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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 2 Days Ago  
A New Addition... the AP, Pentax's Modern SLR Forefather and a 35/4 Tak
Posted By cobbu2
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Absolutely!



Much appreciated! I found the AP (at least this one) to be a smooth running machine, very straightforward, and with its relative quietness discreet as well.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 2 Days Ago  
A New Addition... the AP, Pentax's Modern SLR Forefather and a 35/4 Tak
Posted By cobbu2
Replies: 3
Views: 714
I've been fortunate to have recently acquired a fine example of the Pentax AP SLR, the first modern Pentax SLR after the Asahiflex series, that established the basic design for all Pentax SLR models that followed.

From PentaxForums.com camera reviews: "The Asahi Optical Company released the 'Asahi Pentax' (AP) in 1957 as the replacement for their Asahiflex line of cameras. While not the first Pentaprism camera to be produced, the AP is considered by many to be the start of the modern 35mm SLR format still used today. The camera incorporated a number of features which were not typically found during this era. This was the first camera to combine eye level through the lens focusing (through a pentaprism viewfinder), an instant return mirror and a right-hand film advance/shutter cocking wind lever. The camera was so successful that the company eventually changed its name from Asahi Optical to Pentax.
The camera had no engraved model designation but was later referred to as 'AP' (for 'Asahi Pentax'). The camera had two shutter speed dials. The one on the top plate sets the fast speeds: 1/500, 1/200, 1/100, and 1/50s, the one on the front the slow speeds (controlled by a timer): 1/25, 1/10, 1/5, 1/2, and 1s."

Amazingly, I acquired the particular body (from an excellent seller in Japan), despite a few minor cosmetic flaws, in perfect working order, all functions performing marvelously. There are a few noteworthy points concerning everyday use: the slow speed dial has priority over the fast speed dial; one must remember to set the slow speed dial to 1/25, else it will fire at the set slow speed, regardless of the fast speed dial setting. Also, there are no accessory grooves in the viewfinder, so a flash mush be mounted from the bottom. There is no mechanical interface with lenses, so diaphragm operation would be completely manual.







But the operation is smooth and precise with a surprisingly quiet shutter, much quieter than a Spotmatic or K/M-Series body, but more like the H2 shutter and maybe even slightly more so. In all, this camera reflects a high degree of quality and craftmanship that set the stage for Pentax's future worldwide success.

I was also fortunate to obtain a lens from the same time period (in beautiful condition from the same seller), the 35mm f/4 Takumar, Pentax's first 35mm lens that preceded their legendary 35/3.5 (whose optical formula remained unchanged from 1959 to 1977). It is also claimed to be Japan's first wide-angle SLR lens. As expected, it is completely manual with no lens to body interface that later began with the Auto-Takumars. Its compactness is remarkable and especially considering its early design, performs comparatively well to its successors. It's the perfect period match for the AP.

A couple examples from a recent stroll through the woods with the AP 35/4 combination (Kodak 100TMX, HC-110B):





In all, I'm very impressed with the AP, a great camera, pleasurable to use, whose legacy made it possible for Pentax to attain its future status.

Cheers, Allan
Forum: Pentax KP 02-10-2021, 07:10 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By cobbu2
Replies: 2,942
Views: 282,571
The Devil's Golf Course

SMC-DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-29-2021, 02:57 PM  
K-7 Appreciation - The Forefather Forgotten
Posted By cobbu2
Replies: 167
Views: 19,969
"Fighting a Losing Battle," Downtown Omaha Nebraska a few winters ago.

K-7, SMC DA 40mm f/2.8 Limited

Forum: Lens Clubs 01-27-2021, 08:12 PM  
Fisheye Fever Club -- Flaunt your fisheye photos!
Posted By cobbu2
Replies: 3,729
Views: 670,615
Thanks, much appreciated! Another thing that helped enhance the colors was the setting sun, it was in the middle of the the “golden hour.” The lens was set to 13mm, so it wasn’t zoomed all the way out when composing the shot. There are so many great landscape opportunities at Death Valley, this unexpected pool of water nicely presented itself!
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-27-2021, 04:39 PM  
Fisheye Fever Club -- Flaunt your fisheye photos!
Posted By cobbu2
Replies: 3,729
Views: 670,615
Thanks! The HD-DA 10-17mm is a nice contrasty lens that makes scenes really pop.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-27-2021, 01:53 PM  
Landscape A Red Rock Summer Morning
Posted By cobbu2
Replies: 7
Views: 318
Nicely done Todd!
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-27-2021, 01:36 PM  
Fisheye Fever Club -- Flaunt your fisheye photos!
Posted By cobbu2
Replies: 3,729
Views: 670,615
Badwater Basin, Death Valley NP

KP, HD-DA f/3.5-4.5 10-17mm ED

Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-26-2021, 06:47 PM  
Looking to join the Pentax family with a Pentax 67. Advice needed
Posted By cobbu2
Replies: 47
Views: 2,220
I'm one of those that purchased a 165/4 LS (in 2019) only to find out that its PC socket was inop (I sent it to Eric, but he was unable to fix it). Luckily I was able to sell it for what I paid thanks to recent price increases. It also helped that it's one of the sharpest lenses in the P67 lens family and it was fine in that department.

