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Forum: Pentax Medium Format 08-17-2017, 11:37 AM  
Dropped my ttl 6x7 prism.
Posted By hooverfocus
Replies: 4
Views: 451
Not sure if you're referring to the main prism or the meter tab prism. If it's the latter, I had the same problem (I didn't drop it myself but bought it that way–since the casing has a bump, I assume the same happened to the previous owner). It's actually easy if you're patient and have steady hands, the main difficulty being not tearing the light seals (or have replacements ready…).
I shortly describe what I did in a Facebook posting, have a look, it should be public DIY & Co. there are a few pictures so make sure to click forth. Hope this helps.
Also, be aware that two screws are underneath the nameplate, which you'll have to gently pry off to get access to. Thought I'd mention it since I didn't in that posting.
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-01-2017, 11:54 AM  
Speeding up the K1 !
Posted By hooverfocus
Replies: 23
Views: 2,424
Man, it was *that* easy. I did have a look at all the options but somehow I managed to overlook the most obvious one. I do feel fully stupid now indeed. Thanks for the walkthrough!
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-01-2017, 09:09 AM  
Speeding up the K1 !
Posted By hooverfocus
Replies: 23
Views: 2,424
I'm sorry for bringing this topic back up but it's the only reference I could find.
At the cost of feeling slightly stupid, I can't seem to find a way to extract the full image from a square crop in DCU. How would one do that? Or am I missing that feature because I'm using DNG?
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 07-12-2017, 02:57 PM  
Pentax LX Problem...
Posted By hooverfocus
Replies: 4
Views: 509
Look at page 70 of the service manual (can be found on pentax-manuals.com). Looks like the three springs came from underneath the black plate you unscrewed (items marked B204 & B205).
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 07-02-2017, 12:03 PM  
Shooting expired film.
Posted By hooverfocus
Replies: 12
Views: 563
Yes it's one of the few films we tested/measured back when I was still studying. It's a third–not much by any means, and virtually irrelevant if you don't control the other parameters down the line. Long story short, if rating it slower is a hassle (e.g. the OP's camera limitations) then no, it's probably not worth it, but if possible, I guess it's still better to shoot at the optimal speed of the film to begin with (unless you're going for a particular look, obviously).
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 07-01-2017, 02:57 PM  
Shooting expired film.
Posted By hooverfocus
Replies: 12
Views: 563
I bought a roll of 50D from a generally well-regarded online retailer. Didn't use it immediately but kept it in the fridge until use, which was still within the 6 months advised by the company (at least from the date of purchase). Eventually I got round to shoot it and had it developed at a lab I had already used and trusted in the past. When I scanned the negative, though, most of the frames were covered by a sort of cloudy red pattern. At first I thought it was a lab's developement problem, and was about to have it reblixed at a friend's to see if it got any better, but then I decided to run a search online anyway. Turns out what I was seeing was "age fog", as per the company's own findings. I contacted them to be sure and they confirmed it (and sent over a free replacement roll, so kudos to them). They explained that any rolls that were undated were likely old stock (they started dating them when they found out about the issue), so even if I had used it within the six months period from purchase, the film had probably been sitting in the shop for a long while already. They went on to recommend another retailer.

Bottom line, only use CineStill that has an exp. date on it, use it within the given period, and expect anything old or undated to have gone bad.

---------- Post added 02-07-17 at 00:27 ----------


It's more to do with the film itself than and age-related advice. Acros seems to be more of an ISO 80 film than an ISO 100. Then again if you're not processing yourself you'd probably just want to use it as is, there are so many other variables out of your control it's hardly going to make a difference.

Since he can't dial in a different ISO and only has 1-stop exposures available, either forget about that and use box speed, or if you really wanna give it a go, try hacking the DX code on the canister (never done it myself, but a friend of mine did and apparently it worked).
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 07-01-2017, 11:57 AM  
Shooting expired film.
Posted By hooverfocus
Replies: 12
Views: 563
I would shoot Acros at 80 even when fresh.
But in general a few months old film is probably just as good as new*. You should start compensating when it's decades old (I go for a stop every decade). Slide film generally has consequent colour shifts, negative film likely an increase in grain.


