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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 2 Days Ago  
New Pentax SV
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Makes sense, given the S1a is basically a SV with the self timer removed.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 2 Days Ago  
New Pentax SV
Posted By nickthetasmaniac
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Yep, as Steve says, it's clear when compared side by side.


Early


Late
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 2 Days Ago  
New Pentax SV
Posted By nickthetasmaniac
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The plate inside the mount at the bottom is the mechanism to depress the lens pin and close the aperture. On later bodies this was changed to a more curved design to clear the rear element on the Super Tak 50/f1.4.

I have two SVs, both red ‘R’, but with two different plate designs. I’ve had issues with the earlier design jamming on some lenses.

I’ll try and get a photo of the difference when I get home.

If yours is a green R it most likely is NOT compatible with the S-T 50/f1.4.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 2 Days Ago  
New Pentax SV
Posted By nickthetasmaniac
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The SV is a wonderful camera, one of the classiest all mechanical SLRs around in my view.

A general tip for C41 films - meter and expose for the shadows. Most colour negative films have heaps of highlight latitude, but the shadows go muddy and ugly pretty quick. So, look after the shadows and the highlights will look after themselves.

Of course, this isnít the case for slide film, and some colour neg stocks like Ektar are more demanding on correct exposure.

**Also, thereís some lens compatibility issues with S-series bodies, including the SV. What colour is the ĎRí on the rewind lever, and can you take a photo of the aperture pressure plate (just inside the mount, below the mirror)?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-05-2020, 03:53 AM  
MX, LX or Super Program
Posted By nickthetasmaniac
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MX for me because I value the combination of compact mechanical simplicity and wonderful finder.

I don’t enjoy AE on film so the Super Program doesn’t offer me anything, and while the LX is fantastic (I own one) I don’t have much use for its super fancy metering.

FWIW I’ve owned two LX bodies over the last 15 years and have had absolutely no issues with reliability.
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 07-04-2020, 09:32 AM  
For Sale: Pentax SV Chrome - four for sale
Posted By nickthetasmaniac
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Ah ok, the bodies with a green 'R' are not compatible with the 50/f1.4.

'The SV came in an early and a late type. The latter has an orange 'R' on the rewind knob which tells that the camera can use the 50mm f/1.4 lens (which protudes farther into the camera than all other 50mm lenses)'

Pentax SV (H3v) - Pentax M42 Screwmount Film SLRs - Pentax Camera Reviews and Specifications
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-30-2020, 01:04 AM  
Pentax ME SUPER - Lense stuck
Posted By nickthetasmaniac
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I have also never heard of this Ďcommon problemí... Really?



Yep this threw me for ages when I got my first F...
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-29-2020, 02:37 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By nickthetasmaniac
Replies: 9,269
Views: 1,042,682
Ronny Creek | Tasmania

Olympus OM1n, Zuiko 200/f4 and Tmax400

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-29-2020, 02:36 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By nickthetasmaniac
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Tamar River | Tasmania

Leica M2, Voigtlander 35/f2 Ultron and Portra400

Forum: Pentax Medium Format 06-27-2020, 04:37 AM  
Pentax 67II Repair
Posted By nickthetasmaniac
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Eric Hendrickson doesn’t work on them?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-18-2020, 06:50 AM  
someone offered a deal on a LX and consern about issues.
Posted By nickthetasmaniac
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Not so much the size, I just like the simplicity. I find that the MX is one of those cameras that does what I want very well, and for everything else it just gets out of the way.

The LX is infinitely capable, itís just very rare that I actually use those capabilities.

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If it makes you feel any better, the A50/f1.2 isnít any better than the M50/f1.4 at any of the apertures they share, and f1.2 isnít really much faster than f1.4 in practice. Assuming you do decide to get an f1.2 though, go with the K version. Itís cheaper and better made than the A version, optically identical, and you canít use the A setting on an MX or LX anyway...

M100/f2.8 is an underrated gem. Great lens.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-16-2020, 09:47 PM  
someone offered a deal on a LX and consern about issues.
Posted By nickthetasmaniac
Replies: 17
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Itís (technically) the best 35mm camera Iíve used, no buts.

Iíve had two LXís, both purchased in good condition from members here, and both have performed perfectly.

