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03-06-2010, 10:31 AM   #46
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QuoteOriginally posted by ChrisPlatt Quote
AE exposure memory lock, used with substitute metering gives you all the control of manual, and in practice can actually be done faster.
My P3N has this feature; my LX does not.

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I hear you; generally, however, I use a tripod, and the whole "point at one thing to meter, then recompose the shot and shoot" procedure would be a lot more cumbersome for me than my adopted practice of using a hand held incident light meter.

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I need a winder (or battery grip these days) to make the camera tolerable to hold. They're too small without it, and often don't have anything for your fingers to grab up front. Plus, I do shoot things that move, so a winder is preferred for multiple shots of moving subjects anyway.

As for the P3/P5 variants, who needs them? I've got two LX's
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I hear you; generally, however, I use a tripod, and the whole "point at one thing to meter, then recompose the shot and shoot" procedure would be a lot more cumbersome for me than my adopted practice of using a hand held incident light meter.
You need a winder or battery grip to make your camera handholdable on a tripod?
You use a handheld incident meter when your LX is set to autoexposure?

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You need a winder or battery grip to make your camera handholdable on a tripod?
You use a handheld incident meter when your LX is set to autoexposure?

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Yes (I still "hold" it when taking a shot, mounted on a tripod or not), and no, I use manual exposure, since auto exposure usually disappoints. If I were going to use it, I'd use it with compensation, and I still wouldn't want to fiddle with recomposing a shot to use TTL metering (rather, just use enough compensation to make the exposure more accurate).

However, given the LX's stepless shutter speeds and metering off the film during the exposure, this is probably still going to lead to mistakes. An incident light reading always gets it right. BTW, that's probably why the LX didn't include AE Lock - what's the point of the fancy off-the-film metering and stepless shutter speeds if you lock in an exposure value before the shot?!
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I was just thinking, can somebody whip up one of those "Proud Owner" banners for the P3n?

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You don't mention use of a specialized finder so I fail to see the advantage of employing a Pentax LX for your setup.

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A quick observation about market value.

I just picked up a P30t body to replace the one I'd given away to my brother in law. It was advertised as not working, but when it got here, it only needed new batteries, as I'd expected. I went out and shot a test roll of Acros, mostly in metered manual mode, some in aperture-priority, some in program mode; everything came out nice.

The price was a dollar plus shipping - hence, "bang for the buck" is rather literal in this case. I was the only bidder.

There may be nothing altogether special about the P30n/t - but I find it reliable, a good shooter with easy loading, a simple interface and a good viewfinder -- better than the ZX-M's tiny one at least, which I noticed because that was the previous horse I'd had out of the stable.

And for somebody who bulk-rolls Acros, there's no problem with ISO100 being the fallback non-DX film speed. :-)
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QuoteOriginally posted by Steve Beswick Quote
I was just thinking, can somebody whip up one of those "Proud Owner" banners for the P3n?
+1 if anyone knows how to do that. Thanks in advance.
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Here's Matt Denton's page for the near-identical P30T: Matt's Classic Cameras: Pentax P30T

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Shutter Release on P3n ?

My P3n quit. It will not allow me to press the button and get some action. It's not the batteries( LED lights still working). I thought perhaps the camera will not allow me to double expose a frame. The frame counter shows 20. The film roll is 24. It was working and then died. Any clue? Thanks!
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try fresh batteries... sometimes led works but not the shutter
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try fresh batteries... sometimes led works but not the shutter
And if that won't work, try threading a cable release into the side and tripping the shutter that way. If that works, you know it is the button.
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QuoteOriginally posted by titrisol Quote
try fresh batteries... sometimes led works but not the shutter
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And if that won't work, try threading a cable release into the side and tripping the shutter that way. If that works, you know it is the button.
Thank you. Tried both today, no luck. Searching internet led me back here...the cam quit in the middle of a shoot and it was due to stuck shutter curtain. Another internet search led to a discussion on possible mirror lock up. Either one means losing a few frames and rewind the film to have a look.
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Seems you have to leave it like that and forget huh sorry for this
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P3N Shutter Curtain

I rewound the film, opened the back and the shutter curtain was frozen.
I pushed up the hinges with a q-tip and pushed down. Nothing would move. That is until I advanced the winder and the shutter fired. The shutter curtain is back in working order.

I'm now a bit uncomfortable using this camera. I've taken 2 and 3/4 rolls of film. Will it happen at a critcal moment? Seems likely.
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Don't give up on it just yet. I've been shooting mine for 18 years, and the only hangups took place with weak/dead batteries. It sounds like you changed the batteries in there as a troubleshooting step, is that right? I'm not sure why it would hang up with the shutter partially open like that, but one incident is hardly grounds to junk a camera. I vote for giving it another shot.
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