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Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 12-04-2019, 04:47 PM  
Pushing HP5 to iso 3200
Posted By szs
Replies: 21
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Same here! Thanks, OP!
Forum: Photo Critique 12-03-2019, 10:08 AM  
People Platicando
Posted By szs
Replies: 12
Views: 1,162
Thanks to all of you. I didn't expect this to gain attention again after almost a year :)

Now I am motivated to try some more things. I will keep the foreground but try to lead the eye to the couple with brightness and maybe some additional blur on the foreground faces.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-01-2019, 12:40 AM  
Post your self portrait
Posted By szs
Replies: 888
Views: 107,061
What I feel like before Christmas .…



disclaimer: I have posted this before in the Photo Critique forum.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-30-2019, 04:26 PM  
Electro Spotmatic (japanese version) without battery?
Posted By szs
Replies: 6
Views: 483
That's the great advantage of the old mechanical cameras: they work. How many electronic cameras from the 80's and 90's are trash because one chip died? In contrast, how many Leicas, Voigtländer, Pentax, Olympus, Canon etc from the 30's to 70's are still being used. I for once, own several of the above mentioned and shoot happily with all of them.

For instance, I could buy a ME Super for little money from a local antiques shop, but I probably won't, because without the electronics (oncenit dies, or when the battery is empty) I am stuck with 1/125 s....
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-30-2019, 02:27 PM  
Electro Spotmatic (japanese version) without battery?
Posted By szs
Replies: 6
Views: 483
These are the only exposure times available. And B works, just tried it.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-30-2019, 11:14 AM  
Electro Spotmatic (japanese version) without battery?
Posted By szs
Replies: 6
Views: 483
I found the answer here: Pentax Electro Spotmatic - PentaxForums.com

The manual speeds are all mechanical. So operation without battery should work.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-30-2019, 09:39 AM  
Electro Spotmatic (japanese version) without battery?
Posted By szs
Replies: 6
Views: 483
Hello analogers,

I bought two beautiful black japanese Electro Spotmatics (don't ask) and they work fine. One needed a little love but now the mechanics are working.

On one, the light meter doesn't move at all, I guess it doesn't get any current from the battery for some reason. On the the other, the light meter shows 2 or three stops less (more?) than it should, which is reflected in the automatic exposure times. So it would over-expose all the time. I could remedy it by setting the ISO to 1600 instead of 400, e.g.

Here is my question: If I don't put in a battery at all and use it as a mechanical camera, can I use all of the manual exposure times?

Thanks, Steffen
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 07-23-2019, 10:40 AM  
Adding a Fujifilm X-T2 to the family?
Posted By szs
Replies: 21
Views: 1,694
After three weeks of walking the streets with the Fujifilm X-T2, I can only say: wow! What a camera! Colours are great, the lens (XF 18-55) is great, handling is great! It is just a fun camera to work with.

My main subjects are street photography and family, aka action photography; running after a two-year-old trying to keep the shutter speed as fast as possible while still getting some focused shots. And the X-T2 has proven to be perfect for this. A bit smaller than my K3. Actually only "shorter" in line-of-sight direction, but that makes it much less "bulky". Maybe it's more psychological, but that's how I perceive it. Also the faster autofocus makes a difference. Video is much better. Silent shutter is very useful.

The only downsides are:

* Battery life: I only have one battery pack and that lasts one day of shooting. So I *have* to remember to charge at night, or I'll be out of juice the next day. Solution, of course is to buy another battery or two.
* EVF: The EVF itself is great and although it is noticeable that you are looking at a screen and not directly through the lens, it is great. No perceivable lag, no head-ache, all good. The on-screen information is configurable, so that's great. My problem is: Either I have the EVF on at all time, and run out of battery even faster, or I set it to "eye-sensor" which will switch it on when a proximity sensor fires. But that switching on lasts, I don't know, maybe 0.3 seconds, which is enough to at times not get the shot. The image is just not instantly there. And I ask myself, is the camera on? I press the shutter half way again, to make sure and all of that distracts me. Maybe I find a way to get use to this or just leave it on and (see above) carry another charged battery with me.

