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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-12-2019, 11:45 AM  
Shooting a Safari exclusively with a film SLR
Posted By AAlfano
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Thanks for the reply. Again, great photos. I particularly like the first shot of the elephant and the sunset shot. Wonderful!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-11-2019, 06:46 AM  
Underexposed, underdeveloped, or incorrectly scanned?
Posted By ChrisPlatt
Replies: 28
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A small aside: Isn't it interesting that the negative image appears as positive when viewed against a dark background?

This was never suggested to me and I stumbled on it quite by accident.
I was amazed when I first discovered this effect. I almost fell over! :eek:

Chris
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-11-2019, 09:09 AM  
Underexposed, underdeveloped, or incorrectly scanned?
Posted By abruzzi
Replies: 28
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Usually when I see negatives photographed, it is in ambient light, not backlit, so its a little disorienting to tell with your photos, but overall the negatives look thin to me. Especially when you look at the first image above, but look at the second image on the negative. The fact that your hand behind the image is more visible than the image film makes it seem very thin. That could be a trick the backlighting is playing, but I think it is pretty rare that my negatives are that transparent.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-11-2019, 09:25 AM  
Underexposed, underdeveloped, or incorrectly scanned?
Posted By tuco
Replies: 28
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The scan's are flat that's for sure. Not enough contrast.

When I see a "positive" in my negative, it's an indication of a little under exposed/developed side side of things too. Looking at the negative on a light box with a loupe is a good start. In terms of density, blacks go no deeper than the film's base density. So how much of your negative has areas that are at or near the film's base density is something to look for ( eg the guys hair back of face). That would be an indication of exposure. If, say, you wanted more detail in those areas, you could conclude not enough exposure (shadows were placed too low) assuming the development time is good. And next look at the highlights. Can you see detail in that area. A good development time will place your highlights in recordable range assuming good exposure.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-11-2019, 09:39 AM  
Underexposed, underdeveloped, or incorrectly scanned?
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 28
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The negative looks a little thin to me, too, but that doesnít mean the scan isnít also less than awesome...

I suspect issues with the thin neg were compounded with an imperfect scan...

-Eric
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-13-2019, 04:51 AM  
Underexposed, underdeveloped, or incorrectly scanned?
Posted By Derek
Replies: 28
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Your midtones are great, but between the white collar and the shadowed hair that's quite a large dynamic range to fit on a negative.
A one to two stop "pull" might have helped but that could be difficult if you aren't doing the processing. A reflector to the left would help
for next time.
Nice bracken shot!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-08-2019, 09:43 AM  
Underexposed, underdeveloped, or incorrectly scanned?
Posted By abruzzi
Replies: 28
Views: 1,763
the automated scanning systems that labs use try really hard to normalize the exposure, and on an underexposed negative can impart the flat look narrow dynamic range that these images have. When you get the negatives back, they will probably look pretty thin. Whether that under exposure or under development, I'm not knowledgable enough to answer. You may have to run some more rolls to find out.

These scans are pretty easily rescued with photoshop or similar with the curves tool. I find most of my home scans need a new black point and new white point set, which is all I did here.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-04-2019, 10:48 AM  
Pentax 67 vs Hasselblad 500cm reliability-wise
Posted By Alex645
Replies: 47
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IF the screen is misaligned then yes, but it could be the lenses as well. Before jumping to conclusions, I would run a test roll with both lenses at infinity and take good notes with shots using the lens on the infinity mark and at what your eye thru the finder appears to be infinity. Shoot with the apertures wide open. Also save a couple shots for a wall or focus chart test at 5 and 10 feet using the OVF for focusing.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-19-2018, 11:58 AM  
Pentax 67 vs Hasselblad 500cm reliability-wise
Posted By desertscape
Replies: 47
Views: 4,667
According to the 67II sales manual, all 4 screens, including the BA-61 were multi coated to improve finder brightness over the older models,
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-22-2018, 09:47 PM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By Bonner04
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One of my all-time favorite lenses.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-10-2018, 01:25 PM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By drmoss_ca
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500cm, 150/4 @f32, XP2 Super, HC-110, X1 scan:


Bromeliad by chrism229, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-07-2018, 09:56 PM  
Pentax SV competition at the time
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 16
Views: 1,152
This is a good visual reference of the Canon, Minolta, Nikon and Pentax lineup in chronological order -> Canon, Minolta, Nikon & Pentax

---------- Post added 11-08-18 at 12:04 AM ----------



Probably because the first Canon SLR - the Canonflex, was as spectacular a failure as the Nikon F was a success.

My collection of first model SLRs from each brand. I am still hunting for a Minolta SR2.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-09-2018, 04:02 PM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By gofour3
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KX & A35/2.8 shooting Fomapan R100:



Phil.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-09-2018, 09:30 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By drmoss_ca
Replies: 8,894
Views: 974,373
645n, 120/4, XP2, HC-110, X1 scan:


PIppa 2018 #6 by chrism229, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-08-2018, 08:27 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By murrelet
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I finally put a roll through my dad's Pentax SV. I don't have any memory of him ever using it. I'm pretty sure he moved on to automated point-and-shoots by the time we came along. When I was a kid I found it in a drawer and every now and then I'd take it out to mess with it, without any film, of course. The knobs, levers, dials, lenses, and mirror were fascinating. For some reason, I took a metal tool, maybe a screwdriver, and started scratching the mirror. When he passed away a few years ago, I took it from my mom and dad's house thinking I would get it fixed up and back in shooting shape. I sent it off to Eric and asked if he could replace the mirror if he had a spare. He sent back the camera all fixed up, but with the original mirror. I'm kind of glad he did.

This is the camera that lead me to a Pentax K100D when I decided to jump on the DSLR bandwagon. I wanted to be able to use his old M42 Takumars. Now I've come almost full circle and regularly shoot with an MX, KX, and ME Super. I'll be adding the SV to the regular rotation.

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-07-2018, 06:17 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By drmoss_ca
Replies: 8,894
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645n, 120/4, XP2, HC-110, X1 scan:


Pippa 2018 #8 by chrism229, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-30-2018, 08:32 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By murrelet
Replies: 8,894
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Attachment 420907

Pentax KX
SMC-M 50mm F1.4
Kosmo Foto Mono 100
Kodak D-76 1:1 at 20 deg C for 9:00
Scanned on a Noritsu LS-600
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-19-2018, 03:06 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By ffking
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Views: 2,530,712
Just trawling the back catalogue for something else, and this brought back some happy memories of a time in South Africa, so I thought I'd share it. Z-1 with 400mm I think on Provia 100

sunset and seaspray by Graham Hobbs, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-17-2018, 08:46 PM  
Super-Tak 55mm f/1.8 red arrow not aligned on center?
Posted By stevebrot
Replies: 4
Views: 632
This should generally not be a problem. Registration is determined by body mount face.* I have several M42 bodies and a fair number of lenses and rare is the lens-body combination where the index mark lines up exactly at 12:00 (top). One of those combinations is my Pentax SV (same body as your H3v) when paired with my early ST 55/1.8. That lens was not original to that body (separated by several years) and the nice match is coincidence. That same lens passes beyond 12:00 on my SPII and a little before on my SP. My later ST 55/1.8 is just short of 12:00 on the SV and the SPII. The lack of exact alignment is also the present with my non-Pentax lenses and non-Pentax bodies and my three genuine Pentax M42/K adapters.

The only time where alignment might be an issue is if the flipper at the bottom of the mount does not properly engage the aperture actuator pin on the lens to fully stop down the lens for exposure.


