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Forum: Visitors' Center 09-13-2021, 11:17 AM  
broken chain, Pentax 6x7
Posted By Elroy Jetson
Replies: 2
Views: 204
I'd be inclined to remove the chain completely rather than leave bits floating around. Not having taken a 6x7 apart, I can't say if there's a risk of a chain fragment jamming but that's something you don't need. Just saw a YouTube video from Portland Camera Service, dated August 1, 2021 (














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) showing off an upgraded chain so that possibility exists too (no indication of the cost is given). Some people have, apparently, had luck in reconnecting the separated chain links and compressing the offending link. Not sure how strong that link would be, especially on a well-used body, but it might be worth a shot. In your case, it may be tidier than cutting the old chain out. Good luck with your choice.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-17-2021, 02:05 PM  
Is the focus on the Takumar SMC 50 mm THAT soft?!
Posted By Elroy Jetson
Replies: 28
Views: 1,204
The question of whether to replace or repair is a matter of your confidence in being able to get the lens apart, address the issue, and get it together again. If you don't have a lot of money invested it might not be a bad idea to attempt repair yourself, but I'd guess most people (even enthusiastic Pentaxians) would prefer the comfort of skilled hands doing the job. The idea of a screwdriver chewing a scar across a piece of glass can be traumatic. :(
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-14-2021, 07:19 AM  
Is the focus on the Takumar SMC 50 mm THAT soft?!
Posted By Elroy Jetson
Replies: 28
Views: 1,204
You won't get much depth of field at f1.4, of course, but the centre should be much sharper than we see in your samples. Is there any evidence the lens has been apart? I agree with HarisF1 that it's a lens issue. The adapter shouldn't be causing this.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 07-24-2021, 05:59 PM  
PetaPixel K-3 Mark III Review
Posted By Elroy Jetson
Replies: 44
Views: 2,810
I often enjoy visiting PetaPixel for their novelty stories. The author of the K-3 iii review is obviously fixated on mirrorless. I have a couple of older Sonys (NEX-3 and A6000) which have served very well. But I also have had/have Pentax DSLRs including the K-1 ii and K-3 iii. The flip screen isn't a huge issue for me as I rarely use it (on the K-1 or the Sonys). The option of connecting to a phone for control would be a stronger argument in favour of the K-3 iii if it weren't so awkward to get it to talk with my Android phone. The phone sees the camera but Image Sync keeps trying to connect, even when the phone says it is already connected. Maybe it's a phone or app issue? I'll figure it out eventually, maybe.

The comment that one should expect to pay a premium for mirrorless struck me as odd. No explanation is offered to support this notion.

It seems the newest K-3 has done very well in the hands of someone who prefers mirrorless designs. I've already made my choices and paid my money, so the review is academic for me. I will say I do not regret the expense of the K-3 iii given it's clear superiority over the Pentax DSLRs I have had. It wears an 18-135 DA WR and its always a pleasure to see the images on a decent sized monitor.
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 07-24-2021, 05:28 PM  
"Card is not formatted", except it is/was
Posted By Elroy Jetson
Replies: 22
Views: 984
Thanks, Steve. I wasn't aware of the SD Association. I'll be using that info in future.
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 07-23-2021, 06:10 AM  
"Card is not formatted", except it is/was
Posted By Elroy Jetson
Replies: 22
Views: 984
In defence of photoptimist I admit to preparing Holorith cards for a Burroughs B5500 in my first year of university, about 1972. SD cards are a good idea, but they keep changing and rendering older gear obsolete (surely just coincidence . . . ). I've managed to complicate my circumstances by backing up my cameras to both the ancient iMac and the HP running Win10. I need to pay more attention to minor details that do things like rendering the card unreadable to the camera which is, of course, pretty important.
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 07-23-2021, 05:18 AM  
"Card is not formatted", except it is/was
Posted By Elroy Jetson
Replies: 22
Views: 984
My thanks to you all. I very recently backed up my K-1 to a vintage iMac (still soldiering on with Aperture 3, sigh) and noticed the warning about media corruption for not ejecting properly. My newer HP desktop doesn't require formal ejection, and the K-5 never made a fuss with the iMac even when it was unplugged instead of 'ejected'. So this is the first time I've actually had media corrupted, but reformatting has restored my K-1. Thanks again for your advice and comments.
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 07-22-2021, 07:24 PM  
"Card is not formatted", except it is/was
Posted By Elroy Jetson
Replies: 22
Views: 984
Went to take a quick snapshot tonight and my K-1 ii complained the SD card isn't formatted. The same cards have been in the camera for the 6 months since new without any complaint. Both are SanDisk Extreme Pro 170 MB/s SD XC V30 I 128GB. I have the latest firmware update and can't see any reason why the camera suddenly protests. As a check, I plugged into my computer and it read the card, through the camera, just fine. I'm hoping I've inadvertently changed a setting to cause this, and it isn't actually defective.

