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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 2 Days Ago  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By cooltouch
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I have a Chinese made Nikon lens to Canon FD body adapter I bought off eBay several years ago. It has worked fine with all Nikkors I've tried, except my AIs 24mm f/2.8. There's something on the back of that lens that prevents the breechlock ring from turning far enough to secure the lens. I can hold it onto the camera if I must. But this is no big loss, since my Canon 24mm is a better lens than the Nikkor anyway. Far as that goes, my Tamron 24/2.5 is a better lens than that Nikkor, which is notoriously unsharp in the corners.

I bought the adapter, figuring that one day I might have a Nikkor that I had no equivalent Canon FD or Tamron to match, but so far that day hasn't materialized. Maybe one day I'll get an AIs 180mm f/2.8 ED, where I can actually see using a Nikkor that Canon didn't make an equivalent of. Unless I find a deal on the Tamron 180/2.5, in which case . . . never mind. :cool:
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-13-2019, 12:15 PM  
Show those old photos from before 1990
Posted By cooltouch
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I have a bunch of Kodachromes my father took while he was stationed in Korea during the conflict, 1952-54. They look as if they were shot last week. So I doubt seriously your Kodachromes would need any fade correction, especially since they were stored under ideal conditions. The ones you've exhibited here all look to have been shot under overcast conditions, which will affect image saturation, so that might be all it is.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-09-2019, 07:04 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By cooltouch
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Very nice, Dukatigaz. May I ask, what film did you use for the falcon shot?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-07-2019, 08:51 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By cooltouch
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Wow, that Tri-X shot almost looks like it was taken from the International Space Station!
Forum: General Talk 06-06-2019, 09:06 PM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By cooltouch
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It would have been totally awesome, but sadly the 2xx, 7xx, and 9xx series all had 5-door wagons. Even the FWD 850 and FWD/AWD V70 series were all 5-door. There was one exception of sorts -- the P1800 hatchback. Another really cool car.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-06-2019, 08:00 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By cooltouch
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A comment and a question. These new microfiber cloths do a great job of removing dust, I've found. Something like that might help with your dust problem.

Q: what did you use to develop your film? I had a banding problem once and it was because I was using a tank with a twirling thermometer for agitation -- a Yankee tank, as memory servers. Apparently, I got too aggressive with the twirling. Rather than take the chance again, I decided to switch tanks. I use a Paterson tank now with the regular old inversion technique. The problem has never reappeared.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-06-2019, 07:47 AM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By cooltouch
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I haven't bought any Pentaxes lately, but I did pick up another Minolta XD-11 for a great price the other day. The unremarkable Vivitar zoom was basically a body cap for the camera. I already own an XD-11, but couldn't let this one just sit there at such a low price. It shows dirt and smudges in the photo, but cleaned up nicely.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-06-2019, 07:36 AM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By cooltouch
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Okay, I'll play too. Here's an old slide I took years ago. Still have the camera and lens -- or ones just like them.
Forum: General Talk 06-06-2019, 07:24 AM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By cooltouch
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I've always liked the Volvo 245s (wagons for those of you who aren't familiar with Volvo nomenclature, or "estates" for you in the old country -- the last number indicates the number of doors. So you'll see 242s, 244s, and 245s). I especially like the turbocharged ones. Back when I owned a 5-speed manual 745 turbo, I had a friend who had a 5-speed manual 245 turbo. That was one cool car.
Forum: General Talk 06-02-2019, 03:20 PM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By cooltouch
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Around these parts, all the fuel grades have ethanol all the time. Such a wonderful use of a food resource. I really don't like the mileage hit my vehicles have experienced, and I can just visualize all the rubber stuff in the fuel systems turning to goo. About the only thing positive I can say about these ethanol-laced fuels is they seem to raise the octane higher than the rating.
Forum: General Talk 05-31-2019, 09:56 PM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By cooltouch
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My favorite was the 5-speed Getrag found in the 74-1/2 and 75 Jensen Healeys and 76 Jensen GT. This tranny was also found in the BMW 2002ti, from what I've been told. Besides being a crisp-shifting unit, what I liked about it was its spring-loaded "dogleg" 1st gear -- you push the shifter toward the driver and then down for 1st (left hand drive). What's cool about that tranny is it allows for a rapid 1st to 2nd shift. Because 1st is spring-loaded, you just push the shifter straight up into 2nd. The spring pushes the shifter over to line it up in the throw to 2nd. Some people hate it because they're always putting the car in Reverse instead of 1st, but I never had a problem with this. I loved it.

