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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-17-2020, 04:17 AM  
K1000 how to tell Japan made version?
Posted By Nick Crumpler
Replies: 19
Views: 19,043
That's so true! But, sadly, there are not many about! And lots of the ones that do come up for sale are in poor condition.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-13-2020, 05:03 AM  
K1000 how to tell Japan made version?
Posted By Nick Crumpler
Replies: 19
Views: 19,043
The Chinese made versions are usually much more reasonably priced than the daft prices the metal ones get jacked up to. They are also a little lighter and just as well made as the Taiwan or Japan made ones in terms of function. Because they are more recent than the often worn-out or abused older Japanese ones, you can also find them in far better condition. So don't fall into the trap of assuming metal is good, plastic is bad. The metal ones hold their value more only because people have anti-plastic attitudes, so if you don't like photography based on taking great photos, but you do like making money selling gear, the Chinese version is no good for you.

I found the Chinese version to have a very strong top and bottom plate, a more basic prism focus centre, but it had a much better designed film pressure plate and roller system in the rear panel. One website I read was banging on about the Chinese having worse internal parts made of plastic and cheap metal, but mine was exactly the same as the Japanese version. Taking apart the Chinese version is much easier than the Japanese. After once owning the Chinese version, I came to the realisation that a lot of people are wrong to dismiss it just because it's not got a metal top and bottom.

Another way of thinking about it is that the A-series SMC lens system by Pentax has lots of plastic parts inside and with overall build but people love them and are willing to buy the lenses for seriously inflated prices. Plastic does not mean lower quality in terms of the photos you take with the gear.

Another way of thinking about it is that all modern cameras and all those built from roughly 1980 onwards have some aspects of plastic cases, tops, bottoms, and internal parts. It doesn't mean they are "bad" or dysfunctional.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-23-2019, 10:46 PM  
Pentax Me vs Pentax Sp1000
Posted By Nick Crumpler
Replies: 10
Views: 778
Stan will eventually say "thanks for the advice and feedback" I am sure.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-05-2019, 09:58 PM  
Pentax Me vs Pentax Sp1000
Posted By Nick Crumpler
Replies: 10
Views: 778
The older Spotmatic cameras like the SP1000 have limited light meter function in modern terms so you'll need a hand-held meter. They also suffer from meters that don't work and shutter curtain failure at some speeds. For every one you see for sale on Ebay, another will have an issue the seller won't mention openly; so don't buy one unless it has 30 days return offered. The ME is a far better camera and it is much lighter, but it's not manual as others have said. A far better camera is the ME Super. Both are prone to mirror lock-up failure so don't buy one with0ut some kind of return guarantee that will give you time to run a film through and have it developed.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-09-2019, 02:58 PM  
Spotmatic SP2 and SP1000 light meter & ASA
Posted By Nick Crumpler
Replies: 4
Views: 882
Thanks folks. Clearly something is at fault with both. It sounds pointless having them serviced out and replaced if old parts will be costed in. Looks like I'll just have to ignore these old ruined meters and enjoy taking good photos with a hand held meter for accuracy. They are so much easier to use, anyway.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-05-2019, 11:57 PM  
Spotmatic SP2 and SP1000 light meter & ASA
Posted By Nick Crumpler
Replies: 4
Views: 882
I bought one each Spotmatic SP2 and a SP1000 in fair condition from two different sellers and have just about got both ready to shoot with film.

Both have a working onboard light meter fitted with a proper voltage Wein Cell battery but they are both really sluggish and take too long to measure f-stop changes, but both meters are very fast with speed dial changes. They are so sluggish and it's so awkward to use the on/off meter switch to get a stable reading with f-stop changes that I was planning to use a hand held meter.

Yesterday, I finally got around to checking the light meter on the SP1000 and Spotmatic in comparison with a hand held meter, and two SLR onboard meter systems. The Spot and SP both showed a hugely way off ASA measurement. Each was reading 200ASA on the dial but was metering to 64ASA equivalent, and 400ASA on the dial is metering to 100ASA equivalent.

I can only assume that because both cameras are behaving in exactly the same way, that these metering systems are normally like this in function with both slow and unstable lens f-stop adjustment reaction and ASA dial interaction. Both cameras are so bad!

Is it normal for these old onboard light meters to function like this? Is it normal for the ASA dial to be so far out?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-22-2019, 11:32 AM  
Made a wooden grip for my Pentax K1000 out of colored pencils
Posted By Nick Crumpler
Replies: 19
Views: 3,137
Go into business and rip folks off a bundle, or do the same and be kind to people. Looks superb.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-22-2019, 11:30 AM  
Spotmatic Chrome Bottom Covers
Posted By Nick Crumpler
Replies: 4
Views: 770
Why worry about it being unused? If that's seriously important, then find an unused camera and swap it out; but what's the point of that?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-22-2019, 11:28 AM  
KX film advance slipping
Posted By Nick Crumpler
Replies: 12
Views: 994
I'm surprised nobody is wondering what the heck those images are showing! From those images it looks like your camera has entered another time and space dimension. Is there a Black Hole inside it? Just put a cheap film through it with the back open while marking each frame stop with a permanent marker pen. If it's slipping you'll soon know. If it's not, ask for a refund from the developer.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-06-2019, 12:42 AM  
Pentax Spotmatic Meter Shutting off in Medium to Low Light
Posted By Nick Crumpler
Replies: 15
Views: 1,225
If you carry a phone, you can download an app and use the phone as a light meter. Alternatively, go to Ebay and buy the one I suggested for $30. Just check it's fully operational before you buy it. Simples! And a lot less expensive than another CleanLubeAdjust.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-17-2019, 01:38 AM  
Pentax Spotmatic Meter Shutting off in Medium to Low Light
Posted By Nick Crumpler
Replies: 15
Views: 1,225
Anyone who want a person to pay for no work done that made a difference is bound to be hesitant to offer a refund, so demand one. As far as the camera goes, it you can't sort it out then why not use a hand-held light meter? An old "Master V" that works well is better than an in-camera one and it only costs a fraction of a camera service; which may, or may not, fix anything as a messed up camera metering system.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-04-2019, 12:06 AM  
Issues with ME Super
Posted By Nick Crumpler
Replies: 11
Views: 705
Contact the seller on Ebay and demand a refund. They probably will not refuse because they know you can proceed and get a refund through Ebay. If a seller sells broken gear and does not state it, Ebay protects you as long as you have paid through paypal.
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