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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-07-2020, 09:24 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 7,948
Views: 1,024,898
Yep. That's how I reached him.



I also had a very bad experience with a gorgeous KM that he refused to honor his warranty on and then lied to me about. I'll never send work to him again.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-07-2020, 06:58 AM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 7,948
Views: 1,024,898
I tried to get Eric Hendrickson to fix it but it proved too challenging for him so he declined and returned it unrepaired. Sadly, we are getting to the point with some of these older models where they may become paperweights.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-06-2020, 06:38 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 7,948
Views: 1,024,898
Fresh from Mark Hama's workshop. I can't wait to get out and take her for a spin.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-16-2019, 08:38 PM  
Yashica EM Query
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 8
Views: 618
I have only had one experience with Mark Hama. I sent him a Pentax K that Eric declined to repair. Mark repaired the issue, albeit, he had the camera for over a year, if I remember correctly. When I got it back, it would not focus to infinity, a problem that it did NOT have when I sent it to him. I sent it back under warranty and he has had it for about three months this time and I'm still waiting to hear from him on it. I can't really say if he is what I would call a good repairman at this point, having only used his services one time, but I will caution you that if you send him something, it may be an excruciatingly long time before you see it again.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-30-2019, 04:16 PM  
Calling Dsmithfx
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 6
Views: 927
Thanks for the replies. I guess a first step for me to improve my work would be to just get out there and shoot more. Maybe I'll find more time hwen I retire in a couple years.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-24-2019, 08:51 PM  
Calling Dsmithfx
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 6
Views: 927
As one of the most active and prolific shooters on this forum, I have been following your work for probably at least 18 months now. It has a very specific artistic "voice," if you will, that I can often recognize as your work before I even see your name to the left. Because your work is so distinctive to me, I was wondering if you would mind sharing what body and lens combo that you use most often. I know that some would say that the body makes no difference, but I love your exposure levels, especially in black and white, and if you are using in-camera metering, then the body may have something to do with it. Also, your black and white shots are SOOOO clean and sharp. What is your development and scanning process? I can't get shot's that crisp and clean even with my Canon EOS 5D mkiv!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-04-2019, 08:53 PM  
Pentax SV mirror/lens jammed
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 12
Views: 2,417
I'm pretty confident that 'Chickentender' didn't make that video.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-27-2019, 11:48 PM  
Sightseeing Screwmount - where are you?
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 74
Views: 5,399
Any updates on the functional status of the SV?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-14-2019, 05:33 AM  
Pentax K1000 Wire Replacement
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 8
Views: 1,576
Yes. I would suggest finding a diagram that will show you where the wire is attached on the other end. You may find a disassembly video on Youtube that will allow you to see how the wire is routed through the body. If it is a straight shot with no significant bends, you may find that you can just remove the top cover, secure the new wire to the old wire and pull it through so you won't have to do any further assembly.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-12-2019, 05:41 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 23,236
Views: 2,955,406
I'll cast another vote for the RB67. I have the PRO model and I LOVE it. It makes beautiful images. Here is one from my first roll. I don't remember all of the exif, but it was shot on Pan F 50 at probably f16 with roughly a 1/2 second shutter speed. The tripod was a Manfrotto X-PROb with a Vanguard SB100 head. Developed myself. Scanned on Canoscan 9000f ii and cleaned up the dust in Photoshop. Zoom in and fall in love with the detail!
Crane Falls, Idaho | Taken on Ilford Pan F+ 50 ISO with Mami? | Flickr
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-12-2019, 05:34 PM  
Pentax H1a serial number problem.