If the leaf shutter flash sync is important to you, I definitely second verifying the flash sync operation with the seller.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-16-2021, 02:21 PM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By cobbu2
Replies: 9,900
Views: 1,132,926
Hudson Yards, New York, NY

Bronica RF645, 65mm f/4 Bronica Zenzanon-RF
Kodak 100TMX, HC-110B

Forum: Pentax KP 01-14-2021, 12:01 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By cobbu2
Replies: 2,942
Views: 282,571
Mesquite Sand Dunes at Sunrise

Death Valley National Park, California

KP, SMC-DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED WR

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-11-2021, 07:07 PM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By cobbu2
Replies: 9,900
Views: 1,132,926
Thanks Steve... the P6x7/TXP combo works well!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-11-2021, 04:54 PM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By cobbu2
Replies: 9,900
Views: 1,132,926
Mesquite Sand Dunes at sunrise, Death Valley National Park

P6x7, (early Non-MLU), SMC Pentax 6x7 55mm f/4, Kodak 320TXP (220), HC-110B

Forum: Pentax KP 01-07-2021, 06:42 AM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By cobbu2
Replies: 2,942
Views: 282,571
Thanks Ulrich! It was a wonderful experience to watch the sunrise from there as it was happening.
Forum: Pentax KP 01-05-2021, 06:54 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By cobbu2
Replies: 2,942
Views: 282,571
Zabriskie Point with Manly Beacon at dawn, Death Valley NP

KP, SMC Pentax-DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL IF DC WR


Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-04-2021, 07:22 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By cobbu2
Replies: 16,013
Views: 2,643,833
Thanks! I must confess I wasn't actually employing the zone system per se for this (or the others on the 220 roll!); however, I metered for the shadows at ISO 250 and made sure I developed no longer than a normal time in HC-110B.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-03-2021, 05:42 PM  
Kodak/Alaris: 2 new films in 2021
Posted By cobbu2
Replies: 29
Views: 1,412
Perhaps a 120 version of P3200? With the only viable option in that genre being Delta 3200 (which I use), I would still prefer P3200 if it was available in that size.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-03-2021, 02:02 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By cobbu2
Replies: 16,013
Views: 2,643,833
Mesquite Dunes, Death Valley National Park, California

Pentax 6x7 (early Non-MLU version), SMC Pentax 6x7 55mm f/4, Kodak 320TXP (220), HC-110B

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-03-2021, 09:53 AM  
Pentax repair by Eric Hendrickson
Posted By cobbu2
Replies: 471
Views: 113,891
He cleaned and lubed the shutter and film transport, installed light seals and mirror bumper, calibrated the shutter speeds and replaced the shutter curtains that had come off their tracks and become misaligned. I'm guessing each of those actions are common to both types of units and don't require ant unique parts.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-02-2021, 07:18 AM  
Pentax repair by Eric Hendrickson
Posted By cobbu2
Replies: 471
Views: 113,891
Eric just did a min turnaround on my elderly non-MLU P6x7; I shipped it out and had it back on Christmas Eve (under 2 weeks), works perfectly and still has that "new CLA smell."
Forum: Pentax KP 01-02-2021, 07:02 AM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By cobbu2
Replies: 2,942
Views: 282,571
Sunset at Badwater

Death Valley National Park, California, KP, SMC Pentax-DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL IF DC WR

Forum: Lens Clubs 12-24-2020, 10:11 AM  
*Macro* lens club
Posted By cobbu2
Replies: 4,145
Views: 562,547
Thank you for the nice words and Happy Holidays!
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-23-2020, 09:03 PM  
*Macro* lens club
Posted By cobbu2
Replies: 4,145
Views: 562,547


---------- Post added 12-23-20 at 11:04 PM ----------



That’s fantastic! Nicely done composition and unique colors.
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-23-2020, 01:48 PM  
*Macro* lens club
Posted By cobbu2
Replies: 4,145
Views: 562,547
Thank you barondla!
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-22-2020, 05:43 PM  
*Macro* lens club
Posted By cobbu2
Replies: 4,145
Views: 562,547
Haha thanks! Yes, it was unintentional phrasing at first, but I let the entendre work on its own. :)
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