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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-09-2021, 03:34 PM  
Dead Pentax LX
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 28
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They did a CLA and adjusted the view screen for proper position and thus proper focus on my Bronica S2a. Not a simple camera to work on! Excellent work. I'll check with them for my 3 LXs. I wonder if they give a volume discount.....:)
Forum: General Photography 10-26-2021, 03:28 PM  
Cataract experiences?
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 11
Views: 540
Thanks for the info. I feel reassured that I'll be able to use my now-blurred right eye in the familiar manner. Now to regain my sense of smell, which packed it in during 2019 - following some strange olfactory illusions!
Forum: General Photography 10-26-2021, 01:50 PM  
Cataract experiences?
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 11
Views: 540
Please move this thread if needed.

I am facing cataract operations in the near future. My dominant eye, the right, looks like looking through a really dirty filter - all is blurred. Since virtually all cameras are designed for right handed and right eyed users, I wonder what to do? Some of my SLRs and DSLRs have a diopter adjustment or can accept an attachment to the eyepiece, those may work out well, but probably not my Canon P rangefinder or my Contax IIa rangefinder.
I'd appreciate any suggestions from the other old guys out there! Many thanks in advance.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 10-26-2021, 01:17 PM  
Pentax analog spot meter?
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 5
Views: 858
Try George Milton of Quality Light Metric here in Los Angeles. If anybody has the bulb/parts it's going to be him.

Old school - no website - no email (that I know of). All the film studios, pros and local camera repair shops use him to repair their meters.
Forum: General Talk 07-09-2021, 03:01 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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I have a Nikon F4 with the Nikkor f1.4 autofocus lens wending its way to me. And, as befits a Pentaxian, a gently used K-1 mark 2 and its matching battery grip just now ordered. That K-1 should be an imposing beast with my f1.2 50mm. Good for available darkness work.
Gotta get a grip on this GAS problem.......but later!:lol:
Forum: General Talk 10-21-2020, 05:48 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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I have a Praktica LTL, branded Haminex. I bought in the late 70s, I think, and used it heavily for years until I went to a Pentax MX. I dug it out a few weeks ago, and the shutter sounds right. I haven't checked the meter, but I imagine it will be fine. BTW since the meter uses a bridge circuit a 1.55v silver oxide cell will work fine as opposed to the original spec mercury cell at 1.35v. The rather good f1.8 lens it came with needs a CLA, the diaphragm is sluggish, it will focus down to about 1 foot. Why most TTL metered SLRs won't focus closer than 1 meter is incomprehensible.
Prakticas are rugged. I bounced mine off a side walk at least once, and it still worked fine. The stop down metering implementation is excellent, none of this foolish slide switch too common with Pentax Spotmatics and most other marques with stop down metering. The LTL and its brethren don't have the fine fit and finish of Spotties, but they are serviceable tools which, like the old Timex watches, will take a beating and keep on ticking.
Forum: General Talk 10-08-2020, 10:49 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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A nice piece of kit! IIRC the winder for the ME Super will fit, if you remove the handle....and then can keep track of it!
Forum: General Talk 10-06-2020, 07:24 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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Somewhere I saw a very old Popular Mechanics article or some such on how to cook a meal on your car's exhaust manifold while driving...
Forum: General Talk 10-01-2020, 12:49 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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Certainly if washed down with a good English ale! :p
Forum: General Talk 09-28-2020, 03:58 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 24,099
Views: 1,835,512
Look for a very small crochet hook tool. They are finely finished, and the hook is ideal for snaging a perforation, and little chance of scratching things.
Forum: General Talk 09-18-2020, 08:25 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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I wouldn't give it a second thought, if everything else, including the price, is right with the lens. As far as resale a properly informed buyer shoudn't be concerned.
Cheers
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 08-07-2020, 08:12 AM  
Komaflex S CLA/repair - any suggestions?
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 4
Views: 611
While not a Pentax camera, I hope the friendly folks here can lend a hand.
I have a Komaflex S. It is a leaf shutter single lens reflex using 127 roll film. It sports a sharp 4 element f2.8 lens, automatic diaphragm, auto film stop - set the first frame with a red window - and very nice handling. Super slides from127 film are spectacular
My example needs at a minimum a CLA. Many years ago the diaphragm refused to stop down: Instant overexposure! Even with the small selection of 127 film and the exorbitant prices I'd still like to put this shelf queen back to work.
A shop which had done an excellent job on my WerraMatic said he refuses to work on the Komaflex S. Any suggestions for a good shop?
Forum: General Talk 08-01-2020, 08:26 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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I've looked at the mr 9 adapter. Trouble is the Photomic finder requires 2 cells, so I'd be laying out $80. I'm looking into repair shops which could install the diode or diodes for a reasonable sum, that is to say, less than $80.:)
Forum: General Talk 08-01-2020, 01:14 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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Pretty much on impulse I bought a Photomic finder for my Nikon F. The finder is in excellent condition, and the price was right. Of course this finder uses mercury cells; adapters to use zinc air cells to replace the Px 13 cells are available and "cheap." I've also seen a YouTube video demonstrating how to install a diode to drop the 1.5 v from silver oxide cells to the 1.35 needed by the meter.
I'm not sure I want to attempt that procedure! Anyone know of adapters which would contain the diode and would thus be drop in replacements?
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 07-13-2020, 02:09 PM  
Anyone use the Pentax right angle finder on their 645?
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 21
Views: 1,422
I forgot to add in my post about right angle finders for 35mm Pentaxes, the finder for the K mount cameras has a diopter adjustment, and a selectable 1x or 2x magnification, really useful for critical focusing. A correction to my earlier post: The angle finder for the M 42 cameras also fits the first K mount cameras, the K-2, KX, KM, and the K 1000.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 07-12-2020, 03:18 PM  
Anyone use the Pentax right angle finder on their 645?
