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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 18 Minutes Ago  
Trying to revive an Olympus OM-1
Posted By ismaelg
Replies: 12
Views: 483
Hello,

LesDMess: Sorry I missed this before. My workbench is a mess of tools and materials from different hobbies: Scale models, electronics, photography, cameras etc. But basically I use a set of JIS screwdrivers from eBay, an old compass as spanner wrench (but I just ordered a real spanner wrench tool), brushes, files, X-Acto knife, scissors, a Dremel, microfiber lens cleaning towels, tons of cotton swabs, 91% alcohol and white vinegar for really dirty surfaces. It all depends on what needs to be done. Other than the JIS set and the spanner, it is all mostly common household items.

Thanks,
Ismael

---------- Post added 09-20-2019 at 02:48 PM ----------

Hello again!

READY FOR THE WORLD!
Now I know why light seal kits are so popular. Making my own was quite a challenge. While it is never really done, This is it! Ready for the world! I hunted down a 1.35V battery and the meter seems to be working properly! Since I'm not very familiar with these cameras, I played it safe and did not take the prism out to clean some dust in the viewfinder. I did however took out the focusing screen and cleaned it. Everything seems to be working properly. I'm happy with the results. The lens may not be the most exciting in the world, but it turned out really nice and it is the only one I have in this mount since it came with the camera.













Next: A roll and a trip to the outside world to see the light again!

I'll keep you posted of the results.

Thanks,
Ismael
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 2 Days Ago  
Weekly Challenge Caption contest thru Sept 17 2019
Posted By ismaelg
Replies: 11
Views: 559
Thank you all for participating! All captions were very good!

And the winner is:
noelcmn!



Noelcm, you get to host the next Caption contest!

Thanks,
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 4 Days Ago  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #307 - Lighthouse
Posted By ismaelg
Replies: 8
Views: 506
Hello,

Wow! I had no idea how tough this is. I like them all!

photocles: Interesting rendition. Looks like HDR. Love the horizontal flipping and the cropping.
todd: I love black and white! I like your version. Nice contrast and crop.
mariwalt: Nice warm feeling to it and nice crop.
astonm: That is a really interesting dreamy version. Love the colors, the crop and telling the people to get out of the picture.

Since I can't declare all winners, astonm, you are the winner of this challenge for your dreamy version! PP challenge #308 will be yours! Everybody else tied for a close second :)

Thank you all for participating!
Forum: General Photography 4 Days Ago  
Photo magazine free online archives
Posted By ismaelg
Replies: 9
Views: 602
Cool! I found the ad when I bought my first K1000 in 1989!
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 4 Days Ago  
Pentax K-01 Repair Advice
Posted By ismaelg
Replies: 9
Views: 365
Just curious, have you tried another lens and another battery? Just to rule that out.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 4 Days Ago  
Trying to revive an Olympus OM-1
Posted By ismaelg
Replies: 12
Views: 483
Hello,

The light seals were basically gone in this camera. Keeping with the DIY/low budget theme (read, I'm cheap!), I'm making my own. I couldn't get adhesive backing foamie locally so I'm doing them with regular foamie. A little craft glue will do. You don't need a super strong adhesive as this is usually under pressure.





Getting closer to be tested in the real world.

Thanks,
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 5 Days Ago  
Trying to revive an Olympus OM-1
Posted By ismaelg
Replies: 12
Views: 483
Hello,

After putting everything back together (and checking there were no extra parts in the bench) I noticed the lens was out of calibration. The distance ring was not grabbing the focusing barrel in the helicoid.
Took me hours (over several days) to finally calibrate manually to infinity and join both barrels. I used white electrical tape to replace the original vinyl tape that lost the grip. Why white? It was the best one I had available and after careful inspection it really makes no difference as it is nowhere near any light path.
At the last minute, before installing the rubber focusing ring I added a note for future archeologists :)




As if nothing ever happened!






Thanks,
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 5 Days Ago  
Pentax ESII repair?
Posted By ismaelg
Replies: 6
Views: 254
Hello,

Check this link for service facilities depending on your location. If in the US, Eric Hendrickson is regarded as arguably the best out there on vintage cameras.

Pentax Repair Facilities (Wordwide listing) - PentaxForums.com

Thanks,
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 5 Days Ago  
Super-A rewind button stuck in?
Posted By ismaelg
Replies: 6
Views: 235
Before going any further, let's start with the basics: Have you tried fresh batteries?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 5 Days Ago  
Is this sharp? - Pentax DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR
Posted By ismaelg
Replies: 22
Views: 1,092
Hello,

I have the DA-L version of this lens. I haven't used it that much recently but I've found in mine that it performs better at around 250-270mm and below. So I try to stay away from pegging it to 300mm. Also, the sweet spot in mine is around f8, or between 5.6 and 8 at the lower end of the range.
As others have said, Your samples seem to be sharp at the focus point. But controlling DOF in a long lens is quite a challenge.

Thanks,
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 6 Days Ago  
Safely remove glue from lens bezel?
Posted By ismaelg
Replies: 10
Views: 410
Hello,

See if alcohol softens it. If not, Goo-Gone is a product used to remove glue residue that may work. Nail polish is sometimes used to soften adhesives. Lastly, see if you can find petroleum ether. In all these cases, you need to be careful to use very little and control the location. You don't want stuff getting inside the lens. If it is hardened 2 part epoxy, you may have to accept it and live with it.

