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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-04-2020, 05:56 PM  
ME Super - How Much Do I Love Thee
Posted By rjm007
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Now you're just making me feel old :-)

Oh hang on er, I am...
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-02-2020, 12:35 PM  
Paying too much for sentimentality: Pentax auto 110
Posted By rjm007
Replies: 28
Views: 1,070
Did someone mention a case :-)

Here's a helpful eBay link - sorely tempted
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-02-2020, 10:26 AM  
ME Super Metering Issue (No suprise) - But Can I trust the shutter speeds ?
Posted By rjm007
Replies: 7
Views: 292
I had heard that a dab of alcohol in this area could often help...

yup - switching around the ISO (well probably ASA) away from the 100 setting does seem to generate normal readings. I guess the previous owner left it on 100ASA for a decade or so :-)

- a bit of alcohol and a turning the exp comp dial quite a bit seems to have sorted it thanks. The ME-Super can come to the ball......
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-01-2020, 04:01 PM  
ME Super Metering Issue (No suprise) - But Can I trust the shutter speeds ?
Posted By rjm007
Replies: 7
Views: 292
It's reading things like 1/1000 at f8 in a dark room. I know I live in California but it's not that bright. Also taking readings with the same lens on Another body - Super Program or a phone app gives what I would guesstimate to be more accurate and expected readings.

The shutter has no problem firing but I'm not sure I'd know - simply by sound if it was firing at 1/250 or 1/1000 . I guess what I am wondering is - if the meter electronic are failing then is it taking the shutter control with it. I can live with no meter but can I trust an electronically controlled shutter mech,
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-01-2020, 09:47 AM  
ME Super Metering Issue (No suprise) - But Can I trust the shutter speeds ?
Posted By rjm007
Replies: 7
Views: 292
I have an ME Super with what I think is a dodgy metering function - responds but seems to over estimate shutter speeds .

No surprises or shocks there. Question is - I if run it in manual mode can I trust the electronic buttons to set the shutter speeds correctly ? I have film in the camera at the moment so can't check it.

Love the ME Super but boy has it proved flakey. This is my fourth one I think.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-01-2020, 09:32 AM  
Paying too much for sentimentality: Pentax auto 110
Posted By rjm007
Replies: 28
Views: 1,070
For a complete set - $80 are you kidding ? I'd have bought it and I'm not a huge fan of 110 film. Given that the film stock is available I'd have definitely bought it :-)

Pricewise I'd day for a full kit it was a bargain.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-25-2019, 05:18 PM  
ME Super - How Much Do I Love Thee
Posted By rjm007
Replies: 38
Views: 1,696
Well it's arrived - in reasonable condition and it seems to work. The zoom is acceptable condition but rather droopy - gravity doesn't help. Will have to look up how to fix that....
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-21-2019, 03:11 PM  
ME Super - How Much Do I Love Thee
Posted By rjm007
Replies: 38
Views: 1,696
Eric did the CLA on it a couple of years back. I'm loathe to commit more money to it as much as I love the model - my experience has been that it's not that reliable. Bear in mind that experience first started in the 80s when the camera was still a relative youngster. Now ? Well if it works it works but at 40 years old it doesn't owe me much more.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-20-2019, 02:23 PM  
ME Super - How Much Do I Love Thee
Posted By rjm007
Replies: 38
Views: 1,696
I seem to have bought a Pentax Super Program camera and SMC-A 70-210 for the shipped price of $21
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-17-2019, 05:24 PM  
A stereo Brian may on a Pentax ESII
Posted By rjm007
Replies: 10
Views: 728
Er yes thanks for that - you seem to have encouraged me to go out and buy the same stereo adapter - I really don't need any more GAS encouragement thank you :-)

It's due here on my birthday so I suppose that's some justification. Now I have to go and buy some slide film too...
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-17-2019, 04:50 PM  
ME Super - How Much Do I Love Thee
Posted By rjm007
Replies: 38
Views: 1,696
Well if I've put a lowball offer in on a Super Program - if that comes in cheap I'll be able to start looking for a Spot of some vintage :-)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-15-2019, 04:19 PM  
ME Super - How Much Do I Love Thee
Posted By rjm007
Replies: 38
Views: 1,696
So many options. I think my affection for the ME-Super is in part because I remember how desperately I saved up for it after college when I was on the dole. I even managed to scrape together enough for a MEII winder. I couldn't afford it but I *had* to have it. My life was complete ! I took many photos on that camera which i have a great affection/nostalgia for being in my early 20s at that time. I still have the lens (and now many others in the SMC-M/A ranges). Even though the ME-Super died on me eventually as did subsequent ones - all electronic failures) I kept the MEII winder. Two years ago I bought a "new" ME-Super and tried it with the winder. At which point the winder died. And no I've not thrown it out. I still have the winder. It cost me 40 in 1981 and I'm not giving it up I tell you :cool:

