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Forum: General Talk 2 Days Ago  
Win update and a problem......
Posted By grhazelton
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Well, the problem seems to be solved! Just sort of poking around, on Control Panel I went to Ease of Access, then to Ease of Access Center, to Set up Mouse Keys. At the bottom there is Use Mouse Keys when NUM Lock is Off. I selected that and..... Voila! The number key pad works! Now to see if that will survive a re- boot. The question remains...how did the failure of the keypad occur? I've never visited the "Set Up Mouse Keys" screen before.... Cue eerie music....
Many, many thanks to all who made suggestions. PentaxForums is a wonderful resource:lol:
Forum: General Talk 4 Days Ago  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 14,238
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A Minolta Autocord L. Excellent Rokkor f3.5 lens, the evergreen Tessar formula. Seikosha shutter. This is the model with the selenium exposure meter, (operating!) which uses an "interesting" implementation of the LV system. I'll use my hand held meter, thank you! My Autocord has been "rebuilt" with new leather, full CLA, shutter spot on, focus smooth (the focus lever is a weak point on these lovely boxes), clean lenses and VF. It looks like a decades old camera kept in a showcase, few use marks. Sadly the eveready case is pretty rough. I may attempt a re-sew job.
Forum: General Talk 4 Days Ago  
Win update and a problem......
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 7
Views: 214
Right now I'm running sfc /scannow If that isn't successful I'll try what you've sent me. Many thanks!
Forum: General Talk 5 Days Ago  
Win update and a problem......
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 7
Views: 214
The F2 trick got me to a test screen, but still no joy with the keypad. Thanks, though!
Forum: General Talk 5 Days Ago  
Win update and a problem......
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 7
Views: 214
After an update my HP Pavilion dv6 with AMD processor laptop it won't let me use the numeric keypad. Going to "Settings" seems to furnish no help; with the SSD I can't get to the setup screen before Windows loads; that screen can usually be entered by pressing "esc" when booting up Yes, I know about the NUM LOCK key.. Any ideas?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 6 Days Ago  
Strange Spotmatic problem
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 17
Views: 484
I dunno...I sorta like the image! Brings to mind an early 20th century artist, but I can't think who.:lol:
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-14-2018, 04:17 PM  
Strange Spotmatic problem
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 17
Views: 484
Most of us have done that and....worse!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-13-2018, 08:08 AM  
What Is Up With K1000 Prices?
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 162
Views: 4,155
I have both the K1000 and the KX. I think, as has been expressed here, that the vast number of K1000s out there has led to its general recommendation as an ideal beginner's camera. Strange are the ways of the market! I scored an immaculate KX adorned with the f1.4 50mm for just over $100! IMO the KX is a far better introduction to film than the K1000. It has full exposure info in the viewfinder, depth of field preview, mirror lockup - good for long exposures, and meter on/off. Pity there was no winder available. But since "everyone" has heard of the K1000 it has become the choice for many photography classes. And so it goes....
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-13-2018, 07:34 AM  
Consider Getting an LX, and Have Some Questions
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 19
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I bought a LX from KEH in "bargain" condition a few years ago. It was a little dusty - easily remedied - and had some brassing, a few scratches on the base plate, other than that in nice cosmetic condition. It worked and continues to work perfectly. I'd call it used but not abused. I have another LX which has the sticky mirror syndrome; in auto mode the mirror rises but doesn't return unless the camera is taken off auto mode. This indicates a need for a CLA, which for the LX in common with other professional grade cameras, isn't cheap. Ah, well.... BTW, I also have a Nikon F3 HP with motor drive. I have winders on 2 of my 3 LXs. All in all I find the LX far more "user friendly" than the F3. Much lighter, too!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-09-2018, 05:40 PM  
Introduce your... film Pentax!
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 3,358
Views: 599,379
;How about a link??
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-09-2018, 03:24 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 5,359
Views: 669,613
Yeah, you're right. Of course he may not have known about the 645n and the other truly excellent Pentax medium format offerings. The expense of Pentax's medium format lenses should have caught his attention!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-09-2018, 09:41 AM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 5,359
Views: 669,613
Went to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens Monday with the grandkids. Saw NO Pentaxes, indeed only a few "real" cameras! Asked one shooter what was the lens on his camera - huge bulbous front element - and was "treated" to a paean to Canon. He said he had $8,000 in Canon gear! And that he'd traded his PENTAX gear for Canon because Pentax lenses weren't good enough, citing the less expensive Pentax optics. My K5 wasn't readily visible, since it was on my Black Rapid shoulder strap. He asked what I was shooting and I said Pentax K5 and he said that he'd liked the body, but not the lenses. I mentioned to him that the AsahiFlex predated Canon SLRs by many years, and that I had the Pentax f1.2 50mm, among many others. I didn't have the heart to mention to him my 645n kit, which includes the fabulous 35mm, and the 120mm macro. The f1.2 50 did impress him, but I bade him "good shooting," feeling that he had, or had had :lol: more money than sense.
Forum: General Talk 10-08-2018, 04:13 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 14,238
Views: 954,344
Two new additions to my hoard of cameras and gear; A Minolta Autocord L, twin lens reflex, fully CLA'd, focus system cleaned, as the were shutter, mirror, screen. Lenses perfect! Even the selenium meter works. New leather. It looks like it were perhaps a demo or sat in a showcase for some 60 years. The eveready case is in shambles. Perhaps some conditioner and restitching....:(
The other newcomer is a K-mount Tamron 90mm AF macro lens, f2.8. It looks like new old stock, complete with front and rear caps, lens hood, "leather" pouch, all in a somewhat worn box with instructions.:)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-08-2018, 06:22 AM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 5,359
Views: 669,613
I'd believe that! Some years ago I shot a fireworks display in Charleston WV over the Kanawha River with my LX using, IIRC a 19mm Vivitar lens. With the LX on a tripod and a cable release I wasted a frame or two to set the aperture to keep shutter open long enough to record the totality of the displays, and just sat back and let the camera do its thing. The results were really good! A tribute to the wonder of the mighty LX.

