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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-13-2014, 08:36 PM  
Less Zx/MZ-Ms on Ebay..
Posted By average-guy
Replies: 7
Views: 904
Not all of them are commanding high prices. Shortly after I read this thread I went on the "bay" and found a ZX-M, I was the only bidder, $4.99 plus $11.25 shipping. Surprisingly, it is in "like new" condition and works great. I wanted one years ago, but at the time, they were still commanding prices higher than I wanted to pay.

Here is the link to the auction:
Pentax ZX M SLR Film Camera Body 27075042759 | eBay
Forum: Pentax K-01 04-01-2013, 11:17 AM  
Problem with External Flash
Posted By average-guy
Replies: 21
Views: 4,374
As stated above, it looks like a flash firmware update is the way to go, here is the reply I got back from Promaster. RIPIT, I will send off my flash tomorrow, when I get it back I'll post here on how/if it works


Thank you for your email, your flash may need a firmware upgrade. PROMASTER offers this service free, please send it to:


Photographic Research Organization

360 Tunxis Hill Road

Fairfield, CT 06825

Attn Brianna Henningsen


Thank you for supporting PROMASTER products.

--
John Haggerty - Product Support Representative

Photographic Research Organization

Phone 203-336-0183 Ext 1111

Fax 800-782-1069
Forum: Pentax K-01 04-01-2013, 08:48 AM  
Problem with External Flash
Posted By average-guy
Replies: 21
Views: 4,374
Will do, I'll call them today.

Kerry

Edit: I couldn't find a phone number, they seem to only have email support, here is what I sent them, I'll post back when I get a reply.

I have a Pentax dedicated Promaster 7500EDF Digital flash.
It works flawlessly on my older Pentax DSLR but it only fires at full power on my new Pentax K-01. After some testing with other dedicated P-TTL flashes, and online investigation I found that the camera is working correctly. I assume Pentax has changed/updated their communications protocol between camera and flash. Is the firmware on the flash updatable? Has Promaster released a firmware update to address this issue? If so how would I send in my flash to be updated?

Thanks in advance,
Kerry Harrell
Forum: Pentax K-01 03-29-2013, 09:09 PM  
Problem with External Flash
Posted By average-guy
Replies: 21
Views: 4,374
I'm glad I checked the forum, I've been meaning to call Pentax support over the same issue. My flash is a Promaster 7500EDF Digital, a Pentax dedicated P-TTL flash that works great on my older Pentax Dslr, but only fires at full power on the K-01. Just checked Promasters support page for that model of flash and on the spec's page it states "Flash upgradeable by your PROMASTER dealer", It's good to know my K-01 isn't broken.

Edit:
I just checked my backup P-TTL flash, a Vivitar 730AFPK (I hadn't used it in so long I forgot I even had it) and it works flawlessly with the K-01. I wished I had thought to do that 6 months ago.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 12-07-2012, 09:12 PM  
PK Tether with K-01?
Posted By average-guy
Replies: 14
Views: 4,040
I recently tried using PK_Tether with my newly purchased K-01 and it didn't work for me. Windows recognized that I had plugged in the camera but, PK_Tether didn't.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-26-2012, 02:38 PM  
Traveling K-mount
Posted By average-guy
Replies: 293
Views: 19,642
I hope he's not avoiding the forum out of embarrassment due to the issues with the MX. He shouldn't be, everything about photography is a learning experience, even the failures. As far as the cost involved, I've got more film in the frige than I can shoot right now, that roll I put through the MX was about to expire anyway, and IR film doesn't keep well past its exp date.

Edit: BTW Griz, I too like the second shot, very nice.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-21-2012, 06:47 PM  
Back to Film for Awhile
Posted By average-guy
Replies: 16
Views: 1,546
I've used North Coast Photographic Services (NCPS) and they do very good work. If price is an issue you may want to take Corto-PA 's recommendation and try the darkroom, the darkroom provides prepaid mailers, which NCPS doesn't supply.

Edit: To get a pre-paid mailer from the Darkroom, visit their website, somewhere (I don't remember where) they have a link to request a pre-paid mailer or print out one of their pre-paid shipping labels to put on your own box/shipping envelope.

Good luck
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-11-2012, 06:44 PM  
Traveling K-mount
Posted By average-guy
Replies: 293
Views: 19,642
I retrieved the film that I had tossed from my outing with the mx. It was one long graduated image that spanned about two frames, I cropped it at an appropriate spot. There was one more frame, but that is where the film stopped advancing completely, it was so blown out it was just a white mass. Judging by the images here, that last frame must have had the last 10 exposures on it. The only reason I have anything at all worth posting is because I developed it in Diafine, it helps to minimize blown out highlights (highlight blocking) and is able to pull a lot of detail out of the shadows. The smaller of the two frames has a small waterfall about the center of the image.