The LX is the obvious one to get for me but I'm not thrilled at spending $300+ on one. So I will either go modern like the Super Program or go full on manual retro and get an early black Spotmatic - or both :lol:
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-14-2019, 04:48 PM  
ME Super - How Much Do I Love Thee
Posted By rjm007
Replies: 38
Views: 1,696
My first Pentax SLR was the K1000 I got as a 21st present from my parents back in the late 70s. Still have it. The first one I bought myself was an ME-Super in 1981. Still think that's one of the best camera body designs of it's time.

But did I mention I've had four of them? Let's just say they never proved that reliable but I guess they proved I was an idiot. A big enough eejit to buy a nice black one a couple of years back. Even got it CLAed by Eric.

Two years later and it's showing worrying signs of dying on me. Works well enough but the shutter speed buttons are getting sticky and I'm not a 100% convinced the meter is working all the time.

So I'm pondering a replacement. An LX would be an obvious choice but they're a little pricey these day. Manual Spots are too close to the K1000. So yes I'm pondering.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-02-2019, 07:28 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By rjm007
Replies: 14,102
Views: 2,388,614
One of my first shots with this. Think I need to get some b&w filters for this.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-01-2019, 10:34 AM  
Anyone recognise this camera ?
Posted By rjm007
Replies: 18
Views: 1,651
And oddly enough my K1000 from 1978 also has a dent on the Pentaprism - how it got it is lost in the mists of time.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-29-2018, 08:16 PM  
Anyone recognise this camera ?
Posted By rjm007
Replies: 18
Views: 1,651
Thanks all - just assumed it was K1000 or earlier...
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-29-2018, 07:24 PM  
Anyone recognise this camera ?
Posted By rjm007
Replies: 18
Views: 1,651
It's not a K1000 or any of the Spots I've checked thus far.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-18-2018, 04:40 PM  
Pentax Vector Artwork - medium format cameras
Posted By rjm007
Replies: 9
Views: 2,527
And how would you like to be credited ? URL ?
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-04-2018, 09:56 AM  
The A Club
Posted By rjm007
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Views: 496,247
Love the tones on this one.
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-04-2018, 09:54 AM  
The M Club!
Posted By rjm007
Replies: 7,996
Views: 1,158,491
This was quite some time ago but as Suomi is getting a mention - a rather old film shot - almost certainly on my ME Super. Judging by the colour certainly the SMC M 50mm I had/have.

I used to work for a Finnish company and travelled there regularly from 1992 to 2004. Miss that country and it's people. This shot was 1995.

Have recently started using it again. What a perfect package.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-04-2018, 09:43 AM  
Pentax 67 vs Hasselblad 500cm reliability-wise
Posted By rjm007
Replies: 47
Views: 4,822
Bummer - shame it wasn't the other way round....
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-30-2018, 09:58 AM  
Pentax 67 vs Hasselblad 500cm reliability-wise
Posted By rjm007
Replies: 47
Views: 4,822
You might want to look further afield. Based on advice in here I bought a 645N and a lens from Japan recently. One of the best eBay purchasing decisions ever. Both camera and lens are immaculate and exactly as described if not better. And they arrived quicker than another shipment from NY to SF.

Caveat emptor,YMMV of course. Although if I was buying a 6x7 series I'd assume a CLA would be required/prudent at some point.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-30-2018, 09:45 AM  
Favoured Portrait Lens ?
Posted By rjm007
Replies: 19
Views: 2,247
Thanks for all the suggestions guys. I'm probably going to look out for the 135LS at some point. Whilst AF lenses would be nice I really bought the 645 to scratch a specific itch for a landscape camera - time will tell where it takes me :-)

I've already started looking at lenses for the Pentacon Six . I already have 35mm LBA - I really don't need another one !
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-24-2018, 11:47 AM  
Favoured Portrait Lens ?
Posted By rjm007
Replies: 19
Views: 2,247
Is there an adaptor needed for these ? Never occured to me to look outside Pentax... off to ebay :-)

and the answer would appear to be yes., oeer.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-24-2018, 09:43 AM  
Favoured Portrait Lens ?
Posted By rjm007
Replies: 19
Views: 2,247
Is there such a thing as a portrait lens "85mm" lens for the 645 range ? Normally I'd look for something equivalent around the 135mm range but with the exception of the 135LS there's only the 120 macro near to that in the 645 native lenses.

Any thoughts or suggestions - perhaps look at adapted 6x7 Taks ?

I'm a newbie in MF land so please be gentle with me :-)
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