Any suggestions, please?
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 07-12-2021, 05:34 AM  
How to set up 'delete' for only 1 image?
Posted By Elroy Jetson
Replies: 23
Views: 793
I agree with the concern about deleting the contents of the card instead of a single image. The delete image vs card option surprised me when i got the K-3 iii since it breaks from the pattern of the K-1 and my old K-5. I don't often delete images, in fact, I never wipe cards as I prefer to keep them as back-ups. Unless memory cards start getting dramatically more expensive instead of declining in price I'll keep doing that.

As always, interesting to hear how others address the circumstance.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-02-2021, 02:11 PM  
KP reported discontinued by Pentax Rumours
Posted By Elroy Jetson
Replies: 4
Views: 2,458
Haven't noticed anything on this here, but just saw today's screen for Pentax Rumours which says the KP is no longer listed as for sale in Japan. Having just acquired a K1 Mk2 I have no skin in that game as much as KP owners seem quite happy with their cameras.

The Pentax KP camera is now discontinued - Pentax Rumors
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 02-17-2021, 11:32 AM  
Should I get the 28-105 kit lens for the K-1 Mark II?
Posted By Elroy Jetson
Replies: 61
Views: 3,841
I bought a K-1 Mk2 just before Christmas. It was a package deal, including the 28-105 lens and I must admit, in spite of having 'a lot' of legacy glass, I'm very happy with the new lens. The range is very reasonable and the performance is strong for anything I've tried with it so far. Sure, you'll want some specialty lenses (macro etc.), but as a complement to the K-1 the 28-105 is well worth it, IMHO. Good luck.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-03-2020, 12:29 PM  
(HELP) Pentax 67 MLU // 1st & 2nd Frames Overlapping
Posted By Elroy Jetson
Replies: 10
Views: 848
I had to have a 6x7 repaired for the same issue several years ago. The film advance mechanism is strangely fragile (you'd have thought that a professional level camera would have been more robust, but this is the camera that uses a dainty little chain to link the lens to the meter prism for metering!). When I had mine repaired the technician warned that these parts are extremely rare, so I'd be reluctant to wait. On the other hand, maybe someone with expertise in 3-D printing will come up with something to help us out? Good luck, whatever you choose to do.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-26-2020, 08:33 AM  
It looks like Adorama is matching some B&H deals
Posted By Elroy Jetson
Replies: 19
Views: 1,665
I'm in Canada too and bought the K-1 Mkii on sale at Henry's almost 10 weeks ago for about $2400 Cdn including the 28-105mm lens. it seems to have been a 3-4 day sale and, of course, the camera had to be special ordered. I don't blame Henry's for the wait, they couldn't ship until Ricoh delivered, but I found a 9 week wait a bit tedious (it arrived last week). Haven't had any decent weather to take it out but I hope that'll change before we're buried in snow. At least the camera looks nice!!! If you do buy from the US you may have a Canada Customs delay, depending on the vendor. Good luck whatever you do.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-25-2020, 03:14 PM  
Pentax 6x7: White vs Black text
Posted By Elroy Jetson
Replies: 9
Views: 882
Both of my bodies are black but the Operating Manual (06271) shows white text. Not much of a cost saving in manufacturing. A few seconds per body, perhaps?
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 11-24-2020, 06:32 PM  
Medium format 6 x 7 question
Posted By Elroy Jetson
Replies: 11
Views: 1,259
I have the 6x7 300mm (early version) and it makes the 6x7 200mm look positively stellar by comparison, both in terms of handling and image results. In truth, the 300 is marginal if only because it is such a lump compared to its modest optical performance in my experience.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-14-2020, 05:48 AM  
A cat named Whiskey
Posted By Elroy Jetson
Replies: 1
Views: 99
Whiskey by name, frisky by nature. He looks like a Norwegian Forest cat (but I suspect he's faking it). Gobs of catitude and loves nothing more than to stand up at a window and drum on the glass. Also enjoys sleeping on computer keyboards and catnip.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 08-07-2020, 05:57 PM  
Romance takes flight
Posted By Elroy Jetson
Replies: 4
Views: 164
The invitation to a friend's son's wedding didn't mention fireworks after dark while the newly wed couple stood on the shore of an artificial lake. A faster lens would have been nice along with a tripod. ISO 12800.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-20-2020, 07:57 AM  
Does anyone actually print photos any more?
Posted By Elroy Jetson
Replies: 58
Views: 3,573
I still print on an Epson R1900 using Aperture 3 on an old iMac, which is dedicated to photo stuff only. The R1900 doesn't seem to be properly supported by Win10 probably because the printer is, like the iMac, over 10 years old. I've printed on roll paper etc. but when either the printer or Mac dies, they're both gone. In the meantime, I'm prepping my darkroom (30 odd years late) so I can get back to my black and white roots. Got lots of film gear from 35mm to 4x5 and so far have developed my own film and scanned it myself. There are labs a half hour away, but I hate going downtown and prefer to just do it myself. When the old Epson is finished I'm not sure I'll bother with the expense of another photo printer.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-01-2019, 06:49 PM  
