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11-11-2011, 07:33 PM   #991
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Blue, my sincere condolences on the loss of your father. Sounds like this has been the fall that was for a lot of us. I'll look forward to hearing from Pioneer.

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Condolences

I am sorry for your loss Blue. My father passed a few years ago so I know this is not an easy time.

Thank you very much for considering me and putting me on the list. I dropped a PM to KJon a few minutes ago regarding the camera and I look forward to working with the group. I put Blue on the BCC list so hopefully thhe message went in his direction as well. Hopefully my eye will produce at least a few images worthy of posting with some of the great ones I've already seen here.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Blue Quote
father got sick in early Sep and passed away a few weeks ago
Sorry to read of your loss.


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To all concerned parties, the Sightseer departed Connecticut today and is winging its way to Pioneer. My apologies to all for the delays. It just seems like the Sightseer arrived yesterday. I'm glad there seems to be a new schedule in place and am looking forward to more Pentax screw mount goodness on this thread in the coming weeks and months. Wishing everyone in the US a Happy Thanksgiving this week.

Best to all,
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QuoteOriginally posted by KJon Quote
To all concerned parties, the Sightseer departed Connecticut today and is winging its way to Pioneer.
That is great news KJon, thanks. I have been shopping at Freestyle (some people have LBA, I have acute FBA*) and I have collected several rolls of some older Adox, high silver, film formulations to work with when it arrives. Hopefully that makes the Sightseeing Screwmount feel welcome. Besides, I feel pretty sure I'll need some more forgiving film to work with, at least in the beginning.

I will let everyone know when it gets here.

Happy Turkey Day to everyone.

* FBA = Continuing to buy and try different types of film even though you already have enough film in your freezer to shoot a roll a day until you are 95.
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* FBA = Continuing to buy and try different types of film even though you already have enough film in your freezer to shoot a roll a day until you are 95.
So *THAT'S* what it's called. Anyhow, looking forward to your Adox shots. I have two rolls of the 100 in my 'fridge I still haven't shot. I have heard it's a bit prone to scratching.
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I'll be sure to put the Adox through first then. What I have is Pan 25 so not sure if it is comparable to what you have but it will be interesting. I also have some Efke KB 25 to shoot that I know scans to digital very well. This also is relatively well known for soft emulsions that can easily be scratched, but I love the look and it is very forgiving for an amateur like me.

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It Made It!

MY IMPRESSIONS
Alert!! There is a new Pentax in the house! Well, maybe not truly new, but certainly new to me. I certainly don't need any new Pentax cameras, but I could not resist when the opportunity to experience a new/old camera was offered. It arrived in the mail today and I wasted no time opening the package. Thank you very much KJon.

I will try to keep a running log of my experiences as I use this camera. Maybe some of you will be tempted like I was.



Impression #1 -
This camera is very well packed in a birch plywood box that slides perfectly inside a US Postal Service, Medium Sized, Flat Rate Shipping Box. Somebody certainly did their homework with this one. Inside the box I found the following:
  • Lots of pink packing peanuts (I hate plastic peanuts) and some bubble wrap
    An Asahi Pentax SV 35mm SLR Camera
    An Asahi Optical Co. Super Takumar 55m f1.8 M42 lens complete with Honeywell Pentax Lens Cap
    A Vivitar 49mm UV/Haze Filter threaded into the 55mm lens.
    A Soligor 49mm UV(0) filter loose in the bottom of the box.
    An Asahi Optical Co. Super Takumar 28mm f3.5 M42 lens inside a very well cared for leather hard case.
    A Cokin 49mm Skylight 1A Filter threaded into the 28mm lens.
    Another Honeywell Pentax Lens Cap with a small ding in the edge.
    A leather camera strap that is very reminiscent of the strap on my Minolta SR-T 101, also loose in the box
    A Hanimax Sekonic Light Meter inside what appears to be a well constructed home-made gray leather case complete with nice red string neck strap.
    The remnants of the old leather case for the meter which appears to be original.
    A manual for the Pentax SV inside a ziploc bag.

I think that is the lot, if I missed something please send me a note and I'll look for it. At this point the condition of everything looks really good.

I'll start with the Adox Pan 25 film, move to the Rollei Pan 25 (which may in fact be the same stuff), and then start in on the Efke KB 25. All of this is pretty traditional stock that would have been available when the SV was new. I have a few rolls of this stuff in the freezer that I have been saving so this looks like a great special occasion to pull it out and use it. Besides, the ISO 25 film allows me to shoot with good shutter speeds at wide open apertures outdoors. If I run out of this I'll move on to my Ilford Pan F Plus 50, which is great film.

I think learning to use the camera is going to be fairly straightforward but this light meter looks very cool! I will certainly teach myself to use the Hanimax Sekonic meter (love learning to use this equipment.) However, I will probably need to go to butkus.org because I haven't found any manual for it yet.

Anyway, great fun. I'll be back tomorrow. Have a great and wonderful Turkey Day.
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Excellent, thank you for the inventory and the photo!
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Sightseer in Elko

Time for a quick daily report.

