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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-19-2008, 05:15 PM  
k1000 - light meter stuck on +
Posted By dgmaley
Replies: 12
Views: 13,139
The light meter circuit in the K1000 is a balanced bridge system. There are two light sensors and two variable resistors. One resistor is coupled to the shutter speed/ ISO speed control, the other is coupled to the lens opening. There are two reasons the meter will 'peg'. One is that one of variable resistors has some corrision on its wiper contact. Moving that wiper back and forth will sometimes wear off the corrision. The second reason the meter pegs is because you have selected a ISO film speed / shutter combination that is not in the circuit's range. Selecting a ISO 3200 film and 1 second shutter will kill the metering circuit, as an example. There's nothing wrong with the camera. The light meter just doesn't cover all possible combinations.
Dave....
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-19-2008, 04:58 PM  
MZ-7 mode dial light?
Posted By dgmaley
Replies: 8
Views: 2,818
Dave;

You don't have any lamps burned out. It only lights for the upper half of the dial. Nothing in the manual or semi-manual modes. I guess some corners got cut.
Dave....
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-26-2007, 12:03 PM  
Help! Pentax K1000 SLR
Posted By dgmaley
Replies: 7
Views: 2,340
I suspect your original K1000 does not have any real damage. It sounds like the shutter has been bumped out of sequence. This can happen to a K1000 if it takes a jolt just in the right place. There are instructions, on the internet, where you will need to remove the bottom cover and release the shutter so that it recycles.
Use the right size screwdriver so as not to damage the small screws.
Dave....
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-18-2007, 12:08 PM  
cvs photolab gripe
Posted By dgmaley
Replies: 4
Views: 2,472
Before you go too far along, let's see what happened. Did you have them process the film, then on to prints? Are you evaluating only the prints? Do you see the same problems on the negatives? You may need to use a magnafier and look closely at your negatives. There are several places in this path where these kind of errors can happen. The trick is sortng it all out. Just start asking questions at the photo lab. Relax and have a good time.
Dave...
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-06-2007, 11:48 AM  
Is my ME Super dead?
Posted By dgmaley
Replies: 12
Views: 3,380
I don't think it will be that bad to resolve. It sounds like the camera is out of sequence. On a K1000 you just take the bottom cover off to release the catch to resequence. Not sure on this one. See if you find or download the service manual. Willing to bet there will be a procedure in there.

Dave.....
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-01-2007, 08:01 AM  
Pushing Kodak BW400CN - questions.
Posted By dgmaley
Replies: 13
Views: 4,590
Ilford HP5+ is like a film class standard. I think it gets used beause if you can get good shots from it, you can get good shots from anything. You might want to check out a newer film from Fuji, called Across. I hope I spelled it right. They list it as a professional film but the cost isn't that bad. It's a true ASA-100 speed film. I've used it in 35mm and 120. The 120 does the nicest night scenes from just a Holga Camera. The film backing develops to just about completely clear and makes the nicest velvet blacks. Another student shot it in a Pantex 6X7 and got the sharpest prints I have ever seen. Only camera that looks like a 35mm with a growth problem and sounds like it.
Dave..
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-31-2007, 11:45 AM  
Pushing Kodak BW400CN - questions.
Posted By dgmaley
Replies: 13
Views: 4,590
I haven't got anything to upload right now. I will in the future. The C41 B&W films will always look different than scanned color prints or true B&W film. To me, they always have more contrast, less detail in the lo and hilights. The Kodak version is worse. If you like this type of shooting, suggest you try Ilford XP2 Super. It's Ilford's version of C41 B&W. Except for a slight pink cast to the film, its hard to tell from regular B&W, but still a little more contrasty. Not as bad as Kodak. I have a 100' roll of XP2 in my fridge. It has a LOT of latitude. Try shooting, on the same roll, at 800 down to 200. I usuially shoot around 400-500. Pick the film speed that give you the shots you want. Fun stuff to shoot in a K-1000. I can get away with a lot.
Dave...
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-30-2007, 11:42 AM  
Pushing Kodak BW400CN - questions.
Posted By dgmaley
Replies: 13
Views: 4,590
If you scan them all in, why not shoot color? I've been shooting Fuji NPZ800. This is a commercial potrait film but does a good job. For every picture scanned, I get several photos. The first is the color image, the rest, are B&W images created by each color channel and by mixing them. I've also taken the film into a college lab on to a B&W enlarger. Pictures are OK but exposure time is way up because the film is a deep orange. The film seems to me to be harder to scratch too. There's a half-circle cut into the top of the film that makes it easy for me to get it right side up in the enlarger. I don't know what the cut is really for. The local camera shop sells it to me for 1/2 price after the expiration date. Seems fine.
Dave...
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-07-2007, 10:58 AM  
SF1 and the mirror....
Posted By dgmaley
Replies: 11
Views: 3,133
A hard surface drop may not be enough. You may have to either fling it on a hard surface, like a football, or fill it full of WD-40 until it begins to run out. (Big grin).
Actually, at the point where the motor stalls, give it a moderate tap, on the camera bottom, with the palm of your hand.
These cameras don't like just sitting around. The lubricant dries out. Cycle them every couple of monthes. Don't leave batteries in a stored camera. This vintage of SLR uses a minute amount of current to hold your settings. It eventually runs the batteries down and they may leak.
I sat around for an eveninig cycling a new K1000 that had been stored for 30 years just to salvage it. Everything came back but the 50mm F2 lens iris ring. It adjusts but is stiff.
Check the prices at KEH.COM before you send it in. It may be less costly just to get another one.
Good luck
Dave....
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-06-2007, 01:36 PM  
SF1 and the mirror....
Posted By dgmaley
Replies: 11
Views: 3,133
The SF-1 is not one of the cameras I've worked on, but it does sound like its got out of sequence. Here's a couple of suggestions.

