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Forum: Vintage Cameras and Equipment 1 Day Ago  
Manual focus 35mm camera with reliable spot meter
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 15
Views: 326
Also some of the Miranda cameras have spot metering, like the Sensorex line. The Sensorex EE has average and spot metering, shutter priority AE, full metered manual and interchangeable viewfinders.
Forum: Vintage Cameras and Equipment 3 Days Ago  
Konica Rangefinders
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 10
Views: 299
I actually have three Konica Pearls, one Pearl III and two Pearl II. One of the Pearl II's have a bad aperture blade. It opens and closes but not in a properly formed circle.
Forum: Vintage Cameras and Equipment 3 Days Ago  
Franka Solida 111
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 9
Views: 226
I wonder about those Schneider lenses. Radionar...there's a 35mm Radiogon. Do they have radio active glass in them?
Forum: Pentax K-70 4 Days Ago  
Batteries
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 23
Views: 642
I knew they were fakes as soon as I saw who I paid. I'm not sure why they refunded me and still sent the batteries. I've used 3rd party batteries, Wasabi and Dtke (or something like that) and they're ok but not as good as OEM. My 2016 Pentax battery in my K70 still outperforms the new knockoffs. When I got my K3iii I bought 3 Pentax batteries. It was worth the cost. Which is why I was looking for Pentax batteries for my K70. I've got my email in with B&H to notify me when they restock....hopefully.
Forum: Vintage Cameras and Equipment 4 Days Ago  
Konica Rangefinders
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 10
Views: 299
I've got a Pearl II and a Pearl III. I got the III with a leaky bellows and I touched it up with textile acrylic paint. Currently I have a roll of film in it. I'm expecting light leaks though.
Forum: Vintage Cameras and Equipment 4 Days Ago  
Konica Rangefinders
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 10
Views: 299
Well, I've only got the one. I had a Konica II that was very nice, case and lens cap, but I sold it. Why?, I don't know, and now I've purchased another one. Not quite as nice as the one I had. I was attracted to it's front body stylings and the Hexanon 50mm f/2.8. I've got my eye on the Konica IIIa, with the 50/1.8 but they tend to be a bit more expensive than the II.
Forum: Pentax K-70 6 Days Ago  
Batteries
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 23
Views: 642
I have the original Pentax battery for my K-70 and I wanted to get a couple more. B&H and Adorama have been backordered for a while. I search and found what looked like Pentax D-LI109 in a Google search for sale from "iBatteries" at $31. I bought 2 ($67 including shipping) and as soon as I made the purchase I saw this was a Chinese seller. I emailed them to cancel the order if these batteries were no OEM Pentax batteries. I got a reply that they would take care of it... this week I saw the refund in PayPal, but the batteries showed up today. I don't think they're legit Pentax batteries...
Forum: Vintage Cameras and Equipment 01-17-2022, 11:47 AM  
Jazzed, I am!
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 4
Views: 357
My primary collection is with Exakta cameras, followed by Pentax, and more recently Nikon. I think I have over 80 Exakta and Exa bodies and at least as many lenses. Of these Exaktas, I have about 10 that are film worthy. The others all need some repair, usually new curtains. I started a YouTube channel for my repairs, and my first (and only) post is the gear replacement on the Nikon AW-1 winder. My next video, coming soon, will be the battery replacement in a Pentax Battery Pack LX. I also plan a multi-video series on Exakta curtain manufacturing and replacement. I have the materials for this, just not the time yet.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-11-2022, 05:25 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By tonyzoc
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Well my father and my uncle were both into photography. My father gave me his Speed Graphic 4x5 and a Voightlander Bergheil 2 1/4 x 3 1/4, and my uncle gave me his Exakta. I sold the Voightlander but still have the Exakta and Speed Graphic. They also taught me b&w film processing and printing. Also, my aunt (father's sister) was a medical photographer in NYC and later gave me her cameras, a Pentax H1a and a Nikon F. The Nikon F had the early Photomic finder and a 58mm f/1.4, 55mm f/3.5 Micro and the 105mm f/2.5. I sold the Nikon but still have the Pentax.