How many film cameras do you have?
Posted By Elroy Jetson
Replies: 354
Views: 26,169
At the risk of veering off topic, in addition to various hardware I described above, I also have a vintage Pentax t-shirt. If memory serves correct, this was created around the time the ES II was released in Canada and features an image of the camera on the front, and says Asahi Pentax across the back. I can't recall where I got it from (dealer or trade show?). Still, a curiosity related to a specific film camera.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 08-03-2018, 01:51 PM  
Vienna 1971
Posted By Elroy Jetson
Replies: 2
Views: 305
This was shot in the summer of 1971, hand held (braced against a street lamp post), during a family visit to my mother's hometown in Austria on Agfachrome 64 slide film. I liked the reflections off the cobblestones which were something I wasn't accustomed to back home in the Niagara Peninsula. The original slide was scanned on an Epson 4490. Still have the camera and lens, my first SLR and first Pentax, in my collection.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-03-2018, 07:23 AM  
How many film cameras do you have?
Posted By Elroy Jetson
Replies: 354
Views: 26,169
I've got 9 M42 bodies, 9 K-mount bodies, a 645 and a couple of 6x7s (MLU) for a total of 21 plus 30 lenses. The first 'collected' is my original Spotmatic w/f1.8 55mm (1970) and my father's Spotmatic which is about a year older. Nothing wildly exotic (no gold or diamond covered stuff). Somehow I have 3 MEFs, one with a mirror that looks like someone tried to remove it with a dinner fork. Apart from maybe 4, these all function. I've taken some lenses apart to deal with lubrication problems and to clean out a 55mm that somebody spilled Coke on. Other 35mm film cameras include Edixa, Mamiya Sekor, Miranda, Ricoh, Yashica, and there's some bigger gear (KOWA 66, Linhof and Koni-Omega 100). Original Pentax accessories include an original Copipod in the plastic sleeve and a traditional copy stand, adapters, etc. Too much, yes. Then there's the darkroom equipment (why else would you shoot film?) starting with my first Durst 609 (circa 1970) up to a Durst 138S (just in case Pentax decides to build a 5x7" view camera . . .). Finally, I must confess to not using this collection nearly enough, but I do have the best of intentions!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-03-2017, 09:29 AM  
Architectural flow
Posted By Elroy Jetson
Replies: 4
Views: 431
The Canadian Museum of History (formerly the Museum of Civilization) in Gatineau, across the Ottawa River from the Parliament Buildings, has very few flat vertical surfaces. The building is unique, inside and out.
Forum: Sold Items 04-22-2016, 04:58 AM  
For Sale - Sold: K5, BG-4 and DA*16-50
Posted By Elroy Jetson
Replies: 15
Views: 3,664
PM sent re grip.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-20-2015, 10:04 AM  
Any way to remove fungus with no direct access to lens ?
Posted By Elroy Jetson
Replies: 26
Views: 6,977
Thanks for the information, Digitalis. Very helpful. I should have been more specific about the shared properties of balsam and glass being optical, not physical as you point out. My habit has been to heat only the bonded area (usually a retaining ring or collar) with a heat gun rated at 1200 watts maximum but set at a low-medium range. Total heating time is under 4 minutes. Leather gloves protect the hands and give a good grip.

Since you've raised the possibility of softening the bond through 'slow cooking', I now wonder about people who leave lenses in their cars on hot summer days. It must happen somewhere that a lens is left in a vehicle with the windows up on a hot sunny day for possibly several hours where temperatures could range from 130F to nearly 200F. Presumably the fit between glass components is tight enough that even if the balsam were completely liquified it wouldn't drain away. Still, not a very good idea.

I love the notion of cryogenic cooling, but will respect your warning and leave that to more adventurous souls.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-19-2015, 02:50 PM  
Any way to remove fungus with no direct access to lens ?
Posted By Elroy Jetson
Replies: 26
Views: 6,977
Interesting point re heat causing elements to separate (not just mechanical bits). I've just cleaned out a 400mm SMC lens with fungus issues and needed to heat the barrel to get it apart. There's a bonded pair of lenses right behind the front lens. They didn't separate, nor have I experienced separation in other lenses where heat was used. From my very limited searching, it appears the adhesive is Canada balsam fir gum which, when dry, apparently has properties nearly identical to glass. I didn't see any information on how much heat would be required to soften it 40 years after assembly, but it would be useful to know. Re-glueing lenses isn't a hobby I need to take up.
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