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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 3 Hours Ago  
Now in stereo!
Posted By TomB_tx
Replies: 11
Views: 437
I used a Stereo Realist 35 mm camera for some years in the early 1960s before I switched to an H1a. Stereo slides were quite popular through the 1950s, and the Realist was my dad’s only camera. I still have his 20+ year collection of Kodachrome slides from all over the world, along with his 3-D projector, etc. Brings back memories.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 2 Days Ago  
Posted By TomB_tx
Replies: 8
Views: 474
It's also common on these old cameras for the wire connecting to the battery terminal under the bottom cover to break off from corrosion. Easy to remove the cover and see, resolder if needed.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-12-2020, 06:47 PM  
Very salty boi right now...
Posted By TomB_tx
Replies: 14
Views: 786
For 50 years I've always rewound fully, then opened the cassette. In old days most cassettes had snap on ends so they could be removed by rapping the spool end on a counter. Nowadays all are crimped in place so you need a bottle opener to pry the cap off - which I still do. I have a stock of reloadable cassettes for bulk loading - even a few Asahi ones, which are very nice.
I always felt that running the film back and forth through the felt light trap more than necessary was just asking for scratches from trapped dirt.
My old Liecas, Nikons, & Canons have special cassettes without the felt seals - the cassette is opened in the camera by the bottom latch key so nothing touches the film going in and out of the cassette. Old Contax RFs used the same idea.
You can still get commercial reloadable cassettes where the end caps either snap or screw on.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-12-2020, 05:18 AM  
$ony A7 Compact FF
Posted By TomB_tx
Replies: 38
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I have an A7 body primarily for using my Pentax-M lenses, which were intended for the smaller ME-MX bodies. They work very well on the A7. The Sony menus & such don't bother me, as I have it set the way I want and don't mess with them.
I'm not as steady at 74 as I was when the MX was new, so I may get an A7III body to replace the plain A7.
I have no interest in new (autofocus) lenses, so the small body is ideal for me.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 09-10-2020, 05:05 AM  
Scanning 35mm negatives
Posted By TomB_tx
Replies: 10
Views: 869
I've used Static Master brushes to remove dust from negatives for about 50 years. The soft brush removes the dust, and it incorporates a polonium strip near the bristles that reduces the static charge that attracts dust.
I also use an anti-static cloth from Ilford to clean the glass on both the Epson base and lid.
That's the most effective method I've found.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-04-2020, 09:42 AM  
Is there a market for Canon FD lenses anymore?
Posted By TomB_tx
Replies: 22
Views: 822
I still have a number of FL lenses (a generation before FD), as well as a few FD and R lenses (Canon R were the first generation Canon SLR lenses for the Canonflex of 1959.) and working film bodies for each generation. The F1 was the last Canon that appealed to me.
I use these sometime on an adapter to Sony A7, but more often use my Pentax-M lenses as they are a better size for the camera.
These early Canon lenses tend to get slow automatic diaphragms, giving over exposure on the Canon bodies (which is why I sold my Canon system in 1969), but this isn't an issue adapted to mirrorless. The FL especially are still flare-prone.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-28-2020, 10:22 AM  
Canon R5 under development plus 9 news RF lenses in 2020
Posted By TomB_tx
Replies: 293
Views: 13,441
Yes - last of the classic models that founded the company. Their goal back then was to surpass Leica (which then was still one of the biggest), and the IV SB2 was arguably better quality than the Leica thread-mount cameras. But Leica came out with the M3 (and later M models) which the other RF companies couldn't match, so Nikon, Canon, and others switched to SLRs. Canon did come out with several new series of rangefinders until about 1968, but adding features also added bulk and quality slipped as they left the proven designs behind. They launched their Canonflex SLR in 1959 (as Nikon did the F), which was a VERY well made camera, but Nikon had a more complete line of lenses and focused on a single model (F) for years, while Canon always made tiered models to try and sell to every market segment.
They designed fresh to the Pellix and FT (not quite pro-level but big sellers - even I bought an FT) but didn't really take off huge until electronics were added (EOS).

Like the old Leicas the IV SB2 was small, solid, all metal and precise. A delight to use - except for the tiny peep-hole VF if you wore glasses.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-28-2020, 08:23 AM  
Canon R5 under development plus 9 news RF lenses in 2020
Posted By TomB_tx
Replies: 293
Views: 13,441
I still vote for the Canon IV SB2 - a real jewel to handle, better than the competing Leica IIIf for the time.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 08-28-2020, 06:46 AM  
Slide and neg scanner....
Posted By TomB_tx
Replies: 16
Views: 1,647
I used an Epson V700 for some years, until it developed communication problems (would stop repeatedly in the midst of a batch scan), so I replaced it with a V850 which works very well. I scan B&W almost exclusively, as I get good color scans from the lab I use for processing color. I scan several formats including 35mm. I typically shoot 24 exposure rolls on 35 mm, so it takes me about an hour to develop and dry a roll, then I load into a V700 carrier (which holds all 24 shots - although without ANR glass like the V850 18 exp carrier), start a batch scan and do something else while it scans. I scan to a LAN drive, and can check progress and view images on my iPAD from another room.
