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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 1 Day Ago  
Ks2 Debug mode help needed
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 15
Views: 552
They're going to put a green solenoid in, I assume, and there is always a chance the problem may return. Then again, it may never return. It's a $200 gamble. I put the white solenoid in mine. It's $45 plus tax, plus a JIS screw driver set, a fine point tweezer and electric fine point soldering pen. Still under $100 if you need to buy tools.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 5 Days Ago  
Would Pentax have been better off with a different proportioned 645 digital body?
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 41
Views: 1,548
Kinda like a Rolleiflex SLX but digital...
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 5 Days Ago  
Film camera recommendations?
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 49
Views: 1,476
Yes, the K2 is probably the smallest AE camera of the mid-70s, pre-OM. Here's my K2 vs Nikon EL2 from the same era.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 6 Days Ago  
MX, LX or Super Program
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 46
Views: 2,451
I never noticed the MX winder level had a longer throw, but I used (and still do) Exaktas with a 300+ degree wind...you start with your thumb then switch to your index finger to complete it. Next to that everything is short. The MX does have a racheting winder, so you can do 2 short strokes. The MX shutter dial is stiffer than most. I find I use 2 fingers to turn it, so I don't take my eye away from the viewfinder to change.
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 11-15-2020, 07:31 AM  
So it's starting to happen, finally... (K-S1 aperture issue)
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 13
Views: 350
With my K-S2 the problem got worse over a 4-6 week period. With my K-70 it went fast...like 2-3 days before ever shot was black and it won't come back. So I guess the answer is, who knows?

I wouldn't use the white solenoid from the K-S2. I had trouble soldering (because I used a butane gun) and I may have damaged that solenoid.

What I would do is get a new(ish) white solenoid. Try it in the K-S2 first. Maybe that'll fix that camera. If so, get another white solenoid for the K-S1...leaving you with 2 good cameras. If trying the white solenoid in the K-S2 doesn't work, move it to the K-S1. This way you'll know the issue on the K-S2 isn't the solenoid.

If you haven't done this procedure yet, it's easy as long as you have a decent electric soldering gun with a fine point. You'll need JIS screw drivers, a tweezers, rosin core solder and a soldering pen.



