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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-21-2020, 11:20 PM  
DSLR "scanning" using Nikon ES-2 & K-3
Posted By Eyewanders
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If any are interested... I've been using (and really happy with) this Raleno LED panel as a source (with a couple layers of duralar for added diffusion sometimes).

I also started using Negative Lab Pro a few months ago. Entirely different workflow that took a lot of getting used to but I've since parted ways with both my 135 scanner and flatbed, so it's worked out well.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-21-2020, 04:27 PM  
DSLR "scanning" using Nikon ES-2 & K-3
Posted By Eyewanders
Replies: 15
Views: 760
For all of these reasons above I abandoned 135 slide-copier setups (after chasing them briefly) for a copy-stand and DIY frame mattes with a diffusion layer atop an LED video light source. A lot more versatile (for me) in the end; switching to medium-format (and various sizes therein) is a breeze.

There's also this awesome 3-d carrier plans. I've been using the 35mm version to great success.
120 & 35mm Film DSLR Film Scanning Holder by bradbrok - Thingiverse
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-04-2020, 11:21 AM  
recommended filters for SLR photography
Posted By Eyewanders
Replies: 20
Views: 804
Alex's lists is bang-on. The only color correction filter I do still use occasionally is an #85B warming filter specifically for Cinestill 800T tungsten balanced (or other tungsten cine films, but i never shoot them anymore) in the case that I want to use up a roll in daylight conditions, especially if overcast conditions, only because the results without one in that particular scenario is very pronounced, e.g. very very blue. (to the point that correcting in digital-post can be quite a challenge to the point of not being worth the effort).
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-31-2020, 02:56 PM  
question about leather case for a ME Super
Posted By Eyewanders
Replies: 20
Views: 748
I'm not sure if mine is the same as Phil's, but I also have a Pentax branded leather case for MX and ME with a winder attached.
It fits either with winder and any smaller M or A lens attached (e.g. an M50/1.4 is fine, a K50 variant is not).
It's just a pull-over with two snaps on the back and a zipper at the side to aid getting it in and out easily.

Not quite sure where I got it, whether with an MX or separately, but I think the latter (I seem to remember being on a hunt for something like it some years back).
It's quite nice. Obviously the camera must be removed to use, but for simple low-profile protection it's great. (I bet the MX just loves feeling that velour on its skin.)

Edit: and this one is definitely made of genuine leather. Different grains throughout on the various stitched panels.
Also, it's possible to shoot it reasonably quickly by unzipping the side and unsnapping only the right same side so you can pull the camera out but leaving the case attached to through the strap opening on the left side with it still snapped in place. I always just remove it in practice and only use the case if I'm chucking it into a larger bag.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-30-2020, 07:07 PM  
"Why We Shoot Film" - cool mini doco about film photography resurgence
Posted By Eyewanders
Replies: 29
Views: 1,381
To be a bit fair, in all of their coms on the subject they stress that it should be recycled at a proper facility, and if that isn't possible they'll provide a return shipping label to send it to them directly and they will tear-down and recycle it themselves. But in reality there'll be plenty of folks just taking the 30% and chucking them to the bin . From a business perspective it is surely curtail the used market - there's a savings, but there's a new sale. All in all the discount should just be given to current owners and they can do as they see fit with the deprecated hardware. Rather ugly business in my view.

But this is drifting far and away off-topic. My bad. :)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-29-2020, 01:23 PM  
"Why We Shoot Film" - cool mini doco about film photography resurgence
Posted By Eyewanders
Replies: 29
Views: 1,381
In stark contrast is the planned obsolescence of tech across markets that increases and becomes more and more an issue as time goes on. For example the recent Sonos debacle which is causing a very pointed IoT "wake-up call" to consumers, not just in terms of replacing hardware products on a software-based development cycle, discarding the old, but also in practices like Sonos began "offering" last Sept/Oct...

From Sonos, a 30% new product purchase discount is available to current customer via a "Trade-Up" which requires the user to initiate a "recycle-mode" on their eligible out-of-support (or soon to be) device which effectively "bricks" it and renders it unusable/unsaleable. "Recycle mode" is a rather ironic term used for creating such vast amounts of wasted, fully-functioning hardware now destined (in most cases if we're thinking realistically) for landfill... and all in the name of new sales on one side of the transaction, and very slight price-savings on the other. And, this from a company that has always had longevity at the core of its messaging.

