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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-14-2010, 02:30 AM  
Micro Four Thirds discussion
Posted By aruxaru
Replies: 72
Views: 16,271
Hi Juu,

I too have a GF1 and i was just curious about the custom profiles that you downloaded. Would you be able to point me to a link?

I'm finding the colors not too bad, quite neutral but hoping for a bit more pop.

Thanks in advance!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-10-2009, 01:31 AM  
Pentax Users' Body Count
Posted By aruxaru
Replies: 62
Views: 12,373
000 - *ist
000 - MZ-60/ZX-60
003 - MZ-S
001 - MZ-6/MZ-L/ZX-L
000 - MZ-30/ZX-30
001 - MZ-7/ZX-7
000 - MZ-50/ZX-50
000 - MZ-M/ZX-M
000 - MZ-5N/ZX-5N
000 - MZ-3
000 - MZ-10/ZX-10
000 - MZ-5/ZX-5
000 - Z-70p
000 - Z-70/PZ-70
000 - Z-50p
000 - Z-20p
001 - Z-20/PZ-20
002 - Z-10/PZ-10
000 - Z-5p
000 - Z-5
001 - Z-1p/PZ-1p
001 - Z-1/PZ-1
000 - SFXN/SF1N
000 - SF7/SF10
000 - SFX/SF1
000 - ME F
000 - P30T
001 - P3N/P30N
000 - P5/P50
000 - P3/P30
000 - A3/A3000
000 - Program A/Plus
003 - Super A/Program
001 - LX
001 - MG
000 - MV1
000 - MV
003 - ME Super
001 - ME
004 - MX
003 - K1000
000 - K2 DMD
000 - K2
000 - KX Motor
000 - KX
000 - KM Motor
000 - KM
001 - Spotmatic
003 - Spotmatic SPII
001 - Spotmatic ESII
004 - Spotmatic F

Add this:

001 - 110
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-30-2009, 05:59 AM  
Introduce your... film Pentax!
Posted By aruxaru
Replies: 3,422
Views: 692,537
Just to let you know, it was this wonderful picture that got me to starting this thread. Had me drooling crazy!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-15-2009, 11:00 PM  
Pentax MZ-1
Posted By aruxaru
Replies: 17
Views: 12,168
fwiw, the japanese labels it as "mockup"

the camera looks really nice though... shame, it didn't make it out
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-09-2009, 11:33 PM  
Underdog : Takumar bayonet 28 mm
Posted By aruxaru
Replies: 10
Views: 3,946
i can't comment on the 28mm version, but I have the 135mm f/2.8 one and it's been a blast to use. the perspective and field of view on film is great, and on digital, it's a nice tight crop portrait lens. it is very sharp and renders background OOF quite nicely. i dont have another 135mm lens to compare it with, but i would imagine it would perform as well as any other 95% of the time. the 5% that it fails is when there is a light source hitting the lens at exactly the right/wrong angle to cause a picture to be washed out.

i'm sure this 28mm'er is exactly the same. i wouldn't consider it a "secret gem" or anything cuz it does have its shortcomings, but it's definitely a good workhorse lens that can be had for cheap. the reputation is undeserved.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-09-2009, 11:28 PM  
Newbie SLR film and film develop qestion
Posted By aruxaru
Replies: 11
Views: 5,513
1) can't help you here. maybe some other new yorkers can give some advice.

2) since you won't be developing the pictures yourself, unless you find a dedicated/pro lab, it's going to be expensive and costly to shoot "true" b&w film (at least it is here). the good news is, there are two very good and readily available b&w film that can be developed at any film place: Kodak BW400CN and Ilford XP2 Super. Both are great and convenient films; either one would do.
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-08-2009, 08:41 PM  
Digital can make you a much better photographer-am I right?
Posted By aruxaru
Replies: 41
Views: 4,915
i see a couple posts address how practice helps a photographer develop (which i completely agree with). The posts also allude to having dSLR's allow the photographer instant feedback and "free shots" to practice with. This may not be entirely true, though.

the old saying, practice makes perfect is only true if the practice is perfect.

