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Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-11-2022, 09:58 AM  
Nature Patience
Posted By MikeMcE
Replies: 4
Views: 145
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-15-2022, 02:46 PM  
Special Photo Contest: "Shoot the boring in a creative way" - Win a Pentax 21mm lens!
Posted By MikeMcE
Replies: 26
Views: 7,128
Ceilings can be ÖÖ. Texture rules!


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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-25-2022, 06:24 PM  
Decent photo editing software..?
Posted By MikeMcE
Replies: 74
Views: 4,672
Cameron might be a twin, heís spoken my thoughts perfectly.

I will add gimp, raw therepee and numerous others Iíve tried. And didnít care for
PS does have a few more things 5.5that Affinity doesnít Ö.. most are newer since my CS5.5 days. I also added NIKs for monochrome conversions. All I need to spend and use. Great software


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Forum: Photo Critique 04-23-2022, 04:30 PM  
Machinery At the Boneyard, rusty car
Posted By MikeMcE
Replies: 3
Views: 360
Now convert it to monochrome, I think that would go to another level


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Forum: Pentax KP 04-20-2022, 06:29 AM  
Battery "outages" ó anyone else?
Posted By MikeMcE
Replies: 11
Views: 731
Iíve never seen any lithium batteries with gold


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Forum: Pentax KP 04-19-2022, 02:57 PM  
Battery "outages" ó anyone else?
Posted By MikeMcE
Replies: 11
Views: 731
Picture above shows the gold


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Forum: Pentax KP 04-18-2022, 03:06 PM  
Battery "outages" ó anyone else?
Posted By MikeMcE
Replies: 11
Views: 731
Logical thought, a typewriter erasure pencil works great for cleaning. Start by cleaning the batteries first
(Good luck finding one nowadays)

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Forum: Pentax KP 04-04-2022, 05:18 PM  
Focusing with KP
Posted By MikeMcE
Replies: 15
Views: 1,145
Did you try it in live view


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Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 04-03-2022, 12:10 PM  
Precision Camera Repair - For Real?
Posted By MikeMcE
Replies: 74
Views: 3,630
A lens error will occur if the focus mechanism or the lens mechanism is jammed. Either way itís a new subassembly.
Now the quote is ridiculous, but Iím wondering if Covid parts chain is the culprit. But not sending back parts is awful service


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Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 03-28-2022, 09:34 AM  
Precision Camera Repair - For Real?
Posted By MikeMcE
Replies: 74
Views: 3,630
I for one would love to hear an answer.

To repair a camera is a real lost passion, not many went into it years ago, even fewer now. Many of my peers were educated by Uncle Sugar, But that was Nikon F, Speed Graphics, and some M Leicas. The Navy had an incredible optical shop for periscopes, binoculars, and lenses.

So my answer is on this one over $800.00 .


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Forum: Vintage Cameras and Equipment 03-26-2022, 04:48 PM  
Kodak Pony 828: The first Pony in 1949
Posted By MikeMcE
Replies: 3
Views: 689
Excellent history lesson, and a neat camera. 828 was unique as was Bakelite!

Now you need to up the game with another Bakelite wonder, the venerable brick, Argus C3!
Lots of fun and history also!


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Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 03-26-2022, 04:43 PM  
Precision Camera Repair - For Real?
Posted By MikeMcE
Replies: 74
Views: 3,630
All the manufacturers HAD regional service centers, Honeywell/Pentax was in Englewood (Denver) CO Nikon(EPOI), Minolta, Yashica, all had coastal branches. Camera stores sold equipment. Today we donít have any of those , But we do have huge mail order shops, and zero support. Precision is a independent shop still around in todayís market, choked off supply chains, small inventory of replacement parts, what has occurred is our fault, as we are cheap.
I chuckled when I saw the claim that Precision wants to sell product. As far as going bankrupt, Iím amazed they still want to do service. But letís bash them!!


