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Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 11-15-2022, 01:53 PM  
K1000 - What's the Appeal?
Posted By martin42mm
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Probably because Pentax replaced the original metal parts with plastic.
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 11-15-2022, 11:06 AM  
K1000 - What's the Appeal?
Posted By martin42mm
Replies: 66
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I wonder if the MEF, being the last of the M series line, had a modified wind-on interlock which overcomes the achilles heel of the other models. Can't say I've ever stripped one down.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-10-2022, 01:59 PM  
What compact Pentax dslr???
Posted By martin42mm
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Or Vanya?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-10-2022, 01:44 PM  
What compact Pentax dslr???
Posted By martin42mm
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What's in a name? I have always bought them on the simple premiss of 'what do they offer'? Same with cars, washing machine, fridges,TVs etc. Who really cares what they are called-although Edsel was a stretch too far!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-10-2022, 01:25 PM  
What compact Pentax dslr???
Posted By martin42mm
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They probably want to draw a line under the aperture solenoid issue, which afflicted so many on the K-S1/2, K-30/50s and early-on 70 models?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-09-2022, 12:10 PM  
What compact Pentax dslr???
Posted By martin42mm
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You're welcome-anything that helps to get cameras going again!
The seller has to offer a return because it is not as described/faulty. If you emphasise that you are willing to bear the cost of the repair yourself, and that he will have to sell the camera as faulty at a reduced price if it does go back might just persuade him to offer you a decent reduction. The professional cost of this repair is 100 +, as I found out from Pentax when I enquired a couple of years ago.
The camera IS usable as-is, if you have manual aperture ring lenses. Otherwise it is a no-go.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-09-2022, 10:41 AM  
What compact Pentax dslr???
Posted By martin42mm
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Do not buy ANY online solenoids, especially the green Chinese variety, or the blue ones-Photogem has done an excellent thread on here regarding the differences between the solenoids, and what to avoid. Even the white ones sold online tend to be culled from old DVD players, or the wrong models of camera. There are only certain white solenoids that can be used, and again , Photogem covers this.in thread A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY: Development of the solenoid in Pentax cameras - PentaxForums.com. The K-S1 repair thread is ttps://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/184-pentax-k-s1-k-s2/388567-manual-solenoid-replacement-pentax-k-s1.html.
Although the instructions are quite comprehensive, it will probably take you longer to read them than do the repair! If you can handle a small soldering iron , and have the correct tipped screwdriver, the repair can be done in under an hour.


I purchased my solenoids from John Pye Technical
39-40 Marchington Industrial Estate
Stubby Lane
Uttoxeter
ST14 8LP
tel.01283384409
the Ricoh part number for the solenoid is 77650G119, and as I said cost is 9 plus VAT( 2021 price)

Read more at: K-30 / K-50 Aperture Block Failue - Repair Solution available - Page 64 - PentaxForums.com


John Pye is the Pentax-approved repairer I was referred to by Pentax UK. This was last year, and from what I can gather from the comments of other forum members, John Pye do NOT export, presumably because of all the red tape that that beknighted Brexit decision has caused! However if you contact Pentax in your own country, you should find they will be willing to sell you the updated solenoid if you quote the part number.

As the threads outline, there is another alternative, and that is to obtain a suitable donor camera that has the original, and non-problematic-'white' solenoid. I have managed to buy a couple of ist DLs at low price that I used as donor cameras, removing the white solenoid from the flash compartment. These cameras have two solenoids, so it does not disable a working donor camera, and in fact the green solenoid from the K-S1 can be used in the flash compartment of the donor camera. I have so far not noticed any issues with this since the green solenoids rarely causes problems when used for raising the flash cover.

