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Forum: General Talk 07-16-2015, 07:52 PM  
Recent Problems With Goodwill Online...
Posted By dubiousone
Replies: 8
Views: 1,099
I too am a Goodwill addict. I have had some good, some bad. Tucson seems to like 'bundling' they put one or maybe two decent items bundled with all the stuff they couldn't sell and sell at a lot. I resist this because I am a packrat and I see jewels everywhere....even when there aren't any. More and more I see them 'parting out' kits and selling items separately rather than in a kit. Much less desirable IMO. I've also seen at least one that starts their auctions way too high. $99 bucks for a Canon AE-1 with no lens? As far as other problems, I simply avoid buying from stores back east. Seems to have worked so far!
Forum: General Talk 07-16-2015, 08:26 AM  
Tell us your eBay horror stories!
Posted By dubiousone
Replies: 55
Views: 6,560
My first negative feedback came from a fellow I'd sold a wireless router to. After two weeks I asked him where payment was. He said he wasn't sending anything until he got the item. I responded that's not how it works, the listing clearly stated the process and that's not it. His response was send it now or I'll leave you negative feedback. Needless to say, he never got the router (which I eventually sold to another buyer) and the only thing I got from that guy was negative feedback. Ebay's response when I filed a complaint was basically "sorry to hear about that". Another was a person I'd sold a silver watch chain to in Canada. Claimed the item never arrived and wanted a refund. I said no and sent her the USPS/CN postal records of delivery. I got negative feedback on that one too and again, Ebay's response was basically 'sorry, suck it up'.

The other hundreds of transactions I've done were all pleasant and positive but one does have to exercise "buyer beware".
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 05-06-2015, 08:37 AM  
All my gear is gone... (Pelican 1510 Hardcase)
Posted By dubiousone
Replies: 31
Views: 15,015
Welcome home !!

Thank you for sharing a unique and serviceable solution. I've used Pelican cases in many different configurations for years and they do work. Nothing better IMO. Looks like your dividers should to the trick as far as protection/impacts goes and it certainly does maximize the space.
(I can't help but wonder when you will add a film camera to that wonderful collection)
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 05-02-2015, 04:43 AM  
I am sick... I can't count my lenses and bodies anymore.. please help
Posted By dubiousone
Replies: 28
Views: 2,450
Piker! It is a sickness, just wait until you grow to appreciate other manufacturers; that's when things really start to get interesting !!!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-30-2015, 05:06 AM  
Need advice on old Program Plus
Posted By dubiousone
Replies: 20
Views: 2,769
If you haven't already, try cleaning the battery contacts and then make sure they are actually making contact with the battery. You can tweak the tabs a little for better contact.

The value might not be measured in dollars. I have a Canon A-1 I purchased in the Army PX in 1979. A full CLA to keep it working another 30 years is way more than the price these cameras go for today but some things, like my old friend Canon, aren't measured in dollars.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-25-2015, 01:31 PM  
Film Storage - Refrigerate or Freeze ???
Posted By dubiousone
Replies: 12
Views: 2,449
I've heard a certain big box store where I get a good chunk of my film (Fuji) is phasing out carrying film in their stores. Went there today and found two measly four roll boxes of 400 Superia and the other racks were empty so maybe this is true. I have a local store that carries the other stuff I use, Ilford, Portra etc, but sometimes its hit or miss if they have in in stock and buying single rolls...I'd rather not.

I generally have some rolls of what I use the most in the fridge, I keep them in the original package in ziploc freexer (thicker than sandwich bags) bags so I always have a bit on hand because it really sucks when you have the means and the opportunity and no film when those last minute opportunities come up.

So I'm wondering, what is the preferred method for storing, fridge or freezer, HOW do you store it, just in the package, in a sandwich bag, in tupperware, wrapped in foam or foil and how long does it keep past its use-by date if kept cold?

