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Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 3 Days Ago  
Point and Shoot competition #136 - Aged Wood
Posted By Papa_Joe
Replies: 13
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Thank you Jim, for your appreciation. And thank you for your hint how to operate the Oly. I had a look at some of it's pictures where I used a fill in flash and it seams to work, amazing. I will explore this further.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 5 Days Ago  
Is this a message from Canon?
Posted By Papa_Joe
Replies: 22
Views: 1,354
I like the conclusion "but aren't high end EF lenses good enough?".

When reading about better lenses and cameras I always think of the pictures of Henri Cartier-Bresson taken with, from todays standards, really crap equipment.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 5 Days Ago  
Point and Shoot competition #136 - Aged Wood
Posted By Papa_Joe
Replies: 13
Views: 538
I'am so exited. First competition since 30 years.
Some pictures from our holiday last week from a beach in tuscany.
I like the smooth look of sand polished driftwood.


The camera is a 10 MP Olympus XZ-1 from around 2011, that I bought used some weeks ago. I allways use digital compacts when on holiday.
Sadly the camera tends to overexposure. Something you only can see after transfering the picturs to the pc.
All pictures OOC just resized.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-07-2019, 01:04 AM  
Which 135mm one to keep? smc pentax-m 3.5, Takumar (Boyonet) 2.5 or smc Takumar 3.5
Posted By Papa_Joe
Replies: 18
Views: 999
I would for sure give away the Takumar (Bayonet). The K-mount Takumars are budget primes, without the SMC coating.
This alone is reason enough for me not to use them. They still have a coating of course and probably a better one then most trade mark 135 mm.


The smc Takumar is a similar optical construction, with smc coating, and well regarded.
If you do not need the M42 mount I would stay with the at least as good more modern M 3.5/135 mm.


Your set of 135 mm is quite interesting.
At first I wanted to exclude the Takumar (Bayonet) without a second thought. Then I had a look at the K-mount page.

The Takumar Bayonet is a 4 lenses in 4 groups construction. The basic telephoto lens construction.There are only two other telephoto lenses at all in the K-mount lineup with this basic construction. These are the
- SMC 3.5 / 135 mm
- SMC A 2.8 / 135 mm
The SMC 3.5 / 135 mm is a so called K lens, probably the K mount copy of your M42 smc Takumar.
The SMC A 2.8 / 135 mm has basicly the same construction, with some of the lenses redesigned.
For your Takumar (Bayonet) I have no diagram, but from every of its technical spezifications it is the direct decsendant of the SMC A 2.8 / 135 mm.

Pentax seems to have taken the no thrills construction of the M42 smc Takumar 3.5 / 135 mm, recalculated it to form the SMC A 2.8 / 135 and the reworked this to a Takumar (Bayonet) 2.5 / 135 mm without the SMC coating. I have second thoughts about keeping IQ during this prozess.

---------- Post added 06-07-19 at 01:54 AM ----------

Hi Dirk!

Just saw you have a spotmatic. Then my advice is : Keep the M42 and the M lens. Just discard the K-mount Takumar.
I have the firm belive, that every one having a Spotmatic should have the basic set of M42 prime Takumars. A standard lens (55 mm), a telephoto (135 mm) and a wide angle (28 mm as 35s are to expensive). Ideally to use them together with the camera. Can't help it.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-06-2019, 01:14 AM  
Is the Chinon CM-4 a good alternative to the Pentax MX?
Posted By Papa_Joe
Replies: 15
Views: 716
Thank you for the praise pres589! You are welcome!
I am happy to have been helpfull.

The MX is really a joy to work with it. I love it.
But if I had to chose a camera for sole usage I really would take the Chinon. I hope you get a good and valuable copy of the CE-4s. Here in germany they are often more expensive, than an ME super and in worse condition. I tried to get hands on an Revueflex AC-2 (my rebaged version of the CE-3), but I couldn't get a body only for a reasonable price. Since a friend donated me a P30N I am no longer looking for one.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-05-2019, 01:10 AM  
Is the Chinon CM-4 a good alternative to the Pentax MX?
Posted By Papa_Joe
Replies: 15
Views: 716
The CM-4 will surely does it's job as manual camera. I have the CM-4s (rebranded as Revueflex SC-3) and it is a good, easy fully manual camera.