Sorry, no pictures of the Sightseer in action today because I forgot to put a memory card in my K7 before I left the house! Imagine that. I'll try to run my film through some developer tomorrow if someone can give me some advice. I have shot a roll of Adox Pan 25 but I only have Arista Premium Liquid Film Developer in the house, mixed at 1:9 right now. I haven't found any developing time for that combo yet. I have used this developer on Efke KB 25 at 5.5 minutes and had it turn out pretty good so I am tempted to try that again since the two films are likely similar, but I'm hoping that someone out there has some suggestions for me.

I had a great time taking pictures and I love using the Sightseer, but I ran into a little glitch today. The shutter gremlins that have previously been discussed in this thread seem to be back. The mirror seems to flip up out of the way and stay there, but the shutter does not fully trip. I'm not sure if the shutter is hanging open or not, I guess I'll know that once the film is developed. If I flick the film advance lever the shutter cycle can then be completed by pressing the shutter button a second time. It reminds me a lot of using the shutter timer setting on my Ansco Super Memar, and to be honest I actually checked the shutter dial when it first began happening because I though I might have accidentally set it to T. But that wasn't the issue. I am finding that if I make absolutely sure that I advance the film advance lever all the way, then the shutter fires normally. Not terribly cold outdoors, right on 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) today, so I wouldn't suspect that temperature is the culprit here. Besides, this camera works better than I do and we are probably pretty close to each other in age. I'll keep working with it. I have shot one roll and have a second roll in the Sightseer now, and the shutter has fired properly for the past 10 to 15 frames so I'm hoping that I've got this solved for now.

Ok, lets talk about using the camera. Handling is pretty predictable and I have enjoyed working with this camera so far. Like my K1000 it has some weight to it so I find it easier to hold the camera steady when I am shooting handheld. So far I have used a tripod about 50% of the time, shooting handheld the rest.

Since there is no meter involved I have been choosing and adjusting my shutter and aperture settings in advance, then framing my shot and focusing the picture. Since I have been shooting inanimate objects that aren't moving around that has worked out pretty well. I was too impatient to figure out the Sekonic Hanimex meter so today I used the little Sekonic Twinmate L208 instead. It has proven to be reasonably reliable.

Focusing seems pretty easy to do with the 55mm lens, but I am having a little bit of trouble seeing when the wide angle snaps into or out of focus. My eyes are old so that probably has something to do with it. I have taken to using the depth of field scales on the lens to hyperfocus the 28mm lens and I suspect that will work better for me most of the time. Obviously the results on film will tell the true tale, especially since this ISO 25 film is quite sharp.

I have never owned or used a screw mount camera before so changing lenses has been interesting to say the least. I wonder how many of these lenses have been dropped on the ground in the past because they came unscrewed unexpectedly when the owner didn't have a good grip on it. Unlike the bayonet lenses that lock and unlock with a partial twist, these lenses must literally be unscrewed from the camera. I am sure that if I were using this camera regularly I would leave the lenses in place for awhile, but I have been playing around today and changing back and forth between the 28mm and the 55mm frequently. Not only do you have to unscrew the lens from the camera, which takes several revolutions, you also have to unscrew and then re-attach the lens cap as well. I think I have a better understanding now why Pentax felt they finally had to move to the new K bayonet mount in the mid-70s. This SV could have been a contemporary to my Minolta SR-T 101, or at least to the Minolta SR-7, and that bayonet mount is wayyy more convenient to use than this M42 screw mount. I know that we consider the 60s and 70s a "slower" era, but I am not sure it was all that slow! It never ceases to amaze me how much easier it is to understand why things happened when you actually work with the equipment. The Good Old Days can be great fun to re-enact, but they were not always as "good" as our memories would have us believe.

Other than forgetting the memory card for my K7, and the bit of a shutter glitch, there really have been no surprises today. If my amateur developing skills are up to it I hope I'll have some pictures for all of you to look at tomorrow evening. However, to wet your appetite, this is one of the places I went to get some pictures today. This one is courtesy of my granddaughter. I think she has a future at this if she wants.
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Wow, Pioneer, no moss growing on you. Definitely looks like you've hit the ground running! Thanks for the update, the appetite whetter shot, and the promise of photos.

Best,
Kevin
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QuoteOriginally posted by Pioneer Quote
inside a very well cared for leather hard case
My contribution! I found the case in the "junk box" at Knight Camera in Vancouver, WA. purely by accident. I had the sightseer at the time, so it was a natural!


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QuoteOriginally posted by Pioneer Quote
I was too impatient to figure out the Sekonic Hanimex meter so today I used the little Sekonic Twinmate L208 instead.
I think you will find that the L208 is superior to the older Sekonic. I found the older meter to be fairly inaccurate if the light is at all dim.

As for the shutter issues...what you describe sounds like my experience, though I don't remember the remedy I used at the time. I think, perhaps, that a trip to Eric might be in order. I am willing to contribute $ to the fix if it comes to that.


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Sightseer in Elko Day 3

Welcome to Elko, a great little town in Northern Nevada. I hope you enjoy our brief little tour.



We are a long ways from Las Vegas but since we have our own Casinos we really don't mind. Careful or the "Liberal Slots" will have all your spare cash. And yes...White King really is inside.

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