I'm probably going to have to annex a larger chunk of the fridge and start getting it online more...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-21-2015, 04:35 AM  
appreciate the K100D
Posted By dubiousone
Replies: 341
Views: 55,810
I recently thinned out the herd and one of the cameras I considered parting with was the K100D Super. Bought it used with the 18-55 lens for $150 not too long ago. Almost immediately a friend offered me $300 but I didn't take it. Now here we are a year or so later and I simply can't bear to part with it even though I have cameras that are 'better'. One, it simply fits my hand and I love the controls. Two, it renders colors and exposes better than it should. No, I think I'll keep'er!!!
Forum: Non-Pentax: Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. 02-13-2015, 09:19 AM  
Tamron 28-300 Canon Score !!!
Posted By dubiousone
Replies: 0
Views: 807
I'd have to say this lens is one of my favorites. While I appreciate and use others, having one lens that covers this range is one of my favored setups. I have the 18-270 VC version for my Nikon and another version for my Nikon film cameras (still looking for one for my Pentax) and my recent quest for one in Canon has finally ended! Online auction, got a Canon Elan (film) I really didn't need or want but it came with this lens which I ended up getting for $47 bucks shipped! Manual, all the caps for the camera and lens in very nice condition. It went right on my Canon 5D (full frame) and the few shots I've taken with it, it's just as sharp and fast to focus as my new one. This one's probably from the early 2000's.

Any of you also use/like this particular lens?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-08-2015, 08:27 AM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By dubiousone
Replies: 8,203
Views: 1,075,979
I feel your pain Wolf!
I don't have any Leicas but I have quite a few Nikons, Pentax, Mamiya-Sekor and Canon's in my collection. While I admire Contax and even Yashica (among others) I have deliberately limited myself to the above as I already have way, WAY too much equipment. I shoot them all on a regular basis; not as much as I'd like but I do try.

The LX has eluded me as well; it's getting tough to find the equipment we love in decent condition these days.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-28-2014, 03:47 PM  
Cameras you avoid due to age?
Posted By dubiousone
Replies: 41
Views: 3,844
I've not had very good luck with them! The two that I still have, neither meter works though this isn't a problem for me because I just use my trusty Gossen. Everything else in them is built tank-tough. The others I have, K1000, Me Super, Super Program work great. Seals are probably the most common issue; Even when they look a bit dodgy they still do their job but when they start to crumble and shed...time to replace.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-28-2014, 03:30 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By dubiousone
Replies: 8,203
Views: 1,075,979
You're going to LOVE that ME Super! Its tiny with a very solid feel.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-01-2014, 04:09 PM  
Pentax K1000 and ASA dial problem
Posted By dubiousone
Replies: 5
Views: 3,234
It could be the meter. Some meter circuitry will degrade over time. My suggestion would be send it to Eric.
Forum: Non-Pentax: Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. 09-22-2014, 08:51 PM  
I Am So... Screwed! New Canon 5d
Posted By dubiousone
Replies: 16
Views: 2,188
Thank you for the link! I checked and my 5D does have the reinforcement. A side note; being 'partial' to Pentax when I found my K100DS I really did fall head over heels for it and one of the things I noticed was its ability to render colors better than my D50 and it almost always nails the exposure where the D50 tends to underexpose. Not really a big deal once I figured out the 'trick' for different scenes but the K100 definitely has some sort of special voodoo. I've an affinity for Mamiya SLR's because a 1000DTL was my very first. I have several now but the first one I got was a 500TL bought with a K1000 (and of course my D50). The first roll I shot turned up some shutter and mirror issues which, when I developed it and saw how perfectly it exposed (like my K100DS) I paid well more to get it CLA'd. I have no idea why, its pretty much identical to my others but I can pick out the photos I shot with it because they just...look different, just like the K100DS. It's odd because I can get close with my D50 and it has the same sensor if I recall correctly.

---------- Post added 09-22-14 at 09:09 PM ----------

Funny you mention those lenses; the EF 50 1.8 was the very first thing I purchased after that 5D! I've an affinity for that, I've got a Nikon and Pentax in that same lens and by far it is my most used lens. I stumbled on to a Nikon 85 2.0 a while back and that's definitely a keeper! The almost identical 100 2.8 was ho-hum and went away with one of my 'extra' Nikons. Yeah, the above lenses are definitely on the 'list'!
Forum: Non-Pentax: Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. 09-21-2014, 09:02 PM  
I Am So... Screwed! New Canon 5d
Posted By dubiousone
Replies: 16
Views: 2,188
A-HA! I shall investigate that, thank you!