However the MX (which i also own) is a much more sophisiticated camera.
You already mentioned the 2 more LEDs which is a real advantage.
In the viewfinder are shown f-stop and time selected.
The camera has a DOF preview.
You can mount a winder or motor drive (if you get one) and loads of other stuff.
You can change the matte.

The CM-4 is a enty level camera.
The MX was aimed at professional photographers.

So the answer is:
NO it s not an alternative to the MX, if you want a really smooth professional workhorse.
YES it is an alternative to the MX if you are just looking for a very basic, very reliabel manual camera.

There is one advantage of the CM-4 in terms of reliability. The MX shutter is a cloth-shutter, while the CM-4 uses an metal-shutter. The shutter of an MX might have/get holes just from aging. Although I can not say how probable that is.

Having used a CE-3 as my first SLR for over 10 years, I think you will not be happy with the CM-4 as your sole film camera. Losing the DOF preview alone will make you unhappy. Also working in manual mode with a CE-5 is much easier then with a CM-4 or even the MX. If you really want only one manual film camera get the MX.

My advice: Try to get a similar replacement for your CE-5 like a CE-3/4/5, a Ricoh XR-6, a Cosina CT-3 (without DOF preview) or a Pentax P-30T/N (auto ISO only !, no winder) and buy a CM-4 or MX as second body.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-27-2019, 04:49 AM  
Getting back to my roots... now I have twins.
Posted By Papa_Joe
Replies: 7
Views: 782
I am completely with you. I had more fun taking pictures in analog times as well. I still like the easy workflow. No ISO to look for, no whitebalance to check, no autofocus going amiss. I never had any issues with exposure while shooting slides. They were okay or a total fail. The major problem of the analog times is also the same: Every shot costs. Luckily I know can buy the M primes very cheap.

The MZ-6 really is a nice camera. I liked the MZ-7 (its predecessor) of my wife a lot. More then my Super A of which I was very proud. The MZ-7 was so easy to use. It had all a camera needed including TTL flash. The green program really works fantastic. The only thing I did not like was the autofocus. But that was much more realiable then the one of my K10D now is.

Have fun and please share some of your pictures.
Forum: General Photography 05-23-2019, 08:06 AM  
This Airport Made Fence Holes for Planespotting Photographers
Posted By Papa_Joe
Replies: 16
Views: 999
In munich the visitor center is safely away from everything, let alone the runway.

EDIT: Just found out they built two hills for the plane spotters north and south of the airport. So, no need to cut holes into the fence for the Bigma, which you have to bring around.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-23-2019, 07:48 AM  
Pentax DA*55 mm 1.4 vs FA43 mm 1.9
Posted By Papa_Joe
Replies: 28
Views: 1,782
To all those recommending 35 mm - I just want to point out, that the OP already has an DA 35/2.4 which is an other plastic fantastic on par with the 35 mm macro.

I would only support Normhead in his suggestion of the (excellent) 31 mm, if any.

To be honest, looking at the lenses of your equipment Gbhati01 I would only miss a 70 - 200 or something like that. You have very good gear.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-23-2019, 03:41 AM  
Pentax DA*55 mm 1.4 vs FA43 mm 1.9
Posted By Papa_Joe
Replies: 28
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You allready have a DA 50 / 1.8 ?

The DA 43 is no upgrade in means of image quality.
It has many advantages over the DA 50, but better IQ is not one of them. It is a very good lens, but the DA50 is just better.
For taking portraits the DA 43 might be better, as its has no resolution at all in the borders and corners, when shot wide open. :)

Pentax SMC DA 50mm f/1.8 - Review / Test - Analysis
Pentax SMC FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited - Lab Test / Review - Analysis

The biggest issue of the DA 50 is a lack of contrast shot wide open, as you already noticed in practice. Closed down to 4.0 the lens should have at least a very good performance.

Before buying the 55 mm I would advise you to test thoroughly if it meets your expectations. It also lacks contrast when wide open, perhaps even more then the DA 50.
With the DA 50 you allready own one of the best performing 50 mm Pentax ever made. Perhaps doing a bit post processing would solve your quality problems.

There are of course some more reasons to prefer one of the better built lenses, but the DA 50/1.8 really is a plastic fantastic.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-22-2019, 08:13 AM  
Need advice for choosing a 35 mm film camera
Posted By Papa_Joe
Replies: 37
Views: 1,237
Good solution! I


All you can do at first glance is listen to the shutter. Take your watch, set shutter speed to the longest available time for example 1 second. Release the shutter. Listen to mirror going up and down, have a look at the watch if it roughly confirms the 1 second. From now on reduce shutter speed one step. Listen to the camera. Does the time intervall sound as half as long? You will hear this quite well up to 1/60 second. Try the other times as well. Does all sound good? This will give you a first impression if there is a major problem, but not more.

