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Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 03-22-2018, 04:59 PM  
DIY Strobonar battery replacement?
Posted By Brad_Olson
Replies: 1
Views: 980
Has anyone ever replaced a set of Strobonar batteries at home? I have a couple of 770s that need new packs and the local Batteries Plus Bulbs gave up on them because the holders are somewhat brittle and there's a fear they may break. I'm willing to try myself if the job's not all that difficult, and it would be nice to hear from someone who's already done it. Thanks!
Forum: Sold Items 11-26-2017, 03:03 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax SF10 w/28-80 lens
Posted By Brad_Olson
Replies: 2
Views: 644
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Pentax SF10 w/28-80 lens

Asking Price
10.00 USD

Item Location
Stoughton, WI (United States)

Item Description
I have a Pentax SF10 with the 28-80/3.5-4.5 zoom lens for sale. It was part of a bulk purchase I made a number of years ago and I have never used it. No battery. There is a roll of film in the camera but it was loaded by a previous owner, and I have no idea what's on it or if it's even been exposed. $10 with free shipping, or free with $10 shipping if you'd rather think of it that way. Help me free up some shelf space!

Brad

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
No

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Good

Shipping Destinations
North America

Shipping Charge
0

Shipping Services
USPS,UPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Check/Money Order

Return Policy & Additional Details
Sold as-is, no returns.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: General Photography 11-25-2017, 08:41 AM  
Pentax in the Movies and Media
Posted By Brad_Olson
Replies: 460
Views: 124,007
I did a couple of keyword searches that came up empty, so apparently this thread has made it to 20 pages before the first mention of that awesome 1975 blaxploitation flick Friday Foster. I haven't seen it in years but IIRC Pam Grier totes a Spotmatic in a number of scenes.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-31-2017, 07:35 AM  
Futuramic II power source
Posted By Brad_Olson
Replies: 1
Views: 743
I've acquired an old Heiland/Honeywell Strobonar Futuramic II flash and need the 2-prong AC adapter/charger. Does anyone know if it has to be the specific Heiland model? Or will any model of the right voltage and plug configuration work? Thanks!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 11-27-2016, 01:19 PM  
Spotmeter V thread size?
Posted By Brad_Olson
Replies: 1
Views: 707
For some reason I'm having difficulty finding the Spotmeter V thread size online but I'm sure someone here knows. Is it 46mm? That's what it seems to be but before purchasing any accessories I'd like to be sure. Thanks!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-19-2016, 12:19 PM  
Dine ringflash thread size?
Posted By Brad_Olson
Replies: 8
Views: 871
Thanks for the replies and suggestions.


Yes, it's the version with the AC unit and gray cable...and the 46mm adapter that arrived today is just a bit too large.:( Just for grins I fitted the flash to the 50mm lens on my Agfaflex IV and once again the flash threads were too small in diameter.

The flash did come with an adapter but it's to step up to a 62mm filter ring...quite a bit larger than Pentax's 49mm.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-15-2016, 02:35 PM  
Dine ringflash thread size?
Posted By Brad_Olson
Replies: 8
Views: 871
Recently I picked up an older Lester Dine ringflash and I'm trying to figure out the thread size. It's smaller than 49mm and bigger than 43mm; does anyone have an idea? I need to find an adapter that'll allow it to screw into a 49mm filter ring. Thanks!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-09-2016, 08:47 PM  
Strobonar WA attachment?
Posted By Brad_Olson
Replies: 2
Views: 846
Did Honeywell ever offer a wide angle diffuser for the Potato Mashers? I have a 770 that I'd love to use more often. Thanks!
Forum: Sold Items 03-09-2016, 07:55 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Super Albinar 135/2.8
Posted By Brad_Olson
Replies: 3
Views: 1,015
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Super Albinar 135/2.8 (free!)

Asking Price
0.00 USD

Item Location
Stoughton, WI (United States)

Item Description
Super Albinar 135/2.8. Probably an eBay gamble that didn't work out, it's been sitting nose-first in bubblewrap here in my basement for several years now. Free for the asking and I'll even eat the UPS charges, but if you have a 46-49 adapter or a sixer of Keystone Light I'm always willing to trade.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
No

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling or Trading

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Good

Shipping Destinations
United States

Shipping Charge
0.0

Shipping Services
UPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
Return policy? I'm *giving* this lens away.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 01-31-2015, 01:49 PM  
35mm film splicer?
Posted By Brad_Olson
Replies: 4
Views: 1,715
I often splice my 35mm negatives and am thinking that there has to be a better way than holding the 2 pieces down with my finger as I apply the tape. I looked at eBay and the splicers are mostly for movie film; can one of them be used for still film? Or are there better options?

What I picture is a carrier that has 2 sides, sprocket hole pins to properly align/space the pieces being spliced, a center gap to make it easy to use tape, and a non-scratch bar that bridges the gap and holds the film flat without blocking access to the edges. Remember those 35mm flimstrip projectors from the '60s and '70s? IIRC the carrier that fit between the lens and the light had teeth to keep the filmstrip in place, and a couple of them could be used to rig something up.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-01-2014, 05:09 PM  
Rechargeable button cells?
Posted By Brad_Olson
Replies: 5
Views: 1,032
Are there any good rechargeable versions of the 1.5V S76/M76/AG13 cell that the K and M cameras use? Thanks!
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 02-08-2014, 12:16 PM  
CanoScan: WinXP to Win8.1
Posted By Brad_Olson
Replies: 2
Views: 960
A few years back I bought a Canon CanoScan 8800F scanner and set it up on a PC running Windows XP. In a couple of months I'm going to be replacing the PC with one that uses Windows 8.1, and am wondering about transferring the scanner drivers and software (including editing software MP Navigator EX 1.0). Has anyone gone through this? Is it better to get the latest drivers and software from Canon? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 12-02-2013, 01:50 PM  
Tabletop reflector setup?
Posted By Brad_Olson
Replies: 4
Views: 931
Thanks for the suggestions. I hadn't given the DIY approach much though but my wife works next door to a Hobby Lobby so getting the materials should be easy.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 11-27-2013, 03:09 PM  
Tabletop reflector setup?
Posted By Brad_Olson
Replies: 4
Views: 931
Does anyone have any suggestions for a small tabletop reflector or umbrella setup? I'm thinking of something in the 6"-8" range and the mounting system wouldn't need to raise the reflector more than 12" or so in the air.

