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02-04-2009, 05:09 PM   #106
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QuoteOriginally posted by Sasquatch Quote
Stevopedia: I can't stand the lack of quality from Walgreen's. I used to take some stuff there, but after switch to the local pro lab, I'll never go back!

Seaain: I know that I am not very active around here, but I am trustworthy and would love to be included in this. I live a few miles west of Indianapolis, IN and would love to escort this camera through downtown Indy. I live in an apartment with a TINY mailbox, but I would feel completely comfortable so long as the St. Louis folks shipped via USPS. Can I be next?
The St. Louis folks can accomodate that request

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Seaain: I know that I am not very active around here, but I am trustworthy and would love to be included in this. I live a few miles west of Indianapolis, IN and would love to escort this camera through downtown Indy. I live in an apartment with a TINY mailbox, but I would feel completely comfortable so long as the St. Louis folks shipped via USPS. Can I be next?
Given the response by monochrome, you're in... the list as it stands now:

Stevopedia (completed)
felix68 (camera in hand)
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Hmm... do I need to think about putting another one in circulation? OOOPS! Too late... working on that as I write this.

I may ask some of you if you'd do an H3 instead of the SV. No-one will be compelled to do so. The camera is not all that different. It is actually my current favorite for day to day. There is one for sale in the marketplace and I am currently seeing if it will be a fit. No need to choose yet. Let me see how it goes. I'll need to test, so it may be a little while, but in the end would shorten the time for some.

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Thanks for including me! Can't wait!

I'm not partial to the SV. I would just really LOVE to get my hands on a screwmount. I've been eye-balling them for a while but just can't justisfy the purchase at the moment. I'll enjoy anything that comes my way.
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49mm for sure. 100% sure. Count on it.

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Groovy. I thought likely. I went out and grabbed a couple of step rings from 49 to sizes I use when I got my 50, so I can basically use what I've got. I'm not a big one for filters, but I'm in a bit of a rut, here. Might take the occasion to go out and do some stuff I usually don't do much of.

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I am interested

I am a newbie to this forum cause I start getting fascinated by M42 mount especially the Pentax spotmatic which I am in the process of looking for one. This will definitely help in making up my mind. I am currently a nikon/hasselblad guy and is thinking of switching to M42 cameras instead of the Nikon simply because I think the M42 lenses from various companies are better lens. Please tell me how do I join.
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I am a newbie to this forum cause I start getting fascinated by M42 mount especially the Pentax spotmatic which I am in the process of looking for one. This will definitely help in making up my mind. I am currently a nikon/hasselblad guy and is thinking of switching to M42 cameras instead of the Nikon simply because I think the M42 lenses from various companies are better lens. Please tell me how do I join.
Sein:

Welcome! I'll add you to the list.

I grew up in Upper Montclair, so anyone living in Bloomfield gets the benefit of the doubt. Take some pictures I will recognize! Get up on the cliffs and shoot across to New York!

It may take a while before this gets to you, but as long as you are willing to wait... We don't take addresses. When the person before you gets the camera they will contact you to get your shipping address and will ship when they are finished. Basically, they'll let us know when they have shipped to you. Easy as that.

Keep it about two weeks and send it to the next person on the list. We will all touch base, so you'll know what to do.

I have a Nikon F Photomic. I also have a Nikon F100. I use them. But darned if I don't just keep coming back to my little vintage screwmounts. You'll love them. Takumars are really world class... but don't overlook the exceedingly fine German glass produced in the late 50's and early 60's for M42. My first camera body was a Pentax. My first really high quality lens other than a Takumar was an Isco Göttingen 135mm f/2.8. I still shoot with it to this day.

List is now:

Stevopedia (completed)
felix68 (camera in hand)
Ratmagiclady
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ryan s
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Thanks for including me! Can't wait!

I'm not partial to the SV.
The only people who say that are those who have never used one. After you go through the pain of sending it on to the next user, you'll find yourself haunting eBay in search of one for yourself.
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The only people who say that are those who have never used one. After you go through the pain of sending it on to the next user, you'll find yourself haunting eBay in search of one for yourself.
I'm afraid that every word that Mike said here is true...

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There is one for auction here in Japan now from the same guy I got mine from. He buys them, gives them a CLA, and starts the bidding out at the amount he has tied up in purchasing the body/lens and materials used. The one linked to has undergone ultrasound cleaning, lubrication, had the mirror replaced, had both shutter curtains replaced, had the shutter speeds adjusted, had the light seals replaced, and comes with a Super Takumar 35/3.5 that he has cleaned and serviced as well.

The bidding starts at 2,700 yen (about thirty bucks). I predict it will go for somewhere around 5,000 yen. I'm very tempted to get it for myself so I can have one to leave in my truck.
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Sein:

Welcome! I'll add you to the list.

I grew up in Upper Montclair, so anyone living in Bloomfield gets the benefit of the doubt. Take some pictures I will recognize! Get up on the cliffs and shoot across to New York!

