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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-09-2012, 10:03 AM  
Unscrewing mount
Posted By urje
Replies: 10
Views: 1,075
Glasbak: up or down makes no difference, and I can see a bit of liquid on one of the blades. I got the idea that this is the proper route from this site: The Classic Camera Repair Forum: Sticky Aperture - Pentax-M 28mm 2.8 Although I won't be surprised if I can't fix it (or at least not for long), I'd like to try anyway, there's nothing to lose...
Steve: bookmarked! that site seems a lot better than the sketchy 'console and mobile phone tools'-websites I keep running into.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-09-2012, 02:43 AM  
Unscrewing mount
Posted By urje
Replies: 10
Views: 1,075
Thanks for the good advice, all! The alcohol I already tried, the hairdryer is up next, as soon as I find a JIS screwdriver. They don't seem to be readily available in Europe, but if I read this jis , it's exactly the problem I'm experiencing. The heads are not stripped yet, but they're also not virgin anymore. We'll see whether it's already too late.

Oh well, I guess I'll just throw the $40 lens away then. And I do think the way to get to the diaphragm is to unscrew the mount and rear lens element, but if you have a better suggestion, I'd be happy to hear it :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-08-2012, 11:31 AM  
Unscrewing mount
Posted By urje
Replies: 10
Views: 1,075
Hey all, I've got an M35/2.8 with a dirty aperture, so I want to open it up and clean it out. However, the screws that hold the mount seem to be particularly stubborn on this one. I might have already worn them out, but as far as I can see, the screws are mostly wearing out my screwdriver. I'm using a philips head 000 which seems to fit perfectly, but maybe I'm missing something. Is there some trick to loosen up these screws?
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-05-2012, 03:56 PM  
I cheated on Pentax (but we're good now)
Posted By urje
Replies: 5
Views: 1,106
Ha, well, I can always do that when I run out of Pentax lenses I still would like to try :)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-05-2012, 03:46 PM  
I cheated on Pentax (but we're good now)
Posted By urje
Replies: 5
Views: 1,106
Oh sure, I didn't mean to turn this into a NEX bashing thread, as I was quite fond of the thing, and also of the handling with old lenses. But if I'm sharing lenses between my film and digital bodies, I think I'd pick a pentax dslr over a nex+k-adapter any time.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-05-2012, 03:14 PM  
I cheated on Pentax (but we're good now)
Posted By urje
Replies: 5
Views: 1,106
Short version: I tried to ditch my pentax film/digital kit in favor of a NEX-3 and Voigtlander rangefinder with Leica lenses, but wasn't impressed.

Hey all, I thought you might be interested in the little experiment I did over the last few months. Although I had little to complain about with my film/digital Pentax collection, I've got a thing for all things small and classy and niche, so I wanted to try a rangefinder.

The idea was that I like to have a versatile kit to shoot both film and digital photos in a compact package. For a typical holiday I would bring my K-x, Super programme, DA21ltd, A50/1.7, and M85/2 or M135/3.5. So I collected a more or less equivalent package with a NEX-3, Voigtlander R3A, NEX 16/2.8, Leica Summicron-c 40/2, and Leica Elmar-C 90/4 (totalling around 1400 euro) to see what would happen. Here's some impressions:

-Size and weight: The Pentax set weighs around 1,8 kg, NEX/voigt weighs 1,3 kg. A big difference when carrying around this stuff in a messenger bag all day. Put on a table the size difference is obvious as well, but in practice size doesn't matter too much: my bag becomes a bit thicker and that's it.

-Image quality: Not much difference really. the Sony 16 has pincushion distortion which i found really annoying (stretched corners are my main issue with wideangles, i often prefer fisheyes for 'natural' perspective), but then again, it's much wider than the 21ltd. The Leica 40/2 has pretty bad bokeh, but I really like the focal length on both film and crop cameras. The Leica 90 is really sharp and nice, but slow. the M100/2.8 I once had was about as sharp and small, and a stop faster. The M85/2 isn't as sharp, but more versatile due to its speed and I really like its character wide open.
Every once in a while I'm thinking I'd like to do a little more with video, and with this experiment I realised that in-body IS is a big deal: NEX with anything longer than the 16mm gives useless handheld footage.