Yeah, there are other current concerns that ought take precedence over worrying about film production.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-28-2020, 06:35 PM  
"Why We Shoot Film" - cool mini doco about film photography resurgence
Posted By Eyewanders
Replies: 29
Views: 1,381
A few years back now I went all over this topic in many conversations and in my own head. There are a ridiculous number of variables for each and every shooter, from home dev, to film format choices (let alone stocks), equipement digital/analog, resale values.... on and on. In the end I decided it was all largely a wash, depending how you proceed. But more than that I chose not to worry or think about it much. I never entered into photography and grew with it to be concerned with the economy of it. I shoot both digital and film, but in the past 6 of 7 years, film much more so again by a drastic margin. It works for me on a multiple levels that would be a bore to get into. :)
I for one am just happy another generation found such interest in film photography at all.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-22-2020, 02:32 PM  
Me & my MX: It isn't going well. Yet.
Posted By Eyewanders
Replies: 19
Views: 1,977
Yup. That's precisely how I change the speed 95% of the time. I really only posted that a good while back to illustrate that it wasn't nearly the problem made out to be if you'd like to change it with just one finger, camera still to your eye.
Honestly I don't find the difference in space for the dial all that different across a variety of Pentax bodies. I really just don't think about it that much if ever. The LX is certainly easier (I believe that's what you went with) and there's no possibility of changing ISO accidentally in that case. But really, I've been shooting these for a long long while I can't remember *ever* inadvertently changing ISO, regardless of what body was in use. Not that that matters - it's your damn camera. :D
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-20-2020, 11:06 AM  
Me & my MX: It isn't going well. Yet.
Posted By Eyewanders
Replies: 19
Views: 1,977
Agree with Arnold. LED readout never bothered - prefer it overall because it's so easy to see in low-light and because it simply disappears when it's not on.
As for the shutter-speed dial, I've always thought that was one of the the nitpickiest nitpicks going. :) Sure it's stiffer than most and perhaps bothersome if you're expecting a wheel-dial on a DSLR sort of resistance, but from a couple years back:














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Though often I just include my thumb (as arnold also mentioned) when changing speed - never considered that a problem.
I love it for its simplicity, reliability, compact size and handling with smaller M lenses, and amazing viewfinder .... always come back to the MX.
If you don't wind up getting on with it, no one will fault you for it, and someone will be quite happy to inherit it from you, I'm quite sure.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-20-2020, 10:54 AM  
Best K mount camera for M42 Takumar
Posted By Eyewanders
Replies: 20
Views: 811
Along with the MX, the KX is probably the most favored. They're both fantastic cameras. The MX viewfinder is huge indeed - it's also very small and so is a good fit for many Takumars since they are relatively small lenses to begin with.
If you rely on in-camera metering like the Spotmatic, as mentioned, the KX, MX, KM, K2 are all good choices. If you don't care as much about in-camera metering and use sunny-16 or a handheld, I'd look to the S series (S1a, SV, S) if you've never shot one. They're a joy to shoot with in my opinion - just have a handling and feel that's pretty much unmatched. Most will need a bit of a CLA to address slow-speed governor issues, tired curtains, etc. But they're remarkably uncomplicated compared to their later cousins.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-20-2020, 10:42 AM  
MV rewind knob
Posted By Eyewanders
Replies: 12
Views: 433
Yup. As mentioned - the MG will fit. The knob on my MV is in the same state. Bummer of a plastic affair on that one unfortunately. Though the exposure system is hosed as well. It's sync-speed shutter only camera in my case. Not the most reliable, albeit very tiny, things.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-20-2020, 10:32 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By Eyewanders
Replies: 20,591
Views: 2,587,565
Yes - I'd agree. Seems like the MZS is dense enough to warrant printing the manual - something i've meant to do but never have. I've forgotten how to turn off the focus confirmation beep, for instance. :) And currently (I'm sure this is adjustible) I've it set to not allow shutter fire without focus-confirmation, but I've just left it on since it's sort of fun having an essentially "catch-in-focus" feature available.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-18-2020, 10:52 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By Eyewanders
Replies: 20,591
Views: 2,587,565
Oooh very nice. How you finding it? I was a bit nonplussed with mine early on (4 or so years now? yikes), but that changed drastically once I'd put a few rolls through. Genuinely think it may be the best modern (read, auto-advance, AF, etc. etc.) SLR ever made (certainly one of). I know that sentiment's been bandied about a fair bit, but I'd say I'm definitely onboard with it now. :D
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-18-2020, 07:02 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By Eyewanders
Replies: 20,591
Views: 2,587,565
I've had that exact combo sitting on the shelf with just a couple frames pushed through it so far - it's been so dreary.
Need to take it down again!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-16-2020, 04:11 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By Eyewanders
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... and fertilizer spreaders.

