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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 2 Days Ago  
Need for help and opinions for an analog camera
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 11
Views: 481
I'm guessing the OP has been offered these, because they don't have much else in common.


The K1000 sells at prices that are inflated beyond all reason. Poor value for money.


The OP wants advice for a beginner so they won't want to be faffing around with adaptors. I doubt they will be looking for a huge range of lenses either. You can get M42 screw mount adaptors for practically any camera mount anyway so it is not a factor in chosing a body.

I would advise the Minolta out of the OP's list, a straightforward manual mechanical film camera with a good reputation at reasonable prices. The Pentax KX would be the nearest Pentax equivalent other than the K1000 or KM (which is almost exactly like a K1000 but slightly better).
Forum: General Talk 2 Days Ago  
My ultimate camera backpack design
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 2
Views: 144
I don't use the waist strap on my backpack. I leave it just done up tight on itself. Perhaps I would use it if I did some acrobatic rock climbing, jogging, or something similar with it. You could always have a separate belt for the water bottle etc.
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 2 Days Ago  
What is your eBay success rate on vintage cameras?
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 27
Views: 759
The burning question is :-

Did the seller claim they were working?

I'd be very hacked off if I bought something so claimed but it turned out to be untrue.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-30-2022, 02:27 AM  
The end of the SLR
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 90
Views: 3,184
The wet dream of company accountants is rental, because it gives a steady and predictable income. Microsoft for example want you to rent software because the boom-and-slack years of the 1990s were a nightmare for them - remember the people (not me) queuing overnight to buy Win 95, 98, ME etc on their release days, but then buying nothing more for years between? With cameras (and phones), you will pay 25 pence per shot and it will go straight to the cloud where your bill is calculated and, as a bonus, the marketing people can analyse your lifestyle. No local storage, few people will still have PCs anyway, or any storage medium beyond a buffer.

This is one of the reasons I don't want a phone in my camera, as some PF commenters have advocated. It would be the thin end of that wedge. I hope I am wrong in the above scenario anyway.
Forum: General Photography 07-30-2022, 02:11 AM  
what are canon and Nikon thinking
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 55
Views: 2,378
Change the lens mount again.

After all, current MILCs are pretty much like DSLRs without the mirror; OK the body depth is a bit less but there is potential for radical re-design. It is like how the first cars looked like horse-drawn carriages without the horse, but then evolved their own way. The next stage in "good" camera design will be much flatter bodies, more like a tablet with a (new) lens mount, and more electronics moved into the lens. That way the body can be sold relatively cheaply as an even better inducement to buying the expensive lenses, where the profit is.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-18-2022, 01:35 AM  
Machinery Penny-Farthing
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 9
Views: 175
In fact the "gearing" is quite low - well below optimum in fact. The point of the large wheel is to make the gear as high as possible, and, if they were serious, different riders would use different size wheels - one as large as their inside leg measurement would allow. The problem was solved with the chain drive which can incorporate a significant step-up ratio, typically 1:3 with a normal modern 27 inch wheel. The "gearing" of a bike is still expressed as the equivalent penny-farthing wheel size. The gearing (wheel size) of that in the photo looks around 50 inches. When I did time-trial racing I used a gear of 86 inches most of the time, which was considered a bit on the low side - some riders used around 100 inches, but I pedalled a bit faster than they did.


It evolved from the boneshaker which had equal front and rear wheels, with the pedals directly on the front. Boneshakers had a very low gear but then it was realised that you could go faster by increasing that front wheel size. The penny-farthing was the culmination of that trend, before the introduction of the rear wheel chain drive.

"Penny-farthing" was a term of ridicule at the time, and in general only dare-devil young men would have used the more extreme ones. They themselves would have called them "ordinary" bikes as opposed to the later chain driven bikes which were originally marketed as "safety cycles".