Still prefer the MX though :D
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-11-2020, 12:41 AM  
Pentax SV viewfinder (same as KX?)
Posted By nickthetasmaniac
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Comparing my MX and SV, the SV has a lot less magnification (obviously) and the VF is generally dimmer, but it certainly has a lot more relaxed eyepoint relief (if that's the right word?). I think it would work well for a glasses wearer.

I don't think the KX and SV viewfinders share anything in common. The SV was a much earlier camera, coming out before the m42 Spotmatic line.

FWIW the SV is an absolute gem, one of the nicest mechanical SLR's I've used.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-06-2020, 06:34 AM  
Development of the Pentax/Takumar 50/f1.4
Posted By nickthetasmaniac
Replies: 4
Views: 712
Gíday all,

I was wondering if someone can suggest a resource that looks into the design history of Pentax 50/f1.4?

Specifically Iím interested in the development of the 7/6 design from Super Takumar through to the FA - changes to the optical design, glass, coatings and so on...

Everything Iíve found online eventually comes down to speculation. It would be grand to find a well researched and referenced source, if such a thing exists!

Tah!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-03-2020, 03:15 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By nickthetasmaniac
Replies: 21,016
Views: 2,656,162
Clearing mist | Cradle Mountain

Nikon F2, Nikkor-S 50/f1.4 and Portra400

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-03-2020, 01:10 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By nickthetasmaniac
Replies: 9,269
Views: 1,042,682
Pup

Nikon F2, Nikkor-S 50/f1.4 and Tmax400

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-28-2020, 01:24 AM  
Update your Pentax SLR to a DSLR?
Posted By nickthetasmaniac
Replies: 16
Views: 1,011
Could be! But isn't unfortunately...

Also, discussed in detail here: I'm Back - digital back for ME and ME Super - PentaxForums.com
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-28-2020, 12:45 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By nickthetasmaniac
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Cradle Valley, Tasmania

OM1n, Zuiko 50/f1.4 and Tmax400

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-27-2020, 03:31 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By nickthetasmaniac
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Early morning stillness | Dove Lake, Tasmania

Olympus OM1n, Zuiko 50/f1.4 and Tmax400

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-11-2020, 05:18 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By nickthetasmaniac
Replies: 21,016
Views: 2,656,162
Mt Roland | Tasmania

Pentax SV, Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 105/f2.8 and Portra400

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-11-2020, 05:17 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By nickthetasmaniac
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Dolerite columns in the mist | Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

Nikon F2, Nikkor-S 50/f1.4 and Tmax400

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-10-2020, 05:05 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By nickthetasmaniac
Replies: 21,016
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Dove Lake Road | Tasmania

Nikon F2, Nikkor-S 50/f1.4 and Portra400

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-10-2020, 05:04 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By nickthetasmaniac
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Views: 1,042,682
Kitchen Hut | Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

Nikon F2, Nikkor-S 50/f1.4 and Tmax400

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-30-2020, 06:47 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By nickthetasmaniac
Replies: 6,906
Views: 871,788
In all seriousness, just asking the question can get you a long way. I've picked up a number of cameras from Gumtree and similar, and just asking the seller 'do you know where this came from' can yield all sorts of interesting tales. This is especially true of old cupboard finds being sold off by family members.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-29-2020, 09:35 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By nickthetasmaniac
Replies: 6,906
Views: 871,788
Family gear :)

1976 Pentax Spotmatic F and SMC Takumar 50/f1.4 - this is an odd example with a split-prism focussing screen (never officially a Spotmatic option). Purchased new by my parents in Panama. At the time they were sailing from Melbourne to Southhampton on the S.S. Australis. This is the camera that shot most of my childhood, and Mum continued using it until switching to digital in the early-Naughties.

1977 Minolta SRT-101b and Rokkor PF 50/f1.7 - I don't have a lot of info on this body. Purchased new by my Pop and used enthusiastically until his death in the mid-80's, at which point it went into storage until being passed to me.

1975 Nikonos III and UW.Nikkor 28/f3.5 - this one has some stories to tell... Purchased new by my dad during his first job as a clearance and construction diver on the wreckage of the Tasman Bridge (which partially collapsed in early '76 after the bulk ore carrier Lake Illawarra collided with a pylon). He was a working class 19 year old at the time so I have no idea how he could afford it... He then took it with him to diver training school at Fort Bovisand in the UK, before using it to document a commercial diving career that went to the North Sea, Libya, India, Australia, China and others...

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