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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 3 Days Ago  
An article on the Pentax MX
Posted By abruzzi
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As the article states, it is he second in a series he is writing on the camera. This one was focused on a more traditional functional review. His first article, which is far more subjective is here:

The Pentax MX & doing the "one camera" thing to aid a lack of inspiration - 35mmc
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 4 Days Ago  
Theoretical P30T DX encoding question
Posted By abruzzi
Replies: 7
Views: 283
Firstcall in the UK has pre-made labels for a bunch of speeds. Here is 400 ISO (£3 for 5 labels):

Firstcall DX Recoder Labels, ISO 400 - Bulk B & W Film - Firstcall Photographic Ltd
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-10-2019, 07:46 AM  
8 element super takumar compatibility
Posted By abruzzi
Replies: 9
Views: 505
Your right. I looked them up and it was the replacement 7 element model that had the thorium.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-08-2019, 04:48 PM  
Digital or Film
Posted By abruzzi
Replies: 84
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Can you even get digital medium format the same size as the smallest common 120 frame (i.e. 6x4.5)? I know the Pentax 645z is 44x33. Phase One's XF sensor is close, maybe the same, at 54x41, but 6x7 or 6x9 are way bigger.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-08-2019, 12:22 PM  
Digital or Film
Posted By abruzzi
Replies: 84
Views: 2,208
I have a nice Pentax DSLR, but since I got back into film a few years ago, it has only been used to digitize negative. I haven’t shot any digital since that happened. I just like the Film process better.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-07-2019, 10:59 AM  
8 element super takumar compatibility
Posted By abruzzi
Replies: 9
Views: 505
they had a photo of the rear, but as I said its straight on so you see anything other than through it.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-07-2019, 09:45 AM  
8 element super takumar compatibility
Posted By abruzzi
Replies: 9
Views: 505
yeah, the only rear image on site was straight on so you couldn't see the profile of the rear element. the IR mark, however, does look original, unless someone tried to swap out that body piece.

The SP isn't my favorite camera, I like the feel of the SV and the SP-F better. I emailed Eric to to see if my SV (which is in excellent shape) could be upgraded for compatibility, but no-go. So I'll keep my eye out for an orange one (orange, right?), and send the SP-F to Eric to get the meter fixed.

EDIT: I checked the SN DB here and it seems to be in range--1339761. It also seems to have almost no yellowing.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-06-2019, 09:41 PM  
8 element super takumar compatibility
Posted By abruzzi
Replies: 9
Views: 505
UsedPhotoPro has a bunch of super takumar 50/1.4, all listed in very good condition and all at $90. I got lucky and the first one I clicked had the infrared mark in the right place, so I bought it, quick. Not ultra cheap, but a good deal. (Assuming the IR indicator is a reliable indicator). All the rest are later 7 element lenses. I have some questions about the compatibility of the lens.

First, I have an original Spotmatic SP. that should work fine, right? Itís only the pre-spotmatic models that have issues, correct? I also have an SP-F, that I need to send off to make the meter work, but given itís late date, I assume that one will work as well.

I also have an SV (which is my preferred M42 camera) I canít tell what color the R is (red/green color blindness) but when I showed someone some time back, it seems it was the wrong color. I had thought it was the mirror that interfered with the rear element, but I saw somewhere else that it is the stop down plate. Is that correct? Iím curious what the difference is?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-29-2019, 09:13 PM  
Vote for your favourite Pentax film cameras
Posted By abruzzi
Replies: 72
Views: 2,605
hmm, 67, MX, MZ-S
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-29-2019, 11:26 AM  
plastic film can - dumb question
Posted By abruzzi
Replies: 35
Views: 1,169
One of the British newspapers (the guardian, I think) had a long running thin in the letters section where people would write in about how they used the canisters.

I have some rolls of HIE in the standard black with grey caps Kodak canisters, but there is a sticker on the cap warning about opening and loading in total darkness, so light blocking was once used, even it most film didn’t notice.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-29-2019, 11:19 AM  
Leaving a camera wound-on
Posted By abruzzi
Replies: 25
Views: 839
Some Nikon owners manuals actually mention not leaving the shutter cocked. Nonetheless, I’ve never worried about it. My Bronica has the shutter in the lens (leaf shutter) and since you can’t remove the lens without cocking the shutter, all unmounted lenses for sale out there are sitting with the shutter cocked, many have for a long time. So I don’t worry.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-23-2019, 10:14 PM  
An amazing MZ-S feature
Posted By abruzzi
Replies: 21
Views: 827
Iíll add that while the manual says to ďadd a couple extra framesĒ to the number to prevent overlapping frames, my MZ-S is accurate enough that Iíve done this a dozen or more times, used the same number, and I can barely see a difference in the size of the gap between frames.