---------- Post added 11-15-20 at 07:34 AM ----------

While this is true...overheating during soldering can damage the solenoid...which might have been my issue.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-15-2020, 07:00 AM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 7,235
Views: 918,219
Some new toys I picked up the past couple of weeks. The Nikkormat FTN, Nikon EL2 and a black Spotmatic. The Spotmatic curtains weren't closing all the way. A little clean and lube on the bottom gears fixed that. The Nikon EL2 came with the AW-1 winder not working. I disassembled to find what I was expecting, the nylon motor gear had split. I ordered a couple brass replacement gear from Sover Wong ($25 ea) so hopefully I can fix it and get the winder reassembled. I must have removed 30 screws. This week I also picked up a Nikkormat ELW with the winder...same issue with the winder and the cameras CdS cells are shot...meter responds to light but underexposing by 2+ stops in bright light and 8+ stops in low light. It's good as a manual camera but no auto exposure or metering.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-11-2020, 06:55 PM  
Pentax MX Slow Speed escapement location
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 3
Views: 351
So it's not really accessable without removing the mirror box. I'd be afraid to try to flush it with some solvent without hitting the curtains. Maybe a drop of solvent on that lever exposed on the bottom would run down into the mechanism and loosen it up?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-11-2020, 06:50 PM  
35mm that can reliably do double exposure
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 54
Views: 1,840
I have done double exposures with Exakta cameras. You can cock the shutter by turning the shutter speed knob. Also I've got a cheap Seagull TLR 4B which allows you to cock the shutter without winding... unfortunately I probably made more unintentional double exposures with it than intentional. I think the Pentax PZ-1 also does multiple exposures but I've never tried it on that camera.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-09-2020, 06:32 PM  
Pentax MX Slow Speed escapement location
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 3
Views: 351
Does anyone know if the MX slow speed escapement mechanism is accessable once the bottom is off, or is it under the mirror box. I have a service manual but I can't tell from the exploded view. I also have a parts body where I can look, but before I delve into it I thought I'd just ask here. I'm considering a purchase of an MX with sticky slow speeds. I can deal with taking the bottom off but I don't want to get into removing the mirror box.
Forum: Pentax K-70 10-29-2020, 04:27 PM  
Pentax K-70 photo samples
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 397
Views: 63,831
Letchworth State Park in western NY.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-21-2020, 05:06 AM  
The CCD Sensor Cult. I mean Club...
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 350
Views: 21,994
Here's an article on shooting with a Phase One H2O CCD back on a Hasselblad.
https://petapixel.com/2020/10/19/using-a-17-year-old-digital-back-on-a-hasselblad-500c-m/
Forum: Pentax K-70 10-14-2020, 12:04 PM  
Optimal K-70 Settings for a Well-Lit Studio Environment?
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 4
Views: 545
This is a nice article discussing lighting basics with a 3 light setup.
https://medium.com/hd-pro/photography-lighting-part-1-studio-portraits-8eede19d5a4d
I did weddings and portraits a number of years ago and for portraits I used a basic 3 light setup similar to what's describe in this article. I had a few umbrellas, silvered and white for key light and diffused light. I used flashes with slave triggers with manual power controls (1/2, 1/4, etc) and I used a flash meter (a Vivitar 230LX). I wouldn't worry about outdoing the competitors. Just learn your basics. Once you've mastered that, you can start getting more creative with light. As for the camera, its the least important piece of the puzzle.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-13-2020, 04:29 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 21,663
Views: 2,747,542
Looks like a Ginko tree. We have allot of them in a park near my house. They produce a fruit that as it rots, smell awful.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-11-2020, 07:01 PM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 9,546
Views: 1,089,021
Here's a few from a Seagull 4B TLR, with the Triplet lens. Better sharpness than I expected. This was a my first roll on it. (Ilford HP5+/D76) So these are mostly just testing some things...like sharpness and direct sun, etc.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-10-2020, 09:06 AM  
Replace eye cup for Pentax 645 film
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 11
Views: 2,099
Yeah...that ...or just use the word unscrew instead of turn.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-10-2020, 09:00 AM  
645 battery grip
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 5
Views: 626
I wasn't expecting anything new to come out... Just wondering if anyone knew the history...why was it removable? The only thing I could come up with was... there is a remote battery back and the ability to connect a remote release (I think) to the remote battery pack. Still what a missed opportunity to sell owners a second or third grip. A pistol grip or a left handed grip would have been great.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-10-2020, 06:01 AM  
645 battery grip
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 5
Views: 626
I've been using my newly acquired 645 and had some thoughts on the battery grip...
Why is it removable? Was there plans for optional replacements that never came to be? I would have loved to see an optional pistol grip battery that mounted on the bottom...how easy would that have been to produce. Or how about a replacement grip with a self timer built in. It seems odd the grip is removable, yet nothing exists to replace it.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-09-2020, 11:29 AM  
Replace eye cup for Pentax 645 film
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 11
Views: 2,099
Ok...I can answer my own question... It's not a "turn to the left"...it's an unscrew counterclockwise. It wasn't glued on but I was able to unscrew it and some corrosion in the thread was locking it. It looked like it had gotten wet...maybe some sweat and salt crystalized. I cleaned it off and it's fine now. "Turn to the left" sounds like it's supposed to bayonet off...
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-09-2020, 09:50 AM  
Replace eye cup for Pentax 645 film
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 11
Views: 2,099
I have a 645 and I'm unable to remove the small eye cup. I have the manual and it say it's "easily removed by turning to the left", but mine won't budge and I'm trying hard. I'm thinking someone glued it on. Should it come off easily?
Forum: Pentax K-70 10-07-2020, 10:37 AM  
Pentax K-70 photo samples
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 397
Views: 63,831
I usually get there once a year ...it's a nice walk through the glen...allot of stairs. There a few nice waterfalls in that area... Taughannock Falls near Ithaca is impressive but check it out in the spring...by late summer it's dried up.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-03-2020, 05:58 AM  
Westanar 50mm f2.8... anyone have hints for fixing the aperture?
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 4
Views: 519
Have you tried a rubber stopper to turn the front ring? Also check the front baffling. Sometimes there are 1 or 2 tiny set screws holding it in place. If so, try loosening them and turn with a rubber stopper. I've had this lens in Exakta mount but don't remember exactly how it's held in.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-02-2020, 12:24 PM  
Question on C41 process
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 4
Views: 553
I've done C41 and E-6 before so I know the process, but it's been close to 20 years and I forget how the use of the chemicals go. If I bought a liter and my 2 reel can holds about 300mls... So I get 3x2=6 rolls fist pass. If I can do 24 rolls per liter as advertised, that means I use the liter 4 times...and if so I adjust dev time each round, correct? I have a vague memory that's how it works.... I haven't bought the chemistry yet or I could read it off the box.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-02-2020, 08:12 AM  
MF Camera Purchase Considerations
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 27
Views: 1,345
Well...I'll have my K-70 and probably take a couple 35mm film cameras...probably my Nikon F2A and Pentax MX. (Or I might put a roll of color in my Exakta VXIIa) I've got 2 rolls of 36exp Delta 100 and 2 more rolls of 24exp Kodak Gold. Luckily I'm driving because I'll need 2 camera bags. I'm going to make a long weekend of it and I might stop in Allegheny State Park...Which is at the northern tip if the Allegheny National Forest...in NY on the PA border. There's some giant rock formations there that make for some cool pics.

https://images.app.goo.gl/EnR2y6WWCZ8NFQ2C9
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-02-2020, 07:09 AM  
MF Camera Purchase Considerations
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 27
Views: 1,345
Camera arrived and I've already put a roll through it. I'll probably dev and scan this weekend to confirm all is working as it should. Everything seems to work fine. Lenses are in great shape. So I bought 5 rolls of C41 film for my trip.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 09-30-2020, 12:49 PM  
MF Camera Purchase Considerations
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 27
Views: 1,345
Thanks all for your input. I opted for a 645. Got it with the 55, 75 and 80-160 for $500...about $625 with tax and shipping.
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