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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-21-2017, 03:07 AM  
PENTAX auto 110 advance lever
Posted By garywakeling
Replies: 4
Views: 1,395
Yes it keeps winding without having to press the shutter button, strangely you can only fire the shutter on every second stroke, even with no film in the camera, buy some film, perfectly normal behaviour
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-02-2017, 12:06 PM  
What is this ?
Posted By photoptimist
Replies: 6
Views: 635
If you hold it up to the eyepiece of the camera, a monocular can provide a nice magnified view of the focusing screen for more careful focus. (Note: the camera needs to be on a tripod to do this unless you are an octopus.)
Forum: General Photography 09-10-2010, 02:08 PM  
What was your first camera EVER.
Posted By Ed n Georgia
Replies: 146
Views: 27,364
For me, went right from nothing to a Pentax K1000 in 1976.

I knew absolutely nothing about cameras or lens. For a couple of weeks after I bought my K1000, I couldn't figure out why it was called a 35mm Camera. It very plainly said "50mm" on the lens.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-24-2017, 01:56 AM  
MX with jammed shutter Release & advance lever
Posted By Xmas
Replies: 5
Views: 1,361
125 with a 40mm /2 I think I inspected it to see if I would be happy lens and body too small only interested in 40mm.
This is their site but well difficult to navigate & I have no vesting interest.
Email them best.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-20-2017, 05:20 AM  
MX Meter
Posted By pschlute
Replies: 4
Views: 780
The MX meter will be on whenever the shutter button is pressed halfway. Releasing the button will turn it off. If you pull the film advance lever to the 20 degree position you can turn the meter on with the shutter button and it will stay on when you release the half press of shutter button.

Sounds like your MX is behaving exactly as it should.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-20-2017, 06:02 AM  
MX Meter
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 4
Views: 780
It's worth noting the MX's other mode - the shutter release has an on-off/lock switch, which turns everything off absolutely.

Each has its own peculiarities. One of them (I think either the KX or the KM was the offender) had to have the film advance lever flipped out to function at all, which was not good for left-eye users (my Ricoh XR-1 has the same arrangement). The Spotmatic F and K1000 are "on" whenever the lens cap is off (so basically they need a critical amount of light to activate the meter). The remaining manual Spotmatics are "on" whenever the DOF preview/meter switch on the left side of the lens housing is engaged (I don't know what the ES series do).

The ME, being almost completely electronic, has a definite "off"/lock position, and I believe the meter is also out of circuit whenever Bulb or X-sync positions are selected. After the M series, the cameras were almost entirely electronic (except for the faster-than-X-sync speeds on the LX) and AFAIK all have definite off switches.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-17-2017, 05:43 PM  
DX Codes
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 27
Views: 2,580
Uh oh. :(
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-16-2017, 02:01 AM  
DX Codes
Posted By Xmas
Replies: 27
Views: 2,580
I prefer SV or S1a myself and Weston.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-15-2017, 02:32 PM  
DX Codes
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 27
Views: 2,580
It would be a handy thing on an ME, that's for sure!!!
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 05-14-2017, 10:48 AM  
Sekonic Flashmate L-308B
Posted By photodesignch
Replies: 4
Views: 2,629
I have a 308s I am not sure if B is different model or functionality though?

It's a "shutter priority" device. You first set your ISO (like film days), then set your shutter speed, press the calculate button, it will give you proper aperture.

The only use of it for me is "Incident light metering" for studio or portraits. Other than that, the other half of the feature "reflective" light meter, your camera already built in one.


This device is useful if you are using medium or large format with no built in light meters. Or even old film 135 with no light meters. Other than that, you might get "some-what accurate" reading with iphone app already. There is very little need for a handheld light meter like this one because it doesn't do flash sync nor other advance features.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 05-14-2017, 12:34 PM  
Sekonic Flashmate L-308B
Posted By TonyW
Replies: 4
Views: 2,629
The L-308 Flashmate is the original model followed by minor revisions L-308B in 1994 and L-308B II in 1996. The B models have improved sensitivity and can measure down to 0EV. The B II model is exactly the same as the B model but includes the Lumidisc accessory which is used for illuminometer mode or to measure light contrast.

Sekonic L-308 - Camera-wiki.org - The free camera encyclopedia
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-11-2017, 06:17 PM  
Renewing Lens Lettering
Posted By Not a Number
Replies: 6
Views: 983
Kiron (Kino Precision) often used screen printed (silk screen) or embossed lettering on some of their lenses. It is very common to see this for sale with much of the lettering worn off. I wouldn't say any Kino Precision lens was cheaply made. Some of the non-Kino made Kiron badged lenses towards the end of Kiron as a brand name perhaps.

