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12-22-2013, 03:05 PM   #1
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The Local Camera Store Is Going To Bleed Me Dry

I went over to the local camera store here today to pick up some more film and to possibly see if they had any old K-mount lenses for my K1000SE. I picked up a lens-cleaning cloth, a four-pack of 200 speed film, five rolls of Kodak T-Max P3200 black-and-white film (they said they were outdated and the rolls were only a dollar each), and I ended up picking up a 2x teleconverter for my Pentax that only cost me ten dollars. Now, if I could only pick up some more lenses (especially a longer lens). I ended up spending more than I wanted to but it's not the first time.

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I totally understand your dilemma. When I am at my local camera shop, I feel like a boy again in a candy shop. "I'll have one of these, one of those and etc.," However, my recent experience at this shop was not so wonderful. I have been trading there for many years so they know me as a steady customer. I brought in a Pentax Super ME for testing. The individual behind the counter came back and told me that the meter was off 5 stops. Yup, you read it right, 5 stops. Given the fact that the 50mm SMC Pentax-M 1.7 lens has only 8 f/stops, that is more than half off. So, I left and brought it to an acquaintance who has a fully equipped dark room along with some sophisticated testing equipment. He told me that the light meter was direct on target. Just as good as the day I drove it off the showroom.
I have to admit that in all my years in photography, this is the first time I have felt as though I had been violated. By speaking in parables and abstractions, I let him know that one more time and he would never see me and the other folks in my photo club ever again. I honestly felt as though I had been talking to a hungry used car salesman. Thanks for reading, Tony
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I totally understand your dilemma. When I am at my local camera shop, I feel like a boy again in a candy shop. "I'll have one of these, one of those and etc.," However, my recent experience at this shop was not so wonderful. I have been trading there for many years so they know me as a steady customer. I brought in a Pentax Super ME for testing. The individual behind the counter came back and told me that the meter was off 5 stops. Yup, you read it right, 5 stops. Given the fact that the 50mm SMC Pentax-M 1.7 lens has only 8 f/stops, that is more than half off. So, I left and brought it to an acquaintance who has a fully equipped dark room along with some sophisticated testing equipment. He told me that the light meter was direct on target. Just as good as the day I drove it off the showroom.
I have to admit that in all my years in photography, this is the first time I have felt as though I had been violated. By speaking in parables and abstractions, I let him know that one more time and he would never see me and the other folks in my photo club ever again. I honestly felt as though I had been talking to a hungry used car salesman. Thanks for reading, Tony
If you have been going to the same camera store for years, I don't understand why this would happen all of a sudden. That's pretty crappy if it was deliberate. There are some people (like car dealers...and politicians) that just want to get someone's business and they do not care what they have to do to get it. If you are business and you have to lie about something to your customers in order to get them to buy something, you obviously don't care about your customers at all in my opinion. They are just there for you to bleed them dry and make some money. That is just so wrong.

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I brought in a Pentax Super ME for testing.
Attempted ripoff, incompetence or a maybe a simple error on their part.
The good news is you knew enough to avoid an unnecessary expense.

Get used to it. You'll meet plenty of dummies across the store counter.
The uneducated consumer is gravy for many businesses.

Chris

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QuoteOriginally posted by photographyguy74 Quote
I went over to the local camera store here today to pick up some more film and to possibly see if they had any old K-mount lenses for my K1000SE. I picked up a lens-cleaning cloth, a four-pack of 200 speed film, five rolls of Kodak T-Max P3200 black-and-white film (they said they were outdated and the rolls were only a dollar each), and I ended up picking up a 2x teleconverter for my Pentax that only cost me ten dollars. Now, if I could only pick up some more lenses (especially a longer lens). I ended up spending more than I wanted to but it's not the first time.
Don't worry! compared to a bass boat, motor and trailer the photography hobby is chump change!
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QuoteOriginally posted by woodywesty Quote
Don't worry! compared to a bass boat, motor and trailer the photography hobby is chump change!
This is what I keep saying to myself, too. Thankfully, no one else is asking for an explanation.

Sent using only the powers of my mind.
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QuoteOriginally posted by woodywesty Quote
Don't worry! compared to a bass boat, motor and trailer the photography hobby is chump change!
Thankfully I once met a collector who relieved me of the burden of my fly fishing equipment. Unfortunately eBay introduced me to Pentax inventory.

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I would love to possibly get another K1000. I definitely need to get some more lens for the camera that I have because I only have one lens.
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Try a KX or a MX instead of the K1000
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Try a KX or a MX instead of the K1000
I'm curious as to why you say to try a KX or an MX instead of the K1000.
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The K1000 was the budget version of the KX/K2 and while they are very similar externally they KX is a better camera in more senses than 1
The MX is a wonderful machine, the next generatin of the K1000 and superior in many things
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The K1000 was the budget version of the KX/K2 and while they are very similar externally they KX is a better camera in more senses than 1
The MX is a wonderful machine, the next generatin of the K1000 and superior in many things
Oh okay. Thank you for explaining what you meant. I'll have to go check out each camera.
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The K1000 is legendary mostly because it was a budget camera that was recommended to students all over the world, and was in production for eons.
I learned on a spotmatic, so when I took a few lessons (high school) people told me to get a K1000, I tired it and it felt pedestrian when compared to the Spotmatic. The lightmeter would not turn off, and it did not feel right.
I moved on to Nikon FE but always kept the Spottie handy.

Just recently (2000s) I got a KX.... that was a camera that I felt comfortable using, same ergonomics as the Spotmatic and it was a step forward.

PS, fr some reasn KXs were a lot cheaper on ebay than K1000s!
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QuoteOriginally posted by photographyguy74 Quote
I'm curious as to why you say to try a KX or an MX instead of the K1000.
Hi: Compare the features of the KX, KM and K1000 HERE. (Click each link on the left).

The K2/K2DMD were more professional-targeted cameras with significantly more electronics, but are also astonishingly competent. They're all nice cameras. I've owned and used them all. I've kept two KX'es and probably will always have them (my avatar tells all. ahem.).
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