I have a Nikon F Photomic. I also have a Nikon F100. I use them. But darned if I don't just keep coming back to my little vintage screwmounts. You'll love them. Takumars are really world class... but don't overlook the exceedingly fine German glass produced in the late 50's and early 60's for M42. My first camera body was a Pentax. My first really high quality lens other than a Takumar was an Isco Göttingen 135mm f/2.8. I still shoot with it to this day.
Thanks for adding me to the list.
I live in Bloomfield but run a business in Bloomfield Ave., Montclair. Will shoot streetscape of Montclair Center and Watchung Plaza. If it coincide with the opening of Iris garden in May/June in upper Montclair, I will go there too.
Which Takumars should I look for.
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Got My Film

Having received the camera but realizing that my last roll of film was already in the PZ-1p, I wasn't able to shoot until I could get myself to a store with film. Got some yesterday and fired off a couple of shots of my 2 month old pushing Tri-X to 800. I set the ASA/ISO dial to 800 and then thought, that dial is kind of easy to move, hope it doesn't change accidentally... Duh, the dial is just a reminder with no meter.
Anyway, the hand held light meter was not reading well in the incredibly low light that I was trying to shoot in. Thought slap the Vivitar 285HV on it... No hot shoe and I can't find my PC cable. Pulled out the K100D, set ISO to 800 with the FA50 set to f2 and got 1/60th. Set the SV and fired a couple of shots off.
My impressions: The shutter speed dial is incredibly nice and snaps into each setting smartly. The Takumar 55mm 1.8 has a lot of focus throw, which makes fine adjustment really easy. There are no distractions in the viewfinder, which means you can only focus on composition, that is all there is to see in there. I miss the crutch of the split focus screen in my ME Super. I am amazed at how much better the build quality of this camera is compared to the Spotmatics that I have owend and sold (for that matter any camera that I have used to date). This camera is like a fine watch.
Anyway, enough rambling. I have planned a trip to San Francisco tomorrow (Saturday 2/7) so the SV will get a workout with Tri-X and Plus-X. Will post the results as soon as I can.
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The lightmeter has a low light mode. If you open the case, there will be a little pin sticking out of the right hand side of the meter, at the very front. Press it in, and the front will flip open, putting the meter in Low Light Mode. Align the blue mark with the needle and you're good to go!
(The red mark is for using the meter with the front closed.)

I agree about the SV being like a fine watch. The fit and finish of it is truly amazing. As I said before, it puts my KX and Japanese-made K1000 to shame.
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Thanks for adding me to the list.
I live in Bloomfield but run a business in Bloomfield Ave., Montclair. Will shoot streetscape of Montclair Center and Watchung Plaza. If it coincide with the opening of Iris garden in May/June in upper Montclair, I will go there too.
Which Takumars should I look for.
The Iris garden... wow. There'a a blast form the past. When I was a kid I photographed that. We used to go to that hill in winter to go sledding.

You know if for whatever reason the camera is going to miss that, I will send you one of my other ones. When the time gets near and you know when it is going to open, let me know and I'll make sure some form of travelling screwmount makes it to you...

We used to own a business at 210 Bellevue Avenue in Upper Montclair. Walking distance to Anderson Park.

Takumars... 55mm F/1.8 is an exceedingly fine normal. The 105mm f/2.8 is a very fine lens. You can find it in Auto-Takumar guise for a relative bargain. I think the 35mm f/3.5 is a fine lens too, as is the 135mm f/3.5. I happen to really like the 35mm f/2.0 as well. The 28mm f/3.5 is quite nice. I usually do not go much further on the long end... any of the 85mm are exceedingly fine, but probably a little expensive given the rarity.

Have a look here for starters: Pentax Lens Review Database - Pentax M42 Screwmount Lenses

Also, here is an interesting reference for older lenses. Many of these became Super Takumars later. Early Pentax Takumar Lenses

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Anyway, the hand held light meter was not reading well in the incredibly low light that I was trying to shoot in. Thought slap the Vivitar 285HV on it... No hot shoe and I can't find my PC cable. Pulled out the K100D, set ISO to 800 with the FA50 set to f2 and got 1/60th.
Good idea.

Two things... Stevo is right... open front/blue mark for low light and closed front/red mark for normal outside light. Take your K100D and try shooting meter readings until you "see" how to use it. This really is a good technique. Baseline and you "get" it.

That meter is not as straightforward as some are, but frankly it is a very good one and that is why I sent it. Well worth learning to use it.

I am thinking about getting a simpler one to send along, but that doesn't help you unfortunately. Let us know if you continue to have issues. Stevo seems to have learned to use it perfectly. I was very impressed with his results. Son't shoot blind all the way through. Try a roll, develop, adjust, etc.

Let us know if we can help.

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QuoteOriginally posted by felix68 Quote
I set the ASA/ISO dial to 800 and then thought, that dial is kind of easy to move, hope it doesn't change accidentally... Duh, the dial is just a reminder with no meter.
Don't knock it; it's very handy. I have several old cameras like that and will often put them aside for a while while in mid-roll. Get enough such cameras sitting around and it is very easy to forget what film you have in it. On cameras with the reminder dial I set the ISO. On cameras without the dial I set the shutter/aperture for full sunshiny Sunny 16 so I can glance at the shutter speed dial and know what ISO film I have in them.
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