1. Do you have any of the optional focus screens installed? It may help to remove it.

2. I'm not sure which type of batteries you use, but make sure all battery terminals a very clean and bright.

3. Some Pentax camera can be resequenced just by tapping them in the right spot at the right time.

Let us know how you do and good luck.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-26-2007, 02:36 PM  
what do you use to clean your lens?
Posted By dgmaley
Replies: 17
Views: 5,670
Randy;
Lens cleaning is not about what you've got, but how you use it. Here's some tips I got from working on telescope optics.
1. Never clean in the field. Wait until you are at home, in a controlled area.
2. Cleaning does not require a lot of force.
3. Compressed air can do a lot on its own. Mouth Blowing on a lens is not good.
4. Disposible lens tissues are best, but clean lint free cloth is OK. You pick.
5. Cleaning fluid always goes on tissue, never on lens. Use small amount.
6. Use fresh tissue to apply fluid, starting at center and working to edge.
7. Use another fresh tissue to remove fluid, starting at center and working to edge. If it dries before done, start over.
8. Toss all used tissues or clean any towels.
9 Lay everything out ahead of time. Set up a routine.
10. A UV filter is worth the cost. It's quickly removed if it gets smudged and it will. UV filters get cleaned the same way.
11. The most effective lens cleaning device is a lens cap.
Some optics look like they were handeled by somebody after eating a peanutbutter and jelly sandwitch.
Dave...
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-16-2007, 11:34 AM  
Who has a K1000?
Posted By dgmaley
Replies: 183
Views: 35,629
Yep; Got one too. Picked up K1000 to use in a film course. It's an adult class(I'm 58) and we're having a lot of fun. This one is NEW. Was on a Chicago dealer's shelf because of a light leak. Fixed the leak myself and had it re-timed and calibrated. The 50mm lens still isn't broke in. I'm Chief Engineer of a radio/TV station. The camera is a wonderful ice breaker. There's no pro photographer that will snob me. It always brings a smile. In a room where everyone is shooting either video or digital, its shutter sound really stands out.
Dave.....
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 03-14-2007, 11:23 AM  
IQZoom 900 Information
Posted By dgmaley
Replies: 2
Views: 2,550
Yea; family members never like me sticking a big SLR in their face. This little thing doesn't make anyone upset. I believe the export version was called a Zoom 90, if that helps trigger an answer.
I start the advanced B&W lab course at the end of March, and will most likely load a good (and true) B&W film in it and shoot for the class.
Dave....
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 03-13-2007, 09:03 AM  
IQZoom 900 Information
Posted By dgmaley
Replies: 2
Views: 2,550
Good morning.
I had the chance to pick up an IQzoom 900 P&S to play with. Spent some time cleaning it up, installed new batteries. Downloaded the instruction manual and shot a test roll of Ilford XP2 super B&W. This camera is really nice. Used the macro mode to shoot a few smiling faces at a small family reunion. The family members grabbed them up.
Just wondering if anyone has any background on this camera?
Thanks in advance.
Dave...
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-07-2007, 01:02 PM  
B&W film recommendations wanted
Posted By dgmaley
Replies: 24
Views: 4,635
Boy have you asked a key question. Each photographer will have their own "best" B&W film and each film will have a different "look". If you have your own darkroom, check out Ilford HP5 plus. There's also a Kodak equalivent. I believe it's PX160. If you want to just have a mini-lab take care of development, check out Ilford XP2 super or Kodak 400CN. Both are really color film. The Ilford processed negatives look more like a B&W film, but with a slight pinkish cast. The Kodak film looks orange, like any color film. Have fun.
Dave Maley
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-25-2007, 11:59 AM  
Spotmatic SPII
Posted By dgmaley
Replies: 13
Views: 6,560
Welcome to photography. The camera you now own will allow you to take photographs that can be considered a form of art. Suggest you check for a local school that has a photography class you can join. Have fun!
Dave..
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-11-2007, 08:15 AM  
K1000 repair question
Posted By dgmaley
Replies: 4
Views: 3,262