Normaly you only have to check the shutter speed on cameras with mechanical controled shutters (MX). The Super A and the ME super (do not buy the ME without super) have electronic shutters and should have no issues with it. They usually work well or do not work at all.

To test if the whole system works, set the f stop to 22 and the speed dial to B. Open the back of the camera. Look at the shutter (do not touch it !!). Press the shutter button and hold it. You should see the mirror go up and stay there. The lens should be closed to smallest f stop. Release the shutter button. The camera should go back to shutter closed, mirror down, lens wide open. Try other F stops.

When you test a super A, have a close look at the metering system. Try Av and P mode and have a look at the time/f-stop combinations. If the camera does not behave as expected, for example in Av-mode does not stepwise follow with the shutter speed, when you open or close the diaphragm or switchs to completely other shutters speeds like 1/2000 then do not buy it. The camera probably has issues with the electronical lens contacts.
Be aware, that the camera will set shutter speed to 1/1000, as long as the film counter is below picture 1. This is a feature, not a fault!

Buying used cameras is always a matter of trust as well.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-22-2019, 12:37 AM  
Need advice for choosing a 35 mm film camera
Posted By Papa_Joe
Replies: 37
Views: 1,237
Hi Matteo!

Unfortunately diopter adjustment as a standard only starts with the autofocus cameras. From the manual focus lines only the LX has a diopter adjustment and only with some of its viewfinders. So your options are
- Buying an LX for the price of an new KS-2.
- Using an autofocus camera
- Using an manual focus camera with your glasses on

I am using my analog cameras with my glasses on and do not have great issues. The bigger viewfinder makes it easy.

Monochrome covered the available range of pentax cameras quite good.
I would just add the
- Program A (Av, P, M)
- P30n, P30t (Av, P, M - plastic body) BUT DX-coded ISO only!

If you do not need the Program or Tv-Mode you have plenty of other K-mount cameras from other brands available like the Cosinas and the Ricohs.

Be aware, that most elder cameras need replacing of the light seals. If you do not want to do this by yourself, we have to narrow the suggestions.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-08-2019, 08:50 AM  
K1000 & ISO/ASA settings
Posted By Papa_Joe
Replies: 9
Views: 467
I think your basic question is answered. If you need more sensivity look for a lab, where you can buy a push processing.

About film and exposure there a some more things to be told, but I recommend you to do some search in the internet first.

To give you recommendations for the concert shooting, we would need some more information.
What type of concert?
How will be the lighting?
How far away from the stage you will be?
What lenses do you want to use?
Will you be in a spot where you can use a tripod?
Can you attend a rehearsal?
From my experience lighting conditions at concerts are often quite good unless they are in your local cosy pub.

And welcome to the world of film photography!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-07-2019, 02:01 AM  
K1000 featured in (UK) Channel 4 series "Chimerica".
Posted By Papa_Joe
Replies: 17
Views: 954
Thank you for your answer Norm!

---------- Post added 05-07-19 at 02:33 AM ----------

Many thanks for all the answers to my post. I totaly forgot about the FM10/CT1s being manufactured by Cosina so long, which of course lead to various K-mount variants.
The only excuse is, that only very few of these found their way to the german market.

I have very strong doubts about the Vivitar V3800N being manufactured by Cosina. First the Vivitar does not have the Cosina release button, which was part of every manufactured CT1 variant. Second the flash socket is much higher on the body then on the CT1. I think the article in the camera-wiki goes wrong there, especially if you have a look at the Phenix DC303 in the same wiki.
Phenix DC303N - Camera-wiki.org - The free camera encyclopedia
From what its look it is probably still a copy of the CT1.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-06-2019, 02:41 AM  
I am done with m42
Posted By Papa_Joe
Replies: 30
Views: 1,919
As I am really not satisfied with the metering of my K10D regardless which lens I am using I always check the histogram and use the exposure compensation afterwards. Usually +0.5. With my M42 lenses I use manual mode and the histogram with very satisfying results.