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Hahhaha. I'm too late. Shoulda gone to the following page.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 01-15-2020, 02:25 PM  
Looking for a lab that's cheap per roll
Posted By Eyewanders
Replies: 16
Views: 780
Citizens Photo in Portland, OR.
They're the cheapest I'm personally aware of. I use them frequently with fairly large batches (to keep my shipping costs in check relatively) of films I send via USPS flat-rate small box. Since moving two years ago I don't have local lab option less than 45-60 minutes drive so I've leaned heavily on Citizens since. I've used Darkroom.com, North Coast Photographic, and Dwaynes as well as a couple other one-offs, but Citizens has always been the best ratio of price/quality in my experience (e.g. I've gotten better results overall from Darkroom and NCPS but they're significantly more costly.)

90% of the time my orders are just dev only, with occasional push/pull, and returned to me sleeved but un-cut.
I stopped mounting my E6 long ago so can't recall what their mounting costs are. Slide frames are perfectly easy to mount yourself at home.

Photo attached of their pricing (which comes from a spreadsheet I made quite some time ago for price calculations using various mail-order labs which I send in my orders).
Note: the scanning prices listed are for their higher res scans; they've a lower-res, lower priced scan option available as well, $5 if I recall correctly.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-15-2020, 12:48 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By Eyewanders
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Annnnnnnnnnd, SCENE!
Check the gate!

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Couch-bound down-time with Hexanon gigantoraperture.


downtime by Kevin Rosinbum (Eyewanders Foto), on Flickr
Konica FT-1 | Hexanon 57/1.2 | Ektar 100

Sorry if it's not quite level.

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Everyone has different ways of going about things, but I'd have personally started with "hello".
Hello.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 01-14-2020, 09:15 PM  
Dedicated 35mm Scanner
Posted By Eyewanders
Replies: 10
Views: 772
Weighing in a bit late here but I went through similar growing pains 5 or 6 years ago. I tried a number of different scanner for 35mm. I had an Epson V750-M Pro (also had Canoscan and V500 for a very very short time) which was very nice for medium-format but the number of frames on a 135 roll were just too laborious with any volume for me personally. I hated it quickly. I concurrently owned a Primefilm XE and XA and enjoyed them quite a bit but had issues with banding quite frequently in high contrast scene, especially dense positive films. I let those go.

For 35mm I eventually wound up with the lauded Pakon F135 Plus and fell in love. I sold it after the lamp went out (at the time sourcing parts was nearly impossible - not as much today, but the parts are not inexpensive) and returned to the V750 for 35mm for about a year.... hated it again.

So, I bought another Pakon (an F135 "non plus" version, which incidentally is capable of scanning at exactly the same resolution, just about 1/3 slower speed, provided you use the TLX_Client that is part of the installation package rather than the PSI application which was the actual mini-lab interface) and was happy as a clam since (or rather until two days ago when I sold it). There is simply no other available scanner (in my experience, echoed by many others) that can chew through color-negative and B&W with the ease and results that the Pakon provides. Slide film is a bit problematic but there are scripts available to enable the F135 to scan it as well, though it wasn't meant to and the results are rather pale - they can be saved quite a bit in post however. That's the only area it falls short a bit, but I still used it for slides about 75% of the time unless I wanted to focus on a single frame in which case I'd go to the Epson or go to my local lab for the Noritsu. Again, for color-neg and b&w it is stupendous.

The Pakon is a headache to setup initially as it can only run (the software and drivers) on Windows XP - this can be done with an old stand-alone laptop or, as I and many other did/do, in a Window virtual environment by means of parallels or Oracle Virtual Box (recommended). Once its all setup there's nothing with the speed/quality/ease combo that it provides, only a max res of 3000x2000pi (16base) but that's more than adequate for my needs unless I needed to print large in which case it was back to the lab for a single frame. (But honestly I've printed sizes from Pakon files I probably shouldn't have and they turned out just fine because it handles grain and color transition so well, size be damned.)

