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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 7 Hours Ago  
another one bites the dust
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 34
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Update. I'm working on a new lead now for a shutter repair and restoration of the AP. I'll post back when I have more info.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 21 Hours Ago  
another one bites the dust
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 34
Views: 1,328
So the camera is repairable, just not by Eric? Has anyone ever had a successful shutter curtain replacement performed on a K, an S, or an AP? if so, who does this work? I know there were previous recommendations of places who have done other makes but I'd like to know if there's another "Pentax specialist" that anyone could recommend.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 3 Days Ago  
another one bites the dust
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 34
Views: 1,328
So then there must be some reason, other than the one he gave me, that Eric is unable, or unwilling to repair this AP?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 3 Days Ago  
another one bites the dust
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 34
Views: 1,328
I'll let you have the part that you need from my parts body if he can use it.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 6 Days Ago  
another one bites the dust
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 34
Views: 1,328
I'm not up to making a set of curtains, nor am I inclined to disassemble the AP far enough to replace them.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 6 Days Ago  
another one bites the dust
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 34
Views: 1,328
Just got it back today. It's worse now than when I sent it out. When I sent it, it would wind and fire. Now i's locked up solid. I'm not sure if I should pursue trying to get this fixed or not. Looks like I may have made a $250 mistake. Well, it came with the 55mm f2 preset so not a total loss I suppose.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-09-2017, 10:23 PM  
another one bites the dust
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 34
Views: 1,328
I'm one who actually wants to use them. I don't always have as much time as I would like for "serious photography" but film has once again become my preferred medium. I bought a Canon EOS D30 about 15 years ago ans sold all of my 35mm Pentax gear shortly afterward. I've enjoyed digital, and I believe that it has made me a better photographer. I had been wanting an EOS 3 for a couple years and while shopping for one on Ebay one day, I actually pulled the trigger on an ME SE instead. That was just over a year ago and I have been enjoying film again ever since. It has revitalized my interest in art again.

When I really have the time to slow down and get serious, I drag out the Mamiya RB67 Pro S or the C33, but if I am craving an artistic experience and don't have the time to make a day of it, One of my 15 or so Pentax 35s comes out. In M42, I think the SV is my favorite although I really do enjoy the K. The S1a is also a treat if I don't think I'll need a self timer. My Sekonic L8s have nailed exposure every time using the meterless bodies. I'm not enamored with the Spotmatic, as I would rather use a K mount if I want the camera to meter the exposures, but the Spottie is a gem in its own right and I will enjoy using it once Eric returns it to me in top condition again.

I'm really torn when it comes to the K mount bodies. The ME Super was my first love, having been my very first 35mm SLR, purchased new in the early 80s when I was just 13 years old. The ME Super is currently my only 35mm SLR that is loaded with film. I love the little ME for many of the same reasons that I like the ME Super for. My Super Program and Super A are no better than the MEs but just different enough to keep me interested. My MX is in a class of its own but has a few irritating faults that lead me to use the KX perhaps a bit more often. I HATE the LED display and the stupid difficult shutter speed dial of the MX, while I love the Meter and dial on the KX while not being crazy about the large, clunky size. When I get the urge to use a more basic light tight box, I reach for the KM or the MIJ K1000 SE. They are both great, but again, a bit clunky in handling. That brings me to my LX. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the LX. 'Nuff said.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-08-2017, 10:05 PM  
another one bites the dust
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 34
Views: 1,328
The K has a bad clutch in the film advance mechanism. I don't remember exactly what Eric said about it. Here is exactly what was sent along with the Paypal refund for the AP. "I took the unit apart and found that the shutter curtain streamer is torn. I don't have the parts available to fix it. Returning unrepaired."

I emailed Eric and asked him if the part needed for the AP could be cannibalized from the K. The way I see it, the K and the AP are so similar that there may be a really good chance that the needed part is the same. I'm awaiting his response with my fingers crossed.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-08-2017, 08:55 PM  
another one bites the dust
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 34
Views: 1,328
I suppose that's better than chucking them into a junk box.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-08-2017, 07:34 PM  
another one bites the dust
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 34
Views: 1,328
Well, I just got the bad news today from Eric that another classic is non-repairable. I'm really bummed about this. Earlier this year I got this news about my 1958 K, now it sits on the shelf, worthless. I thought about selling it on ebay as "not working" but I can't bring myself to sell it without full disclosure that it can't be repaired. Especially since it's likely that someone here would end up with it, wasting money on it as I did. I bought it thinking that a CLA would save it. I did try once to resell it on ebay but since I listed it as unrepairable, I never got a single bid so I just decided to keep it.

Today's news was even worse. This time it's an AP that is unrescuable. As with the K, it's in mint cosmetic condition. Anothe gorgeous classic in the junk box, never to have its film plane illuminated again.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-06-2017, 06:30 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 5,255
Views: 566,034
Yes he does. I had him replace a shutter curtain on a K last year and my AP (what you have there) was not firing at accurate speeds. He has done quite a handful of my cameras over the past year ranging from my K (1958) to the latest being my KX, K1000, KM, and ME SE. He has my S1a, Spotmatic and AP right now. Most of what these cameras will need is a routine disassembly, cleaning, lube, and reassembly. Recalibrating meters and shutters is a part of this process. If there is anything broken inside and he has the parts on hand, he can repair it. My KM had a bad meter and he replaced it for around $15 additional "while he was in there."