When exposed properly Efke IR820 Infrared film is really nice.


Edit: Looking at the neg's, it looks like it was only advancing 1/4 frame with each stroke of the wind lever.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-10-2012, 07:08 AM  
Traveling K-mount
Posted By average-guy
Replies: 293
Views: 19,642
You were generous enough to lend out your MX to perfect strangers (some of us anyway), I'm in for $20. I know it's humbling to be in a financial pickle, let alone have to admit it to the world (I've been there). I'm happy to pitch in, using your MX helped me decide which all-mechanical k-mount SLR to purchase next (when the time is right), that alone has saved me from wasting money and time on an unnecessary purchase.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-08-2012, 08:56 AM  
Just got film processed, need help on finding out why a few shots out of 36 have...
Posted By average-guy
Replies: 16
Views: 1,801
If it's not a door seal, I'd send it to Eric Hendrickson at pentaxs.com . My spotmatic had a similar issue, it was curtain bounce (only at 1/1000 second), the curtain brakes were no longer able to slow down the shutter curtain at that speed and it was bouncing back into the frame. After it came back it was "good as new", if you're planning on keeping and using the camera for a while, then I'd recommend having it repaired and CLA'd (cleaned, lubed, adjusted). You'll probably only have to do it once, because if you take care of it, it will be years, possibly a decade or two before it needs it again. And Eric's rates are very reasonable, My Spostmatic was $80 for the curtain brakes and a CLA.

Edit: If I remember correctly, the repair bill also included replacing one of the metering cells. The Spotmatic has two and apparently one of them was dead, I usually used the Sunny 16 rule with it so I never new.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-08-2012, 08:35 AM  
Traveling K-mount
Posted By average-guy
Replies: 293
Views: 19,642
I had a similar problem, that's why I didn't post any pic's from my roll. I own a Super Program and an ME Super, they also have the same "Magic Needle" take up spool, while I find it a little "fiddley", the MX was certainly much worse. I attempted to load a roll of Efke IR820 in my changing bag, I've done this a hundred times with my Super Program, but it was impossible with the MX. So I loaded it outside the changing bag and advanced it about a dozen frames to get past any IR exposed frames. After shooting the roll I developed it, when I pulled it out of the developing tank, I was supprised to find almost the entire roll unexposed except for a 3 inch section in the middle of the roll that had about 6 frames worth of exposures crammed into it. After seeing it, I draped the film over a piece of equipment in my garage and walked away. As an afterthought, it might be a fun exercise to clean it up and scan it. I'll post them if I do.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-22-2012, 10:00 AM  
Traveling K-mount
Posted By average-guy
Replies: 293
Views: 19,642
Thanks, the wife was horrified and angry at herself for letting it happen. Thankfully most of my gear was on shelves. Nothing was lost, just the inconvenience of having to empty the rooms and sucking out all the water with a wet-vac. The wife made it up to me;)........
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-21-2012, 08:26 PM  
Traveling K-mount
Posted By average-guy
Replies: 293
Views: 19,642
I didn't get anywhere with Canadian Customs, I had a long chat with the manager of the UPS store and he stated that the US Postal Service is very rarely charge brokerage fee's compared to UPS/FEDEX. Lesson learned, if you're going to send something across the border use your countries public mail system.

Soon I'll be able to develop the roll of film I put through the MX. As soon as I put my "photo gear / developing" room back together, the wife started the irrigation water on her garden and got busy canning and forgot about the water until my 4 year old (my youngest of 4 kids) came running up the stairs to tell my wife there was water in the basement. Yep, flooded the room with all my photo gear and the guest bedroom next to it. I've been meaning to re-arrange that room anyway.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-19-2012, 07:19 AM  
Traveling K-mount
Posted By average-guy
Replies: 293
Views: 19,642
I sent SteveM a PM to see if we can get the brokerage charges reversed. I usually ship US postal service, but I mistakenly thought that since it was crossing borders, I thought an independent shipper like ups or fedex would have been better, looks like I was wrong.

