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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 5 Days Ago  
Update your Pentax SLR to a DSLR?
Posted By Autonerd
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Oh, Lord ha' mercy, why?????
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-14-2020, 06:55 PM  
Need help making a decision on a camera purchase
Posted By Autonerd
Replies: 21
Views: 1,105
I would second the Ricohs. KR-10 has a match-needle meter like the KX, split-image focus (diagonally arranged, which is super sensible), and an automatic exposure mode as a bonus. The KR-10 does not have a DOF preview, however some of the XR models might. And they take all of your Pentax lenses. I have two Ricohs (KR-10 and a Sears-branded KR-10 Super) and am very pleased with them. And they are dirt cheap. A little less refined than other cameras but very good.

I would suggest avoiding the Ricoh models that have the big rectangular button to the left of the lens (as you face the camera). Those have an LCD meter that is hard to read even with good eyes.

KX remains my favorite Pentax but no split-ring. Well, it might be tied with the ME Super but I don't think the meter in that camera will do what you want.

Aaron
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-08-2020, 07:33 PM  
I came from film to digital
Posted By Autonerd
Replies: 93
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Just lay it flat over the top of the sprocket. It's not like threading a film projector. Shoot and wind and make sure the take-up reel grabs the film and it all moves before you close up the camera.

It'll all come back to you, I promise.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-28-2020, 11:36 PM  
I came from film to digital
Posted By Autonerd
Replies: 93
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Sometimes you get lucky. My KS-X appeared to be stuck in Bentonville, Arkansas, through the whole weekend -- but it showed up at my door on Monday mid-afternoon.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-28-2020, 09:34 AM  
I came from film to digital
Posted By Autonerd
Replies: 93
Views: 3,073
Slow deliveries seem to be the order of the day. Just got my latest two... a Minolta 400si that was supposed to be for parts, except it appears to be in perfect working order (and I can't disassembled a perfectly good camera!) and a Sears KSX Super. Shot the test rolls yesterday and will develop them tonight.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-24-2020, 08:41 AM  
I came from film to digital
Posted By Autonerd
Replies: 93
Views: 3,073
Very well said, Alex. Very well said indeed.

Though I still insist it's called "analog" photography because most people under the age of 30 think anything that isn't digital is analog. :)

I will continue to stubbornly call it "film" or "chemical" photography and avoid the term "analog" when I can.

Aaron
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-22-2020, 08:11 PM  
I came from film to digital
Posted By Autonerd
Replies: 93
Views: 3,073
Well... film is kind of digital at a very, very small level. Once developed, either a little bit of plastic has a speck of silver on it, or it's clear. Blocking light from the enlarger or not. On or off. The density of those silver specs gives you your shades of gray.

It's why I object to the term "analog" for film photography, but I could be wrong.

I still like that grainy look, though. When I was a kid, I was big on T-Max because I wanted less grain. Now I can be grain-free with digital, so I'm happily shooting Ilford traditional grain films (HP5+ and FP4+). I'd use Kodak if I could but Tri-X curls more (making it harder to scan) and there's no Plus-X.

I'm on the B&W digital bandwagon -- looks good but to me it feels like cheating. However, I have my Sony s6000 to thank for getting me back into film -- I shot a few digital B&W photos that I was happy with, and that prompted me to get back to my roots and do the real thing -- a 50mm lens and B&W film. Haven't looked back since.

Aaron
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-12-2020, 10:59 PM  
JC Penney teleconverter?
Posted By Autonerd
Replies: 1
Views: 428
Hey all -- Just dug out a K-mount 2x teleconverter that I got with a couple of film SLRs. I assumed it was a Sears unit, but lo and behold... it's branded JC Penney! Assuming they did not make their own, anyone know where they sourced their stuff?

Thanks
Aaron
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-29-2020, 07:52 PM  
Help with purchasing a film camera.
Posted By Autonerd
Replies: 74
Views: 3,403
Yes, but you waste money on negative holders. I tend to get 37 or 38 on a 36 roll, and anything more than 35-36 exposures won't fit on a single sheet! :)

I tend to bulk-load shorter rolls just because a) I'm impatient and b) I like to shoot with different cameras, so I'm always eager to move on to the next one.

---------- Post added 01-29-20 at 09:01 PM ----------



Well, @Craveone, technically you wouldn't. :) At f/22 pretty much everything should be in focus... though not close stuff if you have your lens focused on infinity.

Basically, wide-open the DOF preview should do nothing, because the lens is wide open. At f/22 when you press it the image should get much darker, and you should see more in focus. The longer the lens the more pronounced the effect (I've already forgotten what lens you're doing this with).

I *think* that with a longer lens focused close, the DOF is shallow even at smaller apertures... but I'm ashamed to say I don't remember. I rarely shoot with anything longer than a 50 nowadays.

Aaron
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-28-2020, 06:42 PM  
Help with purchasing a film camera.
Posted By Autonerd
Replies: 74
Views: 3,403
Glad to hear you love the camera so much, @Craveone. Forgive me for asking a potentially silly question, but... are you stopping down the lens when you hit the DOF preview button? At the larger apertures you won't see much of a difference, but at f/22 it'll darken dramatically.

