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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-23-2010, 09:42 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By CSoars
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Hey guys, I know I've not posted in ages as my only Pentax camera now has a dead meter and a slipping film transport, but I'm still keeping tabs on this thread. Some great stuff coming in here, I especially love Tuco's 6x7 work, Easytiger's street shots, PirateStian's slice of life, and have to say that Javier's latest B&W shots have a pretty distinctive graphic quality.

Meanwhile, I'll keep shooting away with my little Ricoh GR1 (great fun), and waiting for my new-to-me Rolleicord Va to come back from a thorough servicing.

Of course, if someone wants to donate or trade me a replacement for my near-dead MX, I'm all ears :D
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-01-2009, 09:59 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By CSoars
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I scan B&W in 24 bit colour, no exposure correction, sharpening or anything like that. The result is a flat, boring .TIFF, so I boost the contrast, blacks and sharpening in the Post Processing program, then 'desaturate' to get truly neutral greys without a colour cast. Seems to be the best B&W approach with my Epson V500 flatbed.

I find in-scanner sharpening to really emphasize grain, even on low.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-27-2009, 09:15 AM  
Year in film - 2009
Posted By CSoars
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Big thing this year was selling off almost all my 35mm pentax stuff and getting a Bronica ETRS. Had a big dry spell over the summer.


First roll with 645 50mm lens. FP4+, gossen digisix meter.


Canonet and Tri-X 400.


SMC M 28 f/2 & T-Max 100.


SMC M 28 f/2 & HP5+. Like the backlighting.


645 w/ 50mm lens, FP4+, gossen digisix


645 w/ 50mm lens, Provia 100F, gossen digisix meter


645 w/ 50mm lens, HP5+, gossen digisix meter.

I expected to have mostly B&W, but not so many wide shots! Hmmm.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-22-2009, 10:15 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By CSoars
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Waiting for some 120 Fuji 160S to come back, but here's one from our first snowfall this fall. Ilford HP5+, Bronica ETRS w/ PE 50mm 2.8

Thinking of making a few prints from a 16:9 crop I did.

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-27-2009, 09:17 PM  
standard view of field?
Posted By CSoars
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43mm if you measure the diagonal of a 24x36mm film frame, funny how pentax makes a limited prime of that length. 50mm is the 'historical' standard, a little tight but usually gives you 1:1 viewing in the viewfinder at infinity.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-02-2009, 06:15 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By CSoars
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Tuintu, great results from the Xp2, so silvery and clean, love the wood texture on the house.

Easytiger: Sparse, clean, punchy colour shots, you seem to produce great results in monochrome and c41. Lab scans?

Loving the train station shots, Nesster
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-29-2009, 10:52 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By CSoars
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Roll 2 through my medium format SLR... obtained an incident meter and a wider lens, and brought it to meet my father for breakfast at a cafe by my workplace.



I'm liking that depth of field for a wide lens, wide open. Ilford FP4+ in DD-X 1:4 for 10 mins. Bronica ETRS & 50mm PE
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-28-2009, 08:31 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By CSoars
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I did take the filter off at night. I'm not too sure about Y2 and general shooting, as this was my first filtered roll in a while ( I've dinged the filter ring of my M 28mm f/2, and have no filters for my MF lenses). I'm pretty pleased with the tones, and it helps skies from washing out.

Also, when running ISO 400 in a camera that tops out at 1/500th and f/16, the Y2 gives me a 1 stop loss that is very useful.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-28-2009, 07:32 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By CSoars
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Here's some from my first roll through a Canonet QL17. Y2 filter, TX400 devved 8min in DD-X. Shutter priority w/ AE lock seems to work well, and the lens is pretty sharp at middle apertures. (however, when I resize from LR I get sharpening artifacts) Night shot was 1/30th @ f/2.





Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-27-2009, 09:58 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By CSoars
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I find the Bokeh on the Canonet QL17 to come off a little harsh (wide open, min focus), but for useability, convenience & speed of the camera (and cheap price), I think I'll come to grips with it. I snagged a fully operational one yesterday, and have a test roll of TX400 hanging off my shower curtain, drying. Hopefully have some scans ready after work tonight.

On frame 13 out of 36 of the Provia 100F roll in my MX. I hope the occasional frame hiccup doesn't occur.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-18-2009, 07:25 AM  
Trip to Vietnam + Cambodia : The DA35 Ltd is now my favorite portrait lens
Posted By CSoars
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That video was great fun, and that series of portraits is fantastic. Good way to really make use of the trip; hope no one got annoyed at you having a camera held in front of you all the time :P
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-17-2009, 09:45 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By CSoars
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Easytiger, fantastic street shots with bang-on exposure. Love the variety and content, (esp. 2nd shot) looks like the tri-x is giving you good tonality.

