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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 3 Hours Ago  
Range finder recommendation
Posted By ChrisPlatt
Replies: 11
Views: 372
I have been playing with compact fixed-lens rangefinder 35mm cameras for 20 years.
Many are fun to use and handy when you don't want to carry a larger camera.

Many (most?) were consumer models not really designed to last twenty years.
Most are well past their expiration date now.

It's difficult to find a good working one or someone willing and able to fix it.
I have found no counterpart to Eric Hendrickson for these cameras.

I agree you'd be lucky to find anything decent for $50; $30 would be miraculous.

Here are web pages with good information on some of these cameras:

https://www.cameraquest.com/com35s.htm

http://subclub.org/shop/aps.htm

Chris
Forum: General Talk 3 Hours Ago  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By ChrisPlatt
Replies: 10,978
Views: 748,230
XR Rikenon 135/2.8 lens

I have read mixed reviews of this model.
Time will tell if it's worth the twenty dollars I paid.

Chris
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 1 Day Ago  
10% off at Photo Warehouse (ultrafineonline)
Posted By ChrisPlatt
Replies: 0
Views: 148
Photo Warehouse is offering 10% off for Black Friday.
Use coupon code tenoff at checkout.

http://www.ultrafineonline.com/

They offer a nice selection of film, paper, chemicals etc. for
traditional analog photography, plus many items for digital.

Chris
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Upgrading from K1000
Posted By ChrisPlatt
Replies: 25
Views: 1,271
The Petri Color 35 is an all-around terrific camera.
The viewfinder is exceptional for such a small camera.
Almost pocketable, but with little plastic it's no lightweight.

A small fixed-lens 35 is great for when you don't want to lug around an SLR.

Chris
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 11-14-2017, 07:12 PM  
In praise of a cheap third party battery.
Posted By ChrisPlatt
Replies: 10
Views: 459
I'm sure it was a trip of a lifetime and therefore well-documented. Obviously your battery and other gear performed admirably.
But when I think of having to pore over 5000 digital images I am again reminded how thankful I am to remain a film photographer.

Chris
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 11-13-2017, 06:23 PM  
Range finder recommendation
Posted By ChrisPlatt
Replies: 11
Views: 372
The Canonets are all good. The 28 is overshadowed by the 17.
More like a pre-autofocus point & shoot, it offers program AE only.

It requires a battery to operate, originally a PX625 1.3V mercury cell.
Today's closest equivalent is a hearing aid battery or Wein cell.

Problems to look for are low-contrast or misaligned rangefinder,
misadjusted or non-functional shutter, degraded light seals etc.

Chris
Forum: General Talk 11-13-2017, 06:35 AM  
Question for native english speaker
Posted By ChrisPlatt
Replies: 13
Views: 424
http://people.smu.edu/rjepsen/chinesechristmas.html

We don't sit in a circle. We have considered limiting the number of times an item may be stolen.
If we did I suppose participants acting in collusion with others would become even more common.

Chris
Forum: General Talk 11-12-2017, 07:00 PM  
Question for native english speaker
Posted By ChrisPlatt
Replies: 13
Views: 424
I am one of five siblings now geographically spread. Our families get together about once a year around Christmas.
When you add kids and grandkids there's far too many people to buy decent gifts for all.
About twenty years ago my sister suggested the adults do "Chinese Christmas". It's not PC but something akin to "Chinese Fire Drill".
We have been doing this every year since.

Each participant brings an unmarked wrapped gift of some set approximate value.
All draw numbers. #1 chooses a wrapped gift. Once chosen any wrapped gift must be opened.
#2 can choose a wrapped gift or can steal #1's gift, who then chooses another wrapped gift.
Here's where it gets interesting. #3 can choose a wrapped gift or steal from #1 or #2,
who can then choose another wrapped gift or steal a gift if it's one that was not just stolen from them.

And on it goes through all number holders, until someone opens the last wrapped gift.
Afterwards trades are encouraged.

Choosing your own wrapped gift initially is forbidden but you are allowed - nay encouraged - to steal it back once you are stolen from - the fun is in the stealing!
It doesn't work for small groups, but with enough people - and enough alcohol - it can literally go on for hours.

Chris
Forum: General Talk 11-12-2017, 03:46 PM  
What music are you currently listening to?
Posted By ChrisPlatt
Replies: 3,419
Views: 280,601
Caravan by The Fentones.
Recorded ~1962 but not released until 2008.
















You Tube




Chris
Forum: General Talk 11-12-2017, 06:46 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By ChrisPlatt
Replies: 10,978
Views: 748,230
Konica Genba Kantoku rugged weatherproof 35mm film P&S camera



Chris
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-11-2017, 03:42 PM  
Pentax SMC Correction Lens / Diopter for Film SLRs
Posted By ChrisPlatt
Replies: 25
Views: 590
Not at all. Manufacturers did this for good reason.

Studies show that most people do not have "perfect" eyesight and are in fact slightly nearsighted.
About -1.0 is just about right for most.

Chris
Forum: General Talk 11-09-2017, 06:43 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By ChrisPlatt
Replies: 10,978
Views: 748,230
One of the few photo items I bought new and still own,
mine is still active and accurate after nearly forty years.
That is remarkable given the reputation of selenium meters.
It's definitely not a spot meter and not sensitive in low light,
but for 99% of anything I'd photograph it works perfectly fine.

Another inexpensive model I recommend for meterless cameras is the Vivitar 24 CdS.
It is compact, has a shoe mount ("clip-on"), and is accurate with a 44/76/357 battery.
Though not described as a semi-spot meter, both I have owned read a surprisingly narrow area.

Chris
Forum: General Talk 11-03-2017, 02:45 PM  
Your latest de-acquisition
Posted By ChrisPlatt
Replies: 59
Views: 2,463
The Pentax K2 finally arrived at buyer's post in good condition so I'm relieved.
Next up is a *ist DS2 I will be shipping to a Pentax Forums member on Monday.
Another member may be interested in purchasing one of my Pentax KX bodies.

Chris
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 11-01-2017, 03:54 PM  
unique find'''
Posted By ChrisPlatt
Replies: 8
Views: 443
AFAIK Canon still sells the most in this shrinking market.
So uncommon perhaps, but not likely rare.

Chris
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-01-2017, 03:46 PM  
What people were willing to pay...
Posted By ChrisPlatt
Replies: 42
Views: 1,700
Interesting thread. I was born in 1961 and grew up in a working class neighborhood in suburban Queens, a borough of New York City.
As a child I can't recall ever seeing anyone using an adjustable lens camera, with the exception of the company that yearly came in to our school for portraits and class photos.

My mom had an old Kodak folder (using 620 film perhaps) from high school but no longer used it. She used a cheap Kodak 127 Instamatic-precursor.
Neighbors or relatives would sometimes show vacation or special occasion photos