-Handling: well, as I was new to rangefinders, I did have to get used to it. Often I'd forget about the focusing for a quick shot, as the image in the VF looked just fine, resulting in out of focus shots. Obviously, that's a newbie thing to do, but RFs just have fewer visual cues than SLRs. Another thing is the framelines, which are set by the user. As I only had 40 and 90 lenses, the right framelines were in all the time, but I still had to remember which to use. I didn't mess up, but that's another thing to remember. Also, the framelines are not nearly as accurate as an SLR viewfinder, and I found framing of 90mm shots awkward with so much in view but not in the picture. When walking around with the voigtlander around my neck, it had a tendency to rotate until the lens pointed upwards - a little annoying, and I had no idea how to fix that, except for holding the camera in my hands.
On the digital side, the NEX works well. Focus peaking is very convenient for focusing manual lenses, and I didn't have any issues with the LCD blacking out in full sunlight. The flip-up display works nice for shooting in different angles. However, I did miss simply using a viewfinder a few times, and I didn't enjoy the lack of buttons on the camera, as that meant they'd do something different depending on the shooting mode and attached lens.

-Future plans: Although I'd really like to have a few lenses I know very well, there's always dreams for later. Perhaps a NEX-7, so I could have a viewfinder again, or a fast (f/1.2 or so) fifty, or a longer tele, or a faster portrait lens (the elmarit 90/2.8 was on the top of my list), but the problem is that once you have the Sony 16 and the Leica 40/2 and 90/4, most of the bargains (save some exotic russians) are already in the bag - the rest is awefully expensive. With Pentax, there's little (cheap) choice on the wide end of the spectrum (beyond 28mm), but for the rest it's much, much cheaper than anything NEX or Leica/Voigtlander.

So in the end, I figured the Voigt/NEX combination could be nice, if I'd take the time to get used to it. There would most likely be some benefits to that system compared to Pentax, but as far as I could see for now, they'd be minor. And there would be at least as many benefits to the Pentax system. So I kept asking myself why I was trying so hard to like the Voigt/NEX, while there was little wrong with the Pentax kit.
Two weeks later, I've sold most of the stuff I bought for the experiment, and it looks like I'll even make a little profit on it. Last weekend the Pentax gods rewarded me for my decision when I found a perfectly working MX with Vivitar Series One 28/1.9 in a camera shop for 60 euro! For the rest of the money, I'm thinking about getting the first K50/1.2 that I can find, a more sensible 28 or 35, a decent film scanner, and a pair of running shoes to lose the extra weight in my bag somewhere else... and the other half I'll save for the summer holidays :)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-02-2011, 03:45 AM  
Sticky: The traveling nifty 50mm
Posted By urje
Replies: 1,753
Views: 451,797
Hey Icy,
I think you'd better go back a few pages for that list, there's been a lot more recent one made (at least by me, and probably by some others after me as well...)
have fun with the nifty!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-06-2011, 06:13 AM  
Super Program meter / half press question
Posted By urje
Replies: 13
Views: 2,959
In that case, I think I'll write a review for the camera by the time I'm a little more familiar with it, so people are more likely to find this info than if it's just in this obscure threat. :)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-05-2011, 02:16 PM  
Super Program meter / half press question
Posted By urje
Replies: 13
Views: 2,959
Thanks for all these replies!
Bill, turning the super P on doesn't trigger the meter, and it doesn't have any AE-L that I know of, but your reply did get me playing around with it a bit more, and it turns out the backlight button does turn the meter on. Even if that drains the battery more than I'd like, getting a bunch of spare batteries will be a lot cheaper than sending it in for repair just for the half-press issue. So I loaded it up with a roll of TMax 400 and now it's 36 clicks till I know how it works.
Gashog, that shutter bugs me too. I'm not sure if it's the same, but this Super P has a 1/2000s shutter like the K2 does, and both are much more noisy than the OM-1n. But well, the 1/2000s is useful sometimes, so as you say, none of them are perfect.

I really like these cameras are a lot smaller than dSLRs. what matters most for me is the depth, and these old film cameras are much shorter from film plane to back than my DS and K-x are: the difference is about 20mm. That's the difference between being more or less pocketable, and not being pocketable. One step further would be one of the inexpensive fixed lens rangefinders: they're still 20mm less deep. So maybe my next camera will be a Canonet QL17, Olympus RD or Yashica GSN. LBA/CBA never stops, it just shifts...
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-03-2011, 12:47 PM  
Super Program meter / half press question
Posted By urje
Replies: 13
Views: 2,959
Ah yes, I should also have said "my father's OM-1"... I already know I love film, it's just that I find the costs per shot hard to swallow... I think the scanner just about halves it, and getting film online and developing myself will reduce it a bit further still. Too bad we don't have in europe.