I tested mine four or five times this spring when I got the camera and found it accurate, and I used it that way this past summer when I took it as my main camera to Moscow and St. Petersburg Russia. I was changing between 100, 400, and 1600 speed film without any issues. I just kept a small sharpie in the camera bag, and whenever I removed an incomplete roll I marked it on the tongue of the leader. Some of my rolls had scratched out numbers two or three times and it all worked perfectly,
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-12-2019, 07:58 AM  
Pentax LX with no-aperture-ring lenses
Posted By abruzzi
Replies: 12
Views: 904
The earliest Pentax camera that will work with a lens without an aperture ring is the Super Program, however, it doesn’t provide a way to manually set aperture, so it can only be used in program mode or shutter priority mode. After the SP, most (but not all) cameras would work, however only a few gave the ability to set the aperture manually on the body (PZ-1p being the one I’m familiar with.)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-09-2019, 04:06 PM  
Flying with film
Posted By abruzzi
Replies: 9
Views: 540
I recently flew to Russia and back with film. In the US--El Paso Airport, JFK Airport, and Scranton Airport, I had no issues with the hand check. It was a little time consuming because they swabbed every box of film. Moscow (Sheremetyevo) plus the train stations didn't seem to have an idea about hand scanning, so I just ran them through. I figured with 2 train stations and an airport, I would do my best to keep the film out of the x-rays where I could. Everything survived fine, even the roll of Superia 1600 that I shot at night in St. Petersburg.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-03-2019, 06:31 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By abruzzi
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Views: 2,461,970
Sunset on the Crosses
Pentax MZ-S
Tamron 28-200
Fuji Pro 400H

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-01-2019, 10:27 PM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By abruzzi
Replies: 8,749
Views: 934,727
A few more local to me with the Kiev IIa

First is with the Jupiter 9, 85/2 lens:



Second is the Jupiter 12, 35/2.8:



Third is the Jupiter 11 135/4:

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-01-2019, 07:27 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By abruzzi
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Not exactly the same shot, but Pentax MZ-S with a Tamron 28-200 and Fuji Pro 400H:

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-19-2019, 09:02 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By abruzzi
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Funny, I'm catching up on looking at threads after my trip to Russia, and the same day you posted this photo, I was at VDNKh taking basically the same photo. When I get my color rolls back, I'll have to post it if it comes out.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-18-2019, 04:38 PM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By abruzzi
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Tri-X pushed to 800, shot with a Kiev IIa and Jupiter 8:





(Amazingly that first shot is 11:30 at night, the second was a little after midnight. St. Petersburg doesn’t get very dark in the summer!)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-15-2019, 07:36 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By abruzzi
Replies: 8,749
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In one of the official statements, it had the following (via google translate)



Which doesnít mention reciprocity specifically, but seems to imply a similar response.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-08-2019, 09:54 AM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By abruzzi
Replies: 6,335
Views: 785,324
Nah, I havenít sprung for an LX (nice though they are.). My black Pentax is a original Spotmatic SP.*

* well technically, my plastic pentaxes are blackóMZ-S and PZ-1p. And my Pentax 67 is black but those donít count because either chrome wasnít available or it was a rare plastic chrome look which doesnít really look chrome.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-08-2019, 06:34 AM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By abruzzi
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All my Nikons are black and all (but one) of my Pentax’s are chrome. It makes it easier to find a camera when I want to shoot it.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-01-2019, 07:52 AM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By abruzzi
Replies: 6,335
Views: 785,324
Yeah, I have instructions. It looks a bit more complicated than some of the other lenses, but Iíll give it a try once I get back. I did shoot a couple of test rolls around St. Petersburg with the Jupiter-8, Jupiter-12, and Helios-104. One thing I liked about the Helios was the aperture had click stops. The lenses without click stops have a tendency to drift while Iím walking around with the camera.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-29-2019, 09:36 AM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By abruzzi
Replies: 6,335
Views: 785,324
About $250 for all of this. The camera included a full rebuild (the video of the vortex done by “gentle hands” is even posted on YouTube. (Though he’s speaking Russian throughout, so I don’t know what he said.)

The lenses across are Jupiter 9 (85/2), Helios-103 (53/1.8), Jupiter-8 (50/2), Jupiter-12 (35/2.8). The left viewfinder is for the 85, and the right viewfinder does 28, 35, 50, 85, and 135.

The Jupiter-9 (technically ЮПИТЕР-9) has really stiff focusing, but that seems to be all of them that haven’t been restored. There are instructions online to clean and relive the focusing.

The shop also had a 135mm Jupiter 11 lens, but it wasn’t in the best of shape. I may break down and buy it to complete the set. (Well the 28mm would be needed too, but that seems to sell for pretty high. There was also the 50/1.5 but I couldn’t justify the cost on that either.)
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 05-16-2019, 08:35 PM  
Pentax 67: just one lens
Posted By abruzzi
Replies: 26
Views: 1,656
thats mighty dismissive of people...
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