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Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 9 Hours Ago  
What is your eBay success rate on vintage cameras?
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 54
Views: 1,250
I've noticed this as well...

Cameras described as EX+++++ condition with visible rust and fungus

Um, no...

Though I have seen a couple described in the details as EX+++++ , which bothers me less...

-Eric
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 1 Day Ago  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 11,530
Views: 1,329,114
The plane even had enough time to get new paint :p

Now when do we get to see shots with the Fuji of the way down?

-Eric
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Day Ago  
Turning K-3/3 into street camera :)
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 24
Views: 866
If it were me, I'd do the 21... but since you said you liked long but 70mm is too much, I'd do a 50mm f1.7 or f2.0.

Nice and small, super cheap, can be pre-focused at f8, and off you go...

-Eric
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
Ricoh published several full frame ultra wide angle design patents.
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 31
Views: 2,188
You can almost get there today :)
Vivitar (Cosina) 19mm f/3.8 Lens Reviews - Vivitar Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database

That 16mm f2.4 would have been interesting as well...
I know they publish all of the options partially as a way to obscure their real plans, but it would sometimes be cool if they went and did a couple...

And what really drives the final answer? Is it all anticipated marketing (a larger market for a 21mm than a 16mm), or do they go and build prototypes and say "ah, the 16mm is cool, but the mechanics and assembly would cost double what the 21mm will cost, so we'll do that one instead..."

Ah, well... I'm still many pennies away from saving for the 21 :)

-Eric
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 2 Days Ago  
What's going on here? Uneven development on first five or so frames
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 27
Views: 658
Years ago I had a Patterson tank funnel part crack, and it leaked after that, but you couldn’t see the crack unless you tweaked it just right.
And it didn’t impact film development if you changed chemicals in a dark room. At the time, we were using it in a newspaper darkroom, so we normally did all the developing there, with only a dim light, so it snuck up on us…

I also had one crack the tank itself, but then it leaked fluid as well, so that was far more obvious (and messy).

-Eric
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 3 Days Ago  
Help! Talk me into a CLA.
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 12
Views: 435
I think I'd send Grandpa's camera for the CLA and not the new one... (or both of them)

There's a risk it will feel different, sure, but once it's CLA'd, it will shoot like it did when he bought it...

I have a Kodak Retina that was my Grandfather's, and I only haven't sent it off for work because the "Eric H" for Kodak Retinas is literally on the other side of the world from me... and costs close to triple... OK, scratch that... he's now retired... dang...

I had Eric H. do the K1000 I bought myself when I was 12. It's nice having it working like it did many years ago, even if I'm not working quite the same way :)

-Eric
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 5 Days Ago  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 8,545
Views: 1,111,585
Maybe I'm a gear snob, but I always used "real" screw-in glass filters for color correction or contrast enhancement, not the Cokin ones. Only a few of the Cokins were glass.
Though in retrospect, those were all cheap glass filters and probably not any better :)

Though I did have the Cokin gel holder for the fancy Kodak Wrattens the few times I wanted to use those.

-Eric
Forum: Vintage Cameras and Equipment 6 Days Ago  
Rust or just wear?
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 6
Views: 247
On the doors you can get a little rust, but if it's just a little on the surface, you can basically wipe the worst of it off with a paper towel, add a very small amount of oil, and leave it. The oil will keep it from getting worse. Don't use much, though, as you don't want it getting anywhere else...

If you wanted to be fancy, you could use a rust converter or the like, but it's patina at this point...

-Eric
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 6 Days Ago  
Handling a Beast 400mm f5.6 on Spotmatic F
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 7
Views: 515
It should work fine on a K camera without any damage.
I use my 300mm Tele-Takumar with no worries, and it has no pin, either...

Really, it should work fine on the F... you'll just need to meter some other way :p
I use an iPhone app...

-Eric
Forum: Vintage Cameras and Equipment 6 Days Ago  
Brownie Reflex Synchro: 127 film Pseudo TLR from 1941-1952
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 13
Views: 332
Sibling Lens Reflex? I approve :)

But SLR has already been taken :D

-Eric
Forum: Vintage Cameras and Equipment 6 Days Ago  
Rust or just wear?
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 6
Views: 247
If they don't do that after 40 years, they haven't been used enough :)

Mine is a Hong Kong model from 1982-ish, and it looks almost the same...
I guess that's why they make those little plastic things to go on the strap clips...

Sometimes those areas will pick up a little surface rust, and that's a bit ugly, but it won't impact the operation.
"Problem" rust is more often seen on the screws and the base, or inside on the film rails, if the camera's been exposed to water... that usually means corrosion inside, which is bad news...

-Eric
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 6 Days Ago  
Handling a Beast 400mm f5.6 on Spotmatic F
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 7
Views: 515
The photos of all the 400mm f5.6 Takumars I've seen don't even show an aperture pin -- I think they are all "manual aperture" lenses, so no open-aperture focusing or open-aperture metering.

But all of them were labeled Tele-Takumars or Super-Multicoated-Takumars, not 'SMC Takumars'

So it will meter like any Takumar in "Man" mode.
How does the F deal with that if there's no aperture cam? (I gave my F to a Honeywell museum)...

-Eric
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 6 Days Ago  
*ist (film) Control dial stuck
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 14
Views: 400
Here it is next to the Standard Reference Camera...
The K1000 isn't large, and the M 50mm f1.7 is one of the smaller lenses Pentax has made.

But the *ist is flat tiny...
Here it is with the DA40xs pancake, which I think is the smallest K-mount lens Pentax made (it's in the top 3 anyway).
And remember, the *ist has autofocus, autowind, depth of field preview (without the 'tiny tap' trick), a self timer, and a TTL flash that will control other flashes.