To sum up, I am happy with the purchase, and I might sell one of my Pentax bodies or both, see next post....

Cheers, Steffen

---------- Post added 2019-07-23 at 12:51 ----------




After three weeks of using almost exclusively the X-T2, this may be the way to go for me, too. I own a K5 and a K3II. The former is at my parents house, so that's not in use anyway.... The K3II is a camera, I really really like, so I am hesitating.... But probably I will sell it to even out the bank account O_o and to save for the K1. On the other hand, I partly bought the K3II for the astrotracker. I didn't do that much astro photography yet, but I'd like to some day.


I also have a bunch of modern and vintage K-mount lenses which I will not sell. On the one hand, I am interested in film lately, so I bought an Electro Spotmatic and maybe will buy a ME Super (local antiquities shop; I should really not enter these!!!). While the Spotmatic takes 42mm, the ME Super might be the body for the old K-lenses. I might sell or keep the modern lenses. One of them is FF, and the others can still be used in the K1's crop mode, thus rescuing me from having to buy many new lenses for the K1 right away.

One the other hand, I ordered a K-mount - X-mount adapter and will try these lenses on the Fuji. Mirrorless ftw!!!

So, that's my state of thought at the moment, sorry for rambling aimlessly about, I was more or less thinking out loud.

Cheers, Steffen
Forum: General Photography 07-12-2019, 05:16 AM  
Dear fellow Pentaxians,
Posted By szs
Replies: 22
Views: 1,931
Once a Pentaxonian, always a Pentaxonian.

And: you'll be back! ;)

All the best!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-11-2019, 08:45 AM  
Pentax Spotmatic advertising 1971
Posted By szs
Replies: 22
Views: 1,441
I believe, the 70's were somewhat a "golden age" of cameras (and rock music, but that's a different post in a different forum). The technology was advanced enough for excellent lenses and reliable mechanics. Also, advances in electronics (first transistors, later ICs) made it possible to have different flavours of exposure programs etc.

I still own and use a Canon AE-1, as does my father, who bought it at that time (1976-1984) from an engineer's salary.

Later, cameras became more plasticky, gimmicky, somehow more disposable....
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-11-2019, 07:28 AM  
Pentax Spotmatic advertising 1971
Posted By szs
Replies: 22
Views: 1,441
Food for thought.

Thank you!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-09-2019, 11:50 AM  
Pentax Spotmatic advertising 1971
Posted By szs
Replies: 22
Views: 1,441
Is it a factor 10? Would be interesting to see what the other cameras at that time cost...
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-09-2019, 10:59 AM  
Pentax Spotmatic advertising 1971
Posted By szs
Replies: 22
Views: 1,441
Hello Pentaxonians,

I found this in an old National Geographic magazine, I thought you might be interested. I attach the ad and the cover for reference.

Cheers, Steffen
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 07-01-2019, 09:41 AM  
Adding a Fujifilm X-T2 to the family?
Posted By szs
Replies: 21
Views: 1,694

Thanks for the tip, will do!




Yes, I forgot to mention: I was lucky (Didn't really check until I had bought it) that it came with the XF 18-55, and not with the XC or a cheap third-party lens or sth,,,,

I was aware that there was "the kit lens" on the body and that it was a Fujinon. And I knew that there are no bad lenses made by Fuji. Afterwards I noticed that there was a cheaper, less sharp lens also sold with the camera.... but not mine ;)


Cheers, Steffen

---------- Post added 2019-07-01 at 11:50 ----------

Found the ebook. For future reference:


FUJIFILM CAMERA TRICKS & TIPS : Kenneth L. Wheeler : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive

Again: The author is Kenneth L. Wheeler. He has a YouTube channel called "Theoria Apophasis" and he accepts and appreciates donations.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-30-2019, 05:45 PM  
Adding a Fujifilm X-T2 to the family?
Posted By szs
Replies: 21
Views: 1,694
It was the pawn shop's fault.

Suddenly there was a X-T2 between all the Canikons. They wanted 840US$ (all prices converted from local currency), I asked for a discount, they said, not yet. They lower the price every two weeks or so.

