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Forum: Vintage Cameras and Equipment 12-26-2021, 10:04 AM  
1957 Ricoh 500 Rangefinder
Posted By nparsons13
Replies: 37
Views: 2,535
Ismael, it's been four months since you posted last. Have you done anything more to try to find the source of the leak? I have two 500s (types 3 and 4) that seem to be working, although the type 3 has some occasional problems with sticky shutter button. And I have a type 2 (same shutter as yours but with the flat top plate) in which nothing works. Even the focus ring is frozen. I'd like to take the front off the camera to get to the trigger mechanism and the back of the shutter, but I can't find anything anywhere that gives a hint about how to do that. The 500s have a kind of locking mechanism around the rear elements that apparently holds the lens on the lens plate, but I can't figure out how it is supposed to be released. Have you come across any disassembly instructions that describe the process?

Noel
Forum: Vintage Cameras and Equipment 12-26-2021, 09:42 AM  
Post your vintage photos
Posted By nparsons13
Replies: 24
Views: 999
Longwood, Florida, Community Building, taken with 1938 Zeiss Ikonta A Special (521) with CZJ Tessar f/3.5 7.5cm and Compur Rapid on Ilford 100 Delta Pro, in D76.

Forum: Lens Clubs 12-26-2021, 09:23 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By nparsons13
Replies: 37,749
Views: 3,969,389
I got to the nearby wildlife protection area early Christmas Eve morning, and the sun was just rising. This tiny Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, barely bigger than a hummingbird and fluffed up in the morning chill, lit in a bare tree just a few feet above my head, giving my camera time to focus the DA* 300mm. These little birds normally move almost constantly, flitting from limb to limb picking small insects off the underside of leaves.

Forum: Pentax K-5 & K-5 II 12-26-2021, 09:08 AM  
Post Your K5IIs Pictures Here!
Posted By nparsons13
Replies: 2,729
Views: 453,069
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at sunrise. These tiny birds, not much bigger than a hummingbird, flit through the trees picking small insects off the underside of leaves. I was lucky that this one paused above my head long enough for the K-5 IIs to focus the DA* 300 on it.

Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-26-2021, 08:55 AM  
Nature Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at sunrise
Posted By nparsons13
Replies: 2
Views: 135
These tiny little birds--barely bigger than a hummingbird--flit through trees and bushes picking gnat-sized insects from the undersides of leaves. They are so small and move almost constantly at such a high speed that they are hard to photograph. I was lucky that this one, puffed up in the early morning chill, paused for a moment in a bare tree above my head. That moment was long enough to let my camera autofocus the DA* 300.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-26-2021, 08:45 AM  
Nature Pied-billed Grebe
Posted By nparsons13
Replies: 1
Views: 113
This little fellow was headed up the shore as if on a mission.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-11-2021, 05:46 AM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By nparsons13
Replies: 8,204
Views: 1,076,089
Everyday Bessa. Here, brought forward through the time portal from 1935, is the common Voigtländer folding viewfinder with the common Voigtar f/4.5 lens. Comparable to the Kodak Six-20 of the same period but with less bling.

