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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-17-2020, 01:27 AM  
Diopters for MX?
Posted By butangmucat
Replies: 7
Views: 856
I have changed the light seals of a KM before, but I used pre-cut light seal kits back then. So I know that there is a feeler that I must clear for the counter to reset.

This time, I generally followed the method from this video:














You Tube




The trick is to not completely clean out the gummed foam but leave at least some behind (I just cleaned out the parts that were exposed and making a mess), and directly push the yarn into the channels. The friction alone will let the yarn sit firmly inside the channels, and the leftover gum will act as an additional adhesive to keep the yarn in place. The yarn will also prevent the leftover gum from making a mess in the film chanmber.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 10-14-2020, 05:33 PM  
Question Possible to Print/Save a PM Thread?
Posted By butangmucat
Replies: 7
Views: 730
I actually need both because I forgot to put message in that transfer indicating that it was for the LX.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 10-14-2020, 05:06 AM  
Question Possible to Print/Save a PM Thread?
Posted By butangmucat
Replies: 7
Views: 730
Sorry for the lack of context here:
- I purchased a LX two years ago from a forum member via the marketplace, and we finished the transaction directly over PayPal transfer
- Recently it developed a fault, and I am sending it out for a CLA
- FedEx destroyed my camera when I am shipping it to the repair shop

I forgot to put in notes that the specific transfer is for that LX, so I would also need the PM to be submitted together with the PayPal transaction record, in order to prove the value of that LX and hold FedEx liable (they require the submission of proof-of-value document for the claims to process). It is not a dispute with a forum member, rather it is that I need the communication to help resolve a claim that holds FedEx liable.

Sincerely
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-13-2020, 09:24 PM  
Diopters for MX?
Posted By butangmucat
Replies: 7
Views: 856
I just got my first MX today, and it mostly works (except the light seals, which I do plan to replace with black yarn). However, I realized that with the default diopter, the viewfinder is kind of fuzzy. On my LX, I use a diopter correction of -1.5D, and on my Nikon FM2, I have used both -2D and -4D diopters with good results, so I guess I need a diopter for my MX too. But a quick search here on the user review section and on eBay turned out nothing. I wonder what options do I have for diopter correction on the MX?

Sincerely

P.S. As why I am using a MX now... My LX recently developed a minor fault and was sent out for a second CLA (after two years of good service), so I purchased this MX before sending it out, and the LX got damaged beyond repair by the shipping carrier. Though I am trying to file a claim for that, I guess I will be using the MX for at least quite a while.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 10-13-2020, 09:15 PM  
Question Possible to Print/Save a PM Thread?
Posted By butangmucat
Replies: 7
Views: 730
So, I had a really bad day today and my LX got ruined in shipping: Sent LX out for Repair, Got Destroyed by FedEx, what's Next? - PentaxForums.com

I am now trying to go through the FedEx claims system, and it seems that they would need some sort of original proof of value (like a transaction record or invoice). However, my LX was bought through the marketplace, and the communications happened via PM, and transaction was done over PayPal. I wonder is it allowed to actually save a copy of the original PM as a file, so that I can file together with the PayPal payment receipt for the claim? If this is allowed, how can I do it? I didn't see any "print" options on the PM page. So I just want to ask before doing anything.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 10-13-2020, 05:51 PM  
Sent LX out for Repair, Got Destroyed by FedEx, what's Next?
Posted By butangmucat
Replies: 4
Views: 853
I did declare a value of 400 dollars (which is approximately the price of the original unit plus the CLA), and FedEx Ground have a max liability of 500 bucks.

Though I am contacting Advance Camera to see if they have a copy of the original work order/invoice that I can submit as a proof of the CLA cost.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 10-13-2020, 02:01 PM  
Sent LX out for Repair, Got Destroyed by FedEx, what's Next?
Posted By butangmucat
Replies: 4
Views: 853
Hello,

Recently I re-started my photography and realized that my LX, which had been in successful service for the past 2 years, seem to have developed some electronic issues. I contacted Advance Camera (who serviced my LX last time) and they were able to identify the possible fault and offered an examination. However, I just received a phone call from them, and they told me that FedEx had completely ruined my LX: the entire prism finder was crashed into the mirror box.