Your praise for the MV is tempting, but I think I'm more likely to get an ME super or so. we'll see. Here are some of my favourite shots with the OM-1 and 50/1.8:

meneer en mevrouw boezeman by urje, on Flickr (ilford HP5+)

0129 by urje, on Flickr (fuji 400 something)

cart by urje, on Flickr
(tinted B/W from fuji 400 colour film)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-03-2011, 07:57 AM  
Super Program meter / half press question
Posted By urje
Replies: 13
Views: 2,959
Thanks for the reply, those are some good ideas. if this film shooting will really take off, i'll fix the seals on this and other bodies, but leave it like this for now. Sending stuff to Eric is a bit more than I'm willing to spend for now, if only because I'm in europe. I'll see how quickly I get annoyed by my 'workaround'.
Funny you mention the MV and Olympus, as I have yet to find a body which handles as nicely as my OM-1, but I am partial to Av mode. And as much as I like shooting the OM-1, I prefer the ability to use my K-mount lenses like a 85/2 and the Zen. M-series bodies are cheap and plentiful here, so I might try and get one some day.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-02-2011, 05:06 PM  
Super Program meter / half press question
Posted By urje
Replies: 13
Views: 2,959
Hi all,

I'm thinking about moving back to film a little more seriously this time: there's a scanner on its way and if I'm satisfied with the results I might even take the plunge and start processing B&W film myself. The Superprogram I recently got and is destined to be my main camera for a while, seems to be a little quirky though.

Here's the thing: the meter works, shutter seems to work nicely at all speeds, all modes work, but the display only comes up after a full press. Half presses have no effect, and although I've been trying, it seems impossible to press 3/4s or so, so the meter works but the shutter does not. To me, it looks like the 'half press' contacts in the shutter button broke. Is this common? Easily fixable? For now, the workaround seems to be to first check the meter if I want to know the exposure up front, then advance the film and shoot.

Also, the foam around the back dried up. Is the body likely to leak light without proper foam? It seems the door falls neatly in place, so i think there won't be any direct openings.

The funny thing is that the K2 I got before this one had issues with the meter as well, but that meter also sometimes failed with a full press. At least I got this Super Program for less than the going price of the A50/1.7 it was attached to, so even if it's unfixable, I didn't lose anything. :)
Forum: Sold Items 02-08-2011, 05:39 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Fuji finepix F20 and F70exr (Worldwide)
Posted By urje
Replies: 11
Views: 3,605
FYI: I believe that F20 uses the same battery as the new x100 will. Not sure whether you're interested in that one of course, but I'll be holding on to my F30, rather than sell it for the price of a new battery... :)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-04-2011, 04:13 AM  
Sticky: The traveling nifty 50mm
Posted By urje
Replies: 1,753
Views: 451,797
Good to hear it's on the run again! Like Greg said, the fun of this project is to have as many photographers as possible handle this lens. Now for Ezechiel, it's great you took the travelling nifty fifty out travelling, but after you got home, you might have been able to send it travelling on its own again ;)

Ideally, perhaps the best way to go would be to contact possible new recipients by the time you know the lens is heading your way. When you get the lens, you already know where it needs to go next, so you can go out shooting while walking towards the postal office again...

That's great, will add a lot indeed. I'm looking forward to your shots! There is no administrator on this project, so best would be to take my post, add the changes that occured afterwards, and add some distances. If everybody does this, we don't need to dig through 7 pages anymore like I did.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-31-2010, 04:14 AM  
Sticky: The traveling nifty 50mm
Posted By urje
Replies: 1,753
Views: 451,797
Yes, I'm worried a bit. I sent it off to Ezechiel, who said on december 5th he was leaving for Vanuatu. It wasn't too strange he didn't have it back then, and he didn't post since. Vanuatu is quite the destination, so maybe he hasn't returned yet and the package is waiting for him at home. I surely hope so.

Also, I decided to try and update the complete list. Did this before, but that post disappeared in the server crash. I think it's correct, but in 7 pages, I might have missed one or two. I leave the calculation of the new distances as an excercise for someone else ;)