Disclaimer - I have never ridden a penny-farthing.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-15-2022, 12:07 PM  
Thematic Farming - Agriculture
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 1,011
Views: 78,817
Yeah, and it is more developed now. Pods, but only about three seeds per pod. Lady L reckons they will be broad beans.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-15-2022, 02:57 AM  
Nikon ceases all further DSLR development
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 227
Views: 6,713
Indeed, most users would have no idea that a mirrorless costs less to manufacture than a DSLR. As far as they are concerned it does what a DSLR does, plus it is better at video (and anything else the sales people told them), so they they think it perfectly reasonable that it should cost more. Therefore the price is pitched at what the market (what is left of it after smartphones) can stand.
Forum: General Talk 07-15-2022, 01:38 AM  
Are Forums Dying?
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 37
Views: 1,419
He's been keeping a lot from us :lol: . Moreover, it seems that the second biggest "category" (sub-forum?) on PF is "Bank Credit and Lending" (the result of all that GAS?) and "Shopping" is a bigger topic than "Cameras". There must be some large areas of PF that I've never noticed.

It's typical marketing BS. Marketing companies are selling this nonsense to each other all the time, for silly amounts of money, and call it an industry.
Forum: General Talk 07-14-2022, 12:58 PM  
Are Forums Dying?
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 37
Views: 1,419
I think these types of statistics can be very misleading unless you look deeper into them. The visitor count to most websites, including forums, is dominated by transient surfers who come and go in minutes, or even seconds. It says the average PF visit duration is 3 minutes and 12 seconds, which tells you something, not least that contributing members (and even regular lurkers) are a tiny minority of the nearly half a million visits to PF there were last month.

As for demographics, I have had a different persona on every forum I have ever used (I'm currently moderately active on about five), with widely different ages and locations, and I gather I am not the only person who does this. For example, Google (unless they are doing a double bluff) thinks I am in my 30's, live in Luton, and am in need of laser eye surgery (before I blocked their ads anyway). I did not even tell them that nonsense, they made it up themselves and I'm no hurry to put them right.

As for myself on PF, I don't log out for months on end (is there any reason to?) so I am "always" here on at least one tab of my browser, so does that count as one visit, or an infinite number :hmm: ?
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-14-2022, 05:38 AM  
Nikon ceases all further DSLR development
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 227
Views: 6,713
The Nikkei writer doesn't have a clue. They wrote :
They don't seem to know that there are are such things as digital single-lens reflex cameras. So why would we trust the rest of what they write?




In the Nikon Rumors article, FWIW, a commenter called Frank J. Papp said If I wasn't so heavily invested in F mount glass I'd seriously consider Pentax. Konstantinos replied Excuses, excuses... go for it, we only live once :) Then terius_decimus said I am already doing that. .... Eyeing the K-1 as a first digital camera by this maker.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-12-2022, 02:04 AM  
Machinery An oldie
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 17
Views: 273
The Morris Minor was the equivalent of the VW Beetle in that they were both budget post-WW2 cars and both have had a long-lasting cult following. However, the Minor was more conventional with the engine at the front, was water cooled, and had rear wheel drive.


The BMC (British Motor Company, later British Leyland) owned many brand names including "Austin" and "Morris". When they first introduced the Mini they sold it under two names - The "Austin Seven" and the "Morris Mini-Minor", which were practically identical. The words "Seven" and "Minor" had been used on models dating back to the 1920s. But, as we all know, the word "Mini" caught on like wildfire, one of the most successful brandings ever, so the distinction between the two brands was soon dropped and the car was sold as just the "Mini". The Mini and the Morris Minor (and some other BMC cars) used basically the same very reliable engine, the BMC A-Series which was available in various capacities. I have worked on lots of them.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-11-2022, 02:48 PM  
Machinery An oldie
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 17
Views: 273
It was basically an Austin Mini, a variant that was a little longer than the standard Mini by virtue of a larger boot [trunk] on the back. There was a very similar Wolesley Hornet, and the two cars were only differed in their trim and their respective traditional radiator styles.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 07-10-2022, 05:12 AM  
Recommend me a decent UV filter?
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 34
Views: 1,414
In this use case, the optical quality of the filter is going to be the least of his worries.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-09-2022, 05:48 AM  
Interview with Ricoh Imaging president about new strategy
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 196
Views: 10,387
Don't worry, separate specialised video cameras will be the next marketing thing, a return to the pre-2005 situation.

