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Forum: General Talk 17 Hours Ago  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Marcus Rowland
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After a disappointing Friday, today was quite good - got three lenses for 9. None of them perfect so not hugely valuable, but I ought to make a reasonable profit.

A Minolta 35-80 4-5.6 Power Zoom for Minolta and Sony A - a tiny bit of fungus in the rear element but working well. With UV filter, no caps
A Tokina AF 100-300 5.6-6.7, also for A-mount, also with slight fungus, with caps, UV filter, and hood.
and a Praotor 400mm f6.3 T-mount lens in poor condition - some damage to the cement of the front element, and needs a clean generally, but ought to be salvageable.
Forum: General Talk 1 Day Ago  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Marcus Rowland
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Took the Bokeh Monster out for a walk in the park with my Eos 400D yesterday, go some good results






Full sized pictures and more here - Pentacon 135/2.8 "Bokeh Monster" | Flickr

Also received a couple of lenses - a very nice Tamron AF 70-300 f4-5.6, unfortunately for Minolta / Sony A, for 23 including postage - won't make a huge profit since for some reason this lens mount doesn't sell well, but I ought to come out ahead. And an SMC Pentax-M 50/1.7 which a friend wanted to give to a good home; as it happens I could use a goodish PK 50mm for testing camera bodies and converters, and I was going to donate some money to charity for it, but it turns out to be full of fungus and not as good as the battered old lens I've been using - I've suggested that I sell it for spares/repairs on eBay with the money going to charity, waiting to see what she thinks of the idea.
Forum: General Talk 6 Days Ago  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Marcus Rowland
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A good if slightly expensive day in the car boot mines:

A Petri 50/2 in PK fitting which I'm fairly sure is Tokina made, and a Minolta AF 50/1.7, for 40, both in very nice condition.
and a Praktica PCL3 body with a nice electric Pentacon 50/2 - the lens is nice, but the body turned out to have corrosion in the battery compartment when I got it home, but I really bought it for the lens anyway so I'm not too bothered.
Also an electronic label printer for 7 - the second in a month or so, and the first one made a very nice profit so I'm cautiously optimistic. Unfortunately I don't have enough AAA batteries to test it today, since I included the last pack I bought with the last printer.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 6 Days Ago  
How Not To Test A Power Zoom Lens
Posted By Marcus Rowland
Replies: 20
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No technical reason why not, given that most non-interchangeable lens cameras have at least got power zoom now. Given that a lot of modern SLRs and mirrorless cameras shoot video as well as stills it may be time for a revival of the tech.
Forum: General Talk 09-11-2021, 09:17 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Marcus Rowland
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Not a wonderful day, but I got two Minolta A rear caps, a 49mm front cap and a USB cable for 3, and a 150mm internal diameter USB-powered ring light for 4, the latter ought to be useful for eBay ads etc.
Forum: General Photography 09-10-2021, 03:56 PM  
Dumb features on cameras
Posted By Marcus Rowland
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Yes - they were still used quite a bit for outdoor press photography; really powerful electronic flashes were still very expensive and heavy, the biggest FP flashes and bulbs had the edge on price and weight at that point, IIRC.

later - I see someone else has already replied to that one, my bad.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-10-2021, 03:50 PM  
How Not To Test A Power Zoom Lens
Posted By Marcus Rowland
Replies: 20
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True. Could be worse, I could have broken the camera trying it or something...
Forum: General Talk 09-10-2021, 08:57 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Marcus Rowland
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Two nice items I got on line earlier this week arrived today

A Zorki 4 with Leica-fit Jupiter 50/2 for 33 including postage - nothing remarkable about it, the lens is one of the silver ones and in really nice condition, the camera has a shutter problem at low speeds but is otherwise pretty good. 33 is a bit on the high side but it's a charity seller and I think I'll still make a profit.


A Pentacon 135/2.8, for 12.99 including postage. It's the original "Bokeh Monster" that could be used on M42 or Exakta with the appropriate rear mount (I've also seen one with a custom-made mount for Nikon), and has a preset-ring 15-blade iris. It's the all-black version here:

Pentacon / Meyer Optik Gorlitz Orestogor 135mm F2.8 Preset Lens Reviews - Miscellaneous Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database

It's boxed and looks virtually unused, though the box is very battered. The best part is that it came with an M42 converter and cap for Fujica S-mount, which is in full working order - it even does auto stopdown on a Fujica body, if the lens has a rear pin, which is pretty rare for M42 adapters. Those are being sold at 15 and up without the cap on eBay, so I ought to come out well ahead. Gloating a bit about this one...
Forum: Contest Voting 09-08-2021, 02:49 PM  
luthier
Posted By Marcus Rowland
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Nice to see one with the tools being used.
Forum: General Talk 09-05-2021, 05:48 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Marcus Rowland
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An OK day in the car boot mines. Went to three, got something at all three.

