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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-03-2021, 07:00 AM  
Film body advise
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 31
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The Coolscan 4000/5000 has a whole roll adapter if you can find the combination. I don't know if there were others. Of course if cutting to strips is an option then you're set. If extremely curled and extremely grainy, then the first and last frames may show a very slight soft focus on about a third of the leading and trailing edges. If unbearable then you can use the slide adapter with the FH3 stripholder to absolutely flatten it out.

Autobellows and a fullframe dslr might be the way I would do it as it can take whole rolls and since ICE is not an option.

Sounds like a fun project though as I can only wish I had my grandparents film collection!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-31-2021, 05:17 PM  
Film body advise
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 31
Views: 1,249
BTW, I was scanning a shoebox of mounted slide film for someone and after about a handful of slides I noticed that none of the images were in sharp focus. Since this was for pay, I called to let him know the results so far and asked him if he knew this and would want me to continue. Well he couldn't believe it saying it had to be my scanner.

Fortunately, I had a 40X microscope/loupe that I bought early in my scanning attempts and was able to show him it wasn't the scanner's fault . . .

Untitled by Les DMess, on Flickr

Tens of thousands of frames scanned later and the Coolscans have never failed to achieve sharp focus - provided the image captured on film was sharp!

I have found one anomalous behavior with the Coolscan+Nikonscan and it's only happened to me on a couple of strips of color negatives that looked perfectly exposed and the frames perfectly spaced. When I insert the strip of 6 frames in the SA-21 filmstrip adapter in the usual frame order of 1-2-3-4-5-6, the scanner would misregister a frame and the resulting images would show half of frame 1 - border - half frame 2 and so on. I could refeed the strip and it consistently did the same thing. Finally, I simply reversed the frame order and fed it in 6-5-4-3-2-1 and the images would come out perfectly framed as expected. I may not even have encountered this problem because the strips of film were from a colleague who also bought the Coolscan at the same time as I did and asked me to try it on mine before he send his back for service.

BTW, did your grandfather shoot much Kodachrome? Odd sized film?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-30-2021, 08:55 AM  
Film body advise
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 31
Views: 1,249
A colleague and I were planning to purchase as many Coolscan 9000s back before the announced discontinuance but unfortunately we didn't. Could've made a bundle even immediately after.

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Sounds workable. Afterall, the Nikon F was a derivative of their RF with only the addition of the mirror box.

In fact that pointy prism looks just like the one on the F . . .
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-30-2021, 08:25 AM  
Film body advise
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 31
Views: 1,249
The Bessaflex sounds compelling -> Cameraquest Voigtlander Bessaflex TM
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-29-2021, 06:17 PM  
Film body advise
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 31
Views: 1,249
Well since you got the Nikon Coolscan V, then you might be interested to know you can take advantage of the huge latitude of most color negatives as well as b&w film.

I thought I reached the end of Kodak Portra 400's generous overexposure range by going +10 but apparently that wasn't the case . . .

Kodak Portra 400 overexposure by Les DMess, on Flickr

I applied a bare minimum of post work of white balance and levels on the +10 and as you can on the enlargement on the right, it came out reasonably well.

These were straight up scans from the Coolscan+Nikonscan as I didn't even have to "burn the image" during the scan. I didn't expect Kodak Ektar 100 had this much range as I thought it would end by +5 but that was not the case either. The DSLR RAW images are just a reference to show how much overexposure range these films have.

I always considered the Coolscan's to be the best Nikons I have . . . ;)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-24-2021, 10:25 AM  
90 degree viewfinder
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 8
Views: 701
Can't seem to find my OM Varimagni Finder at the moment but I was pleasantly surprised when I first got it that it fit my K, M and LX cameras - as well as a host of other brands and models.

OM Varimagni Finder by Les DMess, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-19-2021, 11:26 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 23,451
Views: 2,989,636
You can download them at

Web archive ICE-2.0.3-for-64-bit-Windows.msi or Web archive ICE-2.0.3-for-32-bit-Windows.msi

I also downloaded the trial version of Affinity as recommended which is pretty cheap to buy that and includes stitching as well as a seemingly comprehensive toolset.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-17-2021, 10:33 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 23,451
Views: 2,989,636
Thanks!

I've been using stitching software and was really pleased with the results using Microsoft ICE. This one of three Kodak Gold 400 of Notre Dame . . .

Kodak GC400-8_01-17-18-191 by Les DMess, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-17-2021, 11:32 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 23,451
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Early morning in Las Vegas with four frames of Kodak Ektar 100 stitched . . .

Kodak Ektar 100_20-18-21_stitch by Les DMess, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-15-2021, 06:10 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 8,000
Views: 1,038,937
Didn't know that they were made by Kyocera. Learned something new.

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What a beautiful set!

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I've come close to acquiring one or two of these . . .
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-13-2021, 09:27 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By LesDMess
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I picked the poor man's version just so I can try out a Zeiss lens or two but haven't yet . . .

Yashica FR by Les DMess, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-12-2021, 09:05 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By LesDMess
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Looks like you have a good handle on color negative conversion - looks natural to me.

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Love the results!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-12-2021, 04:51 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By LesDMess
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Of course Olympus lenses I have seem to have their aperture rings on the end of the lenses too. Although I have a third party lens with the ring at the base because the same lens is available for other brand bodies. The only other camera I have with the shutter speed on the lens mount is the Nikkormat FT3 and it also doesn't have an aperture window. I wonder if this design precludes that?

