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Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-13-2014, 10:30 PM  
3 Million Post Giveaway: Confirm your entry!
Posted By Hilo
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ok. cold morning today
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-09-2014, 11:25 PM  
Why do you still do film?
Posted By Hilo
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I haven't been around here for awhile and was looking at which thread made most sense to me . . . it is this question of why using film still.

It is very simple for me: I use film because it is the only practical way to do what I love to do most in photography: to print on traditional fiber paper.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-13-2013, 01:09 AM  
LX purchase opinion please
Posted By Hilo
Replies: 18
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That is a rather steep price for, yes, a great camera. Such a camera should be serviced by now, and it sounds like that was never done. Better to do that sooner than later, as who knows how long there will be people around who can service the LX. So, figure that into the deal as well. Then, the scratch on the prism: indeed it won't affect working with this camera, but it will affect what you will get for it, should you ever want to sell it.

As for checking it out: find the manual online (Butkus), it is not difficult to understand how this camera works . . .
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-17-2012, 10:17 AM  
Ap & 58/2
Posted By Hilo
Replies: 14
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Ok thanks !

Unfortunately the shop now removed this listing. Perhaps the buyer requested that. They normally let the "sold" items sit there longer. Right now they have a chrome AP, but I guess since it is an active listing I should not post that link :)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-17-2012, 12:09 AM  
New Adox films
Posted By Hilo
Replies: 10
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Phil,

Great you picked this up and shared !! I find it significant this is brought out on the market. The Rodinal film developer this company is making is excellent and just like Agfa made it before.

In other analog areas I see a revival: with the students, with the higher prices asked and paid for good analog darkroom equipment and with a general appreciation for the analog print.

Maybe there's hope
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-11-2012, 11:52 PM  
Ap & 58/2
Posted By Hilo
Replies: 14
Views: 1,202
It sold in a shop in Japan, probably Tokyo. Can I send links here?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-26-2012, 10:20 PM  
Ap & 58/2
Posted By Hilo
Replies: 14
Views: 1,202
$1450

I did not know there were all black copies of this lens - mine has chrome aperture rings and has an earlier serial number than this black one.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-26-2012, 09:20 PM  
Ap & 58/2
Posted By Hilo
Replies: 14
Views: 1,202
This showed up in Japan in the past days, and sold (but not to me :))
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-20-2012, 06:39 AM  
Esposimetric led ME super doesn't work
Posted By Hilo
Replies: 7
Views: 1,291
Did you get a new battery?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-20-2012, 05:49 AM  
Esposimetric led ME super doesn't work
Posted By Hilo
Replies: 7
Views: 1,291
Maybe the mirror is up? If yes, it could be sticking . . .

Does it shoot in manual? In automatic?

Maybe take it to a camerastore . . .
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-03-2012, 12:40 AM  
Favorite non-pentax SLR System
Posted By Hilo
Replies: 103
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Jakeblues, you may have missed out on another Pentax with ae lock . . . but you also invented one, the LX :lol: . . . if only that were true . . .
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-02-2012, 11:39 PM  
Favorite non-pentax SLR System
Posted By Hilo
Replies: 103
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Olympus OM and in particular the OM1 and OM4Ti - since 1978.

Today I have both cameras still and use them as often (read every day) as my Pentax LX, and recently the ME Super. It is a dangerous question as one cannot escape to compare cameras, within one brand already, and for sure between brands. For me the perfect camera does not exist.

One large plus for OM in general is the placing of the shutter speeds ring around the lens mount. It means one can operate the shutter speeds in the exact same way as one operates the aperture ring. And that means you do not take your eye away from the finder anymore.

The needle metering of the OM1 is so simple and effective, it is the reason why I will always find the leds the lesser solution.

The viewfinder of the OM1 is what I find most special. It is so large and bright. I installed a Beattie screen and had the lightmeter adjusted for that. With the Zuiko 40/2 this is a lot brighter than my LX with 50/1.4. Not all brighter finders focus more easy, but this OM1/Beattie combination is really something.

The Olympus OM1 has the reputation of setting the trend for the smaller slr in the 70ties. And the quieter one. Perhaps they started it, the OM1 is from 1972, but it is the Pentax ME (1976) that is the smaller one, in size and weight. And it is more quiet. Personally, I am not looking for the smallest camera, I find the OM cameras exactly right. Let's say they are the same size as the Pentax LX, a little less wide and a little lighter perhaps.