---------- Post added 09-21-14 at 09:04 PM ----------

Well...I have absolutely NO intention of doing THAT to any of my K-mounts. They are intended for K-mount cameras that start with the letter "P" !
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-20-2014, 05:40 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By dubiousone
Replies: 8,203
Views: 1,075,979
If it's a squealy 'ker-CHOO!' sound that's the flywheel squeaking from dried lube. The link posted above which describes taking off the top cover is different from the method I've used.

Canon A-series DIY Repair / Shutter Squeak etc.

Basically take off the bottom cover, make sure the shutter is cocked and snake a spray nozzle stick which can be flattened to get it down to the required depth in the position shown in the above webpage. Just a little dab'll do ya and it may take a second or third, remember just a little bit and working the shutter a few clicks until the squeal goes away. They supposedly work for a long time before the shutter seizes open and when it does that, you send it to one of the Canon wizards like Joe Careta and get it fixed. And new light seals etc...
Forum: Non-Pentax: Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. 09-20-2014, 05:25 PM  
I Am So... Screwed! New Canon 5d
Posted By dubiousone
Replies: 16
Views: 2,188
LOL, no idea so I guess we'll find out!

Just my standard everyday Fuji 400 Superia just to see if it works. Knowing my luck it will and I'll probably use something nicer the next time... and the next and...LOL

I have no idea what that means but all my K-mount lenses have a home wit hthe Pentax' their own drawer(s)!
Forum: Non-Pentax: Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. 09-20-2014, 07:43 AM  
I Am So... Screwed! New Canon 5d
Posted By dubiousone
Replies: 16
Views: 2,188
I've always been quite partial to Canon; an A-1 was my second 'real' camera and I still have, love and use it! When I finally got away from P&S and went full digital I fell head over heels for a Nikon D50. Then I found a K100DS, talk about love at first sight! Fast forward a year or so, I'm simply having the time of my life with way too many cameras; D50, D90 K100DS and a veritable antique store's worth of Spotmatics, K1000's ME Supers, Super Program not to mention the Nikons, Mamiya (Even an M645) and Canon film cameras and enough lenses to stock the photography department of the New York TImes several times over. Then my Camera guy who I lovingly refer to as 'my pusher' sells me a very nice Canon 50mm / 1.8 with an EOS adapter.

Seemed a shame to NOT have anything to use it on and I initially toyed with the idea of just getting a Canon EOS film camera but nooo, my other 'pusher' happened to have a gently used Canon 5D for like $400. I resisted for almost a week. Almost, before I picked it up and went I put it back most hastily, lasted another day or two before I called them one day right after they opened and rushed to claim my first full frame. Nothing to write home about, none of the latest whiz-bangery and a measly 12MP full frame sensor and I am still undecided if it is truly 'better' than my 12MP D90 but it was another camera that I just like! It feels good, the controls are placed well (Phooey on you K-R) and I even like the chunky battery grip. Probably because it is as comfy as my F4s.

So of course I must have EF lenses, not EF-S and lo and behold, a thrift store find nets me for cheap, less than a third what the lenses would cost even used, a full Canon Kit in a Canon bag! Obviously someone's treasured kit with an EOS film somethingorother, 35-80 EF, 75-300 EF both Canon, a Quantaray EF 2x Teleconverter and a Quantaray 19-43 which I think is a rebranded Sigma. Came with the manual and had the requisite silica packs in the bottom. Inside everything was clean and sparkly with caps even and the dust outside was easily knocked off. Just the general condition said this was someone's treasure and now it is mine to care for for a while. The EOS has a battery now and appears to work great and soon will have a roll of Fuji because I can't help myself!
Forum: General Photography 09-17-2014, 09:34 PM  
Your Evolution as a Photographer
Posted By dubiousone
Replies: 31
Views: 3,279
I'd become interested in photography at an early age; saving up my allowance and purchasing a Mamiya 1000DTL. Oh, how I wish I had that one back! (I think I'm good; I have three counting the one I just got back from repair, a black DTL1000 with a fritzy meter and my camera guy thought I was nuts getting it CLA'd for far more than I paid for it) My next camera was a Canon A-1 only because the PX in Nuernberg West Germany didn't sell Pentax. It took me almost 40 years to get my first Pentax! I'm not a technical person by trade but I tend to get caught up in the technical in that using the camera is almost as much fun as taking good photos. Needless to say I have WAY more than I need but....what's need got to do with anything?