-Eric
Forum: Vintage Cameras and Equipment 6 Days Ago  
Brownie Reflex Synchro: 127 film Pseudo TLR from 1941-1952
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 13
Views: 332
My Rollei has a f2.8 viewing lens and a f3.5 taking lens, and that was intentional... so not identical...

I'm willing to say nearly anything with two lenses and a mirror counts :)

-Eric
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 08-07-2022, 05:23 PM  
Replacement Leatherette pictures
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 89
Views: 8,449
I'm just going to say that I normally hate the lizard skin covers, but this one looks really nice.

Must be something about the shape of the Minolta... and the fact the body isn't gold :p

-Eric
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 08-07-2022, 05:19 PM  
*ist (film) Control dial stuck
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 14
Views: 400
It's a real pain to search for sometimes :p

But yeah, not Pentax' greatest moment when it came to names.

But it was probably better than MZ-5N Super...

It's a weird bird, though. Super compact and fairly capable, but something of an orphan based on when it was made.

-Eric
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 08-07-2022, 05:14 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 8,545
Views: 1,111,585
Cokin filters were the coolest thing going before Photoshop and Photo CDs became viable on a regular PC...

I was all over those things in the early 90s. The "spot incolor", was it? Clear spot in the middle of some blur?

-Eric
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 08-07-2022, 01:35 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 8,545
Views: 1,111,585
Funnier that the guy you beat was probably thinking, "man, I just lost out on $30 worth of free filters..."

-Eric
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-07-2022, 01:32 PM  
Updated Roadmap: New 100mm Macro Coming
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 285
Views: 15,639
I was going to say something snarky here about the new macro being made by Tokina, but I know that's not been a popular thing, even in jest...
Especially when the Ricoh optical engineer stands up and says, "I did this..."

And yes, I know it's not going to be a preset lens; I was hoping the smiley made that clear :D

I'm expecting a lens very much like the current model, in a very similar shell, with the same focusing technology.

The thing I'm curious about is really what the optical changes are.
Obviously, there's a significant reduction in fringing, and the "new kind of glass" that is likely behind it, but what does it mean?
A single element of exotic glass which refracts differently would presumably need to be shaped slightly differently to fit into the same optical equation, right?
So then how does it fit? How much did they really change?

I'm guessing whatever the changes, they had to be small enough to allow nearly everything else to remain the same, else it would require various levels of physical change, with an accompanying price change larger than what they have hinted...
And that prototype didn't look any different from the current model, which I know is not a perfect indication, but still... interesting...

-Eric
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-07-2022, 08:08 AM  
Ricoh-imaging.eu to be replaced by brand-oriented sites
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 45
Views: 3,073
How does Ricoh Europe do the business to business part of the Ricoh imaging portfolio?

Theta seems to be the main part of that, but there's also the Ricoh ruggedized cameras.
And would the Pentax IR camera they did a few years back fall into that category (since it was aimed at museums, etc.)? How about the consumer compacts?

But that seems to fairly naturally split everything into three: GR, Pentax, and Theta/Business, with a little overlap among the three...
So maybe the GR site sells some Thetas and maybe the Pentax site sells the IR conversions (which to me would be helped with a monochrome DSLR).
Though who sells the consumer-grade compacts?

-Eric
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-07-2022, 07:57 AM  
Updated Roadmap: New 100mm Macro Coming
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 285
Views: 15,639
I keep looking at the focus ring in the photo and thinking "why are they releasing a preset lens? And why aren't the aperture settings labeled?"

It looks like two aperture rings at the end... I had a 135mm lens years ago that worked like that... that would sure have a lot of heads exploding if they actually did that :D

-Eric
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 08-06-2022, 09:33 AM  
*ist (film) Control dial stuck
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 14
Views: 400
I have an *ist with a broken shutter button, and my interpretation of the repair manual was same as yours... they seem to have built the top plate first, then assembled the rest of the camera around it...

I'll be excited if there's another way...

-Eric
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 08-06-2022, 09:29 AM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 8,545
Views: 1,111,585
Now you're going to get a stack of sloppy-focusing autofocus 28-80 lenses :)

I like the OM10 when it has the manual adapter. Inexpensive and fun.

-Eric
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 08-06-2022, 05:22 AM  
Nikon FM vs the Voigtlander Vito II
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 17
Views: 599
Sorry, I should have been clearer. The early Compur Rapids didn't.

I don't know when they made that change, but on an early (postwar) Vito brochure I found somewhere online, I want to say the Synchro Compur did 1/200, the Prontor did 1/300, and the Compur Rapid did 1/500 with no flash.

I've got mid-50s Retinas with Compur Rapids that are great with flash... though they also have accessory shoes...

My Vito seems to have been folded in a hurry once, and the mechanical linkage deformed the shutter casing. The shutter works, but it needs cleaning and a little lube, but I can't figure out how to get into it.

-Eric
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 08-06-2022, 05:13 AM  
What is your eBay success rate on vintage cameras?
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 54
Views: 1,250
I've had pretty good luck with eBay, but I am generally fairly careful there and only shopping for things I really want, not wandering around.
I'm a little disappointed that eBay is more "fixed price" now than it used to be. It makes it harder to score a really good deal.
I also hate the "I know what I am selling is valuable, but I don't know enough about it to say if it works: as-is" approach to many old cameras.

My fail rate with Goodwill has been much higher, but I try to price that into my bid (and I lose a lot of auctions because of that).

-Eric
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