What should I do next? It seems that filing a FedEx claim requires both the statement from a repairs guy that whether it is repairable or not (which I can get from Advance Camera), the SN of my camera, and the original purchase receipt. However, I got my LX from a fellow forum member and it arrived with the sticky mirror syndrome, so it was sent immediately to Advance Camera for a full CLA. Therefore, I declared the value of my LX as the combined purchase price and CLA fees. How should I proceed with my claim?

Sincerely
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-12-2019, 09:12 AM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By butangmucat
Replies: 23,450
Views: 2,989,321
First time railfaning with B&W film...

LX with Winder, Tamron 17A, Kentmere 400 at box speed.

Developed by a professional lab using Xtol, scanned with Nikon Super Coolscan 9000ED.





Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-12-2019, 12:00 AM  
LX Mirror Stuck in AUTO
Posted By butangmucat
Replies: 0
Views: 617
Hello,

I believe that this issue had been discussed here before, but I recently observed a non-reproducible issue with my LX which had been professionally serviced by Advance Camera. Very occasionally, my LX would be stuck with mirror locked up after completing an exposure in AUTO mode. From the rolls that were developed during the past, it seems that the exposure was made successfully, but the mirror won't return unless I turn the shutter dial from AUTO to 2000.

However, it happened once every few shots yesterday, and I had suspected that my battery was dying, so I replaced it with a fresh pair of LR44 batteries (I have been unable to get SR44s here in China, just LR44s). But this issue continued to persist for three or four times before it completely disappeared. I suspected that my LOMO Volna 50 1.8 could be the blame (since my copy had a plastic aperture guard too long that actually blocked the movement of the mirror, and had to be ground down) so I switched to my FA43, and the issue almost immediately disappeared, and I have not been able to reproduce it since then, even with my LOMO lens.

Digging the forum, I found Pentax LX mirror stuck up in AUTO only - PentaxForums.com but it seems to be a persistent electronic issue that completely disables AUTO, which is very different from mine. However a follow up mentioned that LX can be a bit picky about batteries. I would like to hear some suggestions on this issue.

Sincerely
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 07-03-2019, 04:02 AM  
B&W Developer for Pushing
Posted By butangmucat
Replies: 21
Views: 1,598
I believe what she is looking for (based on the images she showed to me) is a somewhat grainy (but not too much) and high contrast image.

IIRC Kentmere 100 is a cubic grain film, and I decided to push one stop to help with her not-so-steady hands.

As for dilution, I can drop a line to my lab for my preferred dilution and time, but since I did not find a combo of HC-110 and Kentmere 100 pushed to 200 on the Massive Dev Chart, I’ll probably trust the lab’s judgement.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 07-02-2019, 08:06 AM  
B&W Developer for Pushing
Posted By butangmucat
Replies: 21
Views: 1,598
Unfortunately, F76+ is not available here in China... I've tried to find a lab that can do it, but it seems that no one really bothered to have this developer imported for some reason.

The most common developers here are D-76 and HC-110 (and their Chinese clones), even TMaxRS and Xtol is a sort of rarity. Rodinal is common for home processing, but not a whole bunch of commercial labs bother to provide that etiher. DD-X is somewhat more common, but it is usually grossly overpriced (like 3x the price of D-76), so I am delighted to find a lab that only charges a small premium.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 07-01-2019, 10:43 AM  
B&W Developer for Pushing
Posted By butangmucat
Replies: 21
Views: 1,598
It is about 3 bottles of Coca-Cola, or a reasonable breakfast, or 1/3 the price I paid for the roll of Kentmere 100. Not a huge sum of money, but not exactly pennies either. So I do want to cut that cost if it is not necessary.

I originally leaned towards HC-110 because AFAIK it is almost the gold standard in photojournalism and my cousin wants the classic look. I was also a bit worried because I never used DD-X before, and HC-110 is one of the developers I have had some experience.

I never used D-76 or ID-11 before, but Old School Photo Lab in Connecticut, US used Clayton F76+, which is probably pretty similar?




---------- Post added 07-01-19 at 10:48 AM ----------

And I am also wondering for my specific need, will ID-11 work better or HC-110?
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 07-01-2019, 08:47 AM  
B&W Developer for Pushing
Posted By butangmucat
Replies: 21
Views: 1,598
Hello,

This is a follow up of What B&W Developer to Choose - PentaxForums.com which I think deserves a new thread.