Luc, wonderful arboreal scenes with good use of backlight. Who needs colour to enjoy vegetation glowing away.

Javier, with slide film try a UV, or the aforementioned 81A to reduce blueish haze. I tend to reserve polarizers to kill reflection or boost colour saturation in shiny vegetation. Yellow and red won't do much until you shoot more B&W.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-17-2009, 05:39 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By CSoars
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Javier, seeing you shooting with velvia sort of gives me an inkling of why Ken Rockwell has a warming 81A filter perma-mounted for all his film shots. But this latest batch of yours is nice, crisp and vibrant. It might be worth it to play around with filters and see how it comes out if you find them too blue.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-16-2009, 02:19 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By CSoars
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Love it! Had to wipe down the camera after? These came out pretty well, slide film like provia and velvia can come out blueish, but it's easily correcte when scanning.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-14-2009, 07:51 AM  
MX or LX or PZ-1P ? Just want to use film...
Posted By CSoars
Replies: 15
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He didn't mean it only shows +1/-1 EV, he means the meter display in the viewfinder dictates that you blindly 'ballpark' the inital exposure, and if over or underexposed you have no idea by how many stops until you get within 1 EV. (Compared to a match needle or LED that runs up and down all available shutter speeds). I shoot with an MX and it does get you into using sunny 16 derivatives and mental math for your light conditions, something I've come to value now that I'm shooting medium format without a meter (for now).
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-12-2009, 07:16 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By CSoars
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I got caught! This is fuji 400x, the whole roll came out a little soft and odd on the colours, nothing like I get with Provia 100F. Ah well.

LX & SMC-M 50 1.7
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-10-2009, 10:36 PM  
K-30/F2.8 versus K35/2.0 on FILM
Posted By CSoars
Replies: 11
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Don't worry, I know. It more so applies to people who bring their entire collection out when they shoot.

I bought a SMC-M 28mm f/2 sight unseen, if only for the brighter finder and extra aperture blade (so it matches the hexagons of my SMC-M 50 f/1.7). It's a stunning little lens, but I've dented the filter ring recently!!!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-10-2009, 09:10 PM  
gone exclusively film
Posted By CSoars
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Rather, you underexpose by 2 stops, and push it 2 stops in development.

Pushing overexposed film will just wash it out.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-10-2009, 07:27 PM  
gone exclusively film
Posted By CSoars
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I agree. But some of the nice fuji and kodak pro films are 36 only (Pan F 50, Portra, 160c, Provia)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-09-2009, 10:10 PM  
K-30/F2.8 versus K35/2.0 on FILM
Posted By CSoars
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Well I never used the K 30mm, but I did have the K 35/2 and wrote a little review in the section. Found it quite sharp, nice bokeh, good flare resistance. My copy seemed to deal with close distances better than far/infinity. Very easy to focus on the ground glass. I have to confess I mostly shot it with ISO 00+ B&W film, so I can't comment on the more subtle aspects of its rendering.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-09-2009, 11:28 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By CSoars
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Well I'm shooting with a waist-level finder and no meter, so it's taking some getting used to, especially the reversed image on the screen. But you're right, the clarity and tonality of the shots is incredible, I can tell the difference even at smaller print/resolution sizes. But to really appreciate it, you've got to see it big, at least full screen. A lowly 1200 DPI scan is still velvety smooth.

Although I do attribute that to using ISO 125 film that I processed well. I'm curious to see how the faster stuff turns out in terms of grain and tonality.

I sold the K 35mm f/2, great lens but pretty big and ungainly on the MX without the winder. I tried to split the difference by pairing my M 50mm with a M 28mm, but I'm switching lenses too much; 35mm is my ideal walkaround lens. See my Pan F 50 post a page or so back for some 35mm work.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-08-2009, 05:10 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By CSoars
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They are indeed. The frames are beautiful, but the build kit is pretty pedestrian, mostly shimano nexus and off-brand bits.


We'll see how they sell next to the Pashley's and Batavus'.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-07-2009, 07:44 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By CSoars
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Trying out some sloooow film. Pentax MX with M 28/2 and 50/1.7 lenses.


Some Italian bicycles we got in recently


Up by Dunvegan, Northern Alberta.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-06-2009, 07:23 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By CSoars
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I quite like the lifeguard chair one.... lower contrast sky gives it a very surreal feel
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-05-2009, 02:28 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By CSoars
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Hey, yeah I've been a little busy over the last few months. I'm still using the same old Epson v500 flatbed.
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