Voigtländer Bessa, 1935 by Noel Parsons, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-24-2021, 06:54 AM  
Will try to restore a 1960's Pentax Type 2 clip on meter
Posted By nparsons13
Replies: 11
Views: 996
Sorry I didn't see this thread earlier. I dug into a couple of meters about ten years ago and posted my notes online at Pentax Meter. Maybe they'll be of help to someone.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-20-2021, 03:30 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By nparsons13
Replies: 8,204
Views: 1,076,089
Here's my black/silver pair. The ASA/exposure comp ring (at the base of the lens) can give fits sometimes, but when it is clean and lubed and working smoothly you can quickly see why the K2 was the Pentax flagship in the mid-70s.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-11-2021, 10:49 AM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By nparsons13
Replies: 8,204
Views: 1,076,089
That's the clip-on meter I had with my S1a and Super-Tak 55mm f/2, bought new in 1968. My wife and I used that camera and meter for twenty years, had the camera CLAd about 1988, and then used it off and on another twenty until it was destroyed in a fire in 2008. I now have another S1a in my collection as well as an H3V and a couple of the clip-on meters, both of which work. I've adjusted one of the meters to be accurate, but the other needs some fiddling with (notes at Pentax Meter).
Forum: Sold Items 04-11-2021, 09:30 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Cord F5P (Long), F5P (Short), Adapters F, FG, and Shoe F
Posted By nparsons13
Replies: 6
Views: 1,008
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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-08-2020, 03:49 PM  
Different things
Posted By nparsons13
Replies: 11
Views: 937
The TX mount was a proprietary system used by Vivitar and Soligor to make their lenses "universally" adaptable. The interchangeable adapters came in a wide range of lens mounts, so one lens with the proper adapter could be fit to Pentax, Nikon, or Olympus, etc. Tamron had the same sort of universal system called Adapt-a-matic or, later, Adaptall.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-08-2020, 03:11 PM  
Is there a correct way of attaching a screw mount lens to a Pentax SLR?
Posted By nparsons13
Replies: 6
Views: 745
It's easier to use the A/M switch of an S-M-C or SMC Takumar lens when it is screwed onto the body. When the lens is unmounted you can easily switch from auto to manual, but you'll have to depress the tiny lock pin on the face of the mount in order to switch from manual to auto. You can screw the lens on with the switch in either position; the face of the body will depress the pin.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-29-2020, 07:47 AM  
Nature Great Blue Heron portrait
Posted By nparsons13
Replies: 4
Views: 347
Great Blue Heron
K-5 IIs with HD Pentax-DA 55-300
Forum: Pentax K-5 & K-5 II 04-29-2020, 07:43 AM  
Post Your K5IIs Pictures Here!
Posted By nparsons13
Replies: 2,729
Views: 453,069
Great Blue Heron
K-5 IIs with HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-19-2019, 11:00 AM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By nparsons13
Replies: 8,204
Views: 1,076,089
MInolta Autocord I and Canon Q17 GIII
Forum: Pentax K-5 & K-5 II 12-19-2019, 10:48 AM  
Post Your K5IIs Pictures Here!
Posted By nparsons13
Replies: 2,729
Views: 453,069
K-5 IIs, Sigma 18-200
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-07-2019, 07:45 AM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By nparsons13
Replies: 8,204
Views: 1,076,089
If the Autocord's focus lever is hard to move, don't force it. They are easy to break. Have it cleaned and re-lubed first.
Forum: Pentax K-5 & K-5 II 07-11-2019, 02:45 PM  
Post Your K5IIs Pictures Here!
Posted By nparsons13
Replies: 2,729
Views: 453,069
Common moorhen nursery
Pentax K-5 IIs, SMC Pentax-DA* 300mm f/4 ED (IF) SDM
The chicks aren't OF, they're fuzzy.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-03-2019, 02:10 PM  
How many film cameras do you have?
Posted By nparsons13
Replies: 354
Views: 26,667
You're probably right. The focus ring of the 50mm f1.8 that came with the camera was frozen solid. Fortunately, replacements are cheap; I got one in very good condition for $26. Unfortunately, adapters for Miranda to digital are a little harder to come by; as far as I can tell, only Fotodiox has one.

I'm surprised that videographers don't pay more attention to the Sensorex lenses--the external aperture coupling arm allows smooth adjustment of the stepless diaphragm.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-30-2019, 04:40 PM  
How many film cameras do you have?
Posted By nparsons13
Replies: 354
Views: 26,667
I count 54 film cameras, of which 20 are Pentaxes, including 2 ME Supers and 2 Super Programs. This is the latest film camera, given to me by a friend who was cleaning house:
Miranda Sensorex with 50mm f/1.8 by Noel Parsons, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-30-2019, 04:32 PM  
Favorite film Point-and-shoot (Pentax or not)
Posted By nparsons13
Replies: 34
Views: 18,984
Well, rats! I was going to vote for the XA2 as well, but mine stopped working. I took the top and bottom off to clean the shutter button contacts, and when I put it back together I got the rewind/self-timer switch crossed up, so it still doesn't work. But when it was working it was a great little camera, easy to carry and fun to shoot.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-29-2018, 12:56 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By nparsons13
Replies: 8,204
Views: 1,076,089
I got my first TLR recently, also a Minolta Autocord (I, from 1965), and in the same week I bought a Canon QL17 GIII--both from local dealers. The Autocord has the Rokkor 75mm f/3.5 and Citizen-MVL shutter, and when I got it the focus lever was frozen solid (don't force it!) and the shutter and aperture selection levers were stiff--a sure sign of stiff grease under the faceplate. So I sent it for a thorough CLA with TLR guru Karl Bryan, and now it works smooth as silk. It's loaded with Portra 400 NC. I put new light seals in the Canon, gave it a good cleaning myself, and it's ready to shoot with Superia X-TRA 400.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-14-2018, 12:03 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By nparsons13
Replies: 8,204
Views: 1,076,089
I agree. Also, I have big hands and long fingers--and a little "arthuritis"--so the KX is easier to use than the little MX, which makes me scrunch up my fingers too much. I have a motor drive for my MX, which bulks it up a little, but I still prefer to use the KX.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-27-2018, 03:52 PM  
Film shops around the world
Posted By nparsons13
Replies: 13
Views: 795
Great idea! I added two for Orlando, Florida, USA.
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