All that said, I've sold it as I mentioned, and I've *also* sold the Epson and I'm quite literally in the midst of completely (with many headaches) altering my entire workflow to a digital-camera-scanning one. My setup involves a decent copystand, some negative masks that I made from art-foam (as well as a 35mm holder that my brother-in-law 3d printed for me from a free design someone posted a couple months ago elsewhere), a Raleno soft LED photo light (very high CRI with adjustable intensity and color temp), and my Pentax K-3 with FA 50/2.8 Macro lens and shutter remote. I'm also using Negative Lab Pro for this and the early results are great. Not as pain-free as the Pakon was, but not as time consuming as a flatbed (nowhere near actually).

Hope *any* of this is helpful.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-14-2020, 08:28 PM  
Another quick LX question...
Posted By Eyewanders
Replies: 13
Views: 508
Normally I'd say that Youtube is good for some things and not necessarily for others, but then I realize that
A) that applies to the internet as a whole. And,
B) it's K David, so it'd be rather reliable if so, or at least learned from a reliable source.

My particular LX has electronics that have been "going out" for nearly 6 or 7 years now (since finally diagnosed by Eric H about 5 years ago).
Oddly it's been getting better over time, go figure. In any case my meter stays on after the shutter fires. I've never thought that to be anything but by design, and to be frank I'm not convinced now that it isn't, though I don't think I've ever noted that it stayed on longer than 30 seconds... in fact I'm nearly certain it doesn't. And again, the PCB in mine is *confirmed* to be "going out". All that said, there are quite a number of different printed circuit board types that were used in the LX and change over time without notice or regard to production run or model number etc (this is part of the problem in successfully replacing them), so I'm sure that there may well indeed be different symptoms for different vintage LX cameras with slightly troubled internals. (This adds to the mystery and the exciting mystique of owning one.)

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I just performed the same with mine to the exact same result. Sometimes it remained longer than other times.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-14-2020, 08:02 PM  
Another quick LX question...
Posted By Eyewanders
Replies: 13
Views: 508
Someone call David. :)



He can elaborate if he sees this and wishes to, but I'd be reasonably certain that K David was directly referring to the Harrow Technical report that Steve quoted.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-14-2020, 07:57 PM  
Pentax LX long time exposure and Reciprocity failure / Schwarzschild effect
Posted By Eyewanders
Replies: 46
Views: 4,075
Quick like lightning. Thank ya, senor. From my early film days I think I've a grand total of two that are of any worth (and a fair collection of bright clouds to accompany it). Digital days certainly brought new life to *that* particular quest innit. Cheers - that shot is fantastic regardless.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-14-2020, 07:39 PM  
Pentax LX long time exposure and Reciprocity failure / Schwarzschild effect
Posted By Eyewanders
Replies: 46
Views: 4,075
Sorry to resurrect a zombie, all.... But say, Digitalis. I was wondering what happened to this particular accidental lightning photo. Was thumbing back through this thread as result of a convo elsewhere and noticed it's missing; hoped you might still have it about somewhere. Cheers.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-14-2020, 06:10 PM  
This is quite amazing - "A long exposure timer/self-timer/remote shutter trigger"
Posted By Eyewanders
Replies: 7
Views: 903
A long exposure timer/self-timer/remote shutter trigger/intervalometer I designed and built for use with analog cameras. : AnalogCommunity

From the creator:


Truly awesome.
(Would also be a bit of fun to do the calculations and pit it against an LX..... Garry Kasparov vs Deep Black)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-14-2020, 01:24 AM  
"Why We Shoot Film" - cool mini doco about film photography resurgence
Posted By Eyewanders
Replies: 29
Views: 1,381
I was in that same (medium format) vein for a good long while, mostly leaving 35mm alone except just to (as you say) shoot the favorite.... But then discovered Konica (which I'd never shot before) about 2 or more years back now, and that led me down yet another 35mm rabbit that has yet to let me come back up for air.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-13-2020, 02:54 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By Eyewanders
Replies: 6,771
Views: 845,412
Early rear-facing camera-flip technology exploration.


You Will Be Delicious by Kevin Rosinbum (Eyewanders Foto), on Flickr
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