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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 6 Days Ago  
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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-04-2019, 06:56 PM  
What autofocus film camera to get?
Posted By steamloco76
Replies: 20
Views: 886
I used three PZ-1p bodies as a small town photojournalist until going digital in 2004. The PZ-1p did just about everything well. The 1/250 flash synch was great for sports filll flash. The off the film flash metering worked very well, including flash compensation. Really USING these bodies on a daily basis revealed the weak link, that super fast Sony shutter was prone to failure before anything else. I bought Pentax extended warranties on all three bodies. The oldest, most used never failed me so I used the warranty for a CLA. The other two PZ-1ps both had shutter failures, replaced under the extended warranty. The newest, least used one failed again just after the warranty expired.
Dont let what I said scare you away from the PZ-1p. Mine shot a lot of sports at the full 4fps. They ate a lot of fine dust too. Sandlot baseball is a camera killer. You can tell a PZ-1p that has had hundreds and of rolls of film run through it. Open the back and look at the pressure plate and film guides. High use will show polished areas on the pressure plate. Find one without much exterior scuffing and a new looking film are and you will have a fin, long lasting camera.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-21-2019, 10:38 AM  
What autofocus film camera to get?
Posted By johnha
Replies: 20
Views: 886
The Z-1 is easily the best, the MZ-S is far too expensive for what it is, the SFX(n) was a very solid camera often underrated.

Super-A, Program-A or P50 with a Motordrive-A gives you a vertical grip (with vertical & horizontal shutter releases). Heavy (8x AA batteries) but very satisfying. The Super-A offers Tv allowing aperture control of lenses without aperture rings.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 03-15-2019, 04:30 PM  
Film developing 101
Posted By ChrisPlatt
Replies: 31
Views: 1,134
The AP/Arista Premium plastic tanks and reels are great.
I use single and two roll size models.

Their plastic auto-load reels are easier to use than Paterson.

Or two films, one developer. I recommend one 100 & one 400 speed film and HC110.

Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 03-09-2019, 12:36 PM  
Film developing 101
Posted By Jim70
Replies: 31
Views: 1,134
First of all, don't get overwhelmed by all the options there are for film developing. B&W is simpler than color and requires fewer chemicals, so I'd start there.

Pick one film and one developer. Ilford HP5+ is a popular choice, it's a good film and forgiving of some errors in exposing and developing. D-76 is a very common developer; many people will claim (and obtain) better results with other developers, but D-76 is relatively inexpensive and you can buy it in solid form which you mix as needed. This saves $$.

Stay with whatever combination you pick until you can reliably predict the results from your development. Once you reach that level, you can then branch out, trying other developers, other temperatures, etc. I'd stay with the same film because you want to see what effect your experiments have.

If you want to see just how many variations there are out there, look at The Massive Development Chart. Don't let it blow your mind! By the way, you'll find a useful temperature chart in there for whatever film/developer combination you choose.

If all this sounds like it could take a while - it does. I've been doing this for more than 40 years and I'm still not done. There's always something else to try - that's what makes it fun.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-05-2019, 07:25 PM  
K50 went black
Posted By Lee Clary
Replies: 4
Views: 350
Brand new to photography and my auto mode is all dark. This happened after the camera hadn't been used for months. How can I verify if this is a setting problem or if it's the aperture solenoid problem...or something else entirely. Thanks in advance for your help!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-21-2019, 04:48 PM  
What autofocus film camera to get?
Posted By Aaron28
Replies: 20
Views: 886
nice price with the grip!! a couple bucks cheaper than when I purchased them separately
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-21-2019, 09:33 AM  
What autofocus film camera to get?
Posted By Adam
Replies: 20
Views: 886
But it's crippled, so you can't (properly) use the aperture ring on manual lenses.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-21-2019, 12:20 AM  
What autofocus film camera to get?
Posted By Mountain Vision
Replies: 20
Views: 886
PZ-1P is actually closest to a Pentax DSLR. The MZ-S was designed to use the aperture ring on the lens, if I am not mistaken, while the Z-1p had dual control dials.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-30-2019, 02:47 PM  
Tmax, Tri-x or Ilford HP5?
Posted By Alex645
Replies: 57
Views: 2,061
Kodak Tri-X:
Pro: The classic tonal response and film look generations of photographers learned with and shot since 1954. The 11th Commandment is that the first roll of black and white must be Tri-X;) In my experience, the most "forgiving" in terms of exposure latitude and processing.
Con: Kodak's annoyingly difficult metal canisters to pry open. Also the tape that attaches the film to the spool is difficult to peel off when transferring the film to the developing reel.

Ilford HP5+:
Pro: Very similar to Tri-X but easier to open the metal canister and to tear the film off the spool. It's Tri-X with an English accent.
Con: Doesn't come in the classic yellow box.

Kodak TMax:
Pro: Sharp, less grainy, and a bit more contrasty compared to the other two above. (Iford's equivalent is Delta).
Con: For optimal results, I'd recommend using TMax developer which is expensive. (Delta is optimized with Ilford DD-X.)

