it works perfectly.
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QuoteOriginally posted by 45 Mike Quote
Dunno if this counts as "gear Porn" but I built a Flash Guide Number Calculator.
it's a pdf file, and just a basic setup, but it works, and I will rebuild it at some time to include full cut/fold directions, usage instructions.
It will have a photon adder, and a manner to save flash specific modifiers, just some cool stuff.
Anyways, here it is:
http://45ink.com/gallery/images/demo/Flash-guide-slider.pdf
Nice! And nicer still when you add a scale for metres, of course
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Nice! And nicer still when you add a scale for metres, of course
I intend to build a setup that uses metres, rather than clutter up the distance scale with differing units.
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Black SP finally happened! £30 with SMC 55/2 in an auction. It's so gorgeous I could cry.


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QuoteOriginally posted by edmundrt Quote
Black SP finally happened! £30 with SMC 55/2 in an auction. It's so gorgeous I could cry.
Classic!

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Think I saw that one but passed it by as I didn't have the spare cash. Glad to see it went to someone on here!
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