If he doesn't have the parts, you can source them yourself as I had to do when he found a bad clutch in my K. That was an expensive repair for me because I couldn't find a parts body for any less than $100 delivered. That CLA/repair ended up setting me back nearly $400 by the time it was all done. $160 for the CLA and repair, $50 for disassembly of the parts body to recover the needed part and reassemble, $100 for the parts camera, and postage for shipping everything back and forth probablycame to about $50 or more. Add the original cost of the body and I'm into it for probably about $500 total. This one was a foolish labor of love though.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-06-2017, 05:01 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 5,255
Views: 566,034
Nice. I'm waiting to get mine back from Eric. He invoiced the CLA just over a month ago so it should be here any day. I can't wait to run some film through it.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-06-2017, 04:57 PM  
Asahi Pentar K - Value? (Yes, PentaR)
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 19
Views: 822
I was given a Phillipson fly rod as a retirement gift by a good friendof mine. It had belonged to his grandfather. As I researched it, I discovered that is a very rare vintage rod, made during a transition period of the company and not even found in any of their catalogs. I discovered that there are two others owned by collectors. I fish this rod every chance I get.

That camera of yours was built to make photographs and you can't take it with you. It probably won't put your kids through college either so I'd keep it in its protective case and run as many rolls of film through it as I could.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-03-2017, 04:36 PM  
Sticky: Pentax Proud Owner Signature Banners : K-3, K-5 II, K-30, and many more!
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 266
Views: 178,656
What I would like to know is, how are you guys making these banners? Where are you getting the correct fonts for cameras like the ME Super and the LX? I'm the proud owner of about 8 or 9 that nobody has made tags for yet. I'd do them myself but have no idea how to go about it.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-02-2017, 11:20 AM  
P3N: Is it broken?
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 22
Views: 4,794
Well, since it has been 9 YEARS since Kentax said he would update us "if it's successful," I would guess that he didn't have any luck with it.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-31-2017, 05:46 AM  
K1000 sticking mirror
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 18
Views: 508
That's not yelling, it's an accidental bump of the caps lock key. Notice the lower case "i" at the very beginning of the post.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-26-2017, 08:10 PM  
Flaws/blemishes?
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 5
Views: 464
The lens arrived today and is in exceptional condition. I can see the tiny flaw inside of the lens but I don't think it will affect anything, To me it just looks like another tiny piece of dust only you can tell that it isn't dust. I think that it does look like a miniscule splatter of oil as mentioned above. If the lens should ever need to be CLA'd, I'll have it addressed then. Otherwise, I think I'm really going to enjoy this gorgeous piece of glass!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-22-2017, 07:33 PM  
Flaws/blemishes?
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 5
Views: 464
Thanks. That's good to know. I have often taken a chance on equipment that is in excellent overall condition but with some minor flaw that I hope is fixable. Usually I am able to get a much better deal and end up with gear that after repair, not only functions flawlessly, but also ended up costing the same or less overall than if I'd gotten the same piece advertised in good working order. I got that beautiful Vivitar Series 1 28-90mm A-series Komine lens that you CLAd for me for $20 if I remember correctly. Currently, there are three of them on eBay, one for about $120, and three for over $200. They are all the non-A versions too. I gave $11 total for my cosmetically perfect SV and after Eric's magic, it works perfectly now too. Hopefully this 50mm Sekor C will work out too.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-22-2017, 04:53 PM  
Flaws/blemishes?
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 5
Views: 464
Here's the auction. Since the lens usually seems to go for $200ish in similar condition, I decided to give it a chance so I bought it. MAMIYA SEKOR RB67 50mm.C f 4.5 LENS | eBay I don't see anything in the photos that appears to be anything more than normal internal dust. I also checked the feedback and he has listed several other lenses listed with the same flaw. The auction states no fungus and no separation so I feel pretty safe. Do you see anything amiss in the photos?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-22-2017, 03:48 PM  
Flaws/blemishes?
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 5
Views: 464
I am considering purchasing a used lens and the seller describes it as having "micro clear dots" when viewed under bright light. Of course they claim no impact on images (probably true). My question is, has anyone here ever discovered a flaw that they would describe this way? What might this blemish be caused by? I have asked the seller for clarification but haven't heard back from them yet.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-20-2017, 04:14 PM  
Pentax Motor Drive "A"
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 4
Views: 430
I've got that 35-105 too Clarence. That's a beautiful lens and an amazingly well balanced and versatile combo with the Super Program and the MDA. Make sure that you post up your picctures of that buck when you finish the roll.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-19-2017, 09:05 PM  
Pentax Motor Drive "A"
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 4
Views: 430
I've got the same kit only I have my MDA attached to my Super A. I like black! The motor drive really adds to the quality feel of the camera. It just feels so substantial. It sounds awesome too. I'd like to get mine out with my 300mm Super Tak and try to get some decent wildlife shots with it.
Super A, MDA, Super Tak 300 by Chris Trouten, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-05-2017, 09:16 PM  
Does the Pentax ME belt clip fit the ME Super as well?
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 7
Views: 1,039
I have the clip, the ME SE, the ME Super, the ME F, the Super Program, and the Super A. The clip is interchangeable between all of them and fits each of the equally well. Additionally, just for the gee whiz info, if you want the thumb grip from the Super A on your ME or ME Super, the film doors are interchangeable as well but the leatherette won't match perfectly.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-01-2017, 07:12 AM  
newbie...Please help finding lens for k1000 slr!
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 39
Views: 1,571
Just paying forward the generosity that has been shown to me here in this community.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-30-2017, 07:57 PM  
Current backlog for Eric
Posted By ctrout
Replies: 9
Views: 1,050
That's part of the reason I've been sending my stuff to him lately. I'm aware that he's probably getting close to retirement so I want to know that all of my gear was serviced by the legend. If I get it all done now, chances are that my gear will still be functioning well, after I am not.
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