Steve

* That this is true is not immediately obvious. Thread run-out extends beyond the point where the lens snugs onto the body. FWIW, similar lack of consistent alignment is not uncommon for Leica thread mount (LTM) bodies and lenses too, so it is not just a Pentax or M42 thing. As with M42, LTM registration is determined by the body flange.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-14-2018, 10:09 PM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By abruzzi
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Views: 974,373
Four shots on Fomapan 100 with an Orange #21 filter. (It was a cloudy weekend.) Developed in Rodinal. Shot with my Bronica ETRSi, and the 40mm É4 lens for the three landscape shots and the 75mm É2.8 for the town shot. Surprisingly grainy for 6x4.5 format. (after developing TMAX100 in Xtol on the 6x7, I'm spoiled.)







Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-22-2018, 09:39 AM  
Shooting a Safari exclusively with a film SLR
Posted By gofour3
Replies: 27
Views: 2,076
Nope I did it as well a couple years ago in Kruger Park SA. I used Provia 400x slide film and shot with my K2DMD & A70-210/4 for most of the shots from the truck. Having a camera with aperture priority is a big help and will save you some time in metering for those quick shots. A lot of the time you are just meters away from the animals or they are close and big, so I did not really miss much having only a lens that went to 210mm. Anything bigger that I had would have required a tripod, which is not going to work from a truck very well.

Here is a shot with the above film/camera/lens combo:


Phil.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-21-2018, 11:50 PM  
Shooting a Safari exclusively with a film SLR
Posted By MrMojo
Replies: 27
Views: 2,076
I've done two film safaris in Kenya in the late 90s, so I'll weigh in a few things I learned.

1. it's not as challenging as you might think technically, light is generally bright and certainly in Kenya there was no need for me to reach for anything longer than 300mm, and even then I didn't need that often.
2. I wouldn't use superfast film stock again, my results with 800 + ISO were fine for standard prints, but far too grainy when reviewed now.
3. Check every piece of kit you plan to take well before departure. On one trip I took a rarely used lens which looked OK through a viewfinder, but the (auto) focus was slightly off when I got the results.
4. Breathe. it can get very exciting and there's a temptation to become some form of animal paparazzi! Unless you're shooting something super-rare, take your time, compose your shot, just as you would normally.
5. East Africa is very dusty, i imagine most of sub-Saharan Africa is outside of the rainy months. You WILL need to change film, hopefully often. Take care you don't let all that muck into your camera when doing so. Safari in general is quite hostile to kit, so make sure it's well packed. Clean your kit every evening when it's cooler and the dust isn't flying.
6. There were (for me) times when a lens in the 28-50mm length was fine, but these were few. Most of my shots were between 70-300mm so bias kit towards telephoto. I certainly wouldn't take 35,40 & 50mm lenses, pick one and stick to that. And you may want to reconsider your stance on zooms, the dust issue means changing lenses is not something you want to do frequently.
7. Put the camera down and enjoy it! I did this more on my second trip and my memories are more vivid and detailed than any print or negative.

I enclose a few quick and dirty scans, you can see the grain problem. These include the obligatory "two headed Zebra" shot, everyone who's been has one of these.

Above all, enjoy your trip! I hope to go back next year, all digital. The WR and frame-by-frame ISO make it an attractive prospect.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-21-2018, 09:14 PM  
Shooting a Safari exclusively with a film SLR
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 27
Views: 2,076
Assuming wild animals will be around, long to very long lenses may have to be considered depending on your threshold for adventure.

It may be madness, but that's not a negative is it . . . ;)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-11-2018, 04:33 PM  
New to film. What next after Pentax ME?
Posted By TwoUptons
Replies: 61
Views: 3,738
Thatís terrible news. How can you expect us to criticize your selection when you go and get the best one? 🙂

Congratulations. Enjoy it 🙂

-Eric
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-11-2018, 07:08 AM  
New to film. What next after Pentax ME?
Posted By gofour3
Replies: 61
Views: 3,738
Good news, enjoy your LX!

Phil.
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