As you look into the camera with the lens removed, the aperture actuating lever should be a small squared-off lever on the right, forward of the mirror and above its bottom edge. Assuming it works like my KX and MX, it moves up (and down) at roughly the same speed andt time as the mirror when you take a pic and you should be able to waggle it up and down using the DOF preview button. If it's not moving when the camera fires, the aperture isn't being stopped down.

You can also verify its operation by selecting f/5.6, opening the back of the camera and looking into the lens (from the front) as you fire off a shot. You should see the lens stop down.A light background (like your computer screen) will help.

Aaron
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 01-28-2020, 06:30 PM  
Film development
Posted By Autonerd
Replies: 27
Views: 1,322
Wow, @Tuco, that's a spectacular shot. What film were you using?
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 01-27-2020, 11:08 PM  
Film development
Posted By Autonerd
Replies: 27
Views: 1,322
@Bikehead90 I haven't done color developing at home yet (still on the fence about whether to try it) but I would strongly suggest starting with B&W. As I understand it one of the very important aspects of E6 (or C41) is temperature control, and the temps are a lot higher for color (unless you want a 50-minute development cycle). B&W is done at 68 degrees, pretty much room temperature, and I can tell you that even getting those temps right can be a challenge. Also as I understand it the color chemicals are a lot nastier than B&W.

I say crawl, then walk. And soon you'll be telling me how to develop E6!

Aaron

PS My HC-110 experience is a bit frustrating (esp. with my beloved HP5) but I'm getting there. It's a learning process. I think D76 or a "D76 compatible" is best for starting.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-24-2020, 12:03 PM  
Multiple exposure film swap
Posted By Autonerd
Replies: 3
Views: 426
Sure. Maybe we should do this in PM.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-24-2020, 12:02 PM  
Help with purchasing a film camera.
Posted By Autonerd
Replies: 74
Views: 3,403
Hah!!! No, that's my M.O.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-23-2020, 10:51 PM  
Help with purchasing a film camera.
Posted By Autonerd
Replies: 74
Views: 3,403
@Craveone congratulations. Looking forward to hearing about your experiences with your new camera.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-23-2020, 03:18 PM  
Me & my MX: It isn't going well. Yet.
Posted By Autonerd
Replies: 19
Views: 2,252
...and get a K2 with the change left over.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-23-2020, 03:17 PM  
Help with purchasing a film camera.
Posted By Autonerd
Replies: 74
Views: 3,403
Well, he says it functions properly, that gives you some protection (I think) if it doesn't work.

But if this camera doesn't feel right, then don't get it. There will be others. eBay is all about patience.

-- And this coming from the guy who just bought a Ricoh KR-10 Super body for less than ten bucks. Untested, but for ten bucks, who cares? :)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-22-2020, 08:02 PM  
Me & my MX: It isn't going well. Yet.
Posted By Autonerd
Replies: 19
Views: 2,252
I have decided that the best shutter-speed dial on a camera I own is the Minolta XG-E. It's big and knurled and you can easily turn it with your thumb without taking the camera from your eye.

Ironically, this camera is intended to be used in automatic AP mode, and the meter goes dark (by design) in manual mode. So there is literally zero reason to turn the shutter dial without taking the camera from your eye.

Damned if I do, damned if I don't.

PS It's been a couple of days and a few more exposures and so far I have managed NOT to drop the MX again.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-20-2020, 07:06 PM  
Nikon 8008 opinions?
Posted By Autonerd
Replies: 9
Views: 473
Picked up the camera today. I only wanted the 8008 and a couple of lenses, but he said "You take one, you take it all." So for the princely sum of $100 I got this:



That's the 8008, along with a 4004s, four lenses (50/1.4, 38-85, 35-135, 70-210), an extra strap, a few filters, lens hoods, cleaning stuff, a nice camera bag, plus two rolls of Kodachrome! Missing from the photo is an SB-24 Speedlight flash.

Both cameras and the flash have had batteries inside them for the 28 years since they were put away. The 8008 cleaned up easy and is working just fine! The 4004s is a bit more of a mess, and will require some more TLC if I want to get it working. Aside from the 4004s, cosmetically everything is in lovely shape.

Can you believe I got all this for a hundred bucks???

Do we live in the Golden Age, or what?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-20-2020, 06:42 PM  
Me & my MX: It isn't going well. Yet.
Posted By Autonerd
Replies: 19
Views: 2,252
Hahahaha! Slowly but surely I am adjusting, but I still think it's the battiest thing I've seen in photography. Well, second-battiest. (The battiest is my Minolta XG-E. It has a meter that works when the camera is in automatic (AE) mode but not when the camera is in manual mode, which apparently is how it was designed.)

Point well taken.