Long story short, my cousin asked if I could lend her one of my film cameras along with a roll of B&W film, and I gave her a roll of Kentmere 100 (it is my only roll of "value" B&W film that I am really willing to lend as I have used up all my Kentmere 400 and I only have some Ilfords lying around) along with my PZ-1 and SMC-F 24-50/4. Since this is probably her first time doing photography with a SLR (and she said that she would only be using the "green mode"), I decided to set a DX override of EI 200 and push the film accordingly. I will probably be going to the same lab I mentioned in the previous post, but I will probably not pay for the "premium" tier since I think it is an overkill. Therefore I would be limited to choose between D-76, ID-11, Rodinal, and HC-110. My cousin is probably looking for a classic "film look" and I have read somewhere that HC-110 was developed for photojournalism, and therefore pushes well. However, I would like some other inputs, especially on two questions:

- Is it worth paying for DD-X? It is a small extra fee (10 CNY or around 1.5 USD of an extra charge compared to HC-110).
- Will D-76 or ID-11 work better if she is looking for a "classic" film look with some visible grain?

Sincerely
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-27-2019, 08:23 AM  
F 35-70 Versions
Posted By butangmucat
Replies: 3
Views: 728
Hello,

I have bought a SMC-F 35-70 before, and sold it. Now I am considering picking up one again, and noticed that at least here in China, the Takumar-F version seems to be more widely available and reasonably priced. From my research here on the forum, both the Takumar-F version and SMC-F version seem to share the optical design, and only the coating is different. I would like to know whether it is worth paying extra for the SMC-F version. I will be using it mostly on the PZ-1. For my K-S2, I already have a F 24-50 to serve a similar role.

Sincerely
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 06-27-2019, 02:31 AM  
What B&W Developer to Choose
Posted By butangmucat
Replies: 7
Views: 1,428
But I am getting a flat rate for each tier i.e. I pay the same price for DD-X and Xtol, since they are both the “premium” tier service. In this case is there an advantage of DD-X?
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 06-26-2019, 08:07 AM  
What B&W Developer to Choose
Posted By butangmucat
Replies: 7
Views: 1,428
I am sending it out, so I am not the one dealing with the chemicals. It is my first time working with the specific lab, but it does have a very good reputation among Chinese B&W photographers, so I trust their operations won't screw the chemicals up.

---------- Post added 06-26-19 at 08:33 AM ----------



OK, let me disclose the full story to see if I can get more specific inspiration...

So it was a sunny day, and I decided to experiment with doing some rail photography (railfaning) with B/W film, something I have rarely done before, and I loaded up my LX with a roll of fresh Kentmere 400. I was not expecting that, but a "Dr. Yellow," or a track inspection train went through and I did my best to capture some shots of it (I would have used Portra 400 for this job if I expected it coming).

I managed to dig up some color shots that I have made before, to better illustrate the difference.





Basically, the standard version carries a white livery, and the inspection version has the white replaced with a dull yellow color. However, the exact composition of that day has quite a lot of sky in it. I used a Tamron 17A with no filters. I would like to emphasis that the inspection train was carrying a yellow, not white livery, and want to have the best dynamic range available.

I am not sure which developer fits the bill, nor the grain characteristics of Ketemere 400 (it was my first roll of this particular emulsion). However I am ruling out HC-110 for now because it seems that this developer focuses on enhancing contrast, and I fear that it would eat the available DR. I have never used Rodinal before, but have heard good things about it. I know that DD-X is a slight speed booster and works best with faster Delta films, but also never used it before. So far my favorite developers are Xtol and Clayton F76+ (which is not available in China), but I mostly worked with Delta films before, not the cubic grain emulsions.

Sincerely
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 06-25-2019, 09:16 AM  
What B&W Developer to Choose
Posted By butangmucat
Replies: 7
Views: 1,428
Hello,

I was out doing some photography with a roll of Kentmere PAN 400 and I was shooting it at box speed. I managed to capture several pretty rare shots and want to develop it with the best quality I can get. I am sending it out to a several-decade-old professional lab here in China, and they have several developers I can choose: D76, ID-11, Rodinal, and HC-110 is available at their "standard tier," and for their premium tier, I can choose between TMax RS, DD-X, Xtol, and Silvermax. I have used HC-110 and Xtol before, and would like some more information and suggestions on the other developers and how to choose them.