The OM4Ti is another story. Almost the same metering range as the LX, also with off-the-film metering. But with a beautiful combination of spot metering and ae lock. I am not going to explain here how it works, but it is totally easy and, once used to it, intuitive. For an automatic mode camera (one can btw also use it in manual) I find this one coming close to being perfect.
Except it has turned out to be a fragile camera for me. The body I am using now is the last remaining of 4 bodies, that all got electronical problems in the past 7 years. Perhaps it is because I am not very careful with cameras. Anyway, it is the reason why I got the Pentax LX and why after that the different Pentax cameras became alive for me.

The lenses are a different story. I find all Zuiko and all Pentax lenses fine. For me the focal length is more critical and over the years the 40mm has become the lens I simply leave on the cameras. The Zuiko 40/2 is not as small as the Pentax 40/2.8 and it is why I prefer the Zuiko.

So, like Nesster here, OM and yes also Pen FT, are impossible to imagine to be without. Having said all this, the LX is great and so is the ME Super . . .

PS: between OM4 and OM4Ti I had the Leica R4s for almost two years, also quite nice. Except people always fuzzed about the brand being so great, etc . . . I quickly went back to nice anonymous OM :)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-31-2012, 12:09 PM  
Quiet Pentax film camera
Posted By Hilo
Replies: 38
Views: 5,977
Thanks, yes the film changes the sound, I have noticed this too. With some cameras more than with others. I still find the ME Super totally acceptable when I don't want to be heard. Rangefinders are great soundwise. Unfortunately my brain and my eyes don't get along with them, never have . . . I need to see that in & out of focus stuff :)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-28-2012, 09:26 AM  
minimalist camera rig/best small lenses ever made
Posted By Hilo
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Last LX & Ultron 50/1.8 shot. This lens was built 1968 - 1972, if I remember well. It came in M42 mount. Someone wrote a review here: Carl Zeiss 50mm F1.8 Ultron Lens Reviews - Carl Zeiss Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-26-2012, 11:20 PM  
What to do with Pentax ME
Posted By Hilo
Replies: 16
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Normally I find every good analog camera worth the effort and cost to repair, but this sounds dramatic.

I have the same camera lying around, also black and in fine shape. You and your friend can have it for what would be the postage from The Netherlands. With the condition you do as Steve suggested, ha !
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-26-2012, 09:47 AM  
minimalist camera rig/best small lenses ever made
Posted By Hilo
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Jakeblues,

As promised here another image with the Ultron. I meant to find some more images but ran out of time. This one was shot wide-open on a rather dark day, it rained now and then. Did nothing special with the film development, nor with the printing: used a grade 3 (normal) filter for multigrade paper. Used a Leitz Focomat 1C enlarger. Straight scan of the print on a 60 euro Epson flatbed . . . Did not do anything in photoshop, except retouch a bit . . .

Left and right in this image was photographed through windows, which accounts for a slight loss in contrast . . . maybe again not such brilliant test image to show a lens. Hope it tells you something
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-24-2012, 11:45 PM  
minimalist camera rig/best small lenses ever made
Posted By Hilo
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Tuco, don't you ever sleep there in Seattle? :)

You have a point! But: In Cartier Bresson's days that handy Mamiya 7II was not around. And in a way it still isn't. One can buy a heap of film for the difference between any of the lenses discussed here and the Mamiya 7II. But many of us can't afford both.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-24-2012, 10:50 PM  
minimalist camera rig/best small lenses ever made
Posted By Hilo
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Regarding the discussion on image quality of 135 film versus larger format film: I found the first post of this thread so refreshing because I could see a photographer who not only "thinks" technically, but who values other parameters as well. One of those parameters being that a "small rig" is a pleasure to work with and can give you fantastic images. Of course I agree with Tuco that the large format negative gives beautiful results, photography is so full of examples that this goes without saying. But I hope that he would agree with me that, for instance, the work of Cartier Bresson in The Decisive Moment, or The Europeans, could never have been photographed with large format cameras.