If you have any problems sourcing an upgraded solenoid from Pentax where you are, for whatever reason, please let me know. I can always buy one from John Pye ( assuming they have not started restricting the sales, of course) and post it out to you.I don't know what the solenoid price is currently, but even with international postage the total should come to under 25, and you will have a solenoid guaranteed to work and -hopefully-last. the K-S1 is worth it.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-09-2022, 06:03 AM  
What compact Pentax dslr???
Posted By martin42mm
Replies: 126
Views: 3,960
Negotiate a reduction for the solenoid issue, buy an upgraded Pentax-sourced solenoid ( about 10 in the UK)-DON'T be tempted to go for an el-cheapo replacement. The original 'white' solenoid is fine if you can obtain one, but some sellers want daft prices for them. Then follow the excellent guide to the repair proceedure on this forum.
Any questions before attempting this, just ask.
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 11-08-2022, 01:54 AM  
Camera rescue 911: Another K1000's frantic call for help!
Posted By martin42mm
Replies: 21
Views: 1,237
Good lens, capable of excellent results. Pity they made it of plastic, but it sems reasonably robust compared with the plastic Fuji 50mm's of that era that seem to ALWAYS have a cracked focus ring.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-08-2022, 01:45 AM  
What compact Pentax dslr???
Posted By martin42mm
Replies: 126
Views: 3,960
Not the last time I looked, but with age, who knows what the future brings.....
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-07-2022, 02:23 PM  
What compact Pentax dslr???
Posted By martin42mm
Replies: 126
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First thing I did with my (black) K-S1 was turn the bling lights on the front off! Yes, useful when you are using the self-timer, but I prefer to have an inconspicuous camera when I'm shooting.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-06-2022, 02:18 PM  
What compact Pentax dslr???
Posted By martin42mm
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Nice one-enjoy it.��
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-04-2022, 01:07 PM  
What compact Pentax dslr???
Posted By martin42mm
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I'm lucky-small hands, and the K-S1 and KP with small handgrip are just prefect. But as I've said before, I started out with a Zenit, then the Spotmatics,and neither of those had handgrips, just solid lumps of metal with ribbed covering ( Zenit E), and leathercloth ( Spotmatic). I could hand hold down to at least a 1/4 second without camera shake, and I still do. Screens, apart from focus screens, didn't exist. I NEVER use the rear screen to compose or focus, so if it tilts or not has zero influence on what I buy. If I need a low angle, I use an r/f finder as I have always done.

Yes, it is all down to personal choice. Like everything else in life
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-04-2022, 05:54 AM  
What compact Pentax dslr???
Posted By martin42mm
Replies: 126
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But your own homework is by far the most important avenue when chosing anything. It's why I may look at reviews, but I'm not often swayed by them-they are just another piece in the jigsaw.

Back in the 60s when I first got interested in hi-fi, I used to read the various reviews in the hi-fi mags regarding amps, speakers, turntables etc.. But I didn't make any final decisions until I listened in a specialist shop to what they sounded like, and often ended up with the sales guy remarking that my choice was different to what most people would have bought. My ears, my decision, and zero regrets since the first speakers I bought ( early Mordaunt-Short) lasted me for decades before being replaced by Rogers, which I still have.
So if you can, try before you buy-they're your eyes looking at the resultant images, no-one else's.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-04-2022, 03:08 AM  
What compact Pentax dslr???
Posted By martin42mm
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smartphone-I have a mobile, but it does nothing but make & receive calls, and at a pinch receives FM radio. For anything else, I use a dedicated tool. Which is why i would never swap my camera for a smartphone. For starters, I have a number of non-DSLRs/SLRs, but if it doesn't have a viewfinder, I'm not interested.
This is, after all , the Pentax forum, and don't suppose there are too many smartphone users on here who use their 'phone more than they do a camera, although I agree they can produce excellent photos within their limitations. I've only just managed to persuade my wife to use a camera , and she agrees they do give her better photos under a wider range of circumstances than her smartphone she has used until now. But if she needs a grab-shot, out comes the 'phone. And let's face it, if you haven't got a camera to hand, that can be a shot missed, so they have their place. Just not on here!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-04-2022, 02:12 AM  
What compact Pentax dslr???
Posted By martin42mm
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So that's what I missed with the K-S2.