However if you are really in shooting macros of moving objects like bugs I would recommend a good AF macro, like my Sigma EX DG 2.8 70 mm.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 05-06-2019, 02:25 AM  
Remotes for K10D from China
Posted By Papa_Joe
Replies: 7
Views: 394
Would you mind to tell the forum, what you need the remote for?
This would help us to make some suggestions.


If you are looking for an infrared remote, try to get a used Pentax F.
Or if you have a smartphone with an IR port, there are some some apps that might work.

Be aware, that IR solutions are not overly reliable in the open on a sunny day. Also their range is limited. Pentax claims 5 meter range for the F.


Next step up would be an yongnuo RF-603 with I think a Canon cable. If you are interested in that solution (which seems to be above your budget), give me a short notice here and I will try mine to be shure if it works. I tested it only once when i bought it and can not remember if it's the Canon or the Nikon version.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-03-2019, 12:59 AM  
K1000 featured in (UK) Channel 4 series "Chimerica".
Posted By Papa_Joe
Replies: 17
Views: 954
The K1000 was the last fully manual K mount camera, right? Even Cosina and Mamiya had stopped to produce those. Did you succeed in keeping up the the program with manual cameras?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-02-2019, 07:48 AM  
K1000 featured in (UK) Channel 4 series "Chimerica".
Posted By Papa_Joe
Replies: 17
Views: 954
According to my source the K1000 was built until 1997 and I remember asking for the price of a new one in 1996 in Chinatown, where several shops still offered it.
Buying one in 1989 should have been no problem then.

When I saw the lens the M 4.0/200 came to my mind first. I would rule out the 70-150 mm as it has a 49 mm filter size and from the photo I would guess 52 or 58 mm.

But how could he do that? Canon, really? I mean, he should have earned enough money to buy a Nikon then, shouldn't he?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-29-2019, 07:09 AM  
20mm FF lens?
Posted By Papa_Joe
Replies: 22
Views: 1,155
Thank you Jens!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-29-2019, 06:39 AM  
20mm FF lens?
Posted By Papa_Joe
Replies: 22
Views: 1,155
Sorry I have to contradict to this statement. I think there is no such general rule to the uniformity of the sharpness about the whole frame. For every new lens designed the various characteristics of a lens are set by its developer newly. And if a developer pronounces center sharpness in a new lens you will not have uniform sharpness.
This is absolutely true for my DA 18-135 which has absolute no sharpness at the borders at 135 mm. The priorities where somewhere else obviously.

One may argue that pimes are better in this way, until having a look at the Sigma AF 30 mm / 1.4 which behaves like the worst portrait lens ever in this respect. And that is a full frame lens, not one designed for APC as a standard lens with portrait in mind. This lens is clearly beaten in uniformity across the frame by the much older Tokina RMC 17 / 3.5 which is on par with the SMC DA 15 / 4.0 on the borders and corners at 5.6 but falls behind the DA 15 in the center of the image where this outperforms the Tokina and it's own borders clearly. No uniformity again. But of course better performance over the older lens in all.
All tests cited can be found here: Pentax K Lens Tests

This aside, what I am really interested in is, will the stiching solution work? Has anyone done it already? Don't you have problems with the sharpness at the seams?
Using a 50 mm macro would be the obvious solution then, wouldn't it?
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 04-29-2019, 01:21 AM  
Mirrorless and DSLR dinosaur collapse cont'd: Sony Q4 camera profits dropped by -73%
Posted By Papa_Joe
Replies: 90
Views: 4,059
Why did Canon and Nikon go for FF mirrorless? My guess is, they wanted to stay in the market with mirrorless ILC cameras. Their attemps to get a marketshare of the sensible market segment of small mirrorless ILC failed with the Nikon 1 and Canon M system. Now they are going for full frame in the hope to get the investment back through the higher margins in the full frame market.

I think both companies are just anxious to lose their market shares if they are not going to stay in the mirrorless segment. And I think they allready lost that to Sony and MFT. Sony consequently followed the route to mirrorless at all costs and it did pay of. They have only mirrorless over the full range with all the advantages of concentrating on one technology. MTF saw that they can not hold against the APC SLR cameras and consequently followed the way into mirrorless ILC consumer cameras with both trying to have their share of the upper ILC market segment. I can see no such strategy on the side of Nikon and Canon yet.

Pentax going into mirrorless would certainly not be a good idea now. What they could do safely they tried with the q-system and the K-01. Every other try would result in investments in new techology, where the pay of would be quite unsure. Bringing the K-1 to market was the only chance to get into a new market segment and I hope they get enough money back from it to keep it up.