Ibam (Toronto, Canada) 0
aamin515 (Ohio, USA) 531mi or 854km
X-man (Maine, USA) 690mi or 1111km
figmental1978 (Fukuyama, Japan) 7117mi or 11,452km
Leadbelly (Quezon, Phillipines) 1416mi or 2280km
soccerjoe5 (Alabang, Phillipines) 15mi or 25km
Leadbelly (Quezon, Phillipines) 15mi or 25km
dazman (Melbourne, Australia) 3,940mi or 6,341km
Bramela (Newcastle, Australia) 510mi or 821km
Mechan1k (Sydney, Australia) 74mi or 118km
KrisK10D (Sydney, Australia) 29mi or 47km
tomypreach (Wollongong, Australia) 43mi or 68km
Adrian Owerko (Mount Barker, Australia) 683mi or 1099km
MoiVous (McLaren Vale, Australia) 28mi or 45km
JulesJ (Hobart, Australia) 709mi or 1141km
RobA _Oz (Hobart, Australia) 1mi or 1km
lithos (Queensland, Australia) 1,789mi or 1111km
big red (Brisbane, Australia) 1mi or 1km
ChrisN (Canberra, Australia) 582mi or 937km
jsherman999 (Minneapolis, USA) 9146mi or 14718km
PentHassyKon (Irvine, California, USA) 1,517mi or 2,442km
Igilligan (California, USA) 379mi or 611km
Damn_Brit (Oakland, California, USA) 11mi or 18km
Steve Beswick (California, USA) 365mi or 587km
Eaglerapids (Idaho, USA) 675mi or 1086km
gnaztee (Tucson, Arizona, USA) 1033mi or 1663Km
Pentaxperson (Austin, Texas) 1097mi or 1766Km
séamuis (Savannah, Georgia, USA) 1173mi or 1888km
Eastern Shore Charlie (21639 USA) 648mi or 1044km
M80 (Eatons Neck, New York, USA) 186mi or 300km
speedoo (New York, USA) 35mi or 47km
Mi2nc (North Carolina, USA) 427mi or 696km
dws1117 (Spring, Texas, USA) 1045mi or 1682km
netuser (Azores, Portugal) 3856mi or 1682km
Robbiec (Cork, Ireland) 1282mi or 2063km
rparmar (Limerick, Ireland) 5mi or 8km
John K (Cork, Ireland) 1mi or 2km
oinkely (Wicklow, Ireland) 126mi or 202km *
devisor (Trondheim, Norway)
EricT (Trondheim, Norway)
Ovim (Finland)
Edvinas (Lithuania)
Dayah (Zagreb, Croatia)
Elkarrde (Zagreb, Croatia)
Hrvoje_Fila (Zagreb, Croatia)
Urje (Deventer, Netherlands)
Ezechiel (Poitou Charentes, France)

* TOTAL 40,140mi or 59,782km


ftpaddict (Bucharest, Romania)
jah3 (Helsinki, Finland)
kevinschoenmakers (Netherlands) (no interest anymore)
Niki (?)
Viliam (Uppsala, Sweden)
Bymy141 (St. Petersberg, Russia)
Deni (Tirana, Albania)


steVo_k200d (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
icywarm (Saskatchewan, Canada)
minikin (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)last known location of lens 2
J.Scott (Ontario, Canada)
Winfab (Windsor, Ontario, Canada)
eccs19 (Lisle, Ontario, Canada)
flickeroo (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
bdery (Quebec City, Quebec, Canada)
digitaddict (Quebec, Canada)
Andi Lo (Halifax, Noca Scotia, Canada)
Jimbow007 (Blackfalds, Alberta, Canada)
MountainCat (Dawson Creek, British Columbia)
Andrew Lang (Thunderbay)

Fearview (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Dycz (Philippines)
Tinabalagosa (Cebu, Philippines)
Dbmayur (Taipei, Taiwan)
openyourap (Bangkok, Thailand)
Summonbaka (Kagoshima, Japan)

LensScribe (Johannesburg, South Africa)

Cupic (Warrawong, NSW, Australia)
xjjohnno (Melbourne, Australia)

Pollitowozhere (Puerto Rico)
John Araki (Hawaii, USA)
GateCityRadio (Greensboro, North Carolina, USA)
the_int21h (South Carolina, USA)
miserere (Boston, Maine, USA)
Dave_Sz (Illinois 60110, USA)
RickL (Missouri, USA)
Naturephoto1P (Florida, USA)
hwblanks (Williston, Florida, USA)
JnM_in_Vt (Vermont, USA)
SLRPhotography (Kennewick, Washington, USA)
Kalison (Iowa, USA)
xyzik (Seattle, USA)
feralryan (Chicago, 60661, USA)
TourDeForce (Palm Beach, Florida, USA)
privateryan (McCalla, Alabama, USA)
Capslock118 (New Haven, Connecticut, USA)

South America
hcarvalhoalves (São Paulo, Brazil)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-16-2010, 10:20 AM  
Planar vs Tessar
Posted By urje
Replies: 29
Views: 12,237
related to this (so probably this is not the right place to ask, but anyway), I often come across these terms, and there usually are some people 'in the know' and they can explain what the difference is between tessars, sonnars, planars, and place of the focusing elements and diaphragm in this and this design, and why inverted retrofocus lenses are awesome. Sometimes I google a bit, and I mostly find forums where someone explains it, but there's got to be some sort of source for all this information. What I would really like to find is a book, maybe a technical book about the history of photography, for photographers. Would anybody know where to look for something like that?