* does not apply to CineStill. Go ahead and ask me how I know... :confused:
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-14-2017, 06:55 AM  
WARNING: This WILL shock you.
Posted By hooverfocus
Replies: 34
Views: 2,618
Thoughts in sparse order:
The # number is the same, so no two bodies have been used.
Maybe he shot the "after" before the "before".
Maybe he did it in the order as shown so maybe he's crazy.
Maybe the camera does indeed turn on but can't take pictures anymore.
Still, I'm surprised the thing turns on at all.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-13-2017, 07:52 AM  
Help With Removing Print Film Orange Mask in Photoshop/Affinity
Posted By hooverfocus
Replies: 24
Views: 1,206
I don't know if I'm missing the point but the way I do it is pretty straightforward, and so far I've been happy with the method I use.

First invert & demask. Doing it with curves takes care of both in one go, you can invert in composite RGB but you just have to make sure to restore the proper colour for each channel afterwards.
Then colour balance. For this I use a separate layer. Set black point on frame, white & grey points as per image scene.
Then bring back some contrast. Mileage may vary, so adjust to taste.

Here applied on your images:
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Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-09-2017, 03:49 PM  
Epson Stylus Photo 1400
Posted By hooverfocus
Replies: 7
Views: 548
Can't speak for the quality of any of those printers, but the first difference that jumps to my eyes is your 3880 uses pigment-based inks whereas the 1400 uses dye-based inks.
Dye inks were usually more prone to fading, although jury's out on whether this is still the case (probably so, but with a better-looking timeframe than a few years ago).
Pigment inks OTOH might be more prone to clogging the heads if not used with enough frequency and also cost more, though if your prints will be on display or are meant to be sold, I'd stick to them.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-09-2017, 09:56 AM  
LX Mirror Rest Rubbers
Posted By hooverfocus
Replies: 5
Views: 486
Speaking of, you can bypass the physically clear distant object with this method: Camera repair pages
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-05-2017, 09:14 AM  
Odd-shaped light leak
Posted By hooverfocus
Replies: 6
Views: 589
So here's a follow up on the issue.

I used a roll of film I had lying around to run a few somewhat unscientific tests on the K1000. I hope the inscriptions on the image make sense and someone can come up with an explanation. I still haven't found any.
I'm fairly positive the mess at the beginning of the roll is due to the roll itself and not the camera (also, the magenta dominant along the long edge in the other pictures is due to the film holder), whereas the recurring leak recognisable by the odd crescent shape is consistent with what I've observed already.

So far, it seems the only variable that has a visible effect on the leak is the status of the shutter/curtain, i.e. whether it is left cocked or uncocked. I still don't know where the light enters from (maybe the viewfinder? Unfortunately, being so sure it was the door hinge, I forgot to run a test with it blocked off…) and what it bounces off of in order to create that particular shape.

Also I'm open to suggestions for any other things to test, I have another roll of expired and hardly-good-for-anything film that I can throw at it to further troubleshoot the issue.

Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 05-01-2017, 04:42 PM  
Meet the 2017 US Ricoh Imaging Ambassadors
Posted By hooverfocus
Replies: 21
Views: 2,272
I get the sarcasm, but to be fair, one of the other category winners did use a Pentax ;)
Forum: Pentax K-1 04-27-2017, 02:45 PM  
Pentax...fix the Magenta Bug...please?
Posted By hooverfocus
Replies: 45
Views: 2,641
Reason I was asking is because I found a random thread mentioning .dng as taking care of the issue (with a D800 to boot). This was for RawTherapee, though, so YMMV.
Forum: Pentax K-1 04-27-2017, 01:40 PM  
Pentax...fix the Magenta Bug...please?
Posted By hooverfocus
Replies: 45
Views: 2,641
What file format?
Have you tried with another image processor?
Forum: Pentax K-1 04-26-2017, 12:58 PM  
Pentax K-1 does horse show jumping
Posted By hooverfocus
Replies: 21
Views: 1,597
I would call it "you go first, — no you go first".