The "dogleg" Getrag's shift pattern:

R 2 4

1 3 5
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-24-2019, 08:20 PM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By cooltouch
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Shoot, not bad for 110! Where'd you find B&W 110? Did you respool it?
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-23-2019, 08:03 AM  
The Mirror Lens Club!
Posted By cooltouch
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Okay, I contacted my hosting service (GoDaddy), and got things straightened out. Here are a couple of examples of crops using a mirror lens. The lens was a Sigma 600mm mirror I bought new back in about 1984. These are film images. The first one is Fujichrome 100 and the second one is Kodachrome 64. There will be grain.

The first full image, resized for display here, an SCCA Sports 2000 class sport racer:



And a 100% crop of the above image:


This second image is actually a color Kodachrome slide, but the reflections off the water were so intense, they washed out all color:


And a 100% crop of the above image:


I was using a monopod with my Sigma 600 in the first shot and a stout tripod with the Sigma for the second shot. As you can see, even though I was shooting with film, detail is very good. I can only imagine what it would have looked like if I shot these images using my current 24.3mp digital.

So anyway, all I'm getting at is it is indeed possible to get good, usable crops from a quality mirror, such as that above Tamron, providing that proper technique is being followed. In fact, really, I'm restating the obvious, since there are several excellent images on the preceding page that have rendered outstanding crops.
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-22-2019, 08:28 PM  
The Mirror Lens Club!
Posted By cooltouch
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I've actually had good luck cropping images taken with mirrors. Focus has to be spot-on and there can be no blur from camera shake, etc. But if you can achieve these two requirements, the results can be quite impressive.

I have a couple of examples that I can show you, but unfortunately, I've just changed hosting services and I'm running into an unusual situation of not being able to access directories on my website. I'll have to contact my hosting service to see what's up with that. So stay tuned, maybe I can provide you with a couple of examples soon.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-12-2019, 10:50 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By cooltouch
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Very good results for range focusing. That Summicron's suitably tasty, too. I wonder, is it possible to get that rangefinder prism re-mirrored?
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-07-2019, 06:16 PM  
The Mirror Lens Club!
Posted By cooltouch
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Quite exceptional.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-30-2019, 05:21 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By cooltouch
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I suspect your Panatomic X will be fine at box speed. Several years ago, I finally finished up a brick of Plus-X that expired in 1983 that I'd had kept in my freezer for 25+ years. And the guy I bought it from said he'd stored it in his freezer since it had expired. I dunno why it took me so long, probably because I don't shoot that much B&W. With my Plus X I was shooting at box speed and then developing normally in D-76, but I found the negs were thin. So what I did was increase developing time by a minute, and that gave me much better negative density. I suppose I could have reduced the ISO value by a stop or so and it would have amounted to the same thing, In your case, though, it sounds like you can just shoot your Panatomic X at box speed and develop it normally. So all I'm getting at really is it seems that B&W really keeps its integrity very well even after years of storage.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-25-2019, 09:14 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By cooltouch
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I wonder how much different B&W is from chromes, though. For instance, I had about 20 rolls of Plus-X Pan (ISO 125) that expired in 1983. This stuff was also in my freezer since the early 90s and the guy I bought it from claimed that he had kept it frozen. I started going through the brick about ten years ago, shooting at box speed. The negatives were thin, so what I did was compensate in development. I added 1 minute to development times. This helped greatly with the negative density.

