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Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 40 Minutes Ago  
its COLOMBIA not Columbia
Posted By From1980
Replies: 23
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No wonder many immigrants find this so confusing. We still have place names and streets named for the French before that. We used to be New France and have a town called Paris.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 2 Hours Ago  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By From1980
Replies: 6,405
Views: 796,479
I've only dabbled somewhat in the Minolta system so I'm certainly no expert but it appears that Rokkor lens prices have had upward pressure in recent years. Most of the bodies, including XE-7 are available for reasonable and even rather low cost. I believe there is compatibility of Minolta mount with the recent Sony mirrorless and possibly others. So no one appears willing to hand over the once stranded lenses for very low prices. As a result some of the most populars Rokkors (MD 35/2.8, MC 58/1.2, MD 85/2, and others) are priced beyond the passing interest of those not dedicated to Minolta or Sony.
I can only afford a limited number of premium lenses so I will remain focused on Pentax.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 1 Day Ago  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By From1980
Replies: 6,405
Views: 796,479
Agreed 100%
The XE-7 handling and shutter operation is a delight to experience. I almost went to the Minolta system in the late '70s for that camera. Don't forget it was a product of the cooperation between Leica and Minolta which also produced the sister model leica R3.
I recently acquired a couple XE-7 bodies and they are still beautiful.
Forum: Photographic Technique 2 Days Ago  
Macro Favorite Accessory for Yard Flower Photgraphy
Posted By From1980
Replies: 11
Views: 434
I have used fabric in some situations also. Some additional good points: They can be folded up very compact and also draped over or pinned onto branches and foliage so they do not need to be held. I find they will blow around at times though and I still like a hard card much of the time because I can cover 1 side in foil or white as a reflector.
Having said that, I was using the idea decades ago and now the compact folding reflectors are easy to get and use. Maybe this old idea is past its prime - like me lots of days.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 2 Days Ago  
Hood + Cap
Posted By From1980
Replies: 15
Views: 344
Back in the SMC K lenses, the designated hood for 28/3.5 was the same as 30/2.8. I had both at one time and the hood had both lenses marked on it along with 35/3.5.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 6 Days Ago  
Hood + Cap
Posted By From1980
Replies: 15
Views: 344
Another idea is what I have bought from a Chinese source on Ebay. I acquired a couple of metal hoods for about $5 each that come with caps fitting over their outside rims. A good solution if you don't need to change lens filters often. These are made in different configurations for various focal lengths and a variety of screw in filter mount sizes. Easy to find when searching the site for lens hoods.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-01-2019, 11:36 PM  
Pentax 28mm Shift Lens
Posted By From1980
Replies: 11
Views: 562
Oh great deal! That's a fantastic find for you but I wouldn't expect anything like it soon even if I expand my existing Kijiji search to include the Toronto area so I can see these kinds of deals. However there could be 20 times the number of deals with 20 times the population than my area. Then I'll have to rely on friends or relatives to act on anything that comes up. Although shipping to me or a 700-800 km round trip might take the shine off the best prices.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-28-2019, 02:24 AM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By From1980
Replies: 6,405
Views: 796,479
Of those you seek, I have the 18/3.5 and 100/4 bellows. I am a collector of sorts but probably won't go after the others. My LBA does run up against budget limitations I can't ignore. I have most of the rest of the K lineup covered either with the Pentaxes or other quality but less expensive lenses I can do practical shooting with.
I likely will never try for 20/4, 24/3.5(got 24/2.8), 28/2(expense, rarity and I have 30/2.8), 35/2(got the M and have the f/3.5), 100/4 macro(have 4 other macros), 150/4(have M/3.5), or the 500, 1000s, or 2000(budget limits and impractical for me).
At some point I'm still going to go after a 28 shift though.