I too have found myself progressing from level one to six and while I recognize no professional need fear my abilities I have fun with it. The photos I take please me and that's enough!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-02-2014, 09:04 AM  
A film SLR feels better than a digital SLR ?
Posted By dubiousone
Replies: 114
Views: 19,525
Well said!
My first camera was a Mamiya DTL 1000 because I made a buck ten an hour and couldn't afford a Pentax! That Mamiya is long gone but I have the second I ever bought a Canon A-1 from the Army PX in Germany (Federal Republic of) in 1979. Over the years I put a lot of film through that Canon and towards the mid-2000's I switched to digital with a Canon Powershot. It wasn't until I realized how crummy those P&S cameras were that I started looking for a DSLR. Having gotten away from photography except for snapshots it took me a while to decide on which camera and I finally went with a Nikon D50 (I felt more confortable learning on a camera that had a minimum of whiz-bang-new-hottest features) followed shortly thereafter by a Pentax K100D. The same day I bought that D50 a Mamiya 500TL and Pentax K1000SE followed me home ! Next thing you know I have drawers of lenses and film cameras, Pentax, Canon and of course Nikon. Each is special in their own way and I've managed to find my way back to photography as a hobby rather than just snapshots.

I have some film auto-focus cameras and like their big sister DSLR's that can be quite handy when a 'snap shot' avails itself. But nothing compares to using one of my film cameras, manual everything where every part of the shot must be evaluated before the shutter goes and nothing is as satisfying as taking that shot and seeing it come out as intended. I'm not a bracket type of fellow, take three of something hoping one comes out right nor am I a post-process guy. I try to get it right in the camera first time and I've discovered the journey is as much (more) fun and satisfying than the destination!

---------- Post added 08-02-14 at 09:19 AM ----------

On some auction sites AE-1's and AE-1 Programs are really common. I've seen camera/ lens combos go for anywhere from $20 to near $100. (Some of the people bidding are, put nicely, a bit cracked for the prices they are willing to pay) A-1's seem less common but still easily obtainable. Perhaps people really did find the LED viewfinder obnoxious. I happen to like it though the FE/FE2 match needle is still my second favorite next to the K1000 style needle. The AE-1/P takes some getting used to; it's not a meter really, it just shows what aperture the camera suggests/wants to use. The negative for me is there is no shutter speed in the viewfinder and with the Program, set on P you have no idea what shutter speed the camera is using. Me no likee. However, I still have six (I know I got a few more around here, lol) and I enjoy using them.

Like any mechanical device the AE series (including the A-1) has some quirks and weak spots. Shutter flywheel squeak to name one and some of mine were good to go even (apparently) sitting in a closet for 20+ years after some light TLC. Others needed a little more and my favorites go to my camera guys for a CLA like all my others. (Someday I'll send that Super Program I have sitting here to Eric...been meaning to do that) and why would I spend $100+ on a 20 dollar camera? Same reason I spent probably three times what I paid for my 1985 Ford repairing it over the almost 30 years I owned it!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-11-2014, 08:04 AM  
Lens storage.... how do YOU do it?
Posted By dubiousone
Replies: 25
Views: 3,074
Drawers....One for Canon and junk, one for Pentax, one for Nikon, one for digital...crap, out of drawers! for the stuff I'm using, one for stuff that I don't have room for in the drawers, a suitcase I got at goodwill with some really cool Nikon gear for the 'future-fixit-projects' some plastic tubs for this and that....geez, I need a bigger house!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-11-2014, 07:56 AM  
Why do you still do film?
Posted By dubiousone
Replies: 236
Views: 24,797
Man, you guys...LOL.
I still shoot film because I love to! I like the look, printed film shots just look better to me than the same with digital. I'm rather old fashioned when it comes to post; other than resize or fix dust spots I haven't learned it because I prefer to get it right in the camera first. Film helps me do this. I prefer optical viewfinders and yes, the forever DOF with cell cameras is stupid. No creativity there a-tall.