I came back a week ago, fearing, it might be gone and it was still there, with a price tag of 740US$. I was totally willing to pay that, but said, I'll take it with me for 610US$. I expected them to settle for 700 or so, but I was wrong. They said yes.

Woohoo!

So I am a proud and happy owner of a Fuji now!!

And boy, what a camera!!

I will post shots soon :D

Cheers, Steffen
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 04-29-2019, 10:40 AM  
Adding a Fujifilm X-T2 to the family?
Posted By szs
Replies: 21
Views: 1,694
thanks, I'll have a look at it

---------- Post added 2019-04-29 at 12:48 ----------



thanks. The EVF seems to have a setting (boost mode?) where you can increase the fps, so that it's not laggy, in case one feels that with the normal mode. The EVF being smaller is not such big of a deal. It might even be an advantage for me as I am wearing glasses and supposedly it's easier to see the whole frame on a somewhat smaller EVF if your eye is a few mm further away from it.

That leaves the X-T30 having better video and image quality and being smaller, which I like, and are two of my important points....

On the downside it's more expensive, not weatherproof and (that's a minor thing) it doesn't have as many buttons and doesn't have a dedicated ISO wheel. I tend to change settings a lot, so that's a negative point (according to me) but a minor one.

I guess I'll wait a few month, put a few hundred $$$ more on the side and buy the X-T30, then??
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 04-27-2019, 12:52 PM  
Adding a Fujifilm X-T2 to the family?
Posted By szs
Replies: 21
Views: 1,694
Hello, thanks.

I think this will be my mid to long term path.... I am also wanting to get a K1 for some time. Problem is, this will be a bit of an investment in time and money (selling the APS-C gear and buying the K1 with at least one decent lens to start with)

But good and reassuring to hear that you went that way and are happy.

Cheers, Steffen

---------- Post added 2019-04-27 at 14:54 ----------



Hello, thanks.

I looked at the X-T30, and what I don't like about it is that it has the X-T20's EVF, which I only read and saw negative comments about. The sensor and video capabilities seem to be better than those of the X-T2, but not too much, apparently. Also it costs roughly twice what the X-T2 costs!

Cheers, Steffen

---------- Post added 2019-04-27 at 14:57 ----------



Hello, thanks for the comments.

FF is also a project, but a different one ;)

Sony is great, I know, but in my experience always more expensive in comparison to similar products of other brands.

Haven't looked at the X-E3, will do that.

Cheers, Steffen

---------- Post added 2019-04-27 at 15:04 ----------



Hello, thanks. I will have a look at som m4/3... after all, they *are* smaller and can be more affordable.

---------- Post added 2019-04-27 at 15:06 ----------



I don't know about the X-T1, but the X-T20 and X-T30 seem to have the same (or similar) EVF, which is small and laggy; and the X-T2 and X-T3 seem to have the same (or similar) EVF, which is supposed to be one of the best ones out there. And as I am used to optical VFs, I don't want to make a compromise there....

Cheers, Steffen
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 04-25-2019, 10:49 AM  
Adding a Fujifilm X-T2 to the family?
Posted By szs
Replies: 21
Views: 1,694
Hello Pentaxonians,

I recently have been tempted to get a (possibly used) Fujifilm X-T2, while of course keeping my K5 and K3-II.

The reasons are:
  • trying out shooting video

  • have a smaller camera for street and travel

  • trying out Fuji glass

  • getting a new toy ;)


I chose this camera after an afternoon of comparing specs and reviews online. So I am quite sure, the camera suits my wishes without ripping a huge hole in my bank account.

My question to you is: Concerning the first two points on the list, are there comparable cameras in that price range (500-1000 US$).


The features I am looking for most are:

  • 4K video

  • weight <600g

  • size (carry around, fit in small camera bag)

  • excellent EVF or optical VF

  • good manual controls (no need for scene programs etc.)

  • APS-C or bigger sensor

  • good dynamic range

  • good AF (at least better than on the K5 and K3 ;) )



, roughly in that order. There are other nice-to-haves but I think the list is already large enough....