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Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 03-25-2022, 08:27 AM  
Precision Camera Repair - For Real?
Posted By MikeMcE
Replies: 74
Views: 3,630
So itís precisions fault you dropped your camera? Seriously??
So few brain cells used when wanting computer s fixed . My advice is go to school, learn optics, electronics, and computer technology, then you can fix it cheaper?


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Forum: Vintage Cameras and Equipment 03-18-2022, 03:43 PM  
Kodak Pony II: Strange 35mm camera from 1957-1962
Posted By MikeMcE
Replies: 5
Views: 876
If you really want some Fun find an original pony camera. It was a 828 film, and was the first of the series, first camera I reassembled and functioned. And retensioning the mainspring is always there. Fun camera , looks great. If I remember the r/w shaft is soft, and can gall easily. I polished with a wire bristle and rubbed with dry Molly


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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-16-2022, 06:26 AM  
Focus stacking
Posted By MikeMcE
Replies: 16
Views: 901
Stacking is done in post processing.
Shooting is merely a number of identical shots, each focusing on a different plane. Camera locked on tripod. I use Affinity Photo, then itís pick and stack


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Forum: Vintage Cameras and Equipment 03-10-2022, 03:48 PM  
1937 Kodak Junior six-20 Series II (Resto+Research)
Posted By MikeMcE
Replies: 35
Views: 1,677
Check your pure shutter speed, that is adjustable by retensioning the main spring. The other speeds can be adjusted by swaging or filing you speed control ring.
Remember that all speeds do have tolerances between 20 - 30%


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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-07-2022, 05:49 PM  
Spotmatic SP F stuck
Posted By MikeMcE
Replies: 4
Views: 422
If itís had a bump, the mirror latch lever can unlatch. Same thought as above post, K1000 manual helps.
Usually you can retension the mirror charge lever without disassembly


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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-07-2022, 12:50 PM  
Test charts vs. real life performance
Posted By MikeMcE
Replies: 27
Views: 1,480
Reason being itís expected to be sharp , crisp , and colorful! I also comment regularly about lack of all three.


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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-01-2022, 05:41 AM  
Test charts vs. real life performance
Posted By MikeMcE
Replies: 27
Views: 1,480
Iíve never shot a test chart with digital.
Iím missing out I think!


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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-26-2022, 02:04 PM  
What adhesive to use to re-attach cover for KP thumb grip?
Posted By MikeMcE
Replies: 9
Views: 1,002
Always a fan of pliobond.
Both surfaces need to be clean and bump free , follow the instructions for complete adhesion (both sideís)


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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-11-2022, 11:58 AM  
Does modern post processing AI make old lenses good again.
Posted By MikeMcE
Replies: 60
Views: 2,269
Guilty.
No argument from me, ever since switching to serious monitor viewing from casual looking.
Monitor calibration is a subject that intersects here?

I tend to oversharpen due to staring at a part, on too small of a screen, and then like what happened.


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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-04-2022, 10:45 AM  
What's with the pathetic tripod socket on cameras?
Posted By MikeMcE
Replies: 46
Views: 2,176
Custom cut bicycle inner tube. I always have one ready to cut!


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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-31-2021, 11:42 AM  
problem with photo file
Posted By MikeMcE
Replies: 13
Views: 542
They all seem the same, I actually always have two here


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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-31-2021, 10:03 AM  
problem with photo file
Posted By MikeMcE
Replies: 13
Views: 542
First suspect is your card reader, can you use something else to transfer


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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-30-2021, 07:55 PM  
What's with the pathetic tripod socket on cameras?
Posted By MikeMcE
Replies: 46
Views: 2,176
As a bench tech, you wouldnít believe the number of broken body castings Iíve seen by over tightening tripod screws. Iíve always had a rubber pad between them and always feel good about the stability. A locator pin would work well, but good luck having everyone adhere to a standard.


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