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Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-16-2021, 08:47 AM  
Is it time to ditch the SD card concept?
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 113
Views: 6,362
I hope the people who are happily accepting this new concept are not the same people who threw hissy fits because the latest new camera didn't have two card slots.
Forum: General Photography 09-28-2021, 08:19 AM  
How did you become a Pentaxian ?
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 239
Views: 9,779
It was the film era, and I was bored with my fancy, all-singing, all-dancing Minolta Dynax (Maxxum for the US market) 3xi. (Okay, it wasn't a top-line model, but it had P, A, S and M modes and a built in flash. I was spoiled.) I wanted a more old-fashioned film camera.
with no bells and whistles.

Cue the P3 in the pawn shop. Just what I wanted. Unfortunately this was shown to be dead once I got it home and got a battery in, but they had a P50T there and swapped it out for that. Not as manual as I would have preferred... but still pretty good. The Minolta got traded in shortly thereafter.

Then came Digital, and I got myself a Nikon Coolpix 8700 because it had a microscopy interface. Unfortunately, someone wanted that more than I did and stole it from my house. The insurers wouldn't replace it one for one, but the option they offered that I ended up taking was the *istDL (all the options were Pentax, oddly enough). That was 2005. That was also when I learned that my P50T's lens would function on that camera. Very happy accident. It's been Pentax all the way since.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-07-2021, 07:42 AM  
something to think about ....courtesy of asahi man
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 372
Views: 24,983
Pentax has needed a 35mm f/1.4 lens ever since forever. There was to have been a 35/1.4 during the M-series, but it was never released and there are supposed to only ever have been seven prototypes in existence.

It would be a useful normal on APS-C cameras, especially if the FA or HD-FA 35/2.0 is not quite fast enough or shallow DOF enough for you.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 04-23-2021, 10:01 AM  
Pentax D FA* 50mm F1.4 Giveaway - Enter here once per day until May 18th
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 2,853
Views: 70,129
I have a bunch of fast fifties including a "hot" Super-Tak 50/1.4; a Super-Multi-Coated 50/1.4 I bought to work with my Spotmatic F; the M 50/1.4, FA 50/1.4 and DA 50/1.8. Not one of them has failed to please. I wonder if Lady Luck will bring this massive new beast to me...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-23-2021, 09:58 AM  
Dedicated Camera Bodies (& The Lenses They Hang With)
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 19
Views: 1,106
Following the death of my *istDL from an irreplaceable parts breakdown, my K-5 was bought as a medical photography rig along with a 35/2.8 Limited Macro (because I found the field of view of my DFA 100/2.8 WR too restrictive for some contexts). Awesome combination. It lives in my filing cabinet at work. For overseas family holidays it changes over to a DA 18-135 zoom, but that virus put the damper on that since March last year.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-23-2021, 09:43 AM  
Will you buy the k3 Mark 3?
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 452
Views: 24,379
As an amateur who generally doesn't take photos of things that move very quickly if at all (and for very obvious reasons has taken far fewer photos than before since March 2020), I simply can't justify the expenditure. It doesn't add anything I need to what I've already got (K-1, K-5, *ist-DS). Now if only they'd put the *ist-DS's TTL flash protocol into it, that would be another matter.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 04-23-2021, 09:27 AM  
How much mental adjusting would it take moving from APC-S to full frame photography?
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 62
Views: 4,240
You're supposed to be thinking about how cute your wife is now, not how cute her co-worker was 16 years ago! :lol:

(Note to forums: we will no doubt soon receive notification of gatorguy's horrific and untimely death and his wife's exculpation on grounds of temporary insanity.)

Simon, don't over think it. Just look through the viewfinder and step forward or back/zoom in/out as required and applicable. That's what SLR cameras were invented for, and it's why they edged out rangefinders and other such mirrorless cameras in the film era.
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 04-23-2021, 08:53 AM  
Poll: Should Pentax make a new film SLR
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 179
Views: 7,515
You're being too advanced. Forget AF. We want bare bones.The price needs to be kept as low as possible.

The most sophisticated it should get is P3/30T levels, but with flash-sync speed and Bulb reversion if the batteries fail.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 04-23-2021, 08:44 AM  
Problematic customer service from Precision Camera
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 80
Views: 8,853
I find it difficult to believe, myself. Something's not quite right here.
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 04-23-2021, 08:08 AM  
Poll: Should Pentax make a new film SLR
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 179
Views: 7,515
SHOULD THEY? Yes, of course, they should. The photography world could do with a new generation of high-quality, but no-frills, new-build film cameras.

WILL THEY? Sadly no, because of production line restart/rebuild cost issues.

In addition, whichever model you bring back (and let's face it, bringing back an older model is the way to go; all the R&D is already done and the blueprints - hopefully - still exist), someone's going to be displeased.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-12-2021, 09:55 AM  
K1000 no exposure meter
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 6
Views: 689
Looks very much like it's broken. Where did you get the camera?

Even with no battery, you should see the needle.

Fortunately, the K-1000 will work without the meter - you will, however, need another means of determining exposure. Google the Sunny 16 rule, or there are numerous smartphone light meter apps available.

You are about to enter the world of seat-of-the-pants photography.
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 11-26-2020, 08:10 AM  
Early and late Pentax H1a: Not identical twins
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 14
Views: 1,323
Always, if you can, get the late model for the best lens flexibility.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 11-25-2020, 07:13 AM  
First camera found again 42 years!
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 27
Views: 1,020

Technically it is still their camera, but... yeah.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-11-2020, 09:13 AM  
645D Which Flash to use for TTL
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 8
Views: 1,234
Historical TTL is a thing of beauty - with my *istDS, I can shoot TTL flash with the appropriate units (AF080C, AF280T in my case) even with a Takumar lens on the camera.