Currently, the marketing people are successfully persuading people to keep ditching their existing cameras to buy a succession of new ones, each with incremental increases in video resolution and frame rate, but that marketing effort will run out of steam when it eventually dawns on everyone that further technical improvements in that direction are pointless. The direction in which the marketing people will then turn will be telling us (with some truth) that a camera designed for video from the ground up, and looking not at all like a DSLR/DSLM, is the only acceptable way to shoot video.

I knew a retired professional TV news cameraman, who had started with analog TV cameras. He was scathing about digital camcorders, let alone DSLRs as video cameras, because of something to do with the position of the centre of gravity in relation to the optics. Beyond my understanding, or caring, but certainly DSLRs/DSLMs did not seem to cut the mustard.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 07-03-2022, 02:53 AM  
Universal grip for film camera
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 25
Views: 997
Perhaps I'm odd, but I couldn't care less. Perhaps because I only hold my camera when I am actually taking a photo, and between times it goes in a shoulder bag or just hangs on the strap. I notice however that some people carry the camera in one of their hands continuously, and even raise it to their eye and take their pictures holding with just that one hand too. If you find a need to hang on to the self-timer it sounds like that could be your style too.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-03-2022, 02:42 AM  
Digital K1000
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 36
Views: 1,609
If you want a digital revival of a chunky, all-manual, Pentax film camera, why choose the K1000? It was the least satisfactory of the K-series, the only plus point compared with its siblings being that it was the cheapest at the time. The magnitude of the cult nostalgia that surrounds the K1000 today is related simply to the numbers of users it had - budget models tend to sell in the greatest numbers, and it had a very long production run.

The very similar looking and handling KX would be a far better choice, if only because it displayed the shutter speed and aperture in the finder. At least a shutter speed indication is essential IMHO to avoid the need to take the camera down from the eye after composing and getting the meter needle in balance, to check that the actual camera settings are acceptable.

It has not been mentioned that Pentax would need to revive the manufacture of an appropriate manual lens too, maybe the K-series 55mm F2, otherwise that retro look and feel will be lost.

Call the resulting camera a K1000-D if you want, if only for marketing reasons.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-26-2022, 04:56 AM  
Is it possible for Pentax to digitalised some vintage cameras?
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 55
Views: 2,631
You certainly have a thing against batteries. I agree they are a nuisance, and I spend quite a lot of my life just on "battery management" - changing or re-charging the things. There was a time when house clocks for example ran off the mains for year after year with no attention, but my house clocks now seem to require a constant stream of battery changing. I prefer hand operated tools such as wrenches and screwdrivers to battery operated ones (and I do a lot of practical work) because electrical assistance is not necessary in those cases; I am against the trend. However I I find it perfectly reasonable that a portable device that absolutely requires batteries, such as a phone or digital camera, should use batteries.


I think the OP had the idea of making electricity by cranking the re-wind lever several times (presumably to charge an internal re-chargeable battery or very large capacitor). A bit like the clockwork powered radio that Nelson Mandela wanted distributed to the masses so the broadcasts of his propaganda speeches could reach remote areas.
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-25-2022, 12:14 PM  
Movies and still photography
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 16
Views: 849
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

This film is considered to have cut new ground. It included a lot of "slow" pictorial scenes, making it a long film (~3 hours) - too long and slow for some critics, but photographers will appreciate it. Some of the scenes, riders appearing from the far distance, have a similarity to the Lawrence of Arabia scene posted above.

Sorry about my images not doing it justice - I ripped them off YouTube.




Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-25-2022, 01:10 AM  
... even beginners and women ...
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 64
Views: 3,758
Same with photographic flash units. The Guide number in metres at 100 ISO was often part of the name, such as with the Pentax AF 200T, 280T, Sunpak G4500, etc except they added one or two zeros on the end. They didn't cheat by using the GN when at maximum zoom either.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-24-2022, 04:35 PM  
Lets see Bridges
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 2,398
Views: 229,218
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This is on a long single track branch railway that leaves the main line in England at Shrewsbury, winds its way westwards to the Welsh coast, and then turns north, crossing this bridge near Barmouth, and eventually reaching Pwllheli in the Lleyn Peninsular. It is lucky to have survived both Beeching and torpedo worms - most of the bridge is timber.