To be clear, I am not asking you to do the research for me, but rather if you have a camera that does all of that, or you were between the X-T2 and another camera, I would appreciate you mention it, so I can look it up.


Thank you, have a nice day, evening, night, wherever you are,

Steffen
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-12-2019, 06:24 PM  
Choice of focal length; fascinating YT video.
Posted By szs
Replies: 8
Views: 1,000
The whole channel is absolutely worthwhile. One of a handful at most....
Forum: Sold Items 02-04-2019, 03:35 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 8-16mm HSM Pentax mount (APSC lens)
Posted By szs
Replies: 11
Views: 1,284
Oh man! Could somebody please lend me 400 US$ to buy this!
Forum: Sold Items 01-31-2019, 03:36 PM  
For Sale - Sold: MC Zenitar 16mm 2.8 Fish Eye (Full frame lens) M42 (M42 to K mount adapter included)
Posted By szs
Replies: 1
Views: 731
PM from me :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-30-2019, 08:37 PM  
People Aviatrix
Posted By szs
Replies: 12
Views: 1,082
Noooooo! I was just going to compliment you on *not* doing the obvious, but leaving all this negative space above. Together with the title that is very strong, in my opinion. You could leave even more on top and on the left, where she's looking at. A lot of empty space to be filled with this aviatrix' experiences....

Cheers, Steffen
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-30-2019, 07:31 PM  
Black & White Scanning old negatives
Posted By szs
Replies: 3
Views: 510
I found a small but flat LED ceiling light in the hardware store. I just had to attach a cable, switch and a plug and build a wooden frame for it.


I used an old Exakta Zoom lens. I tested my old Auto-Revuenon 50mm and Sigma 135mm but I had trouble matching the right amount of extension tubes with a feasible stand to put the camera at the right distance. But that is something that can be fixed. As far as I remember, all the lenses showed some softness on a test image with hard contrasts and thin lines. I'll do some more tests to find the best solution. The lenses are actually very sharp without the extension tubes....


Of course, a dedicated macro lens would be better, but I wanted to try with existing equipment first. The Exakta Zoom has a macro mode, but only up to 1:4, so I would loose a lot of resolution. What I am missing (in general and for this application) is a sharp 28mm or 35mm prime lens. So that went straight to the top of my shopping list over the course of this experiment :lol:

I keep the tipp with the enlarger lenses in mind.... Thanks for that!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-30-2019, 10:48 AM  
Black & White Scanning old negatives
Posted By szs
Replies: 3
Views: 510
Hello Pentaxonians,

I built a simple film-negative scanning setup from materials I bought in a hardware store (one of the big chains) for maybe 20 US$. It is a little flimsy, but it is only the first prototype. I hope to enhance it over time or build a new one with what I have learned.

Background is, I have a million film-negatives and some positives from three decades or so which I don't want to just let rot in the closet. So I decided to scan one or another, probably only the keepers.

The photo I posted is the first result. It is a picture of my children more than 10 years ago in the south of Mexico. My daughter loved washing clothes by hand in the hostel and my son loved watching her which gave me the chance to walk around and make a few photos.

The original was taken on a Canon AE-1, probably with a 50mm, which was my favourite lens. Film was Ilford FP4 plus. I don't remember aperture and shutter speed, but probably f/8 or f/5.6 and 1/60 or so, nothing fancy.

The scan was done with my K-3 II. The light source is a DIY light table using an LED ceiling light with a colour temperature of supposedly 6000K and bright enough to use ISO 100, f/8 and a short shutter speed.

I used a macro extension tube to be able to focus at 8cm. The result is a bit soft at the edges and corners. But for the application, I find it good enough. After all, I do resolve the grain in the original files....

I am happy to give more details on the setup if somebody is interested.

Cheers, Steffen
Forum: Photo Critique 01-16-2019, 06:48 PM  
People Portrait with Lights
Posted By szs
Replies: 6
Views: 881
Hehe, In fact I wanted to express the mood that I am in while the holidays approach. I don't like all the hassle and forced encounters with family etc.... In the end it all turns out well, but I always stress out for a month or so.
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