Edit: Looks like this is what I would like, except it's a little expensive (and 20 years old)
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-12-2010, 09:04 AM  
Have you broken a camera?
Posted By urje
Replies: 58
Views: 10,706
yup, I put a film P&S in an apparently-not-entirily-waterproof waterproof pouch during a catamaran ride on lake Erie, only to take it out totally soaked. Got some funky coloured prints out of it, and a better camera through insurance. Also, I dropped a Sigma 24mm on the floor of the Bilbao Guggenheim when I changed lenses on my Oly OM-1. That was sad, as I only had a 50 and 135 to do the rest of the trip.
Both these accidents are quite some time ago, back in the day that I didn't shoot all that much. In my dSLR days, I've been very lucky so far.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-02-2010, 05:10 AM  
Sticky: The traveling nifty 50mm
Posted By urje
Replies: 1,753
Views: 451,797
argh, that long post I made yesterday with updated 'to do' list and the last hosts added to the list went missing due to that mishap. :(

anyway, anyone who knows the flickr login, I'd be interested in it.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-27-2010, 10:03 AM  
Sticky: The traveling nifty 50mm
Posted By urje
Replies: 1,753
Views: 451,797
sorry for the delay, but i haven't had good photo ops these few days. Hope to shoot something decent soon and then send the lens to ezechiel.
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-25-2010, 02:52 AM  
The DA Limited Club
Posted By urje
Replies: 5,519
Views: 1,076,855
I did the single in september challenge with a DA21, so I have plenty of examples. See here: Flickr: Search urje's photostream (I have many more, but apparently I don't tag quite as thorougly as I should...)

It's my favourite lens, and although I do not own a DA15, I think I prefer the less extreme FL of the 21. It's a wide normal to me, and I like wide normals :)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-22-2010, 04:45 AM  
Sticky: The traveling nifty 50mm
Posted By urje
Replies: 1,753
Views: 451,797
I just got the lens from Hrvoje_fila, so it's now in the Netherlands! Too bad I went to the voted 'most beautiful place of the country', an island in the Wadden sea, yesterday, but I'll try to find something appropriate to shoot as soon as I can.

@magkelly: I actually have an A50/1.7 myself, so I know how awesome this lens is. Yet, the aura of the travelling one certainly is something special :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-05-2010, 08:48 AM  
85mm vs 100mm M
Posted By urje
Replies: 22
Views: 4,660
I've got both an M85 and M100, and decided I want to let go of the 100. It's a lot sharper, but since I use these lenses mostly for portraits, the 85 is sharp enough, and I like the feel on that one better. There's just something special about the pictures I'm getting with the 85. I also have an M135 when I want to go longer, so I think I won't miss the M100 too much, but somehow there don't appear to be any takers for the lens locally...
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-04-2010, 07:08 AM  
The DA Limited Club
Posted By urje
Replies: 5,519
Views: 1,076,855
Since it appears to be the theme lately, here's another starburst with the DA21 :)
Forum: Photographic Technique 11-01-2010, 04:28 PM  
Open letter to the Major Camera Manufacturers by Lumionus Landscape
Posted By urje
Replies: 52
Views: 10,175
With the D40x (10MP CCD chip) right at the bottom in the f/1.4 graph (-0.75EV), to me it seems this can't be just a CMOS vs CCD thing, so I don't get where that conclusion comes from.

To be honest, with the amazing higher iso performance of todays sensors, I think the idea that the t-stop gain diminishes with higher f-stops won't let me sleep any worse at night. But what I do find interesting is their (resonable but as yet unconfirmed) suspicion that depth of field increases due to this effect (and, e.g., OOF highlights are smaller). This is something that isn't compensated for with less noisy electronics. Ofcourse this would be difficult to measure, and the effect at f/1.2 is still less than the gain in F-stop over f/1.4 (it seems the effect is about 0.25EV worse, so you gain a quarter T-stop with the half F-stop between 1.4 and 1.2) so f/1.2 will still get you a smaller DOF than f/1.4, but possibly less than expected.

(and, after I wrote this, I read Lowells response above mine, and I got another lesson in reading before I write anything...)
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-25-2010, 12:02 PM  
The DA Limited Club
Posted By urje
Replies: 5,519
Views: 1,076,855
well i didn't use the word 'completing', but i think a 15 would complement (or add to) a 35, while a 21 and a 35 would compete with each other for more or less the same shots, since they are closer together. So if you have a 35, a 15 would give you more new options, while some of the uses for the 21 are already covered by the 35.
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