I generally use films which don't curl (bow) much, but if the film has curl using the V850 carrier with glass will flatten it for better across the frame sharpness.
I usually scan at 3200 which gives good results for my use. If I find an exceptional shot and want to print it, I'll dust off the enlarger and do a wet print.
The Epson does very well with 6x6, 6x7 and larger, and also fine with 4x4 (127 film) with a 3rd party adapter to hold the negatives.
I also have adapters to hold sub-mini formats (16mm & Minox 8x11mm). I'm finishing shooting a Minox roll now and will compare how it scans to the results from Blue Moon. I expect the scans won't be great, but will let me select shots to go into my Minox enlarger.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-24-2020, 09:47 AM  
Does Sensor Size REALLY Matter? Camera Sensor Size Comparison - Part Two
Posted By TomB_tx
Replies: 11
Views: 594
Agree with you on another (cheaper) MF FF digital. The M10 is ideal for all my old Leica lenses, but my SLR lenses use the Sony. The Sony colors haven't bothered me much, as an old slide film shooter we just got what the film recorded, and films were all different. I do as little post work as possible - sick of computers, which is why I'm retired.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-22-2020, 05:31 PM  
Does Sensor Size REALLY Matter? Camera Sensor Size Comparison - Part Two
Posted By TomB_tx
Replies: 11
Views: 594
Since I use only my old manua focus 35mm film camera lenses, sensor size for me affects mainly the FOV. I used 20 - 35mm lenses a lot on film, and I want a sensor that doesn't crop the FOV I'm used to. I don't fine IQ much of a factor.
I lost the wide end with my K5 on these lenses, got it back with an A7
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-05-2020, 10:27 AM  
Posted By TomB_tx
Replies: 28
Views: 1,526
Some cameras offer low ISO setting that are below the native performance of the sensor. (Digital Leica M models for example) This allows shooting fast lenses wide open in brighter light. In this case the image suffers at the pull setting by reduced dynamic range. Best IQ is at the true native ISO of the sensor.
However, I’m amazed at how well some of today’s cameras can do at higher ISO settings.I shoot mainly indoors, and now shoot my M10 often at 3200 with very nice results - I think better than my M9 at 640.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-01-2020, 05:51 PM  
"Dead" Kodak Instamatic 124: This has to stop!
Posted By TomB_tx
Replies: 35
Views: 1,551
Should be fun! I remember getting an Instamatic when they came out. I'd been using a 127 Brownie Holiday Flash, so the Instamatic seemed high tech, with modern styling and flash cubes! The 127 Brownie then went into a home-made plexiglass underwater housing that I used around the Michigan lakes - until I drifted down a drop-off in Torch Lake and it imploded at about 100 ft. Then my dad gave me a 35mm Stereo Realist and my 35mm days started in 3-D. I used the Realist into college, then got an H1a.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-27-2020, 06:38 PM  
Pentax 67 and other analogue 35 and MF slr
Posted By TomB_tx
Replies: 56
Views: 2,151
I mainly use the same models of film cameras I’ve used for 50 years, but when prices were low a decade ago picked up some I used to drool over, such as a 500C, Rolleiflex TLR, original Nikon F, Exakta, and even Kodak folders from the early 1900s in 127,120, and 616 sizes. Filled in the cracks with Japanese TLRs in 120 & 127, and of course a Pentax 6x7.
I enjoy shooting Medium Format, and especially the waist level VF for the different perspective it gives. While the 6x7 lenses are about the best, I enjoy the simple 3.5 Rollei for its light weight and smooth quiet operation.
The 6x7 forms the core of my physical fitness program.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-27-2020, 05:07 PM  
K1000 lenses for a novice
Posted By TomB_tx
Replies: 21
Views: 985
I’ve been shooting indoors “available light” without flash for over 50 years. While I’ve had f1.4 and f1.2 lenses, I have preferred the results with an f2.0 to f1.7 lens, and have used these most of the time, normally with 400 speed film. (Although in the 1960s often used a special developer to give TriX an effective 1200 speed for indoor sports.) I find that even stopped down to f2 the Pentax 50 f1.4 K mount lens has less even sharpness across the field than the slower lenses at the same aperture. The larger, fast lenses look more impressive on the camera, if that is important to you. I think the 50 f1.7 SMC M lens is the best performing Pentax 50 of that time period.
These days for digital I use a $6K Leica camera usually with f2.5 50 & 35mm lenses, in spite of owning more expensive f1.4 lenses in both focal lengths. I prefer the smaller size of the slower lenses, and the image quality can’t be beat.