Sorry to hear of your bad experience. Your description sounds like a frequent problem with the Chinese version of the K1000. They used a plastic top and bottom cover and changed some of the internal component materials. The film advance stem was changed to a pot metal like material and does break. If you have repair experience and tools, its no problem. The challenge is getting the replacement part. Eric Hendrickson is a retired Pentax employee that got all their repair stock. You can find him on the internet. He's not been answering his phone lately. Otherwise, check Gene Pate in Ft Wayne. If it hasn't been retimed lately, you might consider just sending it in. Good luck and let us know how you do.
Dave....
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-07-2007, 10:13 AM  
zx-7 & K1000 Question
Posted By dgmaley
Replies: 9
Views: 2,712
I just want to thank everyone for your help. I ended up getting a zx-7 from KEH, and at a good price. I also picked up what looked like just a cheap Tamron 28-80mm F3.5 kit lens very inexpensivily but actually isn't bad. (77D).
This combination is beginning to spoil me. I'm not used to auto everything.
I also sent my k1000 to Pates camera repair in Ft Wayne. I just don't have the heart to shelf it.
The camera came with the date back. Do any of you actually print the date on your photos? I shut it off for now.
Dave.....
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-13-2007, 08:20 AM  
zx-7 & K1000 Question
Posted By dgmaley
Replies: 9
Views: 2,712
Careful with some of the later mechanical advance systems. The advance stem was made of pot metal instead of cast. They're not as strong. The Chineese made cameras are noted for this. Any good repair shop, that still has parts, will know what to do. Suggest that you have them do a minor recondition too, as long as that's all that's wrong.
Dave...
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-12-2007, 02:30 PM  
zx-7 & K1000 Question
Posted By dgmaley
Replies: 9
Views: 2,712
Thanks for comments.
1. I got the dead zx-7 through overstock.com. They had a few factory refurb bodies. It arrived in a Pentax box, with a new manual. They have sent me a UPS shipping label and a promise of a refund. They don't have any more. Did everything I could think of to get the shutter to cycle. It won't budge, but I do hear a 'click' sound. I carefully checked the mirror mount. It's OK. Shutter curtains look OK. It recognizes my dummy film roll and 50mm lens. Batteries are new.
There were a couple of camera models mentioned. My concern is what lenses I already have. Most are older manual only or will only auto the Iris. They are still good lenses, but in no way current technology. I was trying to find a current camera that will do a 'retro' on the lenses.
I understand about not putting a 'bunch' of money in an old camera. So far, the k1000 has cost me $52 and $14 for a light gasget kit. It came with a new 50mm f.2 smc lens.
Dave.....
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-12-2007, 12:38 PM  
zx-7 & K1000 Question
Posted By dgmaley
Replies: 9
Views: 2,712
Good afternoon from Iowa. Name is Dave Maley. I'm a new member but have been reading here just to learn. Here's the situation.
I've been taking several photography courses including some darkroom work. Found a 30-year old k1000 that's been sitting on a dealer's shelf because of a light leak, otherwise new. Fixed the light leak and have been using it for class assignments. It really needs to be relubed, retimed, and the light meter calibrated to use silver oxide cells but I really didn't want to put more money in it. Found a good deal on a reconditioned zx-7 body and ordered it. It appears this will be the last film camera that will use any k-mount lens. It arrived with poor packing and ratteled around enough so that the shutter won't work. Now my questions:
1. Anyone know of a complete system reset for the zx-7 to see if that will start the shutter sequence before I ship it back?
2. Is there another new camera body that will use any k-mount lens?
3. or should I forget about the newer, plastic body, cameras, get the k1000 tank gone over and just use it?
I've been told that with a k1000, nobody will ever "oooo" or "ahhh" over your camera, but anybody that knows cameras within a half a mile will know what you are using.
BTW...I was given a 100' roll of outdated Fuji slide film, a Watson loader and am learning how to use it. It's beginning to spoil me.
Thanks in advance.
Dave...
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