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Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 05-25-2017, 12:13 PM  
Favorite films for BW medium format landscapes
Posted By tlong423
Replies: 7
Views: 524
My favorite B&W film is Fujifilm Neopan Acros 100.
Forum: Visitors' Center 05-18-2017, 06:53 AM  
reference/recommendation for Eric at PentexRepairs
Posted By tlong423
Replies: 8
Views: 496
I have sent my cameras and lenses to Eric for several years. In addition to fixing a couple of Takumar lenses, he has done CLAs and repairs on a Pentax 67, a Spotmatic F, an LX, and probably a half dozen MX bodies. He is very good, quite honest, and especially knowledgeable. That allows him to turn things around pretty quickly, I think. And you will never find anyone who would be able to beat him on cost. If you have film era equipment, Eric is the guy.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-17-2017, 12:19 PM  
Pentax MX Achieve the Impossible brochure
Posted By tlong423
Replies: 19
Views: 1,598
Excellent! Thank you!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-06-2016, 04:24 AM  
ubuntu photographic software.
Posted By tlong423
Replies: 5
Views: 668
I just pop the SD card into my computer and pull everything over to a directory and eject the card. Then I use browse the jpeg images using Ristretto (Ristretto is an image viewer for the Xfce desktop environment) and go from there. If I like working with the jpegs I will just do that in the GIMP; if I want to work with the RAW files I will do that in Darktable. I file my stuff in my own directory structure as I don't like like dealing with full-blown image managing software.
Forum: Sold Items 07-16-2016, 11:41 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax Spotmatic F w/ SMC Takumar 50mm f/1.4 - Recent CLA by Eric
Posted By tlong423
Replies: 2
Views: 783
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Pentax Spotmatic F w/ SMC Takumar 50mm f/1.4 Lens - Recent CLA by Eric

Asking Price
60.00 USD

Item Location
Kansas City (United States)

Item Description
Spotmatic F body is in really nice condition -- all functions working properly. This body received a CLA by Eric Hendrickson in early 2015, so it works just like it did when it was new (I will include the receipt for the CLA). Along with the body is a Super Multi Coated Takumar 50mm f/1.4 lens with the original metal hood, body cap, and lens caps.

I would be willing to sell the body or lens separately.

For US buyers, price includes USPS Priority Mail shipping within the US. I will certainly sell to buyers outside the US, but shipping and fees would be in addition to the price.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
No

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Good

Shipping Destinations
North America

Shipping Charge
Free shipping to US buyer

Shipping Services
USPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
All sales are final.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-14-2016, 08:36 AM  
Photography book help!! The Asahi Pentax Way
Posted By tlong423
Replies: 10
Views: 1,071
I have the "Eleventh edition with supplement," published in 1980. To answer your question regarding his treatment of K and M series cameras in comparison to the thread-mount cameras -- he doesn't really compare one system to another, nor does he "defend" a particular system. I definitely found enough difference between this last edition of his book and his earlier sixth edition (published in 1972) to make it worthwhile. Keppler knew his stuff.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-05-2016, 04:08 AM  
Help complete the lens database: 645 / M42 / 6x7 / non-SMC aperture blade info
Posted By tlong423
Replies: 32
Views: 1,833
FISH-EYE-Takumar 6x7 35mm F4.5 ------ 8
SMC Pentax-M* 67 400mm F4 ED[IF] ------ 9
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 05-03-2016, 04:06 AM  
Adorama is shipping the K-1!
Posted By tlong423
Replies: 19
Views: 2,227
I ordered mine from B&H (with the grip) on Feb. 17 and received an email this morning saying:


The following is still out of stock:


K-1 DSLR Camera (Body Only)
(PEK1FF)
Qty:1
We apologize for any inconvenience and will keep you posted.
Forum: Sold Items 03-19-2016, 12:29 PM  
Wanted - Acquired: Pentax K-3
Posted By tlong423
Replies: 8
Views: 539
PM sent
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-07-2016, 09:05 PM  
MX revisions?
Posted By tlong423
Replies: 25
Views: 1,995
I can remember buying my first MX body in the spring of 1978 -- it had the black-painted metal film tab holder on the back. By the time I bought my second MX body in the spring of 1985, they had switched to a plastic film tab holder with (as you've described) the "Asahi Opt. Co. Japan" on the the base of the tab holder. Other than that, I had never noticed any of the other subtle things you've listed. I've owned at least five other MX bodies in my life, and they have each fallen into one of the two "versions" I've mentioned (i.e., with regard to the film tab holder).
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-18-2016, 11:17 AM  
Being That The LX....
Posted By tlong423
Replies: 5
Views: 791
How is sports photography "a dying segment?"
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-01-2015, 09:05 PM  
Considering a Spotmatic; some advice wanted.
Posted By tlong423
Replies: 67
Views: 4,763
The first serious camera I worked with was a neighbor's early Spotmatic, which was already kind of an antique by the mid 1970s when I got to play with it. That camera is what caused me to pursue and stick with Pentax all these years. As fond as those memories are, however, I regret having bought a basic Spotmatic -- largely out of nostaligia -- a couple of years ago. I'd forgotten just how wonky they can be to work with, with the stop-down metering and such. In the end, I sold that and later acquired the late-model Spotmatic-F in really nice condition, which I then sent to Eric Hendrickson for a CLA. It came back working like new, and it is a terrific camera with none of that early-model wonkiness.

I would agree with both g026r as well as Bob from Aus -- (A) The camera will meter just fine with conventional 1.5v batteries, and (B) even if you don't have batteries, you get used to working without a meter and just learning how to gauge the light, because (negative) film is pretty forgiving in the end.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 08-07-2015, 05:36 AM  
New guy looking to relive my youth
Posted By tlong423
Replies: 19
Views: 1,250
Amen!

Don't give up on film. At the very least, you could shoot black and white film, process that yourself (very little investment and effort involved), and then scan the negatives -- until such a point that you decide you really need to go all the way and build out a little darkroom and start printing, etc., etc. . . . :)

Regardless - welcome and enjoy your K50 !
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 08-07-2015, 05:25 AM  
Arca-Swiss Compatible Ballhead
Posted By tlong423
Replies: 3
Views: 888
I really like my Feisol CB-40D:

FEISOL CB-40D Ballhead with QP-144750 Release Plate CB-40D B&H

It has served me well with my medium format stuff (Pentax 645 and Pentax 67 gear) as well as a 4x5 monorail view camera, so it should easily handle the K-5, etc., I would think.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-30-2015, 08:59 AM  
Hello from Estonia
Posted By tlong423
Replies: 8
Views: 494
Welcome, Peeter! Those are some nice pictures! I especially like the sunset (or is that a sunrise?) on the beach. Very nice!
Forum: Pentax K-3 07-30-2015, 06:01 AM  
Ken Rockwell and K3II
Posted By tlong423
Replies: 147
Views: 11,806
FWIW, I think a lot of his Leica stuff is pretty useful and accurate* Similarly, I think some of his stuff on Pentax's older film-era gear is helpful. I think anyone would readily agree that the 645D review was a bad thing and reads more like a childish, misdirected rant.

I understand where a lot of people here are coming from -- that the guy could lead "newbies" into a bad direction, but really the same could be said for any site. I would agree with starbase218 that there is both good and bad to be found there by the discriminating (and patient) reader.

---------------------------------
* when read through the usual Ken Rockwell hyperbole filter
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-21-2015, 04:21 AM  
Did Pentax kill pentaxphotogallery.com?
Posted By tlong423
Replies: 126
Views: 11,465
Not sure whether you think that is an insufficient number of posts or too many? Regardless, I believe I've offered useful posts in the past, and I hope to in the future. I won't add you to any "ignore" list (whatever that might be) as I'm confident you probably have also offered useful posts in the past.