It is harder to correct optical aberrations in faster lenses.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 07-23-2020, 04:34 PM  
Got Squirrel Shots? (In memorial of Rupert)
Posted By TomB_tx
Replies: 2,739
Views: 235,842
We finally have a couple squirrels back in the yard. It took some months, but one finally figured out how to get on top of the anti-squirrel-guard on the feeder, and he was chowing down as fast as he could.
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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-20-2020, 06:05 AM  
Honeywell Pentax H1a
Posted By TomB_tx
Replies: 8
Views: 764
My first SLR was an H1a in 1965. A friend who used Leica was impressed with the precision feel of the 55 f2 lens, and also with the sharpness as we made some 20x30” prints. I gave the H1a to my brother-in-law in the late ‘60s when I moved to Leica. I missed the great feel of the H1a - and lenses I could afford, so when the ME/MX came out added one as my everyday camera.
After I retired 11 years ago found a nice H1a and had Eric do a full tear down and CLA. He noted that all speeds including 1/1000 were fine, as the 1/1000 is not calibrated separately - the special 1/500 dial was just for marketing so people would pay more for the H3v.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-16-2020, 06:24 PM  
A question about ES/ES II/Spotmatic F
Posted By TomB_tx
Replies: 7
Views: 553
I wouldn't be leery of fabric shutters. I have Leica models from 1929, 1932, and 1935 and the shutters are still working fine. The only valid weakness is on a rangefinder camera where there is no mirror in front of the shutter, letting the lens point toward the sun with a wide open lens can indeed burn holes in the silk fabric. But even with these RF cameras, once you get in the habit of not letting the lens point up, there is no problem.
There can be issues with the fabric ribbons on the curtains, but that's also very rare.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 07-16-2020, 04:25 PM  
Ok, shoot it to me straight....
Posted By TomB_tx
Replies: 9
Views: 565
I would have preferred the M10D - but once I had the M10 couldn't justify (or afford) it. I hardly use the rear LCD anyway.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 07-16-2020, 09:00 AM  
Ok, shoot it to me straight....
Posted By TomB_tx
Replies: 9
Views: 565
M10 is my favorite digital, as I've been using Leica M cameras since 1968, all my old Leica lenses work fine on the M10, and using it feels the same as my old Leicas (which is a good thing). Today Leica announced the M10R - which is basically the same camera with a 41 MP sensor, better dynamic range, etc. I'll stick with the M10.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 07-13-2020, 08:49 AM  
Minolta XG-M....Reasons to be not cheerful parts 1,2 and 3
Posted By TomB_tx
Replies: 17
Views: 2,373
Let's hear it for all-mechanical cameras! My 1929 Leica is still going strong, as is my H1a after a simple CLA.
Even the SRT101 is a pretty easy camera to work on - before LEDs and flex circuits.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 07-11-2020, 04:48 PM  
PIXII Your dream camera was created
Posted By TomB_tx
Replies: 17
Views: 776
RF window spacing is wrong - too close together on the Pixii - so wonít focus by RF. But scale focus could work.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 07-08-2020, 06:45 AM  
PIXII Your dream camera was created
Posted By TomB_tx
Replies: 17
Views: 776
I don't use auto-mis-focus on any camera, so M mount is fine for me for 135mm and wider. However, the rangefinder base length of the PIXII is so short I'd limit it to 90 minimum f4 or 50 minimum f2 and shorter lenses. A rangefinder focuses fine with ultra-wide lenses (I use 21 on Leica), but for precise framing you need an accessory finder - so focus with the RF, shift your eye to the VF and frame - but I can usually judge the 21 FOV well enough to skip the accessory finder. One shortcoming with ultra wide is the minimum focus distance of about 28" with an RF, but some lenses focus closer even though the RF won't track that close.
I agree the price of the PIXII (an unproven model and mfgr) is high enough that a used digital Leica is more attractive. It's "gadgety" enough to attract the younger set, and the easy transfer of images to a phone will win over some as well, as that is weak in Leica. (I still prefer film, so I'm not a target customer.)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-08-2020, 06:15 AM  
My old P/K lenses are dumb in every respect, is that normal?
Posted By TomB_tx
Replies: 16
Views: 1,316
Iíve been using a base A7 with adapters as a digital solution for my manual Pentax (and other) lenses since the A7 became available. I donít mess with settings, so the menus, etc donít bother me. Spot meter, lock exposure and reframe. The EVF focuses well without aids even at moderate apertures, so I donít bother opening up to focus. The EVF stays bright in dim light or with lens stopped down, so I find dim light focusing easier than with an LX or MX. The M lenses are a good size for this camera. I havenít used my K5 since getting it.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 07-07-2020, 09:54 AM  
PIXII Your dream camera was created
Posted By TomB_tx
Replies: 17
Views: 776
If it was a 35mm film rangefinder with M mount I'd be interested; but the Zeiss Ikon ZM did that already, with a viewfinder better than Leica. Still didn't sell well.
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