Luckily it never happened to me in my too short showjumping career (I was more of a dressage person, anyway).
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-12-2017, 12:24 PM  
Pentax IS NOT Dooooooomed
Posted By hooverfocus
Replies: 630
Views: 41,347
Oh well, at least Dpreview didn't play Petapixel's clickbaiting game:

Ricoh denies Nikkei report that it may leave camera business
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-12-2017, 09:19 AM  
Pentax IS NOT Dooooooomed
Posted By hooverfocus
Replies: 630
Views: 41,347
Indeed, what irks me the most is that the proper rebuttal by Ricoh is relegated to a short, easy-to-overlook update at the very end of the article. Because of course "Ricoh says don't worry (too much, just yet)" draws a lot less clicks than "Pentax is doomed" :hmm:
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 04-05-2017, 02:38 PM  
How many is too many (how many is too few)?
Posted By hooverfocus
Replies: 15
Views: 1,149
I enjoyed reading your comments, there were a lot of good suggestions in general, which other people may also find helpful.

I'll reply to a few underneath.

In the mean time I emailed the young one back and explained I had more but those shown were those I deemed worthy, and to let me know if he had a more specific wish or request — at least I'll get an idea of what he was really aiming for when he asked the first time around. All in all I am satisfied of the job and I think he's happy too despite that question.



That's some sensible advice and it's indeed what I ended up doing.



I've been doing concerts for a while and I should have the basics down. In this specific case I had full front stage access as well as on stage up to the side of the drum kit (which was located stage right) and the mezzanine where the soundboard was, so I pretty much had it all covered. The venue wasn't even remotely sold out, though… I had a cool shot from above, but seeing the crowd far and spare isn't exactly flattering (unless I resort to cloning people in). Same for the crowd shot from the stage, people were standing a good 4 meters back, leaving a big empty gap right in front of it. I did cheat at some point and went into the crowd to snap a few with heads all around and that kind of gives the impression there were enough people, but that's about it. (As a side note, too bad, because the music was actually quite good, and he's a very skilled guitarist).



I used to be a techno-nazi but I've learned to appreciate less technically perfect shots which may have other meaningful qualities, therefore when editing I generally include a handful of those — if there are any — as well. It really depends on the kind of show it was, if there was a lot of energy, stunts, etc. sometimes a blurred shot conveys more meaning than a static one, sometimes not, there's no one-size-fits-all.
I sorta agree on having a second pair of eyes for editing but I'd rather it be other professionals I trust. Subjects rarely have trained eyes other than for how they appear themselves. I wouldn't publish a picture they didn't like even though it's a great shot, but I wouldn't publish a crappy picture only because they liked themselves in it either. That is to say, I'd be wary of showing a client all the pictures before I trim them down myself.



See the second quote above. Given the specificities of the concert/venue combo, I did my best to complete a similar checklist.
I'll look up kenspo's work, thanks for the suggestion.



I'm all for preparation. If I don't know the band already, whenever I get the chance I try to attend another concert or at least look up videos/teasers online to get a feel for it. Same for the venue if I've never shot there before. For the rest, good points, see previous replies for answers about how I tackled them.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 04-04-2017, 07:05 PM  
How many is too many (how many is too few)?
Posted By hooverfocus
Replies: 15
Views: 1,149
Bit of a puzzling situation. I was recently contacted by the musician son of a family friend who had his first showcase with his new band last weekend. It was a short-ish set (1h in total) in a smallish club and instrumental-only (kinda jazzy/experimental). Being an aquaintance + all of the aforementioned, I gave him a very friendly, fair offer and promised him I'd deliver about a dozen pictures. On the phone, on a previous conversation, I promised him at least 3 upfront (aka next-day, given the concert finished around midnight) and the rest shortly after. He accepted the terms, no questions asked.

On Sunday he had seven pictures he could publish immediately, by Monday I delivered everything, which turned out to be 18 usable pictures in total. Tonight I got an email from him thanking me and all, but then he asked me if that was a strict selection or I just didn't take a lot of pictures.

