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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-12-2021, 09:55 AM  
K1000 no exposure meter
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 6
Views: 558
Looks very much like it's broken. Where did you get the camera?

Even with no battery, you should see the needle.

Fortunately, the K-1000 will work without the meter - you will, however, need another means of determining exposure. Google the Sunny 16 rule, or there are numerous smartphone light meter apps available.

You are about to enter the world of seat-of-the-pants photography.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-26-2020, 08:10 AM  
Early and late Pentax H1a: Not identical twins
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 11
Views: 687
Always, if you can, get the late model for the best lens flexibility.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 11-25-2020, 07:13 AM  
First camera found again 42 years!
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 27
Views: 816

Technically it is still their camera, but... yeah.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-11-2020, 09:13 AM  
645D Which Flash to use for TTL
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 8
Views: 774
Historical TTL is a thing of beauty - with my *istDS, I can shoot TTL flash with the appropriate units (AF080C, AF280T in my case) even with a Takumar lens on the camera.

If they could do it then, why can't they do it now? It would be a SERIOUS winner. IIRC P-TTL needs at least an A-series lens on the camera.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 11-11-2020, 04:56 AM  
Hopeless Minolta SRT 100
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 52
Views: 2,329
Then you have nothing to lose by trying.


Original owner's review: "Camera emits a faint cricket-like chirp when picked up and turned on. Gosh, those engineers at Minolta are ahead of their time!"
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 11-05-2020, 05:46 AM  
Is it worth repairing broken ME Supers?
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 33
Views: 1,277
Given that the number of film cameras still being made is dwindling, there's a long-view argument for having as many in working order as possible for if/when the knowledge to repair them disappears. If they CAN be repaired, they SHOULD be repaired.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 11-03-2020, 05:33 AM  
K1 Mark 2 Repairs Through NewLeaf from Adorama
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 8
Views: 893
So just to clarify, did Adams Electronics repair the camera or did they pass it on to Precision to do?

OR were you saying (as I now think you are) that Adams Electronics were much more professional with your K1-ii than Precision was with your K-1 when it went?
Forum: General Photography 10-30-2020, 05:11 AM  
The worst of Craigslist/Shopgoodwill/eBay etc.
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 2,297
Views: 100,386
Somewhere in Photography Heaven the designer is reading this and crying, "But I tried so hard!" :lol:
Forum: General Photography 10-29-2020, 09:30 AM  
The worst of Craigslist/Shopgoodwill/eBay etc.
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 2,297
Views: 100,386

You Tube

Forum: General Photography 10-17-2020, 05:07 AM  
As Photographic "Oases" Keep Disappearing, Are You Turning "Inward"?
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 71
Views: 2,766
I often take one of my film cameras around the hospital I work at, in case some inanimate object (usually Easter, Halloween or Christmas decorations, sometimes medical equipment) catches my eye. On one occasion, some worthless busybody reported me to our chief of site security - and was told where to get off. On another, a worthless busybody challenged me directly. Showing this one my ID card produced a rapid retreat.

I will not be cowed or bullied.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-15-2020, 05:06 AM  
Wild rumour/wish fulfillment fantasy about new Pentax film camera?????
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 25
Views: 1,912
Someone said something on YouTube:

You Tube

Listen from 2:26

Is there any substance to this, or is he just talking out of his nether orifice and hoping for a unicorn? He states in comments that he has a further video coming on this.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-04-2020, 04:24 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 10,129
Views: 1,158,213
Kentmere 400 in TMax developer, Ilford Rapid Fix.

K1G10145 by PD's Deadly Lens, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-30-2020, 05:12 AM  
Which M42 mount standard prime?
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 13
Views: 737
Remember that a lot of the 50/1.4 Taks have thoriated glass and that may lend a slight yellow cast to things. There are various threads showing how to remove this cast, but it doesn't affect Black and White photography.

I have the 55/2.0 in both SMC and Super-Takumar iterations (the latter came along for the ride with a camera I bought). The SMC version is nominally better; the Super-Tak version seems subjectively to have more "character".

IIRC the 55/1.8 K mount lens is optically the same thing, and there are very few optical differences between the last-generation SMC Takumars and the first K-series.
Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 08-16-2020, 12:45 PM  
Nikkor-SC 55mm f1.2
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 30
Views: 1,402
Mmmm, cookies! :lol:
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-30-2020, 06:30 AM  
PetaPixel article - "Why Pentax is Making the Right Call in Sticking with DSLRs"
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 116
Views: 6,357
Pentax made the right call because R&D is expensive. If you take your technology in a completely new (to you) direction and it doesn't work, then you either have to be flush with cash to survive the loss you took or you risk going under. Ricoh Imaging knows it doesn't have the resources to survive an unsuccessful leap to Mirrorless, and Ricoh as a greater entity would probably not save them from the axe a second time. Pentax justified their rescue by turning out some damn good gear, however you might choose to measure it against that of others, and making sure that their legendary reputation for legacy lens support remained unbroken.

Canon and Nikon took the mirrorless gamble to compete with Sony and Fuji, and they lost - they tried to jump into a niche that was already well catered for and are currently in the position of trying to sell into a declining market to recoup their R&D. Blame COVID all you want, blame the market, blame the way they handled the whole interconnected R&D/marketing thing, blame the mount discontinuity, whatever - but this is what happened.