One can ask what this has to do with image quality. For some it is only about grain, tonality and sharpness, and that is very ok. For others it is about that and more, also very ok. I had the feeling the OP belongs more to the 2nd . . .
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-24-2012, 10:23 PM  
minimalist camera rig/best small lenses ever made
Posted By Hilo
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Views: 8,517
Yes, I forgot this question before: for my OM I got the first version Voigtlander Ultron 40mm SL1. Well built lens but I found it too hard and contrasty. I am still struggling when I have to print some negatives from this lens. There's a 2nd version, the SL2, but I never tried it . . .
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-24-2012, 11:39 AM  
minimalist camera rig/best small lenses ever made
Posted By Hilo
Replies: 57
Views: 8,517
Or get an enlarger and make a beautiful print !
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-24-2012, 09:56 AM  
minimalist camera rig/best small lenses ever made
Posted By Hilo
Replies: 57
Views: 8,517
Here LX and the Ultron. Not really a good shot for you to judge anything really, except the feel this lens can give . . . not unimportant. I will send something else in the next days, need to scan a couple of prints.

btw, it is a double exposure . . .
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-24-2012, 07:19 AM  
minimalist camera rig/best small lenses ever made
Posted By Hilo
Replies: 57
Views: 8,517
Since the original post here, I have thought to write something. Because I like the question a lot. Since the mid seventies I have only really used quite small bodies with either 50mm, or 40mm, or 35mm. Then, and still now, it was and is for professional use. Although in the beginning I have gotten the faster lenses, 1.4, maybe even 1.2, it has been more than 20 years that I prefer the f1.8 or f2 versions. Simply because of the smaller size and less weight. And because I find the 'smaller rig' less intimidating to the people I photograph.

Most of this time I used Olympus OM1 and Olympus OM4(Ti) with these three focal lengths, and the Zuiko 40/2 is my preferred lens. The OM4Ti's began to give up on me about five years ago and I replaced them with the LX. I tried both K an M 50/1.4 versions, but settled on the 50/2 - for the reasons mentioned before. Getting into Pentax opened up quite a world for me, because of the M42 lenses and because of some third party lenses. Until I got the LX, I never thought much about different lenses, I was happy with what I had. I tried many different (Pentax and some other makers) lenses in this 35 to 50mm range, but in the end I kept only a few: a 58/2 Takumar, a Zeiss Ultron 50/1.8 and a Zeiss Tessar 50/2.8 (both the Icarex versions). I got a ME Super because with the 50/2 it is so beautifully small, I keep it for the bike rides (this is Holland). And I just got a K2 because the Ultron fits so well on that one.

I know that compared to today's digital cameras all the cameras mentioned are big and heavy. But, and finally I come a bit closer to the OP, I like the size of the analog SLR with a smallish lens. The LX or a bit smaller (ME Super), or a tiny bit larger (K2) . . . I think it is all much of the same thing. But some lenses, to me, do not fit so well on certain bodies. The Ultron or the K50/1.4 (now stone me) on the ME Super is not my idea of a 'small rig', I find the balance gone. But K2 plus Ultron or K50/1.4 is fine. So, perhaps a 'small rig' is not neccesarily the smallest camera/lens to me. And for sure the camera doesn't have to be super light, to the contrary.

Sorry for the poor quality (Iphone) pics
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-17-2012, 04:18 AM  
MZ-S questions
Posted By Hilo
Replies: 2
Views: 821
Thanks !

The Zeiss Ultron 50/1.8 has a M-42 mount, so I use the adapter for the LX ( Carl Zeiss 50mm F1.8 Ultron Lens Reviews - Carl Zeiss Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database ). It has no open-aperture metering, I manually close the lens to the set aperture, by pushing up this lever on the lens and holding it up while shooting. This works fine for me. When I close the lens like that, the metering follows flawlessly . . . I have shot images with this lens on the LX and ME Super, everything came out just fine.

I expected the lightmeter of the MZ-S to behave like the LX.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-16-2012, 09:27 AM  
MZ-S questions
Posted By Hilo
Replies: 2
Views: 821
Some questions about this camera:

- I would like to know how the viewfinder compares to the LX, or KX, or ME Super. In brightness and magnification, and then in what results from the two.

- Then, I would like to know if the ael lock is easy to use. Let's say you've got a face at 2 meters (78 inch), and you want to single it out and lock the exposure value . . . is that easy to do? (I looked at its manual, spotmetering etc. but wasn't sure here. . .)

- Last, a strange question: suppose I use an old lens on this camera, a Zeiss Ultron 50mm using an adapter. I know I would lose autofocus. What happens to the metering? On a LX the lens is wide open no matter which aperture you set. One needs to push a lever to stop it down: the finder gets darker and the exposure value is adjusted accordingly. Will this happen with the MZ-S as well?

Thanks !
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-16-2012, 03:37 AM  
My Pentax K2 Film Camera was serviced perfectly!
Posted By Hilo
Replies: 7
Views: 2,481
Seiya, well done !! Each old camera deserves a second life ! Whatever it costs ! I've given the link to the repairman to a friend in Saitama, he's got more broken cameras than memories . . .
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