If they could do it then, why can't they do it now? It would be a SERIOUS winner. IIRC P-TTL needs at least an A-series lens on the camera.
Forum: Vintage Cameras and Equipment 11-11-2020, 04:56 AM  
Hopeless Minolta SRT 100
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 52
Views: 3,149
Then you have nothing to lose by trying.


Original owner's review: "Camera emits a faint cricket-like chirp when picked up and turned on. Gosh, those engineers at Minolta are ahead of their time!"
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 11-05-2020, 05:46 AM  
Is it worth repairing broken ME Supers?
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 33
Views: 1,744
Given that the number of film cameras still being made is dwindling, there's a long-view argument for having as many in working order as possible for if/when the knowledge to repair them disappears. If they CAN be repaired, they SHOULD be repaired.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 11-03-2020, 05:33 AM  
K1 Mark 2 Repairs Through NewLeaf from Adorama
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 8
Views: 1,074
So just to clarify, did Adams Electronics repair the camera or did they pass it on to Precision to do?

OR were you saying (as I now think you are) that Adams Electronics were much more professional with your K1-ii than Precision was with your K-1 when it went?
Forum: General Photography 10-30-2020, 05:11 AM  
The worst of Craigslist/Shopgoodwill/eBay etc.
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 2,968
Views: 150,002
Somewhere in Photography Heaven the designer is reading this and crying, "But I tried so hard!" :lol:
Forum: General Photography 10-29-2020, 09:30 AM  
The worst of Craigslist/Shopgoodwill/eBay etc.
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 2,968
Views: 150,002

You Tube

Forum: General Photography 10-17-2020, 05:07 AM  
As Photographic "Oases" Keep Disappearing, Are You Turning "Inward"?
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 71
Views: 3,506
I often take one of my film cameras around the hospital I work at, in case some inanimate object (usually Easter, Halloween or Christmas decorations, sometimes medical equipment) catches my eye. On one occasion, some worthless busybody reported me to our chief of site security - and was told where to get off. On another, a worthless busybody challenged me directly. Showing this one my ID card produced a rapid retreat.

I will not be cowed or bullied.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-15-2020, 05:06 AM  
Wild rumour/wish fulfillment fantasy about new Pentax film camera?????
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 30
Views: 2,844
Someone said something on YouTube:

You Tube

Listen from 2:26

Is there any substance to this, or is he just talking out of his nether orifice and hoping for a unicorn? He states in comments that he has a further video coming on this.
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 09-04-2020, 04:24 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 11,530
Views: 1,329,059
Kentmere 400 in TMax developer, Ilford Rapid Fix.

K1G10145 by PD's Deadly Lens, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-30-2020, 05:12 AM  
Which M42 mount standard prime?
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 13
Views: 829
Remember that a lot of the 50/1.4 Taks have thoriated glass and that may lend a slight yellow cast to things. There are various threads showing how to remove this cast, but it doesn't affect Black and White photography.

I have the 55/2.0 in both SMC and Super-Takumar iterations (the latter came along for the ride with a camera I bought). The SMC version is nominally better; the Super-Tak version seems subjectively to have more "character".

IIRC the 55/1.8 K mount lens is optically the same thing, and there are very few optical differences between the last-generation SMC Takumars and the first K-series.
Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 08-16-2020, 12:45 PM  
Nikkor-SC 55mm f1.2
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 30
Views: 2,047
Mmmm, cookies! :lol:
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-30-2020, 06:30 AM  
PetaPixel article - "Why Pentax is Making the Right Call in Sticking with DSLRs"
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 116
Views: 7,650
Pentax made the right call because R&D is expensive. If you take your technology in a completely new (to you) direction and it doesn't work, then you either have to be flush with cash to survive the loss you took or you risk going under. Ricoh Imaging knows it doesn't have the resources to survive an unsuccessful leap to Mirrorless, and Ricoh as a greater entity would probably not save them from the axe a second time. Pentax justified their rescue by turning out some damn good gear, however you might choose to measure it against that of others, and making sure that their legendary reputation for legacy lens support remained unbroken.

Canon and Nikon took the mirrorless gamble to compete with Sony and Fuji, and they lost - they tried to jump into a niche that was already well catered for and are currently in the position of trying to sell into a declining market to recoup their R&D. Blame COVID all you want, blame the market, blame the way they handled the whole interconnected R&D/marketing thing, blame the mount discontinuity, whatever - but this is what happened.

Fuji, when they went into mirrorless, wasn't undercutting an existing line of DSLRs they were already selling. Fujica is in the remote past, and they could start with a clean sheet of paper. In addition, they had the good fortune to have done everything right and produced something that a lot of people want. I tried an XT-2 in a store a year or so ago, and I had to admit that if I wasn't already up to my eyeballs in Pentax and happy with what it does for me, the purchase would have been almost automatic. It was tempting as it was, especially with my wife - who knows how much Pentax stuff I own - practically egging me on to buy it.

Minolta made the deliberate decision to cease existing as a camera company; Sony is the technological continuation of that without the brand name. They had the good fortune or good judgement to shift to mirrorless at precisely the right time, and they too offered something that lots of people wanted.

The same thing as happened to Minolta is now happening to Olympus, although it feels like less of a voluntary thing. Minolta got out before they were forced out, although the writing was IMHO already on the wall. Minolta's end felt like an acceptance of the inevitable. Olympus's end has more of a clang of doom about it.

Pentax knows that trying to go mirrorless will break it. Sony, Fuji, Canon, Nikon, Olympus (that stock which remains unsold), Panasonic, and Leica digital are all in that pond now. There's no room for anyone else, and Pentax knows it.
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