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Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 01-14-2022, 08:42 PM  
reusable cassettes
Posted By cpk
Replies: 10
Views: 537
i used the reusable plastic cassettes for some time until I realized that grit would occasionally get in the felt lips and scratch the film. Once I realized that I stopped using them (and bulk loading my film).
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 01-11-2022, 09:27 AM  
well, steel or plastic
Posted By cpk
Replies: 16
Views: 696
I am still using my Nikor stainless steel tanks and reels from 65 years ago.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 12-30-2021, 01:09 PM  
Dealer Inquiry, in Canada
Posted By cpk
Replies: 37
Views: 998
I have been dealing with Downtown Camera since 1975. Until a few years ago they carried most, if not all, of the line of Pentax cameras and lenses. I don't recall ever having to order a camera body or lens I wanted, even back in the film days. Whatever I wanted was in stock, except possibly for the 2.8 shift lens I bought back in the 80's. That is now all changed. I just spoke with the salesman who sold me most of my digital Pentax equipment. They now carry a small limited amount of stock. He quickly found the price of the lens the OP wanted, but no stock. He is well aware of the quality of Pentax equipment, but many (maybe most?) of their customers have never heard of Pentax. I think it comes down to Ricoh not doing much in the way of advertising. Pentax is becoming the digital Alpa, but hopefully not ending up like them.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-21-2021, 02:32 PM  
The lure of the DA 40 Limited
Posted By cpk
Replies: 52
Views: 1,834
And weight. The DA 35 Limited is permanently attached to my infrared-converted K-7; on this camera it is the sharpest of all my lenses across a wide range of f-stops. The DA 40 Limited is one of my favourite street lenses, small and unobtrusive.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-19-2021, 09:07 AM  
If you could only have one...
Posted By cpk
Replies: 36
Views: 1,602
First choice, the LX; barring that, the MX. Of course, these are the two I have; other than the K1000, I haven't used any other Pentax SLRs.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-01-2021, 09:59 AM  
'If looks could kill .....'
Posted By cpk
Replies: 41
Views: 481
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-01-2021, 09:58 AM  
Feathered friend on the bayou
Posted By cpk
Replies: 4
Views: 79
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-01-2021, 09:58 AM  
Today's Catch
Posted By cpk
Replies: 40
Views: 543
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-31-2021, 06:24 AM  
To repair or not to repair?
Posted By cpk
Replies: 14
Views: 886
That's the solution I faced. Not cheap.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-30-2021, 03:08 PM  
To repair or not to repair?
Posted By cpk
Replies: 14
Views: 886
Not really. I used Epson Enhanced Matte Paper, renamed to Ultra Premium Presentation Paper Matte, as my go-to paper for inexpensive prints. I found it a good paper, quite adequate for what I wanted from it; but I have no experience with the other Epson papers.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-30-2021, 09:42 AM  
To repair or not to repair?
Posted By cpk
Replies: 14
Views: 886
I bought my 3880 in 2008 or 2009, I think, and it served me well during the years it was operational. Four years ago I mounted a show of 30 of my Montreal photographs, all printed on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag matte paper; they were 11 x 14 inch prints. I was going to print on their Photo Rag Pearl paper which required the photo black ink. When I tried that, the printer spewed black ink all over the paper. I took a photo on my phone of the results and went to a nearby Epson service centre for a repair estimate. $500 - $600 CAD. The whole print head had to be replaced, along with a flushing out of all the ink in the system and a reloading with fresh ink at additional cost over the repair. The P800 was on sale then for about $800 CAD; but being retired, I didn't want the cost of either the repair or a new printer. That's why the entire show was printed on matte paper; quite successfully I might add.

What finally killed the printer for me was a need to clean the heads a few months afterwards which required, because of low ink, the replacement one of the ink reservoirs (about $75 CAD at that time). But other colours were low on their ink as well, so further replacement of inks would probably have been required just to complete the head cleaning. In the years since I have done relatively little printing using a commercial lab in town. Much as I would like to be doing my own printing, I simply cannot justify the cost with the low volume I am doing right now.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-21-2021, 12:41 PM  
DxO PhotoLab 5
Posted By cpk
Replies: 81
Views: 3,701
Ah, that explains it. I hadn't thought of the K-3 Mk III angle.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-20-2021, 02:37 PM  
DxO PhotoLab 5
Posted By cpk
Replies: 81
Views: 3,701
I'm curious as to what these edits in Affinity Photo were since I would expect to use Affinity Photo only for those operations which PhotoLab 4 couldn't do.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-20-2021, 12:17 PM  
Understanding "Equivalents" for Medium Format Lenses
Posted By cpk
Replies: 68
Views: 2,809
But that's a CAPITAL F4. Big difference. :):)
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-08-2021, 05:40 PM  
DXO PhotoLab 4
Posted By cpk
Replies: 117
Views: 11,090
If you already have DxO PhotoLab 4, PureRAW is unnecessary; it is a subset of PhotoLab 4.
Forum: Pentax K-01 10-06-2021, 04:17 PM  
LCD screen viewability on K-01
Posted By cpk
Replies: 8
Views: 869
When I converted my K-7 to infrared several years ago I got the DSLR version of this:

https://www.hoodmanusa.com/Hoodman-Live-View-Kit-for-Mirrorless-Cameras-HMV-p/hmvkit.htm

It is rigidly attached to my K-7 and the two work together as a single unit. Use of live view on the sunniest days becomes simple.