---------- Post added 09-08-18 at 09:30 AM ----------



Re: the lens shade. I've had Canikon owners, kids generally, ask me what the funny thing on my len was! They were referring to the petal lens hood. As far as not using a strap of SOME sort: Everyone drops a camera at some point. My "bad" was many years ago, and somehow the camera survived. I favor the BlackRapid type, no need to worry about the camera strap slipping off the shoulder.

---------- Post added 09-08-18 at 09:50 AM ----------



If he'd had a KX for about 40 years it was part of the rollout of the bayonet mount Pentaxes, which also included the K 1000. I have one of those old KXs, it is a wonderful camera. All metal, TTL center weighted metering, depth of field preview, mirror lockup, all exposure data visible in the finder. About all it lacks are exchangeable screens and a winder. I scored mine in excellent condition with a 50mm f1.4 lens for about $130, less than the inferior K 1000 often goes for. See this: Pentax KX - Pentax Manual Focus Film SLRs - Pentax Camera Reviews and Specifications
Forum: General Talk 06-17-2018, 03:12 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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Views: 954,344
Hear it for Chicago Cutlery! We have a few and they seem the equal of the high priced spreads, and much more reasonably priced. I heard of them first at a Williams-Sonoma store as I gazed at the Wusthof and kin. A store salesman commented quietly to me that Chicago Cutlery was just as good, and cheaper. CC has some ergonomically designed knives. I gave my brother, an accomplished cook, several of them. He enjoyed them and showed them to a friend, who was a professional chef. He approved. In similar fashion we like Cuisinart Multiclad cookware as opposed All-Clad. Same superior construction, much cheaper.

---------- Post added 06-17-18 at 06:40 PM ----------



How about a link to the Pentax history site you mention?

For whatever reason 58 mm was a popular focal length for normal SLR lenses back in the day. I seem to remember a 58mm f2 Biotar, for instance.

My Father bought an AsahiFlex IIa new back in the day. It came with the f 3.5 37mm screw mount lens you describe, although his 50 mm has a pre-set aperture. I suspect the one you describe is pre-set also He added extension tubes, bellows, a Tower 35 mm f2.8, and the Takumar 83 mm f 1.9. Both these lenses are pre-set aperture. I have his entire kit .... somewhere in my house, in a safe place. His AsahiFlex is inoperable; it was used heavily - not abused - pursuing his hobby of wildflower and family photography. I have hundreds of his slides shot on Kodachrome or Ektachrome. This was of course long before TTL metering, he used a pocket slide rule to calculate the needed compensation for lens extension, and this for 1:2 or even 1:1 ratios. Wowzer!