I see too many times people with dSLR's shoot, chimp, shoot, chimp without truely learning why a shot worked or a shot didn't work.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-07-2009, 01:57 AM  
Poll: Grayscale or Hands Off?
Posted By aruxaru
Replies: 12
Views: 2,796
the tone adds to the character of the shot, imho. i prefer to keep the tones natural. grayscaling *almost* seems like wasting the film. it is destroying one part of the film's personality after all...

then again, print a large version directly from film on large archival paper of all your keepers, and do whatever else with the digital copies...

then again then again, it's all a matter of taste... choose your audience (aka better half) and please them ;)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-25-2009, 11:43 PM  
Thank youfilm forum!
Posted By aruxaru
Replies: 18
Views: 3,001
Hehe yea I have, actually. I was making a general blanket statment, but cheers! ;)

And yes, I do spend alot of time exploring fleabay and local craigslist for good deals!

Btw, jgredline, out of curiosity, how do u see ektar as a step backwards? (i didn't catch it in the other posts)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-25-2009, 10:09 PM  
Thank youfilm forum!
Posted By aruxaru
Replies: 18
Views: 3,001
on one hand, it's a little unfortunate that there are no new film products out and everything has to be bought on the second hand market.

on the other hand, investing in a "mature" industry is nice for other reasons. the choices i make are based on preference, rather than the newest technology. It's nice not having to worry about upgrading to the next greatest thing. It's also nicer on the wallet (for now)...

EDIT: So if it wasn't for this wonderful forum, i might not have had the enjoyment of experiencing film. Yes, thank you film forum!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-12-2009, 06:58 PM  
Off Brand / No Name Film
Posted By aruxaru
Replies: 18
Views: 7,638
So that's what it was!

I bought a pack of 400 ASA Shoppers easypix film to test out a new-old rangefinder. The pictures came out just fine. I don't have any scans at the moment, but trust me, I was pleasantly surprised with the results. Since then, I picked up another couple of packs for general snap shots.

Your message prompted me to check the film canister and voila!, Product of Japan. Must be Fuji. Probably equivalent to the Superia (can't think of anything else).

Great for snapshots. For more "serious" stuff, I still prefer 160C.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-10-2009, 12:15 AM  
Best film for color?
Posted By aruxaru
Replies: 30
Views: 10,209
Agreed on the Fuji slide film, but I prefer the Provia (or the consumer equivalent Sensia) for more general purpose work. It's nicely saturated and gives punchy colors, but still realistic.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-19-2009, 06:08 AM  
Introduce your... film Pentax!
Posted By aruxaru
Replies: 3,422
Views: 692,537
jimfear, what kinda color film are u looking for? for low saturated slide film, there is only fuji astia. for negative, you have quite a few more choices. My favorite would probably be fuji 160s. Portra NC is very nice as well. my 2 cents.

PS. I love that 645 setup... I would really like to move up to that system some day.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-17-2009, 06:07 PM  
Introduce your... film Pentax!
Posted By aruxaru
Replies: 3,422
Views: 692,537
Hi fellow film shooters,

I see that there is a quite a significant boost in the number of Pentax film shooters (as I am apart of that movement too). There's lots of talk about different bodies, films and whatnot. So I was thinking having this thread as an introduction to which body is your main body. Also, what lenses do you use? What film do you use? In addition to that, give a reason for why you chose your setup.

Hopefully we can collect an informal database for people wanting more information from everyday shooters.

So to kick things off, I will introduce mine with a picture (inspired by Gooshin's snazzy pic of his mz-s (i believe)):

My camera of choice: Pentax MX

My ME is relegated to a back up camera now that I've got my hands on the hefty but dimunitive MX. I love the size and the manual features. I love the feel of its heaviness. It has everything I need and nothing extra.

The limitations I find with this body is that being fully manual and me being fairly new to it, I won't be using this for action or street photography anytime soon. My ME would be better suited for that. Also, not sure how much better my tripod shooting would be with mirror lockup. I've never tried it and don't see the need, yet.

My Lens: Pentax M 50 f/1.7 (need I say more?), Vivitar 28 f/2.8 by Cosina (very sharp and light, good colors), Takumar bayonet 135 f/2.8 (it was affordable, but I really can't complain about it too much. contrasts alittle low, but nice bokeh and is sharp)

Film: As you can see, a wide variety of films. I still like to try out different ones. If i had to choose one film, it would be the Provia. Realistic colors, with punchy tone. Very versatile.