When I use my ringflash at a low angle the background is sometimes underlit and my idea is that a small flash bounced off of a reflector or umbrella could be used to bring up the light a bit. Thanks!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-18-2013, 10:28 AM  
Agfa Vista 400 film
Posted By Brad_Olson
Replies: 25
Views: 11,933
Blast from the past...

Has anyone used Vista recently? Since 12-exposure rolls are getting tougher to find I'm trying to stock up when I can, and I can get 5 rolls of Vista 400 (exp. Aug. 2014) for $2.70 apiece on eBay. Any thoughts? Thanks!
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 09-23-2013, 06:38 AM  
Omega color analyzer
Posted By Brad_Olson
Replies: 4
Views: 1,813
Thanks, OM. I'll likely be passing through Indiana next August and if I still have the analyzer I'll be happy to hand it over to you.;)
Forum: General Talk 09-21-2013, 06:17 PM  
Gearheads, Unite!
Posted By Brad_Olson
Replies: 2,042
Views: 207,155
I'm rather late to the party here but the front end looks a lot like a '70-72 Chevy Monte Carlo and the body style is reminiscent of a '68-72 Tempest/Chevelle/Skylark (Special)/Cutlass (F-85). And the Kingswood name was used on Chevrolet station wagons from at least the late '50s. You mentioned in a later post that you think the 202 CID straight 6 is of Australian heritage and I believe you're correct; dating back to the late '40s the smallest Chevy 6 was 216 CID. A friend of mine works for Ford "down under"; I'll have to quiz him on the Kingswood to see what he knows about it.

Very cool...good luck with the project!
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 09-21-2013, 05:42 PM  
Omega color analyzer
Posted By Brad_Olson
Replies: 4
Views: 1,813
I bought some gear today and included was an Omega Chromegatron Pro-Lab Color Analyzer. Is this a piece of darkroom equipment or can it operate in standalone mode? Naturally, it didn't come with a manual and I could do some poking around online, but I'd bet that there are a few here who are familiar with it.

If it happens to be for darkroom use I'll have no need for it, and will happily trade it for a pizza and a six-pack.:lol:
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-08-2013, 07:14 AM  
Looking for Dine flash manual
Posted By Brad_Olson
Replies: 1
Views: 896
Last week I bought this Lester Dine ringflash on a whim and while it seems to work fine, it didn't come with a manual and I'm not having any luck finding one.

Dine Auto Exposure Macro Light w Ring Flash | eBay

Can anyone help me out, please? Thanks!
Forum: Lens Clubs 07-08-2013, 07:00 AM  
The Off-Brand Club!!
Posted By Brad_Olson
Replies: 1,183
Views: 406,299
Yep, it's an eBay offering. It's a manual-focus lens and the 24-43 length does show up in various places around the web, but $100 is a bit much to gamble without knowing some solid details.
Forum: Lens Clubs 07-01-2013, 12:10 PM  
The Off-Brand Club!!
Posted By Brad_Olson
Replies: 1,183
Views: 406,299
Does anyone here have experience with the Osawa 24-43mm f/3.5-4.5 "macro" lens? I really like the focal length range but at around $100 I'd like to have an idea of its performance before forking over the cash. Thanks!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-13-2013, 08:44 AM  
No more film from Kodak....
Posted By Brad_Olson
Replies: 72
Views: 7,751
From a marketing standpoint, I wonder if making bulk film more available might have a positive impact on sales. Years ago when I was strictly B&W I kept 1 Lloyd loader filled with 125 and another with 400, and the convenience and ability to tailor roll length to a situation probably led me to shoot more film than I would've had I been limited to whatever factory lengths were available. Since I no longer have a home darkroom I've converted primarily to color and would very much love to do the same.

As far as I can tell, color film from anybody appears to be limited to 24 and 36-exposure rolls these days. I found the 12-exp. rolls to be at times very handy and would love to get my hands on some more.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-27-2012, 06:21 AM  
Pentax Auto 110
Posted By Brad_Olson
Replies: 36
Views: 9,243
Lomography has a new(?) 110 color film and B&H carries it, but I can't offer any kind of feedback.

Brad
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-10-2012, 06:06 PM  
TOU/FIVE STAR 500mm f/8
Posted By Brad_Olson
Replies: 13
Views: 14,264
Even though this is an old thread I'm looking at this particular lens (Craigslist link):

Pentax Lens

Think it's worth $50? I like that it apparently has an integral K-mount and not an adapter, so I'm guessing it's from the late '70s, and per the seller it's branded Toyo Optics and was made in Japan. Thanks!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-25-2011, 12:50 PM  
Uttering the words of satan... film...
Posted By Brad_Olson
Replies: 138
Views: 17,052
I have a Rollei T that gets a similar reaction and while I'd most likely never say it to a stranger, I've pointed out to friends that it can also double as the infamous "blunt instrument" of criminal lore...;)

Brad
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