This is my experience and my opinion. Some photo teachers give their students the same film to make processing and results more consistent from assignment to assignment, but I believe in the "try them all" approach so you can see for yourself which film becomes your personal preference.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-30-2019, 07:03 AM  
Tmax, Tri-x or Ilford HP5?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 57
Views: 2,061
It's this:

After Adams it's a classic. It has been updated recently for digital. Looks like there are some others with promise as well.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-06-2019, 02:30 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By goddo31
Replies: 18,724
Views: 2,269,068
Cool, thanks for the detailed reply.
It is hard to distinguish between dust and small reflections sometimes.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 10-15-2017, 01:20 PM  
Bulk film loader - what to look out for?
Posted By Alex645
Replies: 7
Views: 1,029
Excellent posts by Stevebrot and Photoptimist. The Watson or Alden is the most 'advanced' bulk loader, but you'll want to make sure you understand the mechanics of how to open and close the light trap.

You Tube

I love the Lloyd for its simplicity and ease of use. The most common problem with used ones is that the hinged lid is suppose to have a plastic hole on the side where the handle goes thru. This is designed to prevent the user from accidentally opening the door (thus exposing the film to light) while rolling film. In used Lloyd loaders, it is not uncommon that the previous owner broke the plastic hole by forcing the door open without removing the handle first. Without that hole on the hinged door, you can accidentally or prematurely open the door while the film is still being loaded and thus fog or ruin the film.

Summary: Make sure if it is a Lloyd bulk loader, that the hole is intact on the hinged door. If not, it will still work, but you should use tape when you're rolling film to ensure the door doesn't open and leak light.

You Tube

Also note for the Lloyd that you must make sure the flat side of the spool faces the handle side and that the smaller hole in the cassette faces the handle side.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 12-03-2017, 12:14 PM  
Bulk film loader - what to look out for?
Posted By disconnekt
Replies: 7
Views: 1,029
Nick (of Nick Exposed) has a video on how to bulk load film using the Lloyd bulk loader:

You Tube

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-27-2018, 09:33 PM  
Ektachrome is back!
Posted By Jellygeist
Replies: 127
Views: 6,197
I think you'll like what you get. It's a pretty honest film, from what I can tell. If you have a good scene and know how to capture it, it'll be right there along with you.

My setup gives it a bit of an older look but newer cameras and lenses will probably make it a bit more modern looking.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-26-2018, 06:05 AM  
Architecture City hall on the new Ektachrome
Posted By jnd
Replies: 1
Views: 246
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-27-2018, 05:51 PM  
Ektachrome is back!
Posted By Jellygeist
Replies: 127
Views: 6,197
I got 3 rolls from B&H, which even with the exchange rate and shipping is a cheaper option than buying from Canadian purveyors. Seriously.

Anyways, my first roll came back today and I'm pretty pleased. The scans are fine, look good on small screens and decent on big ones, but obviously they don't capture the entirety of what I see in the positives.

The quality of the photography is, by my standard, the usual inconsistent, but there are some I'm pretty happy with. Here's one:

Back Alley Study #2 by Jelly Geist, on Flickr

It's dangerously close to a "Dave Shot" but I think I made it work compositionally. Looks like the truck is peering out from behind the shed, all creepy like.

I'm gonna have to make these last two rolls stretch a bit. I have...ideas, but they'll have to wait until spring.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-23-2018, 06:56 AM  
The real truth on the MZ-S mirror motor gear?
Posted By filmamigo
Replies: 23
Views: 3,256
I've had two MZ-S and I've sold both because of fear of eventual demise of a very expensive (to me) camera.

The "melting" issue in the MZ-S rang a bell, but not for the mirror gear. The only issue I experienced was with the weather sealing rings on the big control dials. My first MZ-S became almost impossible to adjust -- a trip to the local repair shop showed that the rubber rings had melted and were jamming the works. The shop cleaned out the rubber and it worked perfectly. So long as I was OK with not having weather sealing on those dials, it was great. My second MZ-S was a bit grabby on the dials but not as bad as the first, so I didn't have it cleaned out.