Sincerely
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-25-2019, 08:58 AM  
How to turn the EV Dial on LX
Posted By butangmucat
Replies: 3
Views: 709
Thanks. Did not have a copy before this.

---------- Post added 06-25-19 at 08:59 AM ----------


Thanks, that was the magic.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-23-2019, 10:08 PM  
How to turn the EV Dial on LX
Posted By butangmucat
Replies: 3
Views: 709
Hello,

Recently I have that I cannot turn the exposure comp dial. I have tried lifting the dial but had no luck. But the ISO dial turns without problems. Is my exposure comp dial stuck?

Sincerely
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 06-21-2019, 08:02 AM  
Flashgun Selection Question
Posted By butangmucat
Replies: 6
Views: 814
But won't the Nikon and Pentax dedicated contacts interfere with each other and make either the camera or the flash confused?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-18-2019, 08:03 AM  
Help Choose a 35-70
Posted By butangmucat
Replies: 17
Views: 1,971
Cosmicar actually had a constant f4 version? I thought they only had the mediocre 3.5-4.5 version.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 06-17-2019, 08:26 AM  
Flashgun Selection Question
Posted By butangmucat
Replies: 6
Views: 814
Hello,

So I was recently shrinking and updating my kit of cameras and accessories, and decided to update the flashguns to more modern ones. I picked up a Nikon SB-800, mainly for my FE2, and was immediately attracted by the fact that it is a modern (digital) flash that has full backward compatibility with older equipment, and I am looking for a Pentax equivalent. Basically I have the following questions:

- Is there a flash that has an adjustable head (i.e. bounce flash) that can support both digital and film TTL? I would like the TTL to work on all my three Pentax bodies: LX, PZ-1, and K-S2, and I prefer the flashgun to be no larger than the Nikon SB-800.
- Before I manage to purchase such a flash, can I use my Nikon SB-800 on my Pentax bodies if I put it in auto (thyristor) or manual modes? Do I need to use a Wein SafeSync to mask out the Nikon-specific contacts to avoid confusing either the camera or the flash?

Sincerely
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-17-2019, 08:15 AM  
Help Choose a 35-70
Posted By butangmucat
Replies: 17
Views: 1,971
I had this one as the kit lens on my PZ-1 before, but later sold it when I acquired the Tamron SP AF 24-135mm F3.5-5.6 AD Aspherical IF Macro, because I figured out that I don't really use Pentax AF bodies as my primary film camera (rather, I use LX as my primary film and mixes between my K-S2 and Sony a7 when it comes to digital), and the F 35-70 became a bit surplus.

I originally kept the M 35-70 over the F because while the F is solidly built and is very sharp by the standards of its day, the ergonomics is still pretty poor, and it is easier to focus precisely on the LX with the M (not only because the M has a more damped and larger focus ring, but also because the M is faster and makes my viewfinder brighter).

Will consider the F again if I ever decided to give my PZ-1 more love. Do you have a hood recommendation?

I also have the F 24-50 which I bought some time ago for my K-S2 after my HD DA 20-40 was deemed faulty. I like how the lens performs, especially stopped down, but it is very large, especially when compared to the similarly-speced Minolta AF 24-50/4.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-16-2019, 01:17 AM  
Help Choose a 35-70
Posted By butangmucat
Replies: 17
Views: 1,971
After reading the reviews here and on other sites carefully, it seems that the Tamron 17A is not too far away from the M 35-70/3.5, but the Tamron is the shortest of the three (and the A 35-70 being the longest), and is also more reasonably priced here in China. I ended up picking a copy from a Chinese dealer.

As for the M 40-80, I still feel that it is not wide enough and also on the heavy side.

Thanks for the input.

---------- Post added 06-16-19 at 01:19 AM ----------



Also tried to hunt down this one, but can't find a good copy from a reputable seller locally.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-15-2019, 08:56 AM  
Help Choose a 35-70
Posted By butangmucat
Replies: 17
Views: 1,971
Thanks, but I assume that shipping a lens from UK to China would make it not any cheaper than buying directly off Chinese used camera dealers, and it can take quite some time...

But if you happen to be in China now, than I would be more thankful.
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