Since I have no need for any of those features, and the sensor is the same as my K-S1, I'll stick. Even the enhanced grip is not a requirement for me since I have small hands, and the K-S1 as-is feels just fine. My KP similarly is only fitted with the smallest supplied grip
.If anyone finds those features essential, and they will swing the decision, then that's for them to decide.
It's funny the various things that can be a reason to buy any camera. When I bought my first SLR, a Zenit E, back in the 60's, I had two questions-does it take decent photos, and can I afford it! Seems nowadays we have so many choices that half the time we should be spending on photography is spent agonising over whether we can do without this or that on another camera. So cut the decisions making down to those same two questions-does it take decent photos, and can I afford it . Then buy it.....
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-03-2022, 02:27 PM  
What compact Pentax dslr???
Posted By martin42mm
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I've not tried the K-S2, but if it betters the K-S1, OK-but how much more than the K-S1 is it to buy secondhand?
I was completely satisfied with the K-S1 camera and images until the aperture issue reared its ugly head, when I bought the KP before I'd sorted the K-S1. If it hadn't been for that aperture problem, I'd still be using it exclusively now. As it is, I use both.

The K-S2 may be better, but I doubt I'll ever know, because I don't go chasing new cameras unless I'm dissastisfied with current results, or failure forces a change on me.
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 11-03-2022, 03:12 AM  
K1000 - What's the Appeal?
Posted By martin42mm
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Yes, we're back to the lens cap on/off scenario again. Does anyone have any experience as to how long a battery lasts on a K1000 when used outdoors, but with the lens cap removed for most of the time? I can't say I've ever noticed an issue, but I also carry spare batteries even for meters so it wouldn't matter anyway. I suppose if you were REALLY determined not to use a lens cap, you could reduce the potential battery drain by ( assuming the lens fitted has one) switching the aperture lever to manual and leaving the lens on the smallest aperture. Sadly it was a feature that virtually disappeared after the K-mount came in.
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 11-03-2022, 02:49 AM  
K1000 - What's the Appeal?
Posted By martin42mm
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Never done a 'real world' check, especially since I always pop my lens cap back on between shooting sessions. Must have been a Vicorian photographer in an earlier life......
However even with a lens cap i doubt the drain would be high enough to flatten a battery assuming it was in good nick at the start of the day, especially since with all-mechanical cameras it does nothing other than power the meter circuit. Be interesting if anyone has done that test-anyone?
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 11-02-2022, 03:22 PM  
K1000 - What's the Appeal?
Posted By martin42mm
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Agreed re taking batteries out. Even if they do not leak they do outgas over time, and it is that which causes the battery compartment connecting wires to corrode, necessitating replacement. Unfortunately it can be very time consuming to solder in those replacements since very often the toplate requires lifting to make the upper connection . Wires rarely have sufficient spare length available in the bottom of a camera to enable the corroded section to be cut away and the good wire resoldered ,plus making a satisfactory joint is rarely possible.

As for having cameras on display, I used to have many dozens in various display cabinets and on open shelves, but I still kept lens caps on. No quite as aesthetically pleasing as a 'naked' lens, but front lens elements not only get grimy, the metalliic oxides are deteriorated over time by moisture in the air ( modern lenses sem less susceptible, although that may just be because they are newer), which causes damage to the coating and leaves a mottled effect. A lens cap prevents this to a great extent. Unfortunately this deterioration is rarely reversible , and some makes of lenses are more susceptible than others.
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 11-02-2022, 02:28 PM  
K1000 - What's the Appeal?
Posted By martin42mm
Replies: 66
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Cameras only drain battery power to any notable degree in bright conditions. Even without a lens cap, the camera will probably be in a case or gadget bag. So virtually no drain. And the batteries are hardly expensive if you buy in bulk. Personally a lens cap is a must for any lens-and better than a filter-to protect front elements which can, and do get marked as I've seen so often when servicing and cleaning lenses, so should really not be treated just as an afterthought.