Pentax K10-D

Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 06-23-2022, 05:42 AM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 8,522
Views: 1,110,041
Only if you are happy to let it go for $1.

For me, that would not even pay for the wrapping. I see you are in Iowa, but in the UK hardly anyone is buying on Ebay at present (except for K1000s of course) so whatever your starting price, that is what it will probably sell for - if it sells at all. Everything I have sold in the last two years has had only one bid, and for every item I did sell I have ten that did not. It is not just me, I have watched things sitting on Ebay for years, even at 99 pence.

I set my starting price at the least I am prepared to sell it for, which will be at least 10 because that is about the cost to me of selling it, considering wrapping, fuel, and the car-park fee in town by the post office, to say nothing of my time. If the market decides my stuff is worth less than 10, having been unsold on Ebay for six months or more, I reach the point of throwing it away. This now includes certain lenses, flash units, and accessories. That is what my kids will do anyway when I snuff it.

On the up-side, as sole bidder I have bought things at their starting price that were worth far more, from people who have started as low as you say. These left me feeling guilty to be honest, and I'm sure the sellers were disappointed. It is a buyer's market right now.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-23-2022, 12:49 AM  
Architecture Jumbo Restaurant in Hong Kong
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 5
Views: 130
That must have been spectacular. Did anyone get a shot of it?
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-22-2022, 12:11 PM  
BH Photo Used Pentax Lenses
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 8
Views: 592
I have Javascript and cookies enabled, although for websites I visit casually, like BH's just then, I use Private Browsing which deletes any cookies on leaving. I do have some ad blockers which they probably noticed, but ad blockers block the loading of third party stuff (or the owner's own stuff if they are silly enough to make it look like third party stuff), not the primary content of the web page, even if it is an advert itself.

My point was that it is stupid for someone trying to sell stuff to put any obstacle between their advert and the viewer. My going to their web page should have been something for them to be pleased about, not to throw up obstacles. It is different for something like a news web site where third party ads are their main source of income.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-22-2022, 01:58 AM  
It's time to say goodbye?
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 253
Views: 10,368
My car is auto transmission but I can nudge the gear lever up or down which is what I do most of the time in the hills. I'm never very satisfied with the way it changes.


That sounds like most UK cars since at least 1980, starting with the 5-gear Austin Maxi. The thermostat in cars' water cooling systems has always shut the radiator out of the circuit until the engine warms up - has the Fiesta done away with the thermostat and has air-side vent flaps instead?


I'm more concerned about engine life. Car makers are hell-bent on reducing their published mpg figures (however unrealistic they may be), so auto transmissions are programmed to use lower ratios than are good for engine wear. The cost of having to replace an engine would wipe out any slight savings from forcing the engine to labour up gradients without changing down. I'm not talking about motorway cruising, but about the short sharp rises around where I live. Lady L's car is manual but recommends gear changes on the dashboard display, and its choices are astonishing. I'm an engineer and hearing the labouring makes me feel stressed, let alone the engine.

PS : Regarding the term "overdrive". In olden days, top speed was the main selling point (just like mpg today) - 40 mph! 50 mph! 60 mph!! During development the maker would try different final drive ratios and choose the one that gave the highest speed. This did not (of course) give the most mpg in cruising at intermediate speeds, which is always achieved at a higher ratio. So the more expensive cars offered a second gearbox bolted on the back of the standard one that had two ratios like 1 : 1 (straight through) and 0.8 : 1 (a speed-up). The latter was considered to be over-driving the engine because it required more torque from it at any speed, and the car could not achieve its top speed, but it was more efficient at cruising. But the overdrive box was very expensive (more than the main box) so it made sense to incorporate an overdrive fifth gear into the main box, whether auto or not, which I believe the Austin Maxi was the first to do in the UK at least. I guess that with some auto gearboxes having six or eight gears today, two or three of them are overdrives.
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