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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-23-2012, 05:03 PM  
How to transplant hotshoe on K1000?
Posted By travfar
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I have a K1000 that's missing the metal part of the hotshoe. I also have a late model Spotmatic. The hotshoe looks identical. How do I get the hotshoe off so that I can transplant it?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-28-2011, 01:53 PM  
My Pentax-A SMC 50mm F2.0 lament?
Posted By travfar
Replies: 8
Views: 1,831
Oh, I have a variety of 50mm lenses. I have a few 50mm F1.7s. I even have a F 50mm F1.7 that I got on half off day for $10. It was marked $20.

The big Pentax score I missed by a couple of minutes. It was a Tamron camera bag the size of a suit case. I got there in time to see someone else ask to look at it. I discretly hovered over him while he dug through it. There were about 10 lenses in it with a couple of bodies. I saw a F1.2 and a reflex lens. It was $180 and half off day made it $89. I kept trying the Jedi mind trick hoping he would leave it. He didn't. I go to this thrift store a lot. The lady said "You missed a great deal." after he left.

I did hit the F1.4 honey hole last week. A camera case with two bodies, both with a F1.4 lens and a another spare rattling around on the bottom. $50. Now I think I'm one short on having a different Pentax F1.4 for everyday of the week.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-28-2011, 01:46 PM  
My Pentax-A SMC 50mm F2.0 lament?
Posted By travfar
Replies: 8
Views: 1,831
A Canon EOS. I actually picked up a different one today for $20. It was marked $40 but half off day made it $20. Canon EOS 650, 35-70mm lens, flash, strap, manuals and various blowers/brushes.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-28-2011, 01:03 PM  
My Pentax-A SMC 50mm F2.0 lament?
Posted By travfar
Replies: 8
Views: 1,831
So I had a Pentax-A SMC 50mm F2.0 with useless film body in my hands yesterday at the thrift store. It was $8. Here's the thing, this thrift store goes 50% off pretty much every other day. So my personal rule is to never buy anything that's not 50% off. I went back today. It was 50% off day. The camera/lens was gone. I'm an idiot. If it was $16 and I got half of for $8, I would have been estatic. Yet, I turned my nose up at it just because it was $8 with no discount.

I also passed up on a Canon with a 35-70mm lens for $12.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-15-2011, 11:10 AM  
Recommend a cheap 35 mm Pentax
Posted By travfar
Replies: 32
Views: 4,030
Have your pick. You can get any Pentax with a lens for $20 at most thrift stores. At that price, try them all out.
Forum: Pentax K-5 03-14-2011, 02:35 PM  
Pentax K-5 body for $600.
Posted By travfar
Replies: 24
Views: 5,348
If people seriously want it, keep checking. It was back in stock exactly one hour ago for a little bit. What happens is that some people cancel or their CC don't get approved so those get put back on sale by Amazon. So they pop up from time to time.
Forum: Pentax K-5 03-14-2011, 12:25 PM  
Pentax K-5 body for $600.
Posted By travfar
Replies: 24
Views: 5,348
That's now. Amazon was selling it for $600 directly. Now they are OOS so the link is listing the Marketplace vendors.
Forum: Pentax K-5 03-14-2011, 10:26 AM  
Pentax K-5 body for $600.
Posted By travfar
Replies: 24
Views: 5,348
Yep, it's dead. I ordered one. Hope it ships.
Forum: Pentax K-5 03-14-2011, 10:01 AM  
Pentax K-5 body for $600.
Posted By travfar
Replies: 24
Views: 5,348
Amazon is selling the K-5 for $600. It's OOS but you can still backorder it. This camera just came out at the end of last year. It's $1400 everywhere else.

Amazon.com: Pentax K-5 16.3 MP Digital SLR with 3-Inch LCD (Black Body Only): Camera & Photo
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-27-2011, 11:09 AM  
Value of old versus new Super Takumar lenses?
Posted By travfar
Replies: 2
Views: 1,218
I have a variety of the same Super Tak lenses. Some are in the 400,000 serial number range. Some are in the 2,000,000. The newest are in the 6,000,000. The newest ones have rubber instead of metal focus rings. Is there a difference in value between them? Is an early lens worth more or less than a more modern variant?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-12-2010, 09:13 AM  
Auto-Takumar 55mm F1.9
Posted By travfar
Replies: 19
Views: 5,172
I went back for it but it was gone.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-09-2010, 11:05 AM  
Auto-Takumar 55mm F1.9
Posted By travfar
Replies: 19
Views: 5,172
Here's a test shot.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-07-2010, 09:01 AM  
Auto-Takumar 55mm F1.9
Posted By travfar
Replies: 19
Views: 5,172
I didn't pay $7 for it. It was 50% off Monday so it was $3.50. :D
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-06-2010, 10:26 PM  
Auto-Takumar 55mm F1.9
Posted By travfar
Replies: 19
Views: 5,172
Here it is. I haven't had a chance to clean it yet. So it's dusty but "clean". The lenses are clear and everything seems to work. Once I get the chance to clean it, I'll see how it shoots. I bought it because I thought it would make a good compact prime for a NEX or E-P mirrorless body.

Is this the lens of legend?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-05-2010, 08:09 PM  
Auto-Takumar 55mm F1.9
Posted By travfar
Replies: 19
Views: 5,172
I picked up a Auto-Takumar 55mm F1.9 today. According to the lens database, it's a rare lens. Can someone give me the run down about it? I didn't get the camera that went with it thinking it was just another screw mount Pentax body, I have plenty of those. But supposedly the Tower 29 is also a rare body.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-04-2009, 11:29 PM  
Busted A 50mm 2.0, fixable?
Posted By travfar
Replies: 1
Views: 1,619
I just bought a Pentax A 50mm 2.0 off of Craigslist. It was cheap and I was in a hurry and didn't inspect it that well. All I did was make sure the aperture worked so I could see if the lenses was clear. I didn't try the focusing ring. Turns out that's busted. Turning the ring doesn't do anything. It's kind of stiff and the lens doesn't move. Is it fixable? Could be that the gears are just stripped. Fixable or not, is there a tear down guide for it. If it's fixable, I'd like to try to fix it. If it isn't fixable, I'll use it to practice taking lenses apart.

What do you know? I binged it and found a site telling me how to fix a similar problem.

http://grantharg.tripod.com/CameraRepair/M50mmfixa.htm
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