Now, I honestly don't know what to make of this question. Mind you, he didn't sound mad (as far as I can tell from an email), but I'm confused. Given the circumstances (not a whole lot of action, limited space, average light show, short set), I think 18 was a fair number, which went even beyond my initial rather conservative proposal which — by the way — he had agreed on. Actually, that's even more than a lot of other more eventful concerts with better known bands in proper venues I had done in the past. Besides, beyond that number I'd be repeating angles and poses at nauseam.

So, is there a magic number or something I didn't hit? What is the consensus? Have I really gotten it backwards? Or did he just like them a lot so he wants more? :confused:
Forum: Pentax KP 03-30-2017, 05:41 PM  
Freestyle motocross. My first action shots wtih Pentax KP
Posted By hooverfocus
Replies: 17
Views: 2,253
There's clearly a problem with the camera. Most of the pictures seem to have come out upside down.




Ok, nobody laughed :)
Those are really impressive shots indeed!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-22-2017, 11:00 AM  
Odd-shaped light leak
Posted By hooverfocus
Replies: 6
Views: 589
Thanks for your observations Steve (edit: +Ontarian50). I would exclude the processing as it was done by two different labs. Unless they both managed to screw up in similar fashion, but I'd be a stretch.

I checked the seal and it doesn't seem to be falling apart, but to exclude it I guess next time I take the K1000 on an outing I'll put some black tape over the hinge on the outside of the camera and see if the problem persists.

I don't know if it is of any help but #1 and #2 were taken literally a few seconds apart (#1 was just across the street), whereas #4 and #6 could have been taken days or weeks apart, there's no way I can tell. Also #5, which is not pictured, was perfectly fine.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-22-2017, 09:40 AM  
Odd-shaped light leak
Posted By hooverfocus
Replies: 6
Views: 589
I got back a couple of rolls from the lab and... drama! Some frames seem to be affected by some sort of light leak. I've searched far and wide as to what might be the cause for such an odd shaped leak, but whether I didn't use the right keywords, I couldn't find anything specific. So I'm turning to y'all guys. Maybe someone will have a clue.

Somehow, the problem only showed at the beginning of the roll (the respective frame numbers are scribbled next to each image).

Just these 4 out of 36. Please note that #1 doesn't show the same shape as the others in the middle of the frame, but has the same shape as #4 on the right hand side.

The (seemingly?) same problem occured just once, on a different roll, although the positioning is slightly different (and btw there's plenty of things wrong with this film per se, which aren't due to the camera). That was about 2/3rd into the roll. Also, it should exclude lab processing as the rolls were developed by two different labs.


Camera was a K1000 which is short of pristine upon quick inspection.

I'm in the dark as far as troubleshooting goes. There's only one thing that might have made a difference, though. Since the K1000 has no shutter button lock, I generally don't cock the shutter immediately after each picture to avoid triggering it by accident. Sometimes, though—force of habit obliges—I forget and cock it away, only to facepalm myself a second later. I'm not saying I did it on those specific frames, but I cannot exclude it either.

Hope someone can shed some light!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 03-18-2017, 03:11 PM  
Hello from Switzerland
Posted By hooverfocus
Replies: 7
Views: 342
Welcome!
Hit me up when the season opens again and you go on another motorbike tour!
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 03-17-2017, 09:51 AM  
Pentax 67 light leak or processing? Help!!!!
Posted By hooverfocus
Replies: 16
Views: 1,011
Reason why I suggested the curtain is it travels horizontally, which is consistent with the direction of the streaks. Apparently with rubberised curtains dark streaks can be caused by residues when things start falling apart, they become particularly visible on fast shutter speeds. Here they talk about it and here is an example. Then again, it shouldn't be the case with the 67 as it's not rubberised but checking it to rule it out shouldn't be too much of an effort. If it's not that, it's most likely a processing problem.

EDIT: I stand corrected in so far as the ease of checking the curtain is concerned. If the 67 is anything like the 6x7, operating it with the back open is a bit of a problem. I just brought mine out… I had forgotten how much of a pain that was.
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