Yes, I'm a neatness nerd as well... :)

Thanks,
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 09-10-2019, 06:19 PM  
Weekly Challenge CAPTION CONTEST Now through 9 September 2019
Posted By ismaelg
Replies: 16
Views: 946
Hello,

Here is the link to the next:

Caption Contest

Thanks,
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 09-10-2019, 06:18 PM  
Weekly Challenge Caption contest thru Sept 17 2019
Posted By ismaelg
Replies: 11
Views: 559
The contest will run from September 10 through September 17, 2019. Votes will be counted thereafter.

NB: VOTE ("like") FOR SOMEONE WHETHER OR NOT YOU ARE AN ENTRANT....!!

Submissions can be in any written form (no video or audio files) — caption, limerick, motivational, poem or prose — whatever inspires you to describe the photo or catch attention. Submit by replying to the thread. Contestants may submit more than one entry but it must be in a separate post. Important: Even if you do not submit an entry, please “like” any posts you feel deserve it as this is how the winner is chosen. And if you DO submit an entry, please also find an entry that you like from among your competitors' efforts and "like" that one as well.

The "thread starter" is the moderator and must post an original photo at the start of the thread. In case of a tie the moderator will choose one to break the tie. After determination of the contest's winner, that winner will be notified by the current Thread Starter/Contest Host and will become responsible for posting the next original work to be captioned. Enter often, vote more often. and most important: Have fun !



Thanks,
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-09-2019, 07:48 PM  
Hello guys!
Posted By ismaelg
Replies: 4
Views: 198
Welcome!
If you are interested in older gear, check the Film SLR discussion sub-forum.

Pentax Film SLR Discussion
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-09-2019, 07:36 PM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By ismaelg
Replies: 8,553
Views: 904,951
(Cross-posted)

Hello,

Recently took my H3v with the Super Tak 55mm f1.8 and a roll of Ilford Delta 100


Home scanned negatives

Mostly relying on Sunny 16 only















Thanks,
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-09-2019, 07:28 PM  
My "new" Honeywell Pentax H3v (I need to stop browsing the marketplace)
Posted By ismaelg
Replies: 8
Views: 947
Hello,

Just got the roll back from Dwayne's! However, for the first time I was not happy with the scans so I did my own scans with the old flatbed scanner.
After scanning, I did minor work on them
-Manual dust removal
-some sharpening
-contrast adjustment
-minor cropping in some of them
-horizon leveling in 2 of the sea shots. Yeah, that's cheating. :)

Most of these were relying on Sunny 16 only

My 2 favorites of the roll




Early in the morning




Here we go again with the same tunnel. Why people say I'm obsessed with this tunnel?
from a distance


in front of the tunnel


inside the tunnel


from the back of the tunnel



I'm very happy!
What do you think?

Thanks,
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-09-2019, 07:30 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By ismaelg
Replies: 19,561
Views: 2,412,807
goatsNdonkey, For some reason, both your tractor images jump at me and remind me of textbook images from my childhood (1970's). Very cool!

Thanks,
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-08-2019, 06:30 PM  
Will try to revive a beaten K1000
Posted By ismaelg
Replies: 39
Views: 2,012
Thank you all!
This was a really enjoyable adventure and I learned a lot in the process!

Thanks,
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-08-2019, 06:25 PM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #307 - Lighthouse
Posted By ismaelg
Replies: 8
Views: 506
Hello All,

Here is the image for PP Challenge #307. This is the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse in Puerto Rico.

DNG download link:

PP Challenge #307

This Challenge will remain open until the evening of Sunday, September 15th.


Happy processing!


******************************************

For the next host:
The mediafire website is: mediafire.com
The login name is: ppchallenge@tmphillips.com
The password is: postprocessing

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-08-2019, 05:59 PM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #306 - Badlands
Posted By ismaelg
Replies: 8
Views: 548
Wow! I'm honored, especially with all those great entries!
Thanks photocles for hosting this challenge. Lovely place for shooting!

I hope to have the next challenge up as soon as possible.

Thanks!

---------- Post added 09-08-2019 at 09:27 PM ----------

Hello again!

Post Processing Challenge #307 is now live!

PP Challenge #307 - Lighthouse

Thanks!
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-08-2019, 03:23 PM  
Trying to revive an Olympus OM-1
Posted By ismaelg
Replies: 12
Views: 483
WOHOO!!!

Took me a couple of hours but I was able to figure out how it is supposed to work and how it should go back together! Not without finding about a hundred ways how NOT to do it :)



After cleaning and putting the diaphragm back together, I have to say I'm really happy!
The aperture is now snappy.
Oh wait, I still have a hundred more lens parts laying around!

















Youtu.be




Thanks,
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-08-2019, 08:00 AM  
Trying to revive an Olympus OM-1
Posted By ismaelg
Replies: 12
Views: 483
Hello,

Ehhh... ahhhh.... hmmmmmm.........
Going beyond where I've ever gone before :)
The lens was not working. Noticed the blades were barely moving. Started to take the lens apart to carefully clean the blades as I've done before but suddenly, BOOM! One blade fell off..... So, what can possibly go wrong? It was not working anyways...



Yikes! :)

Thanks,
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-03-2019, 05:27 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By ismaelg
Replies: 6,215
Views: 764,352
Hello,

Olympus OM-1



Thanks,
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-03-2019, 05:26 PM  
Trying to revive an Olympus OM-1
Posted By ismaelg
Replies: 12
Views: 483
Thanks Astro! Very good points!

Here we are today:
Cowards need not to apply :)



Thanks,
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-03-2019, 12:53 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By ismaelg
Replies: 19,561
Views: 2,412,807
Hello,

Took a pic of a new car but the roll was so old it came out like this :)


"Revived" Pentax K1000
A50 f2
Walgreens 800 film

Thanks,
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