Of course in the mean time I've added an MZ-5n and MZ-3 to the collection. So far the MZ-3 is still going but the MZ-5n packed it in this summer. I ordered 2 custom replacement gears in brass in case I ever decide to have one of these cameras fixed. So maybe it's time to embrace the MZ-S, knowing that I have a gear in stock if it should ever fail?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-18-2018, 08:59 AM  
The real truth on the MZ-S mirror motor gear?
Posted By chickentender
Replies: 23
Views: 3,256
I still find it odd that so many MZ and Z variants have met their demise due to the failing of that drive gear, yet @felixkh 's account above is literally the only one I've read on these forums or otherwise specifically related to the MZ-S. Seems reasonable to assume that either the gear was switched in production at some early point, or that there is simply more to it relating to mechanical differences and other tolerances. I hope to never find out, but I've two replacement brass pieces on stand-by that I ordered 2 or 3 years ago. My MZ-S is still purring along happily and it was a very (already) well-used copy when I purchased it 4 (or 5?) years back. But then again, my MZ-3 is also just fine on with it's original gear. Knock on wood in both cases I suppose, however it's still interesting that we've simply heard of virtually no MZ-S failures in this regard beyond speculation and (that I know of) one direct account.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-17-2018, 10:05 PM  
The real truth on the MZ-S mirror motor gear?
Posted By felixkh
Replies: 23
Views: 3,256
I think the weather also plays a part. I stay in a relatively high humidity region with all year summer so we do need to keep gear in dricabinets and if not things will break down and spoil.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-26-2018, 01:52 AM  
My old-New MZ-S After Returning From Repair
Posted By Not a Number
Replies: 18
Views: 1,571
This company was discussed previously in this thread:

Lens Repair Co. run by Retired Pentax Engineers -

Note: The mirror motor gear problem is usually that the plastic gear on the motor cracks. The replacement motors had metal gears on them, and perhaps some of the later production cameras came equipped with the metal gear. There is a website (in Poland as I recall) that sells a compatible gear that you can get in brass. However, you need to either change the gear yourself or find a technician that will do it for you.

kkpmo - Zahnrad / Trieb M0.25 / 13 Zhne

You need to change the 1.5mm and the width to 2.0 and material to brass - although you could leave it as plastic that might break again in time. If you searched around you could probably find another source for the same size gear.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-26-2018, 12:57 AM  
My old-New MZ-S After Returning From Repair
Posted By felixkh
Replies: 18
Views: 1,571
My MZ-S suffered the dreaded Mirror Motor Gear failure in 2012 and no one in Singapore could get it fixed so it stayed in the dricabinet until this year when a buddy when to Japan on a business trip and chanced upon this company that is staffed by former Pentax engineers that HOYA laid off when they bought Pentax. The company is called NSB Tekunos.

Here is a photo of the lovely MZ-S and I can use it again to shoot film.

WhatsApp Image 2018-09-26 at 07.08.27 by Felix Tan, on Flickr

Bought this fine camera in 2008 and loved the camera to bits.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-19-2018, 02:51 PM  
What Is Up With K1000 Prices?
Posted By reh321
Replies: 213
Views: 8,364
So you purchased it used?

When I purchased my Super Program in 1983 {thirty-five years ago}, I specifically chose it because it seemed so svelte compared to the K1000 {which seemed so 'clunky'} even though it eats those tiny button batteries like candy. When I have a desire to use film, I just go back to it.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-09-2018, 10:27 PM  
After years of lurking, I'm finally here
Posted By Jathys
Replies: 12
Views: 405
I live in western MA, but am currently in northern NY. First got exposed to Pentax when my dad gave me his old K1000. Moved on to the K10D. That camera went to a friend after I switched to my Pentax K5. As much as I love this camera, there are shiny new toys out there to be had... errr... And I've been wanting to "return" to full frame, wanting the extra sharpness of not having an anti-aliasing filter, wanting an excuse to upgrade my glass, finding myself doing large prints on a regular basis, etc... So I'll be ordering the K1ii in the next day or two. (I'm aware of the strong arguments for getting the original K1 instead, but for my style of photography, I'm quite confident in the K1ii).

Anyway, that's what brings me "officially" to the forums after years of lurking. I made my final decision about camera and glass. Still flip-flopping between two lenses, but I'm not rich enough to get both of them just yet, so I made a decision and am sticking to it. So I come back to the forums to browse and head into the Marketplace section of the page to look at what people are selling (even though I usually shy away from used gear, always fearing the worst). But I go to the Marketplace anyway and for the first time ever go into Price Watch. Then I find one of the lenses I'm getting and see that it's $300 cheaper at B&H (I usually go to Adorama). That said, Pentax Forums is going to save me $300, so I had to register at least to say thanks. I'll be sure to do my purchases through the support-Pentax-Forums-banners for Adorama and B&H when the time comes. And in two weeks when I'm at the National Zoo in DC with my brand new 150-450mm, I'll be sure to post samples.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 03-25-2012, 10:44 AM  
AF-360FGZ on Program A/Super Program
Posted By Twarp
Replies: 9
Views: 1,443
Crap, you are right! I found the table on a different page in the Dutch manual, I read it once but is easy to miss. Usually the English version is preferred but this was a single booklet, the English version was combined with French, German and Italian and maybe even Spanish so I put it in the box. Since I don't have (had) an ist D, ist DS or ist DS2 I just skipped any passage relating to them and indeed there it is mentioned that TTL is displayed on the LCD.
But I assure you that any shop I investigated, also in online specs given, state that only P-TTL is supported. It kind of feel a bit pissed now for not reading the manual at least TWICE.

Anyway, my little test confirms what is in the manual after all ;)
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