The MX certainly has a brighter screen and v/f, and is the more compact camera.Just don't be tempted for whatever reason to touch the blind curtains, because any loss of tension in them will result in one or both blinds suffering from their connecting cords ( not tapes) falling off their pulleys. Then a complete strip-down is needed to get them back on again!

Of the two, the K1000 and the KM are the more robust,but less sophisticated than the MX, especially regarding the v/f brightness, which was my main reaosn for migrating from my Spotmatics to one in the early 1980s. That bright screen is a very compelling reason for buying the MX!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-02-2022, 10:12 AM  
What compact Pentax dslr???
Posted By martin42mm
Replies: 126
Views: 3,960
You won't regret it. Any issue down the line with the solenoid, just ask. There's an excellent solenoid replacement repair thread re the camera, and any other questions can be answered by members who have experience of the proceedure.
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 11-02-2022, 04:18 AM  
K1000 - What's the Appeal?
Posted By martin42mm
Replies: 66
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I have to agree with you re the ME and ME Super, and if fact ALL the M series cameras, except the MX. They suffered a rmechanical problem which afflicts the wind-on hook-up, leaving the shutter uncocked. I've never found a satisfactory way of fixing it, although I did read somewhere recently of claims that a repairer had managed to sort out a fix, and done it to dozens of them. Sadly I can't verify that claim, and I know when I investigated it back in the early 1980s, I could see no way of resolving the issue, which seemed to be caused by simple wear to a fundemental part of one of the the wind-on levers in the base of the camera.

There will always be an issue with at least a small percentage of mechanical cameras having a fault at some time in their lifetime. It's a bit like a car that is never serviced or maintained-there will inevitably be a failure, and the vast majority of cameras will never be serviced until the day they finally cry enough, and fail . Fortunately, which brings me back to my original point, mechanical cameras rarely fail without some warning of an impending issue, so if a camera is working fine before it is taken out for a photographic session, the chances are it will still be working when needed. For example you cannot predict if the glue on the blind tapes is going to give up the ghost after your pre-check, however the chances of both letting go simultaneously is remote , and one will show an issue before they other goes. But almost, and I repeat almost, any mechanical camera can be resurrected if there is a failure, usually these days by using donor parts from a camera that is beyond redemption, and even that is sometimes for an economic reason rather than because it is truly dead.


I don't claim the K1000 is truly bullet-proof, but given the mechanism is very closely based on the preceding Spotmatics, it is going to be a very good bet it will outlast the user. In the 50 + years I have used Spotmatics, as well as collecting them, I have only one 'failure'. That was because a small pellet of metal from the manufacturing process ended up inside the camera body, until it eventually worked its way into a position where it jammed the wind-on. Removing the top, and shaking out the offending pellet solved the problem instantly! Yes, the meters can stop working, but usually because someone has left a battery in that has leaked, corroding the connecting wire(s). I've never encountered a failure of the meter galvo or the meter cells. And if we're being really accurate, yes, the stop-down switch does eventually stop returning automatically, and can only be fixed by stripping the mirror cage out since it it can only be reached from behind the front plate. I don't usually bother and return the switch to its default position manually. The K1000 doesn't have that problem, being K-mount.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-01-2022, 01:28 PM  
What compact Pentax dslr???
Posted By martin42mm
Replies: 126
Views: 3,960
Just trying to help-we can only reflect our own experiences and ( often biased!) opinions. I include myself in the latter category......
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-01-2022, 12:56 PM  
What compact Pentax dslr???
Posted By martin42mm
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Views: 3,960
The K-S1 is is a very petite and light camera, capable of excellent results. I know, because I have one. Yes, they can suffer from aperture failure, but it is NOT a given. In the UK I bought a couple of Pentax upgraded solenoid for about 10 each, and did the repair myself at no additional cost -just follow the forum repair guide step-by-step.I also repaired a K-30 at the same time. The only thing you may need is a small variable temperature soldering iron-ebay for 10
.I have previously owned and used the K-r , but the images are not as good as from the K-S1, which has a superior sensor to the K-r.
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