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04-26-2010, 04:55 AM   #16
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I had it in mind to give the OP a heads up on a freshly CLA'ed S3 (with a one-week return period in case of mechanical fault) which is listed for 2,500 yen....just the original purchase cost of the pre-CLA body plus parts, no labor charge...and had no bidders. But I appear to be on his ignore list. Oh well.
huh. what did you do this time mike?

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huh. what did you do this time mike?
Our generous and talented friend in Tokyo has an S3 up. The gent who put our refurbished SVs in our hot little hands.
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Ignore list? You're not....

S3? sounds good. But, I'm not in tokyo anymore. I'm in kagoshima.

By the way, do you know where could I get a Spotmatic or by default any other pentax film SLR in japan? I would gladly pay from Eric, but I don't have credit card for paying. You may know how difficult if to get a credit card here.

Also, I found a nice piece of a camera. http://cgi.ebay.com/Pentax-KX-film-body-recent-CLA-/120559728836?cmd=ViewIte...item1c11eb78c4

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Ignore list? You're not....

S3? sounds good. But, I'm not in tokyo anymore. I'm in kagoshima.
I'm in Gunma and seamius is in the southeastern United States....but we both have cameras from the gent in Tokyo.

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By the way, do you know where could I get a Spotmatic or by default any other pentax film SLR in japan? I would gladly pay from Eric, but I don't have credit card for paying. You may know how difficult if to get a credit card here.

Also, I found a nice piece of a camera. Pentax KX film body, recent CLA. - eBay (item 120559728836 end time Apr-30-10 18:40:56 PDT)
Hundreds of them on Yahoo Japan Auctions.

The benefit of the fellow I reference is that he buys old Pentax film bodies, does a CLA on them, and starts the auction at the price he paid for the body plus his materials. Anything the auction fetches over that is his labor charge....which is generally pocket change or nothing at all. He does good work and offers a one-week return policy in case of mechanical failure. Nobody does that online. I got my SV from him for about 4,000 yen and I got one for a similar amount and forwarded it to seamius. The S3 is, I believe, still up for about 2,500 yen. You can find tons of similar cameras online at that price....but from 30 years in the closet and no guarantee they work....not freshly CLA'ed.

Check it out: 2500 yen for the auction, 1100 yen for shipping to Kagoshima, and a couple hundred yen bank transfer charges and the delivery guy brings it straight to your door.

Or check out the SV starting at 2500 yen: New mirror installed, new rear shutter curtain, new light seals, shutter adjusted, self-timer works (a gamble on old cameras), viewfinder cleaned. It has undergone an ultrasonic cleaning and is freshly lubricated.

And it will probably either have no bidders or will go for 5000 tops (the buy-it-now price is 5000). If you already owned such a camera it would cost you probably over twice that much to have that sort of service done on it here. The guy practically gives the things away.


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Or check out the SV starting at 2500 yen: New mirror installed, new rear shutter curtain, new light seals, shutter adjusted, self-timer works (a gamble on old cameras), viewfinder cleaned. It has undergone an ultrasonic cleaning and is freshly lubricated.

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That is cheap. Wish I were living in Japan.
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I'm in Gunma and seamius is in the southeastern United States....but we both have cameras from the gent in Tokyo.

Hundreds of them on Yahoo Japan Auctions.

The benefit of the fellow I reference is that he buys old Pentax film bodies, does a CLA on them, and starts the auction at the price he paid for the body plus his materials. Anything the auction fetches over that is his labor charge....which is generally pocket change or nothing at all. He does good work and offers a one-week return policy in case of mechanical failure. Nobody does that online. I got my SV from him for about 4,000 yen and I got one for a similar amount and forwarded it to seamius. The S3 is, I believe, still up for about 2,500 yen. You can find tons of similar cameras online at that price....but from 30 years in the closet and no guarantee they work....not freshly CLA'ed.

Check it out: 2500 yen for the auction, 1100 yen for shipping to Kagoshima, and a couple hundred yen bank transfer charges and the delivery guy brings it straight to your door.

Or check out the SV starting at 2500 yen: New mirror installed, new rear shutter curtain, new light seals, shutter adjusted, self-timer works (a gamble on old cameras), viewfinder cleaned. It has undergone an ultrasonic cleaning and is freshly lubricated.