PS, I managed to take a half-dozen photos today without dropping the camera. So that's a start.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-20-2020, 01:18 PM  
Me & my MX: It isn't going well. Yet.
Posted By Autonerd
Replies: 19
Views: 2,252
@Eyewanders I'm actually really glad to hear that... I was wondering if it was a problem with the camera. The feel is different than the KX, and yet the other controls (shutter button, winder) feel similar... with all the miniaturization going on, I suppose it's unreasonable to expect it to feel exactly like the KX...
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-19-2020, 10:04 PM  
Nikon 8008 opinions?
Posted By Autonerd
Replies: 9
Views: 473
Called my friend and we struck a deal sight-unseen. Details when I get the equipment.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-19-2020, 10:03 PM  
Me & my MX: It isn't going well. Yet.
Posted By Autonerd
Replies: 19
Views: 2,252
Camera Max in Montrose (Los Angeles), CA. Clean and repair for the FE was even cheaper. Love that guy.

He handed back the FE and said "This is a really nice camera." He handed back the MX and said nothing.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-19-2020, 09:25 PM  
Me & my MX: It isn't going well. Yet.
Posted By Autonerd
Replies: 19
Views: 2,252
Soooo, a few weeks back a friend gave me an MX, a camera I've always wanted. (I shoot with a KX and used to shoot with an MG that I now can't find.) This one had a few dents and dings in the vein of a NYC taxicab, and the second shutter curtain wasn't closing all the way. I took it in for repair (Camera Max). Diagnosis: New shutter box, cleaning lubing and adjusting. Estimate: $103. Done deal. Great deal to renew a camera I've always wanted.

Got it back on Friday and took it out for a test-run this morning. Spooled up a "shortie" roll of HP5, took it outside along with the Nikon FE I'd also had repaired, and... promptly dropped it.

FFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

Total stupidity on my part. No strap on the camera (it's missing the rings, which arrive tomorrow), and rather than grab them from another cam, I put the MX my sweatshirt pocket, thinking it was deep enough to hold it securely.

It wasn't.

Luckily damage is minimal (I'm short, so my pocket is close to the ground) -- fresh scar on the front of the lens and possibly one on the corner of the camera, but I think all the dents on the body were there before I got it. But the back popped open, and there went most of my shots. There were only two pics left on the roll.

Back inside to lick my wounds (not the camera's). Put together another roll of HP5, loaded it up, ATTACHED A NECK STRAP and went outside to shoot again. Everything felt fine mechanically, but the focusing was reeeeally funky. Strange lines in the focusing grid, and when I'd pop off a shot there'd be a strange wave in the viewfinder as the mirror dropped back down. (Can any experienced MX owners guess what went wrong?)

I filled up the roll (8 shots), removed it, then took the lens off to see what's up with the mirror. What's that line -- did I break the mirror? There's a piece of glass hanging...did it separate from the back somehow? OH YEAH, that's right, the MX has a removable focusing screen! I guess I just found a less-than-optimal way to remove it!

The back edge of the screen was in place but the front was loose and hanging down, pushed up by the mirror when I took a shot -- that's the wiggle I saw in the viewfinder. I popped the screen back into place and now it seems to be behaving.

But, of course, all the photos on my test roll are out of focus! The exposure is good, though, so that's promising. Makes sense that if I focused on a screen that wasn't in place, I'd get fuzzy pics. The lenses are fine (at least the one was before I dropped it! It was a 50/1.7 and I think it's OK aside from scars, but luckily I have another.)

So it's not been a smooth start. I'm not loving the LEDs, they are harder for my untrained eye to see than the needles in my KX. Shutter speed dial is hard to turn, crammed in against the winder. (Remember, my only other M camera didn't really have a shutter speed dial.) Of course, these are all things that are new and different, with annoyance magnified by frustration with my dumb decision to put a camera in my pocket instead of around my neck.

Did I mention that the MX is a camera I've always wanted?

I have always found the relationship between photographer and camera to be a complicated and intimate thing. Yes, cameras are inanimate, but they have personalities. The camera is our partner. It captures the image that we want. It has it idiosyncrasies, we have ours. We learn them and work together. And when I can shoot with a camera that is special -- my grandfather's MX, the Nikomat FT2 that was a gift from his father to him, and from him to me -- well, that's really cool.

It feels like the MX and I got off on the wrong foot. Then again, if I'd been abused as badly as this camera apparently was by its previous owner, I'd probably be wary of humans, too.

So I'm going to load it up with more HP5 and take it with me tomorrow. I'm determined to start anew and make friends with this camera. I'll start by not dropping it. (Of course, given the other dents and dings, I think it's reasonable to wonder if it actually jumped out of my pocket.)

And if it doesn't work out... I guess we'll see if anyone wants to buy a badly-treated MX with a new shutter box and a fresh CLA and has only been dropped once*.

* this week

Aaron
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-19-2020, 06:46 PM  
Nikon 8008 opinions?
Posted By Autonerd
Replies: 9
Views: 473
Hah! I actually LOLd.

Thanks all for your opinions. The body is almost worthless (which is kind of a shame), the lenses, well, that's another story. Going tomorrow to see what he has. I don't think he's looking to make max $$ but neither will he give everything away. Hoping we can strike a fair deal. I don't need another camera but I MIGHT NEED THIS CAMERA.
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