Untitled by Les DMess, on Flickr

It seems odd to me that one would paint a Titanium body . . . ;)

OM-4T profile by Les DMess, on Flickr

Yeah my OM3 & 4 are not winning the smoothest film advance contest.

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No doubt availability in different regions vary. Even Pentax had different model designations in different parts of the world. What are the most common manual cameras there?

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I know that KEH is very conservative in their ratings so I didn't expect much for an AS-IS camera so I was more then pleasantly surprised considering it's a black body too . . .

OM-3 profile by Les DMess, on Flickr

Yeah, no dents on this gem!

Of course the real qualifier on the OM3 & 4 is whether or not it "eats" batteries quickly. The quick test is to turn the battery test on and if it stops beeping after 30 seconds then it has the newer electronics and both of mine pass this test as well as in real world use.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-11-2021, 07:04 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By LesDMess
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Views: 1,038,937
Maybe this is just their form of rebate for all the purchases I've made with them . . . ;)

As much as KEH goes through tons of manual cameras, I don't see this listed there often so they may not be that familiar with it although it is functionally just like the OM1.

To be sure, the price was still high specially considering the listed condition.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-11-2021, 10:12 AM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 8,000
Views: 1,038,937
Probably one of the beast deals I ever found was this Olympus OM-3 listed on KEH AS-IS, NOT WORKING, PARTS ONLY. It's a fully manual body and the batteries are only required for metering and self timer. The most advanced in a manual body that includes center weighted average, spot, multi spot, highlight and shadow.

OM-3_f1.2 by Les DMess, on Flickr

KEH didn't used to include pics of the item itself so I was surprised by the outside condition as it looked great. It is a fully manual camera and everything mechanical about it seemed to function just fine. So I put new batteries in and it matched up to my Sekonic meter perfectly. Now I'm waiting for the part that something will fall off it but after running some rolls of film through it some years now it's still perfectly fine.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-11-2021, 09:48 AM  
ME Super tool to remove ASA dial nut
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 7
Views: 413
Does the manual say if it's a left or right hand turn?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-11-2021, 09:47 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 23,451
Views: 2,989,636
Thank you as I was quite pleased with the results! Definitely within the golden hour!
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 07-10-2021, 12:40 PM  
First Time Developing Tri-X 400. Too much grain?
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 14
Views: 651
I agree with Tuco that it is of course more accurate to review the grain using optical magnification like a 40X on a light board . . .

Untitled by Les DMess, on Flickr

May be something to consider to compare how your scans look compared to the actual film.

You didn't say if your example is a 100% crop or a small resize?

Definitely the developer used can influence the grain as well as exposure and scanner. For instance I shot a few frames to learn the latitude of Tri-X developed using Xtol and got this . . .

Kodak TRI-X 400 Exposure by Les DMess, on Flickr

This is 100% crop of the "0" reference point using Coolscan 9000 and the full res is available on flickr if you're interested in comparison . . .

Untitled by Les DMess, on Flickr

The other exposures are also available on the site from -2, -1, 0, +1 & +2.

Keep in mind that I've only had very little trial but I've found Xtol to provide a little less grain results as compared to TMAX developer.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-10-2021, 09:59 AM  
What Film Bodies Do We All Have
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 428
Views: 44,955
Nice SV!
Is that an Olympus M42 lens? Been meaning to acquire an Olympus FTL for awhile now myself.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-10-2021, 09:53 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By LesDMess
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Views: 2,989,636
Port de Cambrils just south of Barcelona, setting sun on Fuji Superia 400 . . .

Fuji Superia 400-005 NN by Les DMess, on Flickr

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Thanks!
I just missed the fog as it started to clear up. But there was still enough in the back that made that look . . .
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-10-2021, 09:28 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 23,451
Views: 2,989,636
What took that photo?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-08-2021, 09:25 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 23,451
Views: 2,989,636
Early morning at Bodega Bay using Konica Centuria 800

Konica Centuria 800-08 by Les DMess, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-08-2021, 09:19 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 8,000
Views: 1,038,937
I agree that all of these aethetics are a personal preference.

Interesting that Nikon saw fit to release the standard eye level finder (DE-2) then the high eyepoint finder (DE-3) with very minimal differences in size and magnification of 0.8X and 0.75X.

Nikon F3 - DE2 & DE3 by Les DMess, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-07-2021, 04:09 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 8,000
Views: 1,038,937
Compared to the metered F and F2, the F3 was definitely better looking . . .

I got the F, F2 and F3 early on in my immersion. I really like the F3 because it was gadgety and accessories were readily available I didn't have the plain prisms for the F and F2 initially so the F3 looked better then . . . but not after . . . ;)

Untitled by Les DMess, on Flickr

Canon was probably the least interested in following Olympus smaller body initiative with the OM series release. They had some "innovative" finders for sure!

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The 105R was my first "serious" camera as it was a huge step up from the plastic 110 instamatic I was using! It provided great service for a number of years

105R_MXB by Les DMess, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-06-2021, 08:40 AM  
Poll: Should Pentax make a new film SLR
Posted By LesDMess
Replies: 153
Views: 5,262
Not that familiar with the F6 but understand there's a silent mode? I would be interested to hear your side by side comparison of the LX and F6 in normal and silent mode when you have the chance. Also with and without mirror lockup. TIA.
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