And it will probably either have no bidders or will go for 5000 tops (the buy-it-now price is 5000). If you already owned such a camera it would cost you probably over twice that much to have that sort of service done on it here. The guy practically gives the things away.
Thanks for the heads up. He looks like a really nice man and I wish I had waited for your reply, for now I got a SV i found in the auctions for low. I'll definitely take a look from time to time to see if I get my hands in one in the future.
By the way, is there any posibility to ask him to do a CLA for an old camera? I want to CLA one for a friend.
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The S3 is, I believe, still up for about 2,500 yen. You can find tons of similar cameras online at that price....but from 30 years in the closet and no guarantee they work....not freshly CLA'ed.
This is a good deal. The S3 is a beautiful camera, and has the distinction historically of being the first platform for the new Super-Takumar lenses (albiet sometimes in the guise of an Auto-Takumar that functionally was a Super Takumar).

As a daily shooter, it is my current favorite.

26.00 for one that has been CLA'd? Yes please. I wonder if this fellow would CLA my black one...

woof!
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Unfortunately, he doesn't take in work like that. He strictly limits his activities to purchasing cameras/lenses listed as "junk" and bringing them back to life. He's comfortable working on what others have given up on and discarded, but won't work on anything for the current owner.

I'm probably going to bid on that SV myself, if nobody else does. I may consider passing it along (at cost) to someone here, as I did for Seamius. Depends on the person and on my ready loot situation.

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My original K2 Manual says the K2 operates manually with electronic shutter (not on Automatic) at all speeds between 8 and 1/1000, plus B, by setting the shutter speed dial.

Manually mechanical (no battery) it operates at B and 1/125, the X syc speed.

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Regarding the K2, there is some differences in the mechanical speeds between sources. For example, the forums state a 1/125 (X speed) as the only one. But bdimitrov's Welcome to Bojidar Dimitrov's Pentax K-Mount Page states that it is 1/1000 and 1/125. I saw in another one that it was from 1/1000 to 1/125. Anyone able to check this? (Will possibly open another thread so to separate the topic)

About fully mechanical Pentax K-mount cameras, the K series with the exception of the K2 (DMD) all work. That means KX, KM, K1000 plus variants. From the M series onwards, only the MX is fully mechanical. From these,the KX, KM and MX are the only ones to include DoF preview and/or MLU.

@séamuis: When you refered about other brands for M42 screwmount and/or k-mount I remembered about the Russian Zenit cameras. Care is to be taken since the earlier screwmount Zenit also came in M39 (Leica mount) versions.

You really seem to like the SV, and the same when i read the Sightseeing Screwmount (I always get that wrong) there seem to be a lot of people that liked the feel of it. If this Spotmatic ever breaks/gets lost or stolen I'll try to get myself a SV.
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looks like someone bought that sv.... do they usually sell them with the flash shoe taken off ?

he even cleaned fungus off the lens... lol
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QuoteOriginally posted by tokyoso Quote
looks like someone bought that sv.... do they usually sell them with the flash shoe taken off ?

he even cleaned fungus off the lens... lol
The flash shoe is an optional accy that fits on the viewfinder for the pre-Spotmatic bodies and the earlier versions of the Spotmatic and SL. It is a "cold" shoe.

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My original K2 Manual says the K2 operates manually with electronic shutter (not on Automatic) at all speeds between 8 and 1/1000, plus B, by setting the shutter speed dial.

Manually mechanical (no battery) it operates at B and 1/125, the X syc speed.
And to add to this, on Automatic, it is a stepless shutter from 8 to 1/1000.
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looks like someone bought that sv.... do they usually sell them with the flash shoe taken off ?

he even cleaned fungus off the lens... lol
He's selling another one now:
?? ?OH?????????SV ???? ???????? ?? - Yahoo!??????
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looks like a good deal there. why do you prefer SV over Spotmatic ? what are the advantages/disadvantages between those two except collector value? i thought it may be more convenient to have a M42 camera with thru the lens meter, although that may mean more repairs?


@blue thanks for the explanation!
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looks like a good deal there. why do you prefer SV over Spotmatic ? what are the advantages/disadvantages between those two except collector value? i thought it may be more convenient to have a M42 camera with thru the lens meter, although that may mean more repairs?


@blue thanks for the explanation!
The Spotmatic bodies don't have open aperture metering until the ES, ES II and Spot F (or the earlier Electro). The pre-Spotmatics are more sleek and compact. The only way to tell is to handle them along with a Spottie. That is one of the reasons some of us prefer them. A meterless Spottie that gets little love is the SL. I considered a black Asahi SL a close second when I picked up my late version black SV. The SL is essentially what replaced the SV.

If I ever get down to one m42 body, it will by my Pentax K.
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i always thought chrome looks better, why do people prefer black? more rare.. or i suppose they like the look better ?

how much did the black sv cost you?
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