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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-11-2016, 01:11 PM  
Mission - a film camera for the Canadian North
Posted By little laker
Replies: 53
Views: 5,943
If your friend happens to be in Yellowknife, or on the highway to Yellowknife, or even working in the diamond mines North of Yellowknife. I may be able to deliver her a Vivitar (made by Casio) SLR in person. It would need a battery. I used it 2 years ago in the far North, and it worked fine. However the film didn't advance properly for me once, so I lost faith in it after loosing some wolf shots from 10 feet away.
I think that I have a 28mm lens on it, plus I believe that I have a 135mm that would fit too. It's a M42 mount.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-11-2015, 11:05 PM  
Here goes nothing...
Posted By little laker
Replies: 31
Views: 2,981
I've gotten some great B&W pics with filters and also some great ones without filters.
My policy is to leave the filter off when I don't know which colour would be best.

Plus you'll learn that some films don't need the same filters as others.
For example Kodak Tmax films have a purple dye.
So I always use a lighter filter with it than I would with Ilford which uses a much lighter Blue Dye.

Which brings up another point.
When developing Tmax films I always pre-wash them until the water remains clear. In my experience this takes about 5 minutes with a Paterson daylight tank with a slow steady drip.
Otherwise all your chemistry looks contaminated instantly.
I'm not as worried with Ilford, since it isn't as obvious.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-11-2015, 01:10 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By little laker
Replies: 23,623
Views: 3,021,489
Abandoned II

Shot on a Linhof 4x5.
With a Schneider 135mm lens.
Just a negative scanned by a friend on an unknown scanner.

The Politician

Shot on a Burke and James 5x7 with a Rodenstock 300mm lens.
The negative was Drum scanned by the same friend.

Not named

Calumet 4x5 monorail camera.
Schneider 135mm lens.
Flash Bulb
Kodak Portra 160 film.
Scanned by same friend on unknown scanner.

Rogers Pass, British Columbia

Fuji Velvia 50
Burke and James 5x7
Rodenstock 210mm lens.
Film was my first attempt at developing my own slide film.
The slide was photographed on a light table using my Sigma SD14
Seeing a 5x7 inch colour slide in person for the first time is amazing.

Although not shot on film this is my Burke and James in Rogers Pass right after the shot.

Shot with my Sigma SD14.

Oh, that's a Majestic Gear Tripod head under the camera.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-21-2015, 01:08 AM  
Rough bike ride with Spotmatic II-concerns
Posted By little laker
Replies: 12
Views: 2,187
I know someone that throws 2 spotmatics, plus 1 K1000 in his iceroad truck then goes bouncing on some of the roughest temp roads in the world.
None of the Pentax cameras have ever developed a problem.
He can't say the same about a Vivitar film camera he brought once, where the film advance broke and he lost some Wolf photos from around 10 feet away.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 11-02-2013, 06:30 AM  
First Film Processing
Posted By little laker
Replies: 10
Views: 1,781
Not bad for a first attempt.
If you happen to have an Android phone you may find this free app valuable. It calculates development times and even gives you an alarm when it's time to agitate.
I've used it for hundreds of large format exposures and don't think I've blown any in the processing side.
Forum: General Talk 04-29-2010, 10:03 PM  
I'll be taking a break for a while
Posted By little laker
Replies: 9
Views: 3,086
Thanks everyone,
I have tomorrow off work, so if they're out of the house by noon I'll be mostly moved in by this time tomorrow night.

Thanks for the chuckle Ira, and I believe that my Doctor is the one whom told me to get out and enjoy life more often.
So I'm just obeying Doctors orders..... although it's a first ;)

Thanks RML,
I wish that I couldn't relate to the back. My chiropractor will love me on Tuesday when I have an appointment. My GF didn't threaten to kill me this time, since she knew the move would just dislocate everything over again right away.

Thanks seacapt,
We haven't tried the cookbook yet. However, with this time off we'll hopefully get a chance to.

I'm not sure if I'll make it back on-line tomorrow or not. If I don't see you all soon :cool:
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-29-2010, 07:13 PM  
Why can't DSLR's have DOF Calculators?
Posted By little laker
Replies: 15
Views: 4,257
To be fair, it took me a while to figure out what I was looking for while looking through the DOF preview.
At first i thought it was just the image getting darker ;)
Now i find it hard living without one on my PZ-20. I think I'll stick to screwmount lenses on that camera just because of that.
Forum: General Talk 04-28-2010, 01:08 AM  
I'll be taking a break for a while
Posted By little laker
Replies: 9
Views: 3,086
It seems that I've been spending way too much time in front of the computer, and spending way too little time doing things I love.... like getting out there taking photographs.
So, I've decided to break away for a while, and do a little soul searching.

Since I'll be without internet for a couple of weeks, after my move in a few days I've decided that this is the perfect time to start.

So, before anyone started questioning what's up I thought that I'd let you all know. My last post, for now will be Friday evening, or earlier if I decide.

If, or when I decide to come back I'll most likely limit my posts to the Pentax Film forums. It's the only forum I've truly enjoyed participating in lately.

I would like to point out that my decision isn't based on the contest, although it didn't help with my decision.
Plus it isn't based on any members. It's just time for me to take the break.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-27-2010, 08:56 PM  
Sigma 400mm reflex mounting problem
Posted By little laker
Replies: 2
Views: 1,829
Yes it is!
Forum: General Talk 04-27-2010, 05:32 PM  
A heartfelt Goodbye
Posted By little laker
Replies: 73
Views: 10,691
Thanks for not deleting Gus's account quite yet Adam, it gave me a chance to send him an e-mail I should have sent days ago.