You might want to try a screen printing process however I don't know what the smallest size line or dot you can get.

EZScreen DIY SCREEN PRINTING - Custom Silk Screen Emulsion Stencils ? EZScreenPrint
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-05-2017, 05:57 PM  
Oils and greases for film cameras and lenses
Posted By dmr
Replies: 14
Views: 4,960
The grease that some techies at work turned me on to is a very slippery silicone grease sold at electronic supply shops and plumbing shops. It's easy to get, but you have to know exactly which one to get. It looks like a clear vaseline type of stuff and it works quite well for camera lube stuff. A TINY spot goes a long way!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-09-2017, 09:56 AM  
LX Mirror Rest Rubbers
Posted By hooverfocus
Replies: 5
Views: 1,211
Speaking of, you can bypass the physically clear distant object with this method: Camera repair pages
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-09-2017, 09:09 AM  
LX Mirror Rest Rubbers
Posted By Ontarian50
Replies: 5
Views: 1,211
Another method that works well requires two things: 1. a lens that focuses exactly at infinity (50mm's are usually calibrated perfectly, test them on another body). 2. a view of a distant object (I use a church steeple a few blocks away).

With the lens and camera aimed at the distant object, your split image on the LX should show you how much adjustment you need to get the mirror perfectly aligned, either through bumper thickness, or adjustment.

If your lens is focused at infinity and your split image agrees, then you're done!
Forum: General Talk 05-07-2017, 04:03 PM  
Selling on eBay
Posted By 35mmfilmfan
Replies: 10
Views: 746
As a purely eBay purchaser, I always study the 'bundle' ads in great detail, and I have picked up several bargains which were not specifically mentioned in the heading, but were visible in the accompanying images, presumably because the vendor did not know their value or worth. In this case, it seems to be 'Vendor beware' !
Forum: General Talk 05-07-2017, 03:58 AM  
Selling on eBay
Posted By Theov39
Replies: 10
Views: 746
As a bundle. Moves much faster unless it is a really high in demand item.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-05-2017, 03:49 PM  
Oils and greases for film cameras and lenses
Posted By Helios 1984
Replies: 14
Views: 4,960
I use Helimax-XP to re-lubricate my lenses and sewing machine oil for cameras.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-05-2017, 03:57 PM  
Oils and greases for film cameras and lenses
Posted By ChrisPlatt
Replies: 14
Views: 4,960
My daughters table fan seized up. I cleaned it but didn't have any oil, so I used WD-40. Twice.
A day after the second application the motor burned out. That morning I had picked up some oil... :o

Chris
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-04-2017, 10:04 PM  
ME Super Dismantling
Posted By arnold
Replies: 12
Views: 1,126
The MG, MV were stripped down from the ME Super. Quite honestly the quality of these cameras show they were built to a price rather than a standard. Stamped metal parts are prone to bending. The function plastic dial, can simply fall off. The MX is another story, much better.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-04-2017, 08:11 AM  
Oils and greases for film cameras and lenses
Posted By dsmithhfx
Replies: 14
Views: 4,960
I continued using that body (SL-35) for twenty years after. Never got a proper CLA or anything for it, just kept on using it. Thing that locked it up in the first place was a salt-water bath.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-04-2017, 09:30 AM  
Pentax LX Build Quality
Posted By jopenmx
Replies: 25
Views: 3,069
Concerning the build quality of Pentax LX I would reconmend to take a look on this web :
Pentax LX - The Concept Behind the Camera

Mine after more than 20 years is still mint
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-04-2017, 08:03 AM  
Pentax LX Build Quality
Posted By Ontarian50
Replies: 25
Views: 3,069
The LX was a well designed and well made camera, no question.

But I agree with those who can't quite get comfortable with the shutter dial. Those raised numbers and letters remind me too much of the Mamiya ZE-2 (which I suppose may have copied the Pentax). I never thought they looked classy on the Mamiya, and they didn't look any better on the LX.

Prefer the dial style of the MX.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-04-2017, 12:42 AM  
Pentax LX Build Quality
Posted By arnold
Replies: 25
Views: 3,069
My LX is a near mint example serviced by Erik, yet I am more comfortable with my MXs for their simplicity.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-03-2017, 11:10 PM  
Pentax LX Build Quality
Posted By Pioneer
Replies: 25
Views: 3,069
Don't worry Frosty66. It isn't heresy. It doesn't bother me at all that you think the LX looks cheap. If everyone loved the LX there would be none left for me.

Besides, the MX is certainly no slouch so you are still in good company.
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