Forum: Photographic Technique 11-28-2019, 01:58 AM  
Macro Favorite Accessory for Yard Flower Photgraphy
Posted By From1980
Replies: 11
Views: 434
I have found that while there are some wonderful specimens available in lots of yards and gardens the settings are often not conducive to making a pleasing photograph. It's not unusual to find flowers in front of an unsightly fence or gaudily coloured ornaments of some kind that make it difficult to simulate a natural setting. Also, I almost always hate the artsy salon look of flash illuminated nature subjects in front of a distant pitch black background. A simple DIY solution is to obtain magazine page sized pieces of thick card stock to hold glued on images of various coloured foliage as backgrounds. Several with different shades of colour can be made. I'm assuming tripod and cable release use after careful composition and focus. If images are too shiny then fresh leaves or other actual plant material can be attached in various ways. Whichever is used, it becomes a simple device to hold behind the subject at slightly out of focus range to provide a setting. I also use it for indoor house plants as a way to control background colour and texture. These cards are easy to stow at the back of any camera bag that is at least that big.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-27-2019, 10:24 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By From1980
Replies: 6,405
Views: 796,479
I'm not familiar with "the thirteen". Can you list these? The K lenses have always been my favourite Pentax products especially when paired with their contemporary cameras. They do wind up on M cameras and my LX though because they can produce extraordinary images. I suspect I already have several of these but I'm willing to take the chance my LBA won't cause too much trouble if I JUST read about them...please.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-26-2019, 12:21 AM  
Article link: IMPERFECT, BUT POCKETABLE
Posted By From1980
Replies: 22
Views: 1,027
Thanks for the reminder about this idea. I was aware many years ago that some were doing this. It could be a solution for my not having many of the dedicated hoods made for the SMCP M and K wide angles. Does someone have practical advice regarding what combos of stepping rings suit which lenses?
Short of an experiment building some up together and making measurements along with a little trigonometry, I'm wondering if anyone knows of a resource in which this was already done? It could be calculated since the angles of view of our lenses are well known.

Maybe this should be a new, separate thread and our moderators would want to move it.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 11-22-2019, 12:08 AM  
Sticky: PentaxForums 100 Year Giveaway - November - General Raffle Entry Thread
Posted By From1980
Replies: 400
Views: 7,706
I'm in again too.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-21-2019, 04:01 AM  
KX and K2 who are the better one for collecting
Posted By From1980
Replies: 29
Views: 862
A good condition, working KM is what you need then. Many can be found at a cheaper price than you would likely pay to fix a K1000. It was the lowest model of the original 3 K models and it did include self-timer and depth of field preview. The K1000 dropped those features and somehow got the iconic status. I've never understood that.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-21-2019, 03:45 AM  
Were K2 and K2DMD concurrent?
Posted By From1980
Replies: 12
Views: 586
Keep in mind that the M series was not a complete line up. MX was aimed to replace KX but ME was a new entry automatic targeting the emerging market for point and shooters moving to 35mm. At the time, the small and lighter camera market driven by Olympus was the attraction for many of these newcomers. Established serious 35mm hobbyists and pros tended to not be as impressed with downsizing everything. The full featured K2DMD was not effectively replaced or improved upon until 1980 when the LX came out.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-20-2019, 11:56 PM  
Were K2 and K2DMD concurrent?
Posted By From1980
Replies: 12
Views: 586
The sources I can find indicate both K2 and K2DMD were concurrent until 1980. Your info regarding the sad demise of KX and KM '77 is correct.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-20-2019, 12:27 AM  
KX and K2 who are the better one for collecting
Posted By From1980
Replies: 29
Views: 862
I remain a fan of the whole K series line and have been concentrating my efforts on these and their contemporary lenses. As was mentioned, if you are going to get one, however, the KX is probably the reliable one and easier to find in top condition. Also, don't forget about the KM. It should be a little less $ than a KX, leaves out a couple features, but is also fully mechanical.