First one I got a crappy Zenit E with a VERY nice Helios 44-2 58/2 for 20. It's more than I would normally pay but I haven't had a good 44-2 in a long while and I thought it would break the dry spell. I could have also got an AF-Nikkor 24/2.8 but the seller wanted 80 and I simply don't need one that badly.

Second one I got another Helios lens, this time a 44-M 58/2 (not so nice for bokeh but it has auto aperture) with an Eos adapter for 10 - has a teeny bit of fungus but definitely worth while, and it shows that buying the other one did break the dry spell. Also got a Takumar metal hood for the 1:3.5/135mm and 1:4/150mm from the same guy for 1.

And at the third one I got two cameras for 10 - a working Olympus Camedia C-765 bridge camera (about the smallest bridge camera I've ever seen and very nice even though it's only 4 megapixels) and a good clean Kodak Colorsnap 35 - the seller originally wanted a tenner for the Colorsnap alone so I'm reasonably happy with this one.
Forum: General Talk 09-04-2021, 08:45 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Marcus Rowland
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An interesting day - got three lenses, some cables, and a toy which is probably worth more than the rest put together.


The lenses were a Canon EF-S 18-55 3.5-5.6 for 15 in nice condition with caps and a skylight filter, a Pentax-F 28-80 3.5-4.5 for 8 with caps and a metal hood, but slight fungus, and a no-name 28-80 for Minolta AF for 8 (also with caps, filter, and metal hood) which unfortunately has severe fungus and probably is destined for my next junk job lot. Considering how much metal hoods and filters cost it's not a complete loss.

The cables were four mini USB to USB leads, the sort used for a lot of cameras, for 0.50 each, and two European 2-pin power leads, also 50p each. I get through a lot of these so a few spares are always handy.

Finally, the toy was a bit of vintage memorabilia for one of Gerry Anderson's TV shows - the "secret agent briefcase" toy sold for Joe 90, which I got for 2! It has various compartments containing a toy gun, glasses (a trademark of the leading character), ID badge, etc. Unfortunately it isn't complete, there should have been a silencer for the gun and more ID stuff, but they sell for well over 100 complete so I think I can expect to make a decent profit.
Forum: General Talk 08-31-2021, 05:09 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Marcus Rowland
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Excellent! Exactly what I wanted to know. Many thanks!
Forum: General Talk 08-30-2021, 08:43 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Marcus Rowland
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Quick question - does anyone have any experience of "Universal camera & phone chargers" like this

Universal Phone / Camera Battery External Charger & USB Port - Desktop Charger | eBay

The way they seem to work is that there are two sliding contacts which are adjusted to the spacing of the contacts on the battery, then a sliding top plate is moved to hold the battery in place - I think it may be spring loaded.

I seem to need to buy a charger every month or two for the cameras I sell, and sometimes I don't know in advance if the camera is working. I'm thinking of getting one of these for the first stage of testing, to see if it's worth buying a proper charger. Anyone used one?
Forum: General Talk 08-29-2021, 06:44 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Marcus Rowland
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Today was another round of cheapish stuff from the older and crappier end of the spectrum

At the first sale I got a Pentacon 2.8/135 in M42 - unfortunately the stop-down pin is missing, but it does stop down if the mechanism is worked by a small screwdriver so it's repairable. Cost a fiver and hopefully won't be too hard to fix, and seems to be relatively clean and fungus free.

At the second I got two lots of stuff fairly cheaply from people who were packing up to go home and wanted to shift things. The first was a Sigma AF 70-300 for Minolta AF and a Tokina 80-200 for Canon FD, both very dirty externally, for a fiver, and both unfortunately full of fungus once I got them cleaned up enough to look inside. It's annoying because both work mechanically. I'll probably be able to sell the Sigma for a fiver or so, it isn't that bad, but the Tokina is a write-off, not worth trying to sell. It's always a gamble with this stuff, and this time I didn't win.

