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Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 3 Days Ago  
Second K-1 ordered
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 15
Views: 423
Ouch. Sorry to see such a miserable introduction to the forum. :(

Good to see that you thought so much of it you are ordering another. :D
Forum: Macro Photography 3 Days Ago  
Macro with a combination of modern and old school
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 12
Views: 470
So basically you put this thing on infinity and use your lens's focusing ring for everyday use, then shift it off infinity to use the closeup/macro functions? Neat. LBA is brewing...
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 3 Days Ago  
Game Single in October 2017
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 108
Views: 3,110
Dropping out again. Winter after school activities leave me too tired too often. Sorry.
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 3 Days Ago  
For Sale or Trade: Fuji XE-1 and PENTAX *ist Ds
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 4
Views: 374
The *istDS is the ideal M42 or K/M body when paired with an AF280T or other analogue-TTL-capable flash. The *ist DS can use this capability to make flash shooting with K/M or Takumar lenses a breeze. I'd buy it if I didn't already own one.

Macro junkies, if you can find or if you have an AF080C ringflash, this plus a Takumar or K/M macro = joy.
Forum: Pentax K-1 3 Days Ago  
What do you use the function dial for?
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 19
Views: 611
When I'm digitising B&W negatives, I use it for EV compensation. The other two dials can then be left permanently set for shutter speed and aperture. It's easy to put a negative in the slide copier, the slide copier on the DA35 Macro (at that distance there is no vignetting worth caring about), and just rotate the knob left and right in Live View until I get the result that I want. The camera's on a tripod anyway, so I can do it with thumb and one finger more easily than using the EV button and one of the other dials.

I've also been using a tripod a lot with the Daguerreotype Achromat, and the same goes for that.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 4 Days Ago  
Tmax 400 in Caffenol C.
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 9
Views: 526
Consider that I am using kitchen scoops and going by volume (per the vid I posted).

I found another roll of Tmax and processed it in Caffenol last night, again for 25 minutes and it turned out sweet. It's amazing that this even works, but it does. The only complaint I have, and always will have, is that Tmax 400 is notorious for being very hard on fixer and depleting it horrendously. On the other hand, Caffenol seems to have a knack for washing out the pink layer; it bleeds during the pre-wash, and it bleeds even more during the water stop bath (my stop bath comprises repeated fills of the Patterson tank, with ten inversions and dump, continuing till the caffeine colour stops). There is little or none left by the end of the fixing stage, something I have not seen with my limited experience of this film in Ilfosol, and certainly not with D76..
Forum: Pentax K-3 6 Days Ago  
My K-3 wants an external flash
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 5
Views: 456
For what use is it intended?
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 6 Days Ago  
Leaving Canon. Can't find a Denver retailer.
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 14
Views: 389
I had the same feeling. The first time I handled it I thought my God, this is too big for me. The second time, I put the store's 70-200 DFA* on it, said no thanks, then put my 18-135 on the front. It handled so much more easily that I changed my mind completely about the size.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 6 Days Ago  
Rumour Bust?
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 16
Views: 1,295
Take the lens, go to your nearest major hospital's operating theatre and ask to use the counter they use to zero in on sentinel lymph nodes (they will know what you mean). Point it at the rear element; if it's thoriated, the counter will chatter. You'll clearly hear the count rise above background.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-13-2017, 03:11 PM  
Game Single in October 2017
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 108
Views: 3,110
No picture from me tonight, sorry. Busy day, and other interests are calling. I shall see what the weekend brings during daylight hours.
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-13-2017, 12:29 PM  
Lomography Daguerreotype Achromat Club
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 42
Views: 3,642
I said above that it was no macro, but... here's what happens when you put an extension tube behind it and load the f/16 aperture plate (the vignetting is due to the very long distance between the rearmost element - which is forward-displaced in this design - and the K-1's sensor; APS-C mode eliminates it).




Forum: General Photography 10-12-2017, 06:59 AM  
Wim Wenders polaroids, and "why [he thinks] photography is now over"
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 44
Views: 1,168
I reckon Wenders is full of it.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-12-2017, 03:14 AM  
throium glass lenses
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 37
Views: 1,346
Depending on which way your politics swing and how much ionising radiation terrifies and enrages you (or not), there is also a certain cachet in having a radioactive lens.
Forum: Macro Photography 10-10-2017, 08:32 AM  
DA 15 Limited reverse macro experiment
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 7
Views: 714
You're welcome. Here are mine:


This is one of the tightening knobs on a two-point lens wrench.