The more rare K2DMD, although electronic, was the top of the line and remains important to collectors when in AA condition.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-19-2019, 11:56 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By From1980
Replies: 6,405
Views: 796,479
I know the 50/1.7M is a fine lens but I'm an old stickler for details. Next you need a K 50/1.4 or 55/1.8 to mate with the KX to experience the original balance and handling the K cameras have to offer. It's understandable if the $$50/1.2$$ is not pursued.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-19-2019, 11:46 PM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #158 (Open Theme - October 2019)
Posted By From1980
Replies: 103
Views: 6,305
Narrowed it down to three entries for a while but #2 won me over. The little used low vantage point macro approach is an old favourite of mine. That creature is imposing and the colour is wonderfully done.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-15-2019, 09:34 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By From1980
Replies: 6,405
Views: 796,479
Nice find on the consecutive serial numbers Paul. Couldn't agree more, that must be a very low probability event considering they had to both be for sale at the time on the same site to even be noticed. Also, the 28-50 lens was not even one of the most popular during its time so obviously a lot less were produced than, say, the 75-150 or the standard 50mm lenses. A neat rarity.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-08-2019, 12:28 PM  
Digital or Film
Posted By From1980
Replies: 87
Views: 3,099
Yay Phil.

I have digital and even a bit of autofocus but there is a wonderfully satisfying feel and balance to classic film cameras and their contemporary lenses. The slower, deliberate approach has great appeal to me and suits the photography I like to do most. Yes, as mentioned, I always want to get the desired results without wasting film so I am forced to carefully consider the situation before releasing the shutter. I often think the digital medium can tempt people to start shooting before they have thought out all factors then end up deleting most of what they shot later.
AND REMEMBER...35mm film is the least expensive way to shoot "Full Frame".
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-08-2019, 12:07 PM  
Do old lenses like SMC Pentax need UV filter if mounted on current DSLR?
Posted By From1980
Replies: 34
Views: 1,790
Yes, ecostigny. I've always thought lenses should be kept free and unencumbered. Use them the way Nature intended. NAKED.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-07-2019, 04:46 PM  
Ooh yes
Posted By From1980
Replies: 22
Views: 1,409
Apparently there was a lot of claims and evidence that the 15/3.5 was part of that collaboration as a well as other technology.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-07-2019, 04:22 PM  
Do old lenses like SMC Pentax need UV filter if mounted on current DSLR?
Posted By From1980
Replies: 34
Views: 1,790
I believe you were misinformed back then. UV filters are just about clear and no filter factor for exposure was ever required to use them. The overexposure was most likely a mistake or misinterpretation of meter settings at the time. When using films with a degree of UV sensitivity the effect would be seen as increased haziness and excessive blue especially in background portions of landscapes. For those cases then as now a polarizer is capable of providing more improvement with a better overall effect than a UV filter can possibly obtain. I think you would be far more pleased if you try that.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-07-2019, 01:18 PM  
Do old lenses like SMC Pentax need UV filter if mounted on current DSLR?
Posted By From1980
Replies: 34
Views: 1,790
We've been around and around on this a few times now. The short answer is no, no, no, no, no, no, .......

I have had that 30mm lens for many years. The SMC coating and proper handling will get you the best image quality and then post-processing of some sort is usually applied anyway while using a DSLR. It's far more important to use the best suited hood on your lens and use the lens cap for protection when you don't need to see through it. The use of UV or "protective" filters was virtually never needed by anyone at the time that lens came out and absolutely redundant now for a digital sensor. When I worked at a store UV filters were sold only if a customer with old school thinking insisted on it. Those may have been justified many years earlier when photography was done with little to no coating on lens elements and the films were more sensitive to UV.
It's best not to introduce any unnecessary item between your subject and your expensive modern optical formula.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-29-2019, 10:16 PM  
Leaving a camera wound-on
Posted By From1980
Replies: 25
Views: 934
When I first handled 35mms my father cautioned me about putting a camera away with the shutter cocked. Then after using several older roll film cameras where film winding and shutter cocking were independent functions there was no worry at all. If I had cocked the shutter but not taken the shot I could just put the lens cap on and release the shutter before putting it away.
As already mentioned, if a camera has no shutter lock then it could be released after it's in the bag and you lose a frame.
Whether there was ever any real concern about it is not relevant to us now though as our modern DSLR shutters are always cocked after every shot and ready to fire without us activating anything else.
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