To get women to buy a camera is quite easy. Design a camera, that is so small you can carry it in a pocket of your trouser and which has a phone built in. They just want to take pictures easily, everywhere at anytime without carrying big equipment or extra equipment at all. I can not see any camera manufacturer doing such a camera.

EDIT: Can not say anything to Fuji X, as I somehow missed their development to the mirrorless market completely.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 04-23-2019, 12:31 AM  
Mid-range Medium Speed Color Film
Posted By Papa_Joe
Replies: 6
Views: 495
I would have said the Fuji Superia X-tra is the film to match your needs. It is much better in grain then the cheaper Kodak (Color Plus and Gold), Fuji (Superia) and I would say surley better then the Lomos. If you liked it's performance, I just would advise you to buy them online from a dedicated analog film shop and store them properly at home. That should minimize the quality issues. The consumer films never have been manufactured for highly predictable results.


Generally when buying films you get what you pay for. That means top quality means top price and cheaper film means cheaper quality.

Second to mention is, that professional analog films are remarkable affordable nowadays.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-18-2019, 07:41 AM  
Blue haze on landscape shots - help?
Posted By Papa_Joe
Replies: 22
Views: 1,266
An UV filter will not reduce the haze more then the skylight filter, as every skylight filter does filter UV as well.

You will only lose the light pink tint in your pictures, which comes from the toning of the skylight filter.

A polarizing filter will probably help, but not in every direction you are looking. As gofour3 wrote, you can get a used linear one quite cheap.

Search the web (polarizing filter) for some more explanations and nice examples


The main point is you shot under the best conditions for having atmospheric haze. The pictures where taken around mitday in a presumable hot and dusty enviroment. You will allways have visible haze then. Shooting in the morning or after rain, when there is less dust in the atmosphere will give better picures.

Just out of curiosity, where did you take the pictures?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-17-2019, 01:22 PM  
light seal replacement: (diy) first time/last time easy/difficult??
Posted By Papa_Joe
Replies: 23
Views: 1,221
Might be the webside ' Matt's Classic Cameras': Light Seal Replacement - Matt's Classic Cameras

Very usefull instructions.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-17-2019, 12:54 AM  
light seal replacement: (diy) first time/last time easy/difficult??
Posted By Papa_Joe
Replies: 23
Views: 1,221
As ever the posts before cover the subject quite good. I just want to add a thing or two about self cut foam.

First I want to stress the things you really need:


You should also have a good portion of patience.

Here in europe precut sets are about the same size what you get if you cut it by yourself, only a bit straighter. In other words a set of square pieces of foam.
Thus I cut all my seals myself. High precision in cutting is not needed, and you always have a second go until you glue the foam into the camera.
I ordered self and non sticking neopren patches in 1 mm, 2 mm and 3 mm thickness from a shop selling insulations. The patches are 20 to 30 cm in square and dirt cheap, about EUR 2,- per piece.

For cutting I use a scalpel with changable blades and a ruler with a metal edge on a good wooden cutting board from the kitchen.

When you are cutting by yourself, you need to examine the existing seals before you clean the camera. I advice you to do some photos to remember where the seals have been. I have two clean bodies without any traces of seals, wondering if they had some at all or I just can not remember me cleaning them :lol:. I try to measure the thickness of the seals with a calliper and a transparent ruler. Not so easy, when the seals are completely detoriated.

The sticking patches I use for the camera back and the mirror damper, where I can remove the new seals easyly when something goes wrong.
For the groves on the back of the camera I use the non-sticking patches or a thick thread of wool. The last one is very easy to apply, you just have to get the right thickness. Like in the video above I just stuff the foam or the wool into the groves, so they can be pulled out if something goes wrong.
For old cameras some people use self sticking velvet for the body at the door hinges, as they used to do in production. I couldn't get my hands on this until now.

Patience and quite will help you, do not rush. The cleaing is usually the time consuming part. Cheaper and older bodies are quite easy to reseal. The worst thing are bodies with seals around the mirror or focusing screen. My Mamyia 645 was quite a piece of work and getting the foam around the screen out my MX still gives me the creeps.

A last word to working near the focusing screen: DO NOT USE ANY SOLVENTS (as lighter fluid) NEAR THE SCREEN, i.e. avoid them in the mirror box.

Honestly I prefer bodies with working seals.
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