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 21
Views: 1,422
An refconverter is also handy with my 645n and my LX and my K-5 (none of which have tilt screens) for avoiding full tripod extension and/or using the center pole when taking landscapes, portraits, etc.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 07-12-2020, 02:09 PM  
Anyone use the Pentax right angle finder on their 645?
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 21
Views: 1,422
See my review on the angle finder for the 645n. I use it for close ups so I don't have to lie on the ground! Note that the threads mounting the finder to the camera's eyepiece are pretty fine in pitch. Cross threading it could result in an expensive repair, if the camera threads were damaged. The angle finders for the K mount and M42 finders just slip onto the slotted eyepiece - simple, quick, and very unlikely to damage anything. BTW, K mount and M42 angle finders are NOT interchangeable. IIRC the K mount finder will interchange with the OM series film Olympus cameras.
If you find one cheaply, why not buy it??:)
Forum: General Talk 07-07-2020, 03:42 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 24,099
Views: 1,835,512
I've kept original boxes for many things: My Acoustic Research ES-1 turntable, my Klipsch Forte speakers, my Harmon Kardon HK 590 receiver. Makes a move easier and assures the safety of the gear. On the HK 590: I took it in for a repair, IN ITS BOX. When I went to pick it up it was wrapped in clear plastic, but no box! I insisted that the shop find MY BOX! They looked unhappy, but they did find it. The lesson: INSIST that the repair folks return the original carton! Oh, BTW. The ES-1 shipping box says not to use the USPS for the 'table. Generally my experience with USPS has been pretty good, with FedEX, not so good. UPS generally very good. Of course, YMMV.
Forum: Non-Pentax: Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. 02-14-2020, 02:49 PM  
Minolta Autocord 2 1/4" x 2 1/4"...... ?
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 14
Views: 1,042
I have an Autocord with the built in meter, which works! Amazing! But the meter is a PITA to use. The comments about the focus lever are accurate; it is made of an alloy which has been known to break. I also own a YashicaMat w. meter, and an Zeiss Ikon Ikoflex. Of the three the Autocord I find the most user friendly, as always YMMV.
Many users have compared it favorably to the Rolleicord, and to f3.5 models of the Rolleiflex. although it lacks the "automatic" film loading of the 'flex, using instead a "semi" automatic loading, with automatic film stop. See Mike Butkus' Orphan Cameras site for a pfd of an instruction manual. I'd suggest that the OP load it up and give it a test drive. You might decide to buy it for yourself.
Forum: General Photography 12-16-2019, 12:02 PM  
Sally Mann exhibition in Atlanta closes early - building leak
Posted By grhazelton
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Views: 545
Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings High Museum of Art
I know that those of us in the Atlanta area, like me, will be disappointed in losing the chance to see this important exhibition.
Forum: General Talk 12-08-2019, 10:40 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
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An Accura fisheye in M 42 mount is on its way to me, as is a M 42 to K adapter. While I can use the Accura on my Spotmatic F, I think it would be even nicer on my LX. Or I could try it on my K 5. Now, as soon as the adapter arrives I'll find the one I bought long ago. It is somewhere in the tidal pool of my photo gear, where things appear and then disappear, as if synced with the tide.:)
Forum: General Talk 11-16-2019, 12:35 AM  
What music are you currently listening to?
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 8,977
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Jan Sibelius: Finlandia, orchestra and chorus. This follows Earnest Bloch, A Voice in the Wilderness, and Ralph Vaughan Williams: Variations on Dives and Lazarus.
Now, J S Bach Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-30-2019, 04:41 PM  
camera recomendation
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 18
Views: 1,331
I have both the KX and the MX. In fact, three of the MX! One chrome, one black, and one as a parts camera. My problem with the MX has been its newly acquired insatiable appetite for batteries. My first one gave me a year or two, then suddenly only a month or two. An Atlanta repair shop was unable to fix the problem, despite being given carte blanche to keep the camera long enough to determine if it were fixed. Sad. The MX is a delightful box. Small, interchangeable screens, a winder, etc, etc. With the winder and a fast 50 it is a great street camera . If you can find them and afford the accessories make it a full system. But the stiff shutter dial is a bummer for quick shots.
The KX feels like a workhorse. Solid. Hefty. It is all that the K-1000 should have been. Center weighted meter, shutter and f stop visible in VF, DOF preview, mirror lockup.... If it had interchangeable screens and a winder/motor it would be nearly perfect! Some folks feel the MX and its cousins the ME are too small. But... if you're left handed or left eyed you have problems with the KX. The meter turn on is via the wind lever; good for us right eyed folk, but a poke in the for lefties. My clean KX was just over $100 WITH a spotless f 1.4. Given the overpriced K 1000's here in the Atlanta area (probably influenced by local colleges) the K X is a screaming bargain...if you can find one!
Forum: General Talk 10-05-2019, 11:10 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 24,099
Views: 1,835,512
For my Canon P a 35mm f2 in almost mint condition. It came with the adapter for the Leica M mount cameras, as if I could afford one! For my trusty Pentax K 5 a Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 constant aperture zoom. My first lens with the HSM focusing - sweet! Sure am glad that this lens and my Sigma 10-20 f4 can share filters, those 77mm beauties aren't cheap! Wouldn't it be nice if Sigma and others would furnish the little pop-out (and easily lost!) port for adjusting a polarizer?
Forum: General Talk 09-30-2019, 03:31 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By grhazelton
Replies: 24,099
Views: 1,835,512
Just don't let her heft the package! A two pound "filter" is a little hard to swallow.....
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