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01-03-2015, 02:51 PM   #2581
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dangermouse Quote
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!
I ummed and ahhed about it because I though if I started bidding it would get expensive and I'd end up spending cash I didn't have too! But thankfully I got lucky, it's just a matter of waiting until the right one comes along I'm trying to be less compulsive with my fleabay purchases these days, I was just wasting too much money. But if it's shiny (or not shiny lol) and says Pentax on it it's hard to pass by.

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Two classics from the 1950s. A Pentax K camera (1958), and a 17 bladed Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58/2, this one manufactured around 1950. The Auto Takumar 55/1.8 zebra this camera came with might look cooler, but my version of the Zeiss produces sharper photos with more organised bokeh. Plus the pre-set aperture, with all those blades, works so smoothly and is a joy to use (unlike the focus ring!).
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TBH I'd rather have a black Spotmatic F, I've got a good chrome Spotty I hardly use so there's not much point buying a black one.

I just search "Pentax" with it set to show newly listed items first, have bagged a few nice BIN items that way before anyone else noticed them. Also a good way to hunt for cheap restoration projects, like the tidy but jammed H2 I paid a fiver for and got working with a lot of lighter fluid and some careful oiling.
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QuoteOriginally posted by utak Quote

Two classics from the 1950s. A Pentax K camera (1958), and a 17 bladed Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58/2, this one manufactured around 1950. The Auto Takumar 55/1.8 zebra this camera came with might look cooler, but my version of the Zeiss produces sharper photos with more organised bokeh. Plus the pre-set aperture, with all those blades, works so smoothly and is a joy to use (unlike the focus ring!).
Beautiful...

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QuoteOriginally posted by utak Quote

Two classics from the 1950s. A Pentax K camera (1958), and a 17 bladed Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58/2, this one manufactured around 1950. The Auto Takumar 55/1.8 zebra this camera came with might look cooler, but my version of the Zeiss produces sharper photos with more organised bokeh. Plus the pre-set aperture, with all those blades, works so smoothly and is a joy to use (unlike the focus ring!).
That's very nice ... enjoy that Biotar. TFS, J
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QuoteOriginally posted by G and T Quote
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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Cool Neoca!
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QuoteOriginally posted by utak Quote

Two classics from the 1950s. A Pentax K camera (1958), and a 17 bladed Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58/2, this one manufactured around 1950. The Auto Takumar 55/1.8 zebra this camera came with might look cooler, but my version of the Zeiss produces sharper photos with more organised bokeh. Plus the pre-set aperture, with all those blades, works so smoothly and is a joy to use (unlike the focus ring!).
The K is the early Pentax I lust after... I wonder why?

K.
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If anyone doesn't like black lenses...

Before:




After 3 weeks of UV-C (<10cm in front of the front element, >130w/m):




On the plus side, the UV-C bulb worked where a normal blacklight did [EXPLETIVE DELETED] all to remove the yellowing...

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Cool Neoca!
Thanks its very cool and uncommon.It was made in 1959 and Neoca filed for bankruptcy in January 1960!
Even cooler is the box still has the price on it, 31-5-2 ,we've had decimal currency here since 1966.
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K-family line up

I completed my Collection of the K-series just the other day with this black KM. Well, not 100% complete but..

Photo taken with K-3, A50mm f1.4
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01-05-2015, 07:28 AM   #2591
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QuoteOriginally posted by Baard-Einar Quote
I completed my Collection of the K-series just the other day with this black KM. Well, not 100% complete but..
Photo taken with K-3, A50mm f1.4
Beautiful shot and hope that all is in good working order!
I actually prefer an "incomplete" set . . . the thrill of the hunt . . .

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QuoteOriginally posted by utak Quote
Two classics from the 1950s. A Pentax K camera (1958), and a 17 bladed Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58/2, this one manufactured around 1950. The Auto Takumar 55/1.8 zebra this camera came with might look cooler, but my version of the Zeiss produces sharper photos with more organised bokeh. Plus the pre-set aperture, with all those blades, works so smoothly and is a joy to use (unlike the focus ring!).
Good looking setup.
I try to keep zebra out of my mind but it isn't working so well!

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QuoteOriginally posted by G and T Quote
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.
Glenn
That is a nice score!
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Another change of pace that I thought you guys might get a kick out of: Cineflex Spidercam at the Steelers-Ravens AFC wildcard game the other night in Pittsburgh.
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Another change of pace that I thought you guys might get a kick out of: Cineflex Spidercam at the Steelers-Ravens AFC wildcard game the other night in Pittsburgh.
Pioneered in the now defunct XFL.
01-05-2015, 09:34 AM   #2594
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Indeed!

Just checking, the camera alone (V14HD) minus the spider assembly and lens costs over a quarter of a million dollars.

QuoteOriginally posted by LesDMess Quote
Pioneered in the now defunct XFL.
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I'm more camera collector than photographer. I've collected many of the upper-end, non-Leica manual focus SLR cameras from the 70's and 80's like Nikon's F2 and F3, Canon's F1 and F1 new, the Olympus OM4Ti, Contax RTS II, etc, but the jewel of Pentax manual focus cameras has up til now eluded me... no more!



A very simple and intuitive aperture-priority camera whose very simplicity belies the excellent craftsmanship beneath. The viewfinder has to be seen to be believed.
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