Please share your cameras and views/reasons!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-13-2009, 03:06 AM  
BC Canada film shooters
Posted By aruxaru
Replies: 58
Views: 13,304
Great thread, nice to develop a sense of community amongst Pentax film shooters out here in the forgotten west.

I buy my film wherever i find good deals. Lens and Shutters, Kerrisdale Cameras, London Drugs, Beau.

I process snapshots at London Drugs (cuz I work at one). For slides and stuff that matter to me, I go to G King Photo out by Cambie. Those guys are great: skilled service and very friendly people. I suggest you guys give them a try.

Scanning, I just do along with the processing, so LD or GKP.

The store I most enjoyed going to due to service and selection is Lens and Shutter. Those guys are really friendly and talk to you openly about film or digital (even for Pentax!). Prices are about average I believe. Quite a bit of darkroom equipment too. If there aren't any deals around, I'll head to Lens and Shutters first. London Drugs is a hit or miss depending on location. Their film is very limited though. Kerrisdale Cameras (in Kerrisdale), I didn't enjoy going to. Felt like a bunch of snobs that talk down to you if you don't shoot Canon or Nikon and only in digital. When I asked for film, they were telling about how it's dead, etc. The store in Richmond (across from Richmond Center) is much better. Decent selection too. Laidback people there.

Hope that helps! Cheers
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-28-2009, 11:05 PM  
Recommendation for 35mm color film?
Posted By aruxaru
Replies: 34
Views: 12,133
if you won't be processing the films yourself and if you want full control over what the pictures turn out, i would imagine slide films are what you would be looking into. the caveat though is that you will need to be more careful with exposure (something that may be a little difficult if you are travelling due to unfamiliar weather and lighting).

For E-6, I have always liked Provia 400x, however I have found that Sensia is a great general purpose film too. It's a little more saturated and perhaps on a resolution level, not as good as Provia. They come in 100, 200, 400 speed as well. Although it's a mere "consumer film" (as opposed to the pro line velvia, provia, astia), i think it's a great allarounder.
Forum: Sold Items 03-23-2009, 10:01 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Everything MUST go sale!!
Posted By aruxaru
Replies: 15
Views: 4,243
pm re: light meter sent!
Forum: Sold Items 03-16-2009, 07:26 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Takumar bayonet 135mm f2.8
Posted By aruxaru
Replies: 1
Views: 2,792
pm sent...
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-11-2009, 10:24 PM  
Film forum taking off?
Posted By aruxaru
Replies: 30
Views: 5,190

although I haven't taken the full plunge yet. Still got my k100d for travel (although I'm thinking of bring my film camera on trips. don't know about traveling with film though...)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-19-2009, 12:32 AM  
Can I drool yet?
Posted By aruxaru
Replies: 16
Views: 4,461
LX 2000

:eek: anyone have a spare 5 grand? i want one, but i wouldn't even take it out if i somehow managed one.
Forum: Sold Items 02-15-2009, 07:19 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax film bodies, lenses and accessories
Posted By aruxaru
Replies: 19
Views: 5,668
PM sent re: AF280T flash
Forum: General Talk 02-15-2009, 02:00 AM  
I hate my girlfriend...
Posted By aruxaru
Replies: 30
Views: 10,632
perhaps you're over thinking the technicalities of what makes a good photo, rather than just snapping what feels right?

just a thought...
Forum: Sold Items 02-15-2009, 01:51 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax MZ-S, Sigma 17-35mm Aspherical EX, Cable Switch F, filters!
Posted By aruxaru
Replies: 18
Views: 5,787
Gentle bump

I bought a light meter and it's in great shape. Excellent person to buy from.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-12-2009, 05:50 AM  
Best Economical Walkaround Lens for a Casual Photohobbyist
Posted By aruxaru
Replies: 30
Views: 6,750
do you have a kit lens? If it's casual photography, it will definitely hold it's own if you stop down. When you need higher quality, you already have the wonderful 40mm prime. Otherwise, i'd second the 16-45. I'm very close to getting one myself.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-22-2009, 11:04 PM  
Inside Analog Photo Podcast
Posted By aruxaru
Replies: 4
Views: 2,618
with great thanks to you, i will definitely check it out.

it kinda feels weird being drawn deeper and deeper into film from digital
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