Fuji, when they went into mirrorless, wasn't undercutting an existing line of DSLRs they were already selling. Fujica is in the remote past, and they could start with a clean sheet of paper. In addition, they had the good fortune to have done everything right and produced something that a lot of people want. I tried an XT-2 in a store a year or so ago, and I had to admit that if I wasn't already up to my eyeballs in Pentax and happy with what it does for me, the purchase would have been almost automatic. It was tempting as it was, especially with my wife - who knows how much Pentax stuff I own - practically egging me on to buy it.

Minolta made the deliberate decision to cease existing as a camera company; Sony is the technological continuation of that without the brand name. They had the good fortune or good judgement to shift to mirrorless at precisely the right time, and they too offered something that lots of people wanted.

The same thing as happened to Minolta is now happening to Olympus, although it feels like less of a voluntary thing. Minolta got out before they were forced out, although the writing was IMHO already on the wall. Minolta's end felt like an acceptance of the inevitable. Olympus's end has more of a clang of doom about it.

Pentax knows that trying to go mirrorless will break it. Sony, Fuji, Canon, Nikon, Olympus (that stock which remains unsold), Panasonic, and Leica digital are all in that pond now. There's no room for anyone else, and Pentax knows it.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-29-2020, 03:51 AM  
The Kingdom of DSLR
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 51
Views: 3,517
"The fight raged on for a century, many lives were claimed but eventually,
A champion stood, all the rest saw their better..."

Quote context:

You Tube

Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-15-2020, 08:40 AM  
He Jumped.
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 109
Views: 6,580
He must have missed everything Photouniverse ever did, or maybe he viewed himself as Photouniverse's spiritual successor?

Photouniverse isn't the die-hard Pentaxian he once was - he rarely seems to do anything these days as far as I can tell - but he was an active photographer with a keen interest in the brand and lots of time behind the viewfinder, so he knew what he was talking about. His vids were what sold me on the K-5 and later, the entire lineup of DA limited primes. Give the man a medal, Ricoh; I bought the 15, 21 and 70 in one hit because of him, and I'd have bought the 35 macro and 40 too if I didn't already own them.

Now if you want to get the best info on secondhand and retro Pentax, including film, THEN you go watch David Hancock. From what I can tell, David's an extremely active enthusiast rather than a professional photographer (correct me if I'm wrong) - but he likewise has that time behind the viewfinder (and for the film cameras, in the darkroom) to show you that he also knows what he's talking about.

There's also snapppypic, but he's more of an amateur enthusiast at a lower level. Nevertheless, he also comes across as someone who actually uses the hell out of the cameras he talks about.

Cameraville just wasn't in the same league. And I note, hilariously, that the video referenced in the very first post of this thread has since been made private. Having watched some of his stuff, though, my final conclusion is that his departure from Pentax reviewing is no loss to the brand.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-30-2020, 06:35 AM  
Pentax Aperture Block, Black Picture Problem Class Action Lawsuit
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 407
Views: 31,822
Another camera manufacturer, to an end I think you can guess.

Pentax's lawyers need to be on the lookout for this, IMHO. The article I saw on Facebook seemed to indicate that this is being handled by a firm which specializes in class actions. Did it go looking for a client, and at whose behest?
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-24-2020, 06:24 AM  
Henry’s Canada closing stores
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 17
Views: 1,775
When I called up to order my K-1, I had some wormy little git tell me they didn't carry Pentax. I told him what I was seeing on his website. Co-operation was rapid after that.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 06-01-2020, 11:26 AM  
Developer questions
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 30
Views: 1,755
The ultimate make-as-you-go developer that never goes stale is Caffenol, but my experiences with Caffenol above 200 ASA have been poor and the developing times for faster films are... rather extreme.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 06-01-2020, 10:55 AM  
RawTherapee Releases New Film Negative Tool (And Here's a Short Demo How To Use It)
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 12
Views: 2,958
How did I miss this?

This is outstanding. Even being able to flip from negative to positive at the touch of a button is a huge time saver. When I send my colour film off, the digital scans are always upside down and slightly frame-cropped; at last I will be able to capture the entire frame. I can now digitize precious old images going back decades.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-23-2020, 06:56 AM  
The FA Limited Development Story (also a little DA Limited)
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 78
Views: 7,766
Interesting, because the DA 35 Macro is one of my contenders for the title of "Lens that would not cause me to cry if it became permanently affixed to my K-5". The ultra close focus capability of that lens has come in very handy on any number of occasions.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-22-2020, 06:07 AM  
Ten more lenses in the pipeline.
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 352
Views: 46,084
Any of the ones I have bolded above would cause my bank balance some serious issues. There is a concern that a D-FA 28-300, once on my K-1, might never come off again.
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-13-2019, 11:17 AM  
Well, I was put in my place.
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 218
Views: 17,067
If that was the language and tone they used, they deserve a kick up the butt. There are gentler ways to say "This is not the place to put these pictures".
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 12-13-2019, 11:15 AM  
I have an old AC adapter - what is it for?
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 10
Views: 711
It's a D-AC10. The plug that goes into the wall socket is Australian spec, and the end that goes in the Pentax technology does not fit my K-5, which I bought here in Canada.

The only Pentax DSLR I ever acquired in Australia is my long-dead *istDL, so I figure it might be for that and for any other *istD-series cameras, but confirmation would be nice before I plug it into my *istDS and blow up some irreplaceable circuitry.
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