About a year ago I scored a IIa with the f 2.4 58mm and everready case. While cosmetically excellent it needed some work. Eric couldn't find the needed parts, so I entrusted it to Advance Camera. They did a beautiful job! Now to find my Father's old kit. It's here someplace....
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-11-2018, 09:07 AM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 5,359
Views: 669,613
Look for a ME-Super. They're generally available at low prices on the used market. KEH is a generally good source. The winder is also very nice to have, and usually cheap.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 05-15-2018, 02:00 PM  
Advance Camera Repairs - A Job Well Done!
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 8
Views: 749
That is the one!
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 05-15-2018, 12:47 PM  
Advance Camera Repairs - A Job Well Done!
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 8
Views: 749
I just received my AsahiFlex IIa serial number 55930 after its repair by Advance. Looks really good! The shutter sounds correct, everything works smoothly. The camera looks like new, except for some scuffs on base plate from tripod attachment. The work involved complete disassembly, cleaning, lubrication, calibration, and rebuilding the wind and transport systems, plus custom cutting a new mirror. While the work wasn't cheap, at least Adance either had the needed parts, or could fabricate them. Given that the IIa was introduced in February 1955 I'm glad that it could be repaired.

Now to find the 83 mm f 1.9 Takumar and the 35 mm f 2.8 Tower from my Father's kit. He used his IIa along with extension tubes and bellows for much macro and near macro work, calculating exposure compensation with a slide rule.
Forum: Pentax K-5 05-10-2018, 11:32 AM  
K 5 locked up
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 6
Views: 1,014
On a suggestion from another Forum I loaded AAs into the battery grip and all is fine, which strongly suggests that the two Wasabi batteries, which I bought in August 2012, had failed. Many thanks for the help from all of you! :lol:
Forum: Pentax K-5 05-07-2018, 02:41 PM  
K 5 locked up
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 6
Views: 1,014
Nope! Nothing on the Mode Dial makes any difference.
Forum: Pentax K-5 05-07-2018, 08:23 AM  
K 5 locked up
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 6
Views: 1,014
My K 5 has locked up. The train of events: Saturday night I checked the charge state of the battery in the body and in the hand grip. Both good. The memory card had 91 RAW images remaining. Sunday morning I went to a water fowl rookery in Port Royal, SC to shoot the birds. Mounted my Sigma 135 - 400 zoom to my tripod, mounted the K 5 to the lens, plugged in a wired remote release, and turned the camera on.

The top screen showed no response to changing shutter or aperture, no change in ISO. I turned the camera off, then back on. Still no response to the wheels. I tried an exposure, and the camera locked up. Mirror locked up, top screen blank. Nothing.

Back at our son's house I removed both batteries, and reinserted them. The mirror returned, I tried a shot. Mirror lockup, no top screen, nothing happening. Home here in Georgia I've done the battery thing again, but no luck.

Looking at the pdf of the manual the index mentions "Reset," but that of course requires access to the Menu. Anyone have any ideas, or do I now have a paperweight. I suspect that a repair would cost more than the cost of a second hand K 5.
Forum: General Talk 04-27-2018, 04:08 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 14,238
Views: 954,344
In my continuing effort to pauperize myself, I scored a black Nikon F2 with the DP-1 viewfinder. This F2 is used but not abused, a few small dents, some brassing, all appropriate to a pro-level camera. Wind-on is smooth, shutter sounds good. Solid and heavy, it seems to be the proverbial hocky puck. To accompany it I scored the 50 mm f 1.4 and a 35 mm f 2.8. The classic 105 mm f 2.5 is on its way. With it and my Nikon S2 outfit and a Jeep I'm ready for my "war correspondent" role. Please, hold the gunfire!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-21-2018, 04:08 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 5,359
Views: 669,613
While visiting with my Sister and Brother at her home in Arlington, VA we took in a portion of the Rally/March for Science at the Washington Mall this past Saturday. I saw many, DSLRs, but as far as I could tell, NOT ONE PENTAX!! Surely science mavens would naturally migrate to Pentax, as it furnishes the best return on investment to be had.....:lol:
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-24-2018, 04:11 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 5,359
Views: 669,613
We visited the High Museum here in Atlanta today, to see the - sadly too small - exhibit of iconic photos from the Civil Rights era. Good stuff! Not many visitors, perhaps because of a March Madness game, and the March today. I decided to exercise my LX with its 50 mm f 1.2 and winder. That big hunk 'o' metal and glass should have aroused attention from any CAMERA folks around, but all to be seen were cell phones! Alas!

Our meal at Table 1280 did somewhat ease the hurt. Yumm!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-14-2018, 04:12 PM  
Pentax MX Film SLR - that VF was a huge surprise
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 18
Views: 2,088
Another vote for Jon Goodman! I contacted him for seals for an Olympus OM 4 and, as you described, he sent the kit out before I sent the cash. His name is his description: a Goodman.
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