The second was a weird assortment of odds and ends for 20. A Minolta Dynax 4 with a 28-80 3.5-5.6, a Tokina 70-210 for Nikon AI, an Olympus T20 flash, and a Sigma 28-80 3.5-4.5 for Pentax AF - unfortunately there's something wrong with the AF drive and it's manual focus only - and five or six assorted lens caps. They're all reasonably clean and working apart from the Sigma problem, so hopefully will make a modest profit.

Not a huge triumph overall, but at least I found some interesting stuff today, and Friday at least was very good - last week was terrible.
Forum: General Talk 08-28-2021, 11:36 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Marcus Rowland
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Some pictures I took with it here - summary, it's pretty good but a modern lens could probably do better:

Vivitar S1 100-500 5.6-8.0 on Nikon D90 | Flickr

---------- Post added 08-28-21 at 11:47 AM ----------

Today wasn't as good as yesterday but I got a Praktica Nova body with Meritar 2.9/50 and case for 7, and an M42 Soligor 3.5/200 and a Cherry 2x converter for 10. The Praktica will be going for spares/repairs since the shutter is borked, and the Meritar unfortunately turns out to have a little fungus, but it's working anyway - I'll probably make a profit since they don't seem to be around cheaply in the UK. The 200mm and converter are both very good, working and fungus-free.
Forum: General Talk 08-27-2021, 06:06 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Marcus Rowland
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I'm still using a 1985 AT keyboard - still working perfectly despite huge amounts of crud having fallen into it over the years, and being washed (in a shower with detergent and a scrubbing brush) at least twice.

Had a VERY successful visit to Portobello Road today. Got a nice clean Canon Eos 350D with an 18-55 and an 8GB CF card for 20 from one of the junk stalls - no charger but I use the same batteries in my 400D and it's working well, and the lens is pristine. I don't seem to have a spare charger at the moment which is annoying, but it's possible I'll pick something up tomorrow or Sunday - if not they cost about 8 so it isn't the end of the world.

Then one of the camera dealers gave me a good deal on a Nikon 18-55 VR lens (one of the early ones) for 15 after buying a nice Pentax Espio 35mm camera from me for a tenner - the lens has very slight fungus but it's working perfectly. VERY pleased since last weekend was disappointing, I only got one Pentacon 50mm.

---------- Post added 08-27-21 at 06:13 PM ----------



Call that a lens?

THIS is a lens...



My Vivitar Series 1 100-500mm f5.6-8
Forum: General Talk 08-23-2021, 01:53 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Marcus Rowland
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Keeping my fingers crossed - yesterday I noticed a Nikon D50 with AF Nikkor 50/1.8 and 55-200 for 100 on Oxfam's web site, reduced from 200 in their current sale. Thought about it and in the end didn't buy it, but decided to take another look today, and found that they'd reduced the price to 70 overnight. Also noticed that it has things like the correct charger which are quite expensive. So I've taken the plunge and bought it. Fingers crossed it all works OK and doesn't have fungus etc., should hopefully know by the end of the week.

Acquisitions have been dire in other respects, though I did manage to pick up a nice lens on Saturday, literally as the result of an accident. Having drawn blanks in a car boot sale and several charity shops I took the bus home, only to be stopped about half-way because there was a major traffic accident ahead. So I got off the bus and walked to the next road over, which has several charity shops, and took a look in them as I walked to a bus stop which was hopefully clear of the blockage. And the first shop I looked at had a nice clean Pentacon Auto 1.8/50 in M42 mount for 8. I would be very pleased about that, if not for the six or so hours I wasted failing to find anything interesting on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday...
Forum: General Talk 08-13-2021, 02:38 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Marcus Rowland
Replies: 23,553
Views: 1,765,235
One of these for Canon EF

Tamron 278D AF 80-210mm 1:4.5-5.6 Lens Reviews - Tamron Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database

Got it on eBay for 7.77 plus P&P, which reflects how low prices are at the moment - I think it's a combination of the economy being a mess, postal prices rising sharply so that there are fewer overseas bidders, and other factors.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 08-08-2021, 09:03 AM  
Jumping Spider
Posted By Marcus Rowland
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Views: 100
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-07-2021, 05:58 PM  
How Not To Test A Power Zoom Lens
Posted By Marcus Rowland
Replies: 20
Views: 1,037
Got an old Z10 35mm body with an FA 28-80/3.5-4.7 power zoom as part of a job lot. Wanted to test it as a prelude to selling it on.