My comment, which I tried to indicate was, indeed, a 'vent,' is simply one of frustration directed at the current bureaucratic leadership of the Pentax ship.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-20-2015, 08:09 PM  
Did Pentax kill pentaxphotogallery.com?
Posted By tlong423
Replies: 126
Views: 11,465
It does rather beg the question, why would I want to buy anything from a multi-national corporation with its head so far up its butt that they can't even keep track of their domains? /vent
Forum: Sold Items 07-13-2015, 05:55 AM  
For Sale - Sold: SMC Pentax-Q 06 Telephoto Zoom 15-45mm F2.8
Posted By tlong423
Replies: 1
Views: 569
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
SMC Pentax-Q 06 Telephoto Zoom 15-45mm F2.8

Asking Price
155.00 USD

Item Location
Kansas City (United States)

Item Description
I am selling the 06 Standard Zoom lens (15mm-45mm f/2.8) I acquired used when I purchased my new Pentax Q-S1 as I find I do not use it. The lens works fine, and I am including the B+W MRC UV filter I've had on it since day one. I am also including the front and rear lens caps, and a JJC lens hood made specifically for the lens.

I ship very quickly using USPS Priority Mail. Shipping is included in the price for US buyers. For buyers outside the US, I can ship by USPS International Priority Mail or whichever method you prefer.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
No

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Excellent

Shipping Destinations
Worldwide

Shipping Charge
Shipping included in price for US buyers.

Shipping Services
USPS Priority Mail

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
If you find the lens is not as described and in good working order, you can return it for a full refund.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-10-2015, 05:46 PM  
Hello! Another new guy with a developing film habit. (Excuse the pun)
Posted By tlong423
Replies: 7
Views: 736
Really nice work! A very hearty welcome to you, and it's awesome you want to work with film!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-01-2015, 06:08 AM  
Pentax 645Nii Lens Question
Posted By tlong423
Replies: 3
Views: 562
Yes - absolutely. And it is a nice lens and a terrific camera, by the way.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 06-26-2015, 11:06 AM  
B&W studio shot
Posted By tlong423
Replies: 7
Views: 1,447
I would say you quite definitely succeeded - an excellent job with lighting! I could easily see this being a scene off the set of a late 1950s series like the Twilight Zone or 77 Sunset Strip.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-26-2015, 08:11 AM  
a little MX meditation
Posted By tlong423
Replies: 42
Views: 4,124
All of your listed concerns are valid, and anyone who has acquired more than a couple of MX bodies used from sources like eBay, etc., will (if honest) readily admit to that fact.

That said, however, it is kind of unfair to compare your experiences with MX bodies to your Nikons. The Nikon models you've listed are all professional cameras, and the majority of them almost certainly were fairly regularly serviced by Nikon Professional Services (NPS) for the first few years of their life. I was a photojournalist for a number of years, and at any significant event or conference, NPS would have a booth there and they'd always give our cameras checkups and simple repairs for the asking. CLAs from them were pretty cheap, too. In essence, though those bodies can look pretty rough cosmetically, many (maybe even most) lived a pretty coddled life with regular maintenance and such.

Now compare that to Pentax's offerings such as the MX and the LX. Both of those cameras were designed to be professional-grade systems, as well, but unlike Nikon (and later Canon), Pentax never offered anything comparable to Nikon Professional Services. If a news organization used Pentax for its pool equipment, it was typically well beat up and almost never maintained at all.

I would heartily agree with those in this thread who have recommended you send your little MX off to Eric Hendrickson for a thorough fix and CLA. It will cost you some money, but you will then be able to fully use and enjoy what I consider to be the greatest 35mm SLR ever designed. Its ergonomics are perfect, and its minimalistic feel is absolutely comparable in the SLR world to that of the Leica M6 in the rangefinder world. And the best part is that then you will be able to fully explore the greatest advantage of all - Pentax glass! Asahi Optical's lenses blow away Nikon's almost every time, in my opinion.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-26-2015, 07:43 AM  
Film recommendations for photo competition
Posted By tlong423
Replies: 22
Views: 1,385
Well for "general" use in most light levels, I like Ilford HP5, and I think my second choice would be either Kodak Tri-X or Kodak TMax 400. All of these are available (in the US, at least) in 24 exposure rolls.

If your light levels will be sufficient, however, the most beautiful B&W film in the world is Fujifilm Neopan Acros 100, but that is only available in 36 exposure rolls (at least in the US).

That marathon sounds like a lot of fun, and your camera choice is excellent! Have fun!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-09-2015, 05:43 AM  
Lx Winder Performance Questions
Posted By tlong423
Replies: 4
Views: 925
None of that sounds "normal" for the LX winder, and you are wise to send it off -- along with your camera body -- to Eric.
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