Added: I just watched the Neewer video in in the preceding post. It is similar in concept and may be an alternative to the Hoodman.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 10-04-2021, 10:26 AM  
Please validate or critique my choice of film processing chemicals
Posted By cpk
Replies: 61
Views: 2,391
When I had a wet darkroom I always used running water to wash the film. I now live in an apartment where I cannot trust the water to be at a constant temperature. I process my film now using water at ambient temperature. I have two 5, maybe 10, gallon jugs in which I keep the water I use for film processing. For washing I do 6 successive water rinses, one minute each with constant agitation, followed with a wetting agent rinse. I discussed this with Ilford years ago. Here is a technical release of theirs:

https://www.ilfordphoto.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Reducing-Wash-Water.pdf
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 10-03-2021, 11:54 AM  
Please validate or critique my choice of film processing chemicals
Posted By cpk
Replies: 61
Views: 2,391
Once you get a procedure going that works for you, stick to it.

My story: I am still using Nikor stainless steel tanks I bought about 65 years ago. The lids have a small cap which covers the light-tight opening into which one pours the chemistry. When loading the reels with film, once inserted into the tank, I would put the lid on, followed by the small cap and then turn on the lights. When I started development, I removed the small cap and poured in the developer. One day some years ago I decided that putting on the small cap in the dark and then removing it to pour in the developer didn't make sense as the opening in the lid was light-tight. So I didn't bother with the small cap.

With the lights on and the developer at hand ready to use, what did I do? Well, for years I had remove the small cap to pour in the developer. So I removed the small cap; but it wasn't the small cap, it was the lid and I was looking at four reels of high speed film. I quickly put the lid back on and proceeded to develop the film. It was all fogged, but the bottom roll hadn't fogged as badly as the others and I could tell I had lost some good photos. I now always put on the small cap while still in the dark.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 10-03-2021, 11:35 AM  
Please validate or critique my choice of film processing chemicals
Posted By cpk
Replies: 61
Views: 2,391
Good points, but I never regretted giving up on the squeegee. A lot would also depend on how hard one squeezes the squeegee; I may have been too forceful when I used it.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 10-03-2021, 11:14 AM  
Please validate or critique my choice of film processing chemicals
Posted By cpk
Replies: 61
Views: 2,391
Single water bath, agitate for one minute. Worked for me for over 500 rolls of film.



I stopped using a squeegee early on when grit on the squeegee scratched several films. Air dried after that, but don't overdo the wetting agent or you'll get drying spots.

Never used anything but tap water. And never worried about the hardness or softness of the water. Did most of my film processing in Montreal and Toronto; I think the former's water is a bit harder.
Forum: Photographic Technique 09-19-2021, 05:41 AM  
Book on lighting?
Posted By cpk
Replies: 7
Views: 563
Light Science & Magic, An Introduction to Photographic Lighting by Fil Hunter and Paul Fuqua
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-31-2021, 02:25 PM  
HELP - lost the little PL filter window cap for lens hood for Pentax 150-450mm lens
Posted By cpk
Replies: 19
Views: 911
I tried using the opening once on one of my lenses in a walk-about-town and found it could be problematic with vertical shots having light enter from the side. Stopped using it. I simply use a finger inside the edge of the hood to carefully rotate the PL filter. This might not work for longer lenses.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-26-2021, 01:52 PM  
Pentax K3 III Overheating
Posted By cpk
Replies: 53
Views: 2,667
I converted my K-7 to infrared and attached a Hoodman device so that I could use live view all the time for viewing and focusing. I was quite shocked when I had overheating problems leaving the camera on all the time when I was using it. I had never experience overheating before. I learned to turn off live view while I hunted for the next shot. Leaving live view on for extended lengths of time may be your problem, especially in that heat.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-10-2021, 04:11 AM  
DXO PhotoLab 4
Posted By cpk
Replies: 117
Views: 11,090
See my post #15 in this thread and Larrymc's response in #17. I further responded in posts #58 and #62. Use the trial period to test your system.
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 06-30-2021, 09:46 AM  
To Grip or not to Grip? Thats my question
Posted By cpk
Replies: 34
Views: 1,399
I use grips on my K-5s when I am doing flamenco photography in a nightclub where most of my photographs are verticals; otherwise, I don't use them because of the extra weight.
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