And this is a closeup of a 2mm clutch pencil. For this shot, I reversed the lens on the front of a 135mm prime.

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-10-2017, 03:47 AM  
Upgrading from K1000
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 19
Views: 779
Another vote for the MX. The ME Super and Super Program have their advantages, but those disappear very fast when the battery power does. The MX, like the K1000, is all-mechanical and will keep going without batteries and even after the circuit board for the light meter dies. (You will be stuck with some other means of determining exposure, of course, but you can still take pictures.) And its basic control scheme (for shutter, aperture, ISO selection) is exactly like that of the K1000, so you should feel right at home.
Forum: Macro Photography 10-09-2017, 04:04 PM  
DA 15 Limited reverse macro experiment
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 7
Views: 714
Nice.

I've tried this without the hood and with the lens stopped down with my finger on the aperture lever. Some true genius (I forget who, which is a shame because they really do deserve the credit) suggested getting one of those cheap Pentax-Sony adapters that has a manual aperture manipulator and use that as a combined hood and stopdown control, so that I wouldn't have to be touching the rig and could trigger it with a cable or time release. I considered it, but I am worried that the length of it would be such as to prevent getting the requisite close subject distance.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-08-2017, 12:55 PM  
Hello from a Minolta addict
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 10
Views: 318
Why do you think there's a red lens in my signature line? :p
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-07-2017, 04:12 PM  
Tips for Street Photography - Pentax 67
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 19
Views: 862
The Angry Photographer, LOL. When I first started to follow him, he actually had some really good advice going out. When he's not putting on the tinfoil hat about magnetism and various aspects of physics, ranting about mirrorless hype or foretelling the imminent death of either Sony or Nikon, he still occasionally talks some sense.

Rather fittingly for this topic, the Pentax 6x7 system is something he still retains fond memories of, even if he doesn't shoot film any more. (I can't imagine what the sensor of a 6x7-D would be like. 150MP, anyone? The pixel shift files on something like that would be a wonder to behold, but they'd make most SD cards wet themselves in fright.)

---------- Post added 07-10-17 at 20:43 ----------



Served by people whose coffee-pouring got them through degrees which are so useless that they will be pouring coffee till the end of days. :p ;)
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-07-2017, 04:00 PM  
Hello from a Minolta addict
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 10
Views: 318
Welcome, Minolta addict, from a former Minolta user (I shot a Dynax 3xi until I realised that the automatic functions, much as they took great pictures, were making me lazy. Then I bought a manual-focus Pentax camera, because of all the ones in the store at the time, it was the smallest, simplest, lightest and cheapest.)

That 8-element 50/1.4 was supposedly designed specifically to topple the Zeiss Planars from the top of the lens leaderboards, which it did. But once they had enough of a run out for it to qualify as a production lens, they switched to the 7 element design (the radioactive one with the thoriated rear elements) because they were making a loss on every copy!

However you choose to do it, enjoy your new lens. :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-07-2017, 06:07 AM  
Help! vivitar 283 on K-1000 SLR
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 6
Views: 379
OP did say he's using a K1000, so he should be good to go, but the warning is worthwhile for any digicam users considering this flash.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-06-2017, 07:55 AM  
Lens suggestion for a newbie
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 22
Views: 630
For a lens of this price and this sophistication, that's a HUGE handicap.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-06-2017, 07:53 AM  
Help! vivitar 283 on K-1000 SLR
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 6
Views: 379
The auto thyristor is basically an exposure meter built into the flash. It operates on the assumption that your aperture is set in such a way as to balance the ISO of your film, and then measures the light bouncing back from the subject. When it's determined there's enough, it shuts itself off.

Instruction manual online: http://www.butkus.org/chinon/vivitar_flashes/283flash.pdf
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-06-2017, 05:49 AM  
New UK member
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 5
Views: 160
Welcome.

And don't worry, there are those of us here who make your LBA look like hesitation to buy cheap glass.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-06-2017, 05:29 AM  
Lens suggestion for a newbie
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 22
Views: 630
OP has a K-5, Sandy; the PLM lens won't work on those.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-06-2017, 03:46 AM  
Repair K-20 or move on?
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 18
Views: 755
Look at it this way - it died doing what you loved. Better that than quietly bricking itself on a shelf a few years down the road.

Some squirrel or raccoon probably has it in its nest, wondering every day WTH is this thing the human dropped?
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