Back in those days there was no internet or eBay. You found used cameras at local camera shops, flea markets or in the news paper ads. Then Shutterbug Ads came out and I would search there. Shutterbug Ads was a yellow b&w newspaper rag when it first appeared.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-11-2022, 12:40 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 8,201
Views: 1,075,822
I just picked up one of those meters for my Konica II.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-11-2022, 10:42 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 23,931
Views: 3,070,771
Nothing special about this photo... I came across a roll of exposed 120 Panatomic-X in my freezer and I knew it was very old. Can't remember the last time I shot Pan-X. So I developed it in Microdol-X and scanned some of the pics... it looked like 8 or 9 shot were of the same subject. I must have been testing something. Internesting...I took a picture of a calendar so I can data the roll from spring 1983. So the film was exposed 38 years ago. The picture was of my Pentax MX and I think, at the time, I owned an MX with a 50mm f/2, a Vivitar 28mm and a Spiratone 400/6.3. Also in the picture is my Exakta V with a Meyer Gorlitz 58/1.9 and a Kodak folder. Based on the date and the film format, the camera I was shooting with was a Yashicamat 124G, which was my first medium format camera.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-09-2022, 08:20 PM  
Need lens hood for Sigma 170-500mm...same as 50-500mm and 150-500mm? Help please!
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 14
Views: 9,245
I've bought (used from Japan) an older 135-400 Sigma APO and it arrived without the hood which was is the photos. The seller gave me a $40 partial refund but I was unable to find a hood anywhere. Finally, after a year of searching I found a seller in Germany who sold me the hood for $60. I had purchased a generic screw in hood in the mean time. While this doesn't really help you, I post this because I don't think other lens hoods will fit (as the 120-400 didn't) and you're going to have to keep searching for one, or another option is to buy another lens with the hood and sell one of the two lenses without the hood.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-07-2022, 06:29 AM  
ME Super focusiing screen for Super A / Program?
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 13
Views: 438
No, don't cut it. It's glued on so you could put a tiny bit of isopropyl alcohol around the edge of the cap, then work a thin blade under it to loosen it. Maybe an exakto-knife or a needle or a thin blade screw driver. Here are some of the tools I use pictured. Then include a JIS screwdriver set, a set of Starrett screwdrivers, a fiberglass brush for cleaning electrical contacts, tweezers, exakto-knife, oil pen, and Pliobond glue.


---------- Post added 01-07-22 at 06:46 AM ----------

I forgot one other area that's tricky...
Around the shutter release/mode dial. Again, you need a properly sized span wrench to remove the inner locking collar. It unscrews counterclockwise and is very easy to mark-up so a proper sized tool is needed or else it can get scratched up easily. Once that collar is unscrewed be very carefully lifting it off because under it is a small spring load ballbearing. I usually set the camera to Auto before removing. If I remember correctly, when in Auto the ball is free to pop up. Take note/picture of the position of the dial top so you can put it back correctly. The mode dial is very similar on the ME Super.

---------- Post added 01-07-22 at 06:57 AM ----------

BTW...I forgot about this Super Program I have pictured. It's got a shutter problem, 1/1000th and faster are capping...first curtain is sticking a bit and second curtain is catching up and closing. It needs a good CLA to fix it and I have 2 other Super Programs so I'm not going to fix it. The focus screen is pretty clean and you can have this body for the price of shipping if you'd like.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-07-2022, 06:11 AM  
ME Super focusiing screen for Super A / Program?
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 13
Views: 438
I've taken the top off a Super Program before, mainly to reglue the backlight window on the front of the prism area. Taking the top off isn't too hard but you'll need a narrow span wrench. The available lens span wrenches are too wide so you can make one from a drafters compass or a needle nose pliers by grinding the tips to the appropriate size. I've also seen them made from socket heads of the correct diameter to fit the holes...again using a file to grind them down and make 2 notches. If I remember correctly you need one for under the winder lever cap and one for under the rewind knob. Another thing to do is take before pictures of any wires you may desolder.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-06-2022, 11:33 AM  
ME Super focusiing screen for Super A / Program?
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 13
Views: 438
This would probably not be worth paying a repair technician to do, as you can probably get a replacement body cheaper. If it's something you can do yourself, then you can probably pick up a part Super Program for under $20. I'm pretty sure you're going to need to remove the top, resolder some wires to move the flexi circuit out of the way, and remove the prism to get at the screen.