Although that's true, they also prefer it when people comment from the heart, and don't just say "Nice Pic" just to build up their post count.

Give me Quality over Quantity any day of the week.
Forum: General Talk 04-27-2010, 05:09 PM  
Can I ask a question ?
Posted By little laker
Replies: 1
Views: 1,678
The way I respect, and treat others. The way I hold my temper, however unleash enough attitude to let others know when I'm getting pushed. The way I stick up for others, when they need it, and yet let them fight their own battles when the odds aren't against them. It's really endless, and every man will be different.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-26-2010, 04:04 PM  
Is m42 55mm/2 same as 55mm/1.8?
Posted By little laker
Replies: 11
Views: 3,043
I'm sure that you know this already, but the SP500 had a top speed of 1/1000. We just weren't supposed to try turning the dial to that setting and discover it was there ;)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-25-2010, 11:03 PM  
SuperProgram tearing sprocket holes
Posted By little laker
Replies: 8
Views: 3,447
I can't see it being the films fault, however it's only a couple of $ for a cheap roll of film at Walmart to test.
From what I can tell Walmart film is made by Fuji, and seems to be pretty decent stuff for the $. So it should be perfect for a test.
Forum: General Talk 04-25-2010, 01:12 PM  
This just in......
Posted By little laker
Replies: 27
Views: 3,583
I know that it was in fun, however I wanted to say that my best friend talks more than anyone else I know and guess what.... he's a guy.

Besides, is there a single female in the top 10 posters during the contest?
There might be, I haven't looked.... but I doubt it.
Forum: General Talk 04-25-2010, 12:17 PM  
Finally happened--harassed by the fuzz.
Posted By little laker
Replies: 24
Views: 4,668
Of course not, it was after all Don Knotts
Forum: General Talk 04-25-2010, 08:39 AM  
Finally happened--harassed by the fuzz.
Posted By little laker
Replies: 24
Views: 4,668
Ira, It's a good thing you didn't meet up with a fellow Pentaxian and give him the secret handshake infront of the officers, or you would have both been sent to jail for a long time :fedup: :lol:

How on earth did he know you were taking a pic, rather than just sending or receiving a text... or just looking to see who's calling ;)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-25-2010, 12:15 AM  
DA* 16-50mm Serial Number Database.
Posted By little laker
Replies: 528
Views: 156,849
If this keeps up it might only be a couple of more times, before they discontinue the lens and run out of parts ;)
Forum: General Talk 04-24-2010, 10:33 PM  
A heartfelt Goodbye
Posted By little laker
Replies: 73
Views: 10,691
I don't feel that the mods had a hope of winning the way it was set up. They were too busy keeping the peace between the other forum members, to actively participate.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-24-2010, 08:17 PM  
What exactly makes a lens a "MACRO"?
Posted By little laker
Replies: 19
Views: 5,364
That isn't a macro lens in any way. In some cases I think that some manufacturers are basically saying Macro on their lenses, to hopefully sucker more people into buying them.
In other cases they can focus a little closer than a sister lens.

Just so you know, I actually saw this fellows muscles tense up as he saw my lens getting closer and closer.

I was less than 2 inches away, using my DSLR.

So the close focus isn't limited to point & shoot's.
Forum: General Talk 04-24-2010, 11:12 AM  
A heartfelt Goodbye
Posted By little laker
Replies: 73
Views: 10,691
The bottom of your picture says Guss, So I can't say that I understand :confused: :D

It's honestly been a pleasure seeing you on-line. If your ever in my neck of the woods please let me know.

I wish you the best of luck in the future.

I'm going to be limiting my posts to the film forum soon. Then might just fade in the background.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-24-2010, 10:59 AM  
Help, please.
Posted By little laker
Replies: 22
Views: 3,407
All that I can think of after seeing those pics is..... I wonder what the bokeh is like ;)
It'll be interesting to say the least, and may even somehow be pleasing.

If you decide to buy it, please take some pic's using it before the repair and post them.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-24-2010, 09:11 AM  
They said my film was blank ?
Posted By little laker
Replies: 33
Views: 26,042
They give you an error message.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-24-2010, 01:35 AM  
They said my film was blank ?
Posted By little laker
Replies: 33
Views: 26,042
We get the odd blank roll coming through the lab.
It's when we get 2 in a row coming through that we start wondering if somethings wrong with the machine.

C41 machines are such a basic design, nothing can really go wrong.
The machine just pulls the film through several vats of liquid, at the proper speed.
These fluids are all monitored with sensors, so we can't even start the process unless everything is right.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-24-2010, 01:12 AM  
Why can't DSLR's have DOF Calculators?
Posted By little laker
Replies: 15
Views: 4,257
Since this is the film forum my guess is that you posted in the wrong section.

However, once you start using the preview button you'll never go back to some calculations.
You can pretty much see the effects happening before your eyes.
Forum: Photo Critique 04-23-2010, 04:46 PM  
Nature Bleeding Heart
Posted By little laker
Replies: 10
Views: 3,107
Sorry to bump this 2 day old post, but I wanted to say that it's a nice pic teatma,
In my opinion the softness works with a flower like the bleeding heart, which I have tried photographing before. They aren't always the easiest plant to work with.
Don't worry about the comment on the background. Although it's true to a point it isn't in your case... since the flower only looks right at certain angles.

About the only thing that I'd do is bump the contrast just a hair.

If I remember correctly, those that I've photographed have been 5 or so in a row on a stem. Are your wife's like that?
For all I know they all are, however I rarely see them, so I just don't know.
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