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 9
Views: 952
I had the exact same problem recently with my AP. Luckily, my S/N starts with a zero, so I just left it off and made a note in the comments.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-05-2019, 08:57 PM  
Can't recommend Eric any longer
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 77
Views: 16,649
I tried to warn you. That was the whole point of this thread. Eric may not be the best option for Pentax service any longer.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-26-2019, 10:42 PM  
Can't recommend Eric any longer
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 77
Views: 16,649
I promise you that after 35 years of shooting film in Pentax cameras, including an AP, K, SV, S1a, Spotmatic, K1000, ME, ME Super, Super Program, K1000, Km, KX, and LX, that I am not short stroking the advance lever. No camera in good working condition had ever given me the trouble that I experienced with the "sightseeing screwmount." The fact that more than one experienced photographer has experienced trouble with the camera should be enough evidence that a problem exists. After I posted this thread, other Pentaxians came forward in PMs, telling me that they had experienced similar troubles with cameras "repaired" or "serviced" by Eric. They expressed concern with making their complaints public because they still had cameras in the shop with him and didn't want to jeopardize those repairs by making public complaints. My guess is that either Eric made some adjustment to this SV ("adjusted the speeds" means he fixed something) and said that he found nothing wrong, or that I will experience further malfunctions when I get it back. The camera was not functioning correctly when I had it. I guarantee it.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-26-2019, 04:43 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 7,948
Views: 1,024,898
It was a torn shutter streamer if my memory serves me correctly.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-25-2019, 10:51 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 7,948
Views: 1,024,898
You may want to contact him sooner rather than later about it. There's no telling how long he will continue. It seems that all of the most trusted repairmen have all been retiring here lately.

Welcome to Mark Hama Ltd.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-25-2019, 10:32 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 7,948
Views: 1,024,898
Here's one that Eric declined as irreparable. I sent it to Mark Hama in Georgia. Mark had it for a very long time but would not give up on it. $173 and 15 months later and she's good as new. Back in my hands for about 6 hours now, I can't wait to run some film through her.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-25-2019, 10:24 PM  
Ideal lens set-up for an LX
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 39
Views: 3,399
As I look at my LX collection, I see that I have a hole in my primes. It looks like I need something in the 100-135mm range. So many great choices though, which one to get?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-20-2019, 10:44 PM  
What autofocus film camera to get?
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 20
Views: 1,746
How deeply invested in Pentax AF glass are you? The very best AF film body ever, is not a Pentax.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-17-2019, 08:39 PM  
Pentax Spotmatic Meter Shutting off in Medium to Low Light
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 15
Views: 1,394
You may want to search these forums more carefully.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-12-2019, 09:56 PM  
Sightseeing Screwmount - where are you?
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 74
Views: 5,399
No worries. I still haven't made the time yet to film test the Contax III that I got a couple weeks ago. Besides, we are getting tons of snow in the mountains right now to freshen up the view so I should have some nice scenery to shoot here soon. I might even break out the RB67 Pro S to take with me when I go.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-12-2019, 06:51 AM  
Sightseeing Screwmount - where are you?
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 74
Views: 5,399
Wow, that was pretty fast. I'll be looking forward to round two.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-07-2019, 09:38 PM  
Sightseeing Screwmount - where are you?
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 74
Views: 5,399
I'm looking forward to getting it back. In the mean time, I'm stuck with the dilemma of whether to be shooting with the S1a, the Mamiya RB67, the Contax III, or the EOS 1v. Then there's the EOS 5D IV or 7D2. First world problems...
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-27-2019, 06:48 PM  
CineStill film (800 Tungsten C-41) - anyone using it?
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 52
Views: 17,855
Looks to me like static discharge from using a fast autowinder or motor drive.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-27-2019, 06:44 PM  
Sightseeing Screwmount
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 1,161
Views: 153,738
How do I request to be added?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-27-2019, 06:35 PM  
KX film slr shutter speeds?
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 7
Views: 965
I had one with the same problem. I sent it to Eric and he sent it back as repaired. It wasn't. I sent it to him again to fix under warranty. He returned it again as repaired. Again, it wasn't. When I contacted him about the issue, he said that it wasn't repairable. I never heard from him again about it. I decided to give up on it, so I sold it on Ebay with full disclosure three weeks ago for $22, after investing over $100 in it just in repairs and postage back and forth to Eric. If you recently acquired the camera on ebay from seller billyp732 in Florida, and it has a serial number 8161258, you need to get your miney back because he knew that it had been deemed as unrepairable.
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