One good thing, if you get a parts body for $20, you will have to remove the screen from it with a similar procedure needed to put it in your camera ..so you can guage how difficult it will be and you're only out $20 if you decide it too difficult.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-06-2022, 11:24 AM  
Battery Pack LX rebuild considerations
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 5
Views: 326
Thanks, I've been reading up on this and although I could probably find an appropriate controller pcb for a reasonable price, I don't have the electronics expertise to do this. While the Li-ion capacity would be nice...800 mAh vs 500 mAh, the NiMh is allot easier to deal with so I think I'll stick with that until I can be certain the controller I use will be safe.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-06-2022, 10:14 AM  
Battery Pack LX rebuild considerations
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 5
Views: 326
I've got a Pentax Motor MD and the batteries I use are either the AA battery grip M or the Battery Pack LX. I rebuilt the battery pack LX using 1.2v 1/3AA NiMH batteries with a capacity of 500 mAh. This is more than twice the capacity of the original NiCd batteries (226mAh I believe). I have another Battery Pack LX, and I have a set (of 12) NiMh batteries, but I also picked up a set of Li-ion AA sized 3.7v 800mAh batteries. I read that Li-ion batteries need a control IC chip...

"All lithium ion batteries have to be controlled with an integrated circuit to control input and output voltage. If the circuit is not present, the cell could have thermal runaway. I'm sure you've all heard of laptop batteries catching fire."

My concern is, do the batteries normally have a control chip built in? Or is it external to the battery cells?

I'd like to try the Li-ion because of the 800mAH capacity, but I'm not going to use them unless I can either confirm the have voltage control IC or some "how to" to add one inside the Battery Pack LX. I

do see on eBay someone doing the Li-ion rebuild for $180. I picked up the 4 AAs for $24.
Forum: Pentax K-70 01-04-2022, 06:24 PM  
K70 Exposure Issue
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 35
Views: 1,101
I had a K-S2 that developer the aperture block failure. I made 2 mistakes... one, I sent it out for a cheap repair... $125... 6 months later the problem returned. I next put a white solenoid in, but using a butane soldering pen was a mistake as I probably damaged something in the process... so mistake #2. I gave the K-S2 away.

I next got a K70 for $400 with only 96 shutter accusations... about 6 months later I developed the aperture block again. Lucky me. This time I replaced the solenoid with the $45 white solenoid... used a good electric soldering iron with a fine point. The repair was easy and my K70 works perfectly. After fixing it I felt so much better. I don't regret getting the K70. It's a fine camera and worth the effort to fix yourself. just read all step-by-step procedure and have the correct tools. it's actually very easy to do.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-25-2021, 07:28 AM  
Film choice and processors.
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 41
Views: 1,172
Thanks for the info... I got XTOL ordered and looking into getting a gallon of Mic-X to test them out.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-25-2021, 07:25 AM  
How is the Pentax MX lightmeter turned on?
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 7
Views: 493
Also, with the winder or (the impossible to find) motor drive, partial press of the shutter release also turns on metering. I'm left eyed too and the MX works well for me.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-24-2021, 11:59 AM  
Film choice and processors.
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 41
Views: 1,172
I've been shooting HP5+, Delta 100 and Tri-X and developing in D76. I've been trying to find some Microdol-X developer, which is what I'd prefer back in the day. I have picked up a couple of 1 gallon packs, both of which have browning of the package... and I'm assuming allot of oxidation has occured. I haven't mixed up a gallon yet, but I'm going to give it a try.

Is there any decent fine grain developer available that's comparable to Microdol-X?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-12-2021, 02:19 PM  
Good Lens Hood Recommendations?
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 14
Views: 633
it's the collector in me... but I usually try to find the OEM hood made for the lens. It I can't find one or the price is too high I usually search the hood part number and find non-OEM versions of the hood. In the case of the 50/2 M I'd consider the 50/1.4 or 1.7 hood... as long as they are 49mm they'll fit. There is no benefit from using a Pentax hood, it just something I like to do.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-30-2021, 07:35 AM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 8,201
Views: 1,075,822
I used Iso-propyl alcohol to clean the MF-26 back. It take some time but eventually comes pretty clean. This problem happens on allot of the Nikons of that era... from the N50 to the F4.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-28-2021, 07:39 PM  
Sources for cameras
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 19
Views: 963
I have purchased a number of cameras from Japan this way... include a Pentax MZ-3 and last week. Nikon F90X. I also got a Pentax 645 with 3 lenses and a Bronica EC with 3 lenses from Japan. I haven't been burned yet.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-28-2021, 03:44 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 8,201
Views: 1,075,822
The classic Polaroid SX-70. I bought this back 20+ years ago when they were a dime a dozen. This one still works fine. I replaced the original dried out leatherette with a (fake) ostrich skin. I also have a model 2 that I converted to use 600 film. Film is now available from the current Polaroid company, though it's only 8 shots per pack (@ $20 a pack).
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