SteveM, I'm aware that UPS is pretty hard on pakages, I paid extra to have it packed in an oversized, double walled box filled with packing peanuts (I placed the camera in a 1 gallon ZipLoc freezer bag with all the air removed). If It didn't arrive that way let me know I will be happy to express my growing displeasure to the young man at the UPS store.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-12-2012, 07:51 PM  
Kodacolor-X from Endangered Species - Opinions
Posted By average-guy
Replies: 7
Views: 1,499
I bought a medium format camera last year that had sat in a storage unit in Southern California for over 30 years. Upon opening the back I realized it had a roll of kodacolor in it (I fogged half the roll right there). I sent it off to a lab, what I got back was color shifted but usable. I scanned and converted to black and white and they turned out good (except for the ones I fogged). It was neat looking back in time. If your not afraid of losing a few dollars on processing, then, give it a try.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-01-2012, 08:42 PM  
Traveling K-mount
Posted By average-guy
Replies: 293
Views: 19,642
This last week was busier than expected, I got the shooting done, I have yet to develop the film and post the pic's. In the meantime I want to keep the MX moving. I think SteveM might be next, is this correct? If not let me know.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-25-2012, 08:29 AM  
Which AF cameras have mirror pre-flip on timer.
Posted By average-guy
Replies: 7
Views: 712
A rangefinder or a TLR are really handy for IR, I use both. Before that is was my SuperProgram, the shutter speeds are electronicly timed and it goes as slow as 15 seconds. Which can be necessary if you're shooting IR in less than full sun (shade, evening, etc). If you're really wanting to get into IR, I'd recommend eventually trying it in medium format, the larger format does wonders for the grain and image quality. I use Efke 820IR, I don't use the Aura because in my opinion it's too over the top.

Also, I just checked my PZ-1p, even though the manual doesn't mention anything about MLU or "pre-flip" when using the 2 second timer I grabbed mine and checked and yes it does flip-up the mirror and holds it up for a second or two before the shutter fires.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-24-2012, 07:59 PM  
Which AF cameras have mirror pre-flip on timer.
Posted By average-guy
Replies: 7
Views: 712
The ZX-60 has MLU that is accessed using the 2 sec timer. I had a ZX-60 for a while and it's an OK body, if you shoot action it's not your camera. The advance rate is only 1 frame per second and the interface is menu driven so making quick changes can be challenging. I hated the interface and ergonomics, I prefer dials and wheels. If you shoot things that don't move it would be ok.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-23-2012, 08:46 PM  
Traveling K-mount
Posted By average-guy
Replies: 293
Views: 19,642
I got the MX today, I'll do some shooting this weekend and pass it on.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 07-23-2012, 09:07 AM  
Ubuntu Linux 35mm Negative Scanner?
Posted By average-guy
Replies: 22
Views: 10,511
You're right, If the review is showing the correct photo's the transparency holders for the V600 are identical to the V500 holders. So mounted slides shouldn't be a problem.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 07-21-2012, 02:07 PM  
Ubuntu Linux 35mm Negative Scanner?
Posted By average-guy
Replies: 22
Views: 10,511
Wow, that stinks, that's one more reason to keep my V500. It's carrier allows you to scan mounted slides.

Edit: I just had a thought, can the V500 negative/slide holders be used on the V600? If so that could be an option.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 07-18-2012, 08:59 PM  
Ubuntu Linux 35mm Negative Scanner?
Posted By average-guy
Replies: 22
Views: 10,511
I've been using my Epson V500 running Vuescan on Debian. I had to do the same searching that tlong423 did. A quick Google search and visit to a couple of forums and I was set and it has worked flawlessly since.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-16-2012, 09:04 PM  
Traveling K-mount
Posted By average-guy
Replies: 293
Views: 19,642
Does anyone know what happened to the MX? I sent a PM to Monochrome a few days ago and have yet to get a response.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-08-2012, 09:39 PM  
Double exposures?
Posted By average-guy
Replies: 15
Views: 1,427
The part about tightening the film and holding the rewind knob as stated in the instructions above is pretty important. When I first tried double exposures I didn't know I needed to tighten the film, when you don't you get frames that are not aligned and will be off by 1/2 a frame or more. A few years ago I ran across a cheat sheet that allowed you to quickly estimate the exposure for each frame for up to six superimposed frames, unfortunately I can't find it now, I'll share it if I do.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-25-2012, 05:51 PM  
Apple IR remote for shooting
Posted By average-guy
Replies: 3
Views: 998
I don't know about the Apple remote but another forum member was able to trigger his Pentax DLSR with a tv remote (don't remember the brand). He stated that he pointed it at the camera and worked his way through all the buttons until he found one that tripped the shutter on the camera. Hope this helps.
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