I've recently discovered medium format too; Mamiya M645 although if I fine a Pentax...
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-05-2014, 06:50 PM  
Pentax ME Super needs help
Posted By dubiousone
Replies: 7
Views: 4,805
The film takeup spool on the ME is different; instead of several slots that each have a 'nub' that engages the film sprocket hole and pulls it on to the spool, the ME has little white sticks. You can't just stick the film between two and go, you have to stick the leader through the whole thing, under several of those sticks to get the leader to stay. Remember to align the film correctly.

The mirror sticking may just be the foam. a service will fix that.

Yes, it seems unwise to spend 100+ bucks on a thirty dollar camera but remember all of these cameras were precision made, very technical and back in the day, cost several hundred dollars. The cameras I used to lust after and couldn't afford thirty years ago I can buy by the box load on many auction sites for darned near nothing! I have a Super Program that is going to Eric for a CLA soon and several of my other cameras I paid well over twice what I paid for the thing getting them serviced. I recently picked up a really super clean Nikon FE2. I mean from the outside this thing looks like new. Paid too much for it but I really wanted it. And just my luck, I get it and the foam is deteriorated, the mirror is stuck up AND....someone stuck a finger in the shutter it looks like. No broken glass, everything I can see/fiddle with looks right and except for the shutter and foam, looks like it ought to work. I'm sure I'll get the goofy-eye from my camera guy when I take it to him because I know it will cost to have that shutter replaced. But it will take really nice pictures when I get it working!!

Perhaps I'm just an old guy; I don't deal well with this throwaway idea. If it's broke, fix it. For equipment like Pentax especially, they were built really well. Just like my old Ford truck, I probably spent three times what I paid for the thing in 1085 on maintenance over the three decades I had it. I still miss that truck!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-29-2014, 08:06 AM  
Lens and filters for protection
Posted By dubiousone
Replies: 17
Views: 2,100
I generally run with a filter to protect the lens. You can get clear but the most common are the UV and even though digital doesn't need it I don't think it hurts anything to use them. I prefer Tiffen and Hoya but the other brands are probably just as good.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-20-2014, 08:46 PM  
where should I develop film?
Posted By dubiousone
Replies: 16
Views: 4,165
I have a Walgreens a block from the house; they never were very impressive being a Fuji machine manned by high schoolers with a manual. That being said, the machines developed the film which is pretty bulletproof IF the machine is working correctly. Printing is another matter. Most 'machine prints' are generic with little correction but the automatic functions of the machine themselves may or may not be what you want. Generally, they are ok but there's folks who prefer to do their own printing because they have more control over the finished product. Think art. For most of us this is perfectly adequate.

I choose NOT to use Walgreens because they are going to a central processing facility (sending it out) and you DON'T get the negatives back, only prints and prints on CD. No way jose!

I have a local guy, has the Fuji machines of course, only does color but he's an old time camera guy who also does studio work and a lot of other stuff so when he prints stuff, he does make small corrections. He can also do prints and if you tell him what you're looking for, he can do that too. There's places that do pretty efficient mail order, drop the cassette into a mailer and in a few days you have your stuff back.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-09-2014, 09:07 AM  
Some Tips for Newbies on Buying Cheaper Used Lenses Online
Posted By dubiousone
Replies: 30
Views: 4,542
Very good post!
Bidding strategy aside, there are some deals to be found. Those older lenses are generally of excellent quality and manual focus on a DSLR is no big deal. On my D50 it is ,just a pain to get correct focus, my N90 is sweet as is the N2020 but my K100DS, yeah, now that's sweet! Couple of extra steps to get it to meter but...

When bidding, the trick is not to get caught up in the auction. Recently I saw a Pentax X-5 go for $300, a pair of Canon FTb's and off brand lenses go for $450 and then a Pentax MX with a 50/1.7 go for $35. Erk?!?

Guess your max bid and stick to it. Unless its a rare something, don't go over when the auction starts climbing into the clouds. When that something that you really want, and this is the hard part, starts climbing away from your max remember that somewhere down the line there will be an even better whatsit at a better price. And no competition!
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