So I'm thinking that, because of the nature of B&W film, I might not have to reduce the ISO as much as you did. I dunno if I might have to tweak it more because of its speed, and I guess I won't find that out until I test the stuff.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-24-2019, 07:06 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By cooltouch
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Under what conditions was your Agfachrome RS1000 stored? I have some B&W Fuji 1600 that's been in my freezer for over 25 years, and I'm wondering what ISO I should use when I finally get around to shooting it. I also have a roll of color Konica 3200 that's just as old. I suppose it's just a guessing game as to what a working ISO would be?
Forum: General Talk 04-17-2019, 01:05 PM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By cooltouch
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I learned to drive trucks in the US Army. Two schools, the first taught us how to drive the ubiquitous 10-wheelers: Duece-and-a-halfs and the occasional 5-ton. Second course was tractor-trailer 5-tons. I liked those 5-tons with their big Cummins engines. A few years after I got out, I got a job working for Schlumberger in the oil patch as a wireline operator. We had big cabover 10-wheelers and I had to get a license to drive them. All I had to do was pass the written test, which was a good deal more involved than the standard test, but not really hard, and then one of our engineers had me do a road test with one of our trucks for the driver's test. Piece of cake. Pretty easy to get the CDL back then, and that was California in 1978. I wonder what one has to do now.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-14-2019, 01:14 AM  
Show those old photos from before 1990
Posted By cooltouch
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Hey Dartmoor Dave, about the vignetting in that lovely photo of yours, this was a "feature" common to photos I took with my much-loved Vivitar S1 28-90. It happens with that lens when set to its widest setting at wide open apertures. Once stopped down a bit, the vignetting disappears. I just ignored it, it didn't really bother me, but it was there, and when I saw your photo, that was the first thing I thought of. Do you recall the lens you were using? Also, with some wides, the addition of a filter can cause a similar amount of vignetting.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-11-2019, 10:48 AM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By cooltouch
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Hey felixkh, I've got an LX, and now I'm curious -- what's the difference between the early LX and later ones?
Forum: General Talk 04-11-2019, 10:40 AM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By cooltouch
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I got buying new cars out of my system over 20 years ago, and I don't miss them. Warranty service was expensive. For the most part, they were very reliable vehicles. When we started buying used, there were predicable maintenance issues that we ran into, but whenever we had a sizeable repair bill, I just told myself that, compared to monthly payments, it wasn't such a big deal.

We started buying used Volvos in 1997 and we've been a Volvo family ever since. Our last one was 20 years old when it got retired. It was a V90, the last of Volvos big, RWD wagons. Still ran and drove great, but unfortunately I got into a fender bender with it and the damage was enough to total the car. Sad, the wife and I both really liked that car. We replaced it with an 11 year old Volvo XC90 that is in remarkably good condition for its age, so we didn't feel too concerned about it. Besides, we bought it from our Volvo mechanic, who bought it from one of his customers and he's been servicing this car ever since it went out of warranty. So it has a good, known track record with our Volvo guy. No surprises. I like that.

Another thing I like about buying used -- I've always been into collecting vintage stuff, whether it's cameras or guitars or motorcycles -- or cars. They're just more fun than the new stuff and they have more personality -- to me, at any rate.
Forum: General Talk 03-13-2019, 10:55 PM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By cooltouch
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Cool looking Mini, Peter. Looks exactly like my daughter's! She loves that thing. Won't let anyone else drive it, either. :hmm:
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-21-2019, 07:37 AM  
Introduce your... film Pentax!
Posted By cooltouch
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I may as well toss in a good word for the camera techs I use, who happen to be local to me. But they do mail order. Professional Camera Repair. They work on everything, from antique view cameras to DSLRs. They are fast, reasonably priced, but most importantly, they do good work. I had them do a CLA on my LX a couple years ago, and they did a good job.

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