Tried the zoom on my K200D body. Focuses fine, manual zoom works fine, power zoom is completely inert.

Tried cleaning the contacts on the lens and in the camera, which as far as I know have no purpose other than to provide power when a power zoom lens is used. Zilch.

Tried changing the power zoom speed setting switch position on the lens. External part of the switch falls off (about par for these lenses, you rarely see them intact) and disappears under my work bench. Still zilch.

Clean contacts again. Zilch.

Find a battery to fit the Z10 and try it on there. Zilch.

Make sure that the zoom ring is fully in the power zoom position and try again. Power zoom works!

Try it on the K200D again. Zilch.

Finally think to Google on Pentax power zoom compatibility. Guess what? Only high-end Pentax DSLRs have power zoom compatibility. The K200D isn't one of them, despite having the damn contacts.

Another 20 minutes or so of my life I will never get back...
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-07-2021, 11:15 AM  
What other Interchangable lens camera brands have you owned other than Pentax?
Posted By Marcus Rowland
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Replaced the Sony A100 with an A230 a while back. There was a viewfinder alignment problem with the A100, it was cheaper to replace it than fix it.
Forum: General Talk 08-07-2021, 11:09 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Marcus Rowland
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Not a lot lately due to really horrible weather, but in Portobello Road today I picked up a nice clean Sony 3.5-5.6/18-55 SAM for Sony Alpha for a tenner. Not hugely valuable but I should make a few quid on it.
Forum: General Talk 08-07-2021, 10:55 AM  
Your latest de-acquisition
Posted By Marcus Rowland
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Gave eight 35mm "point and shoot" cameras to a charity shop, left-overs from the last couple of job lots. Things like a Pentax AF Zoom 50 and equivalents from four or five manufacturers, nothing especially nice but a bit better than the really cheapo models. I could have probably sold them but I really had no desire to do the research needed to say something useful about each camera, find the instructions on line, etc. I've kept one that seemed a cut above the rest, a nice clean Pentax Espio 120, and will make the effort to sell that one.
Forum: General Talk 07-11-2021, 01:05 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Marcus Rowland
Replies: 23,553
Views: 1,765,235
Not a bad weekend, though it got off to a bad start when I couldn't get anything interesting on Friday.

Yesterday wasn't wonderful either - At the car boot fair I got two clockwork action cameras (the "four pictures on one 35mm frame" type) for 2, one of them needs to be repaired but the other is OK, and an Apple firewire charger, also for 2, then in a charity shop I found an unused DIY 35mm pinhole camera kit for 3.75 - should make a small profit on them.

So I wasn't incredibly hopeful today, and didn't find anything at the first car boot. But at the second I hit the jackpot - a nice zebra-stripe Tessar with M42 mount and an Adaptall 2 28 f2.5 without a mount for 20, a no-name PK-M 28 f2.8 for a fiver, and a Helios 2x converter (M42) for 2. Also a Kobo ebook reader for a fiver, which seems to be working OK - I'm currently charging it up before I reset it for my own use.

Nearly didn't bother with the third venue, since I was feeling a bit tired and only had about 25 left, but luckily I decided to go for it, and got a good condition Nikon F50 with a 35-70 AF zoom for 12. No idea yet if the body is OK, haven't tested it yet, but the lenses are still quite popular because they're full frame, so I ought to do well out of that one.

Missed out on two auctions, one last night and the other tonight - the REALLY annoying one was the lot yesterday evening where I simply forgot to bid until it was too late, and it went unsold and has been relisted. The odds of that happening again are probably not good. The one tonight was simply me being outbid, which I don't mind so much.
Forum: General Photography 07-06-2021, 06:06 PM  
Dumb features on cameras
Posted By Marcus Rowland
Replies: 78
Views: 2,921
One iteration of Nikon's 18-55 kit lens was designed so that you could make it a bit more compact when not in use by twisting the zoom ring until it retracted into a smaller but non-working position. The snag was that you could easily forget that you had done this and waste time trying to get the thing to work while it was still in the collapsed position, also that they occasionally stuck in the collapsed position requiring a professional service. The size change was only a couple of cm off the total length of the lens, hardly worth the hassle.
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