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Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 4 Days Ago  
What started you on the path of GAS?
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 32
Views: 940
So how did I become a camera border?...
It started with a Polaroid Swinger I got for Christmas 1966. Squeezing the shutter release collar while turning it and seeing the "YES" in the viewfinder got me hooked. I moved on to my uncles Exakta V and when I started working bought my first modern SLR, the K1000, which is all I could afford at the time. Then Shutterbug Ads came out... I started buying Exaktas and better Pentax bodies (MX, Super Program). Eventually I moved up to the hard stuff with my first medium format (Yashicamat 124g)... Next thing you know I had a Hasselblad 500C and several Rolleiflex, a Praktisix, a Kowa 6, and a 4x5 Speed Graphic. Then eBay happened.
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 6 Days Ago  
Would you still recommend Eric Hendrickson for a CLA?
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 44
Views: 4,484
I just sent him my K2dmd on 11/21 and he didn't mention that he was away... So I guess he's back or will be back by the time he gets my camera.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-07-2022, 09:52 AM  
The New Pentax K-WOW
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 35
Views: 2,276
Are those 10 DSLRs? And is that in number of units or revenue? Obviously the $500 Canon/Nikon kits are going to be allot cheaper than full frame high end bodies and they'll sell more units...and probably bring in more money... But, arent DSLRs going away? Has any other company stated a commitment to DSLR future besides Pentax?



---------- Post added 11-07-22 at 09:57 AM ----------

Multiple chip formats will not go away...but can you say the same for DSLRs? I'm not so much pushing full frame (which I don't own in Pentax) as move to just one size for cost and design focus. If Pentax ends up being the only DSLR made ...they'll may become a niche product. As so they should focus on high end market, quality and not high volume.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-06-2022, 04:40 PM  
The New Pentax K-WOW
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 35
Views: 2,276
I think Pentax should secure their niche as THE digital SLR company by abandoning APS-C and just making full frame DSLRs. They should have 2 models in production, one the flagship state of the art, and the second a less exspensive model...either the previous model still in production or a lesser featured model. All lenses should be full frame and of the highest quality both optically and in construction. They also need to continue to innovate like they used to in previous eras.

I also think they should reenter film camera market with a camera that can use the digital lenses in their lineup. Film doesn't look like its just a fad that's going away. Eventually the used market (which is at least 15-20 yr old cameras) will dry up and the option to buy a new solid SLR that uses HD PLM lenses might be profitable.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 11-06-2022, 08:45 AM  
Home for a color enlarger?
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 9
Views: 934
I hope you don't regret selling this off...
I had an Omega B22XL with condenser and color heads, 3 lenses, timer, Omega color analyzer, Kodak model 11 color processor with an Omega heater/thermostat...I even had Cibachrome drums and base, and I couldn't give it away. I eventually found a buyer who gave me $100 for everything ..including a 3x3 ft marble slab I had it sitting on. I wish I had kept it.
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 11-06-2022, 08:32 AM  
Grip Strap FE for Z-20p?
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 9
Views: 419
For the Z-1... I didn't know they had a different one for the PZ-20. I've never seen one.


Ah...here's one

https://www.ebay.com/itm/374327974800?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-127632-2357...mis&media=COPY

It is different than the one for the PZ-1. It has a cutaway to flip the panoramic switch and a raised lip.
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 11-04-2022, 02:30 PM  
R.I.P Pentax MZ-5
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 13
Views: 771
PZ-1, Z-1, PZ-1p, Z-1p or Z-5p. The best shutter on any Pentax and best ergonomics also. The Z-1 series has 2 main issues... the popup flash relies on a spring connected to a plastic post which can break. Its not too hard to fix though and you can still use the flash if you hold it up with a finger. Next is the edging around the battery door always cracks. It hard to find one without cracks...but it usually has no effect on function. I believe the Z-1 also has a plastic gear issue similar to the ZX/MX line, but its much less common to fail.

The MZ-S is a nice camera but is expensive and suffers from the same gear issue unless its been replaced or you find a very late version...like 5xxxxxx serial.
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 10-31-2022, 07:25 AM  
Strap lug protector for vintage straps?
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 15
Views: 751
I never liked those straps and when I get one with a camera I always throw them in the garbage. My favorite strap is the Domke Gripper. Its about 1.5 in wide with rubber sewn into the cloth. It comes with eyelet protectors too. About $30.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/334421226770?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-127632-2357...mis&media=COPY
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 10-30-2022, 05:08 PM  
Grip Strap FE for Z-20p?
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 9
Views: 419
I've purchased one a few years ago on eBay for about $60. They come up from time to time. Be aware that there is plastic pleather trim on the strap that does deteriorate. I do like the extension and the grip strap but it doesn't really add all that much to a PZ which already has a comfortable grip.
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 10-25-2022, 01:47 PM  
PZ-1 Grip Quick Release
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 15
Views: 566
Great to know. So it is a tripod quick release. One more reason why I think the PZ-1p is such a great camera.
Forum: Vintage Cameras and Equipment 10-25-2022, 08:15 AM  
Book: Exakta Cameras 1933-1978 Clement Aguila,*Michel Rouah
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 0
Views: 243
While we're listing books... This book is a must for any serious Exakta collector. They are out of print and getting harder to find and also more expensive. The authors published an update to this around 2000 that was only printed in French. English translations were available via the Exakta Circle, but not sure if its still available. Last I look it was pretty expensive.
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 10-25-2022, 08:04 AM  
PZ-1 Grip Quick Release
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 15
Views: 566
This makes sense, and i see no documentation anywhere referencing the bottom plate as a quick release. But, why even have that metal plate there at all? The camera body has a metal tripod mount in plastic, as do most bodies today. Why not a smooth bottom, rubber pads and a metal tripod socket? I always assumed it was built that way for some function. I've never seen a battery grip or motor drive for any camera make that had a bottom raised plate with edges.

After examining the base a little closer... I guess the plate is raised to make room for the wrist strap, which attaches to the bottom. Without the raised plate the camera wouldn't sit flat. Still its a weird design.
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 10-25-2022, 04:27 AM  
PZ-1 Grip Quick Release
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 15
Views: 566
The OEM grip/extension has a silver metal plate on the bottom and there are edges on each side similar to a Manfrotto quick release plate. I'm 99% sure that plate is designed for a quick release system...maybe it's Pentax proprietary?
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 10-24-2022, 11:20 AM  
PZ-1 Grip Quick Release
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 15
Views: 566
I couldn't find an answer to this so...
The Z-1/PZ-1 and p variants have an extender grip and the grip has a quick release plate for a tripod. Is this for a Manfrotto tripod? Are there multiple standards for plate type tripod quick releases. I have a Slik tripod and they use a screw in post for quick release but it does require screwing the post into the camera.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 10-19-2022, 08:40 AM  
Finally!!!! Custom User mode names on the screen!
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 22
Views: 1,639
I agree... and I don't really like this implementation. Having the name flash for a few seconds after turning the selector knob is weak. They should have just replaced the U1 with U1:Name. If the name was too long to fit, truncate it to the max allowable characters that would fit. It should always be in the Info screen. Really, they should consider getting rid of the mode dial. I'd rather have a button or two that I press and use my thumb to scroll through options.
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 10-19-2022, 07:50 AM  
Marks on prism, What is this, how to fix?
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 2
Views: 589
I've got a few MX parts bodies... If you're in the US and are looking for a replacement prism, DM me. Also, its probably worth taking the top cover off and removing the prism to see if its cleanable... If your so inclined to fix it yourself.
Forum: Vintage Cameras and Equipment 10-16-2022, 11:50 AM  
Pentax MX lenses
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 20
Views: 689
For the MX I would look for SMC Pentax and SMC Pentax-M (or A) lenses. If all I owned was a 50mm (and the f/1.7 is one of the very best) I would first want a 35mm f/2.8 or a 28mm f/2.8 (both actually). The 35 is a very nice walk around lens and they run in the $80-120 range. The 28 is about 2/3 that price or less. In the telephoto range I'd recommend 3 lenses...the 75-150/4, the 80-200/4.5 and the 200/4. These 3 and the 135/3.5 can be had cheap...like $40-$60 range. Certain lenses are expensive and IMO not really worth it unless you're building a collection...these would include the 20/4, 40/2.8 and 85/2.0. I have these focal lengths in Nikon Mount at 1/2 to 1/3 the price.

Other zooms to consider... The 35-70/2.8-3.5 is one of the best from that era. Also the 40-80/2.8-4 macro can be had for under $30 and is a OK walk around lens.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 10-11-2022, 06:58 PM  
Niagara falls at night
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 10
Views: 854
These are from 2002 so I must have shot them with my Canon Pro90IS.
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 10-11-2022, 11:44 AM  
I made an iFixit page for the ZX-5n
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 11
Views: 811
This is just what I was looking for. I'm not sure I could do this but if I pick up a zx-5n cheap enough I might give it a try. Obviously, the more times you do it (motor gear), the easier it gets.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 10-10-2022, 09:33 AM  
Niagara falls at night
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 10
Views: 854
Nice, I've taken shots there at night from the American side. They used to change up the colors and with a long exposure you'd get some cool color combinations. I'll post some if I can find them...
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 10-04-2022, 05:43 PM  
Choosing an SLR to complement my K70...?
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 40
Views: 1,710
While I avoid recommending MX/ZX cameras because of the plastic gear issue and the popup flash issue, I have to admit my ZX-5 is a pretty nice camera. Its compact and amazingly light weight. Even with the AA battery grip its one of the lightest cameras I have. I did liked the MZ-3 I had, but the gear went on it and I'm not going to spend another $100+ for one. You can find a working ZX-5 for under $50 and that's worth the risk. I rarely see a ZX-5n thats working and when I do, they want too much for it. I'm temped to pick up a broken one and see how much effort it takes to replace that gear with a brass one. I'm surprised there's no YouTube video on this repair.
Forum: Vintage Cameras and Equipment 10-01-2022, 12:57 PM  
Zeiss Icon Contaflex Super B ...
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 12
Views: 596
I had a Super B in the past with a couple of interchangeable film backs. The selenium meter still worked too. But eventually the shutter got stuck and rather than spend the money for repair I sold it. It was an interesting camera and beautifully build. Quite different than what was come out of Japan in 1960s.
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 09-30-2022, 10:50 AM  
Choosing an SLR to complement my K70...?
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 40
Views: 1,710
While I'm partial to the MX, I think a good compliment to a DSLR would be a body that used PKA or PKAF mount lenses. That way what film lenses you bring will work fully with the K-70 (except auto focus with manual focus lenses obviously ... And yes, you can use PK and M42 mount lenses but you loose some functionality). I'd opt for the Super Program but you options here are vast... On the low price end you have the P30, Program Plus, PZ-20 or an SF-10. You could even get a SF-1n pretty cheap. I'd avoid the MZ/ZX line...though I to have a ZX-5 that works well they are time bombs waiting for the drive motor gear to break.
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 09-29-2022, 01:56 PM  
"User Mode" of PZ-1p
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 7
Views: 513
That's sort of a simple auto mode. I never use it though.
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 09-29-2022, 01:52 PM  
Nikon FM with 50-135mm F3.5 Lens
Posted By tonyzoc
Replies: 30
Views: 1,098
I have both the 1.8 and 1.4 and I prefer the 1.4 for the extra 2/3 stops, but at f/8 there is no difference. Even the f/2 at f/8 is just ad good. I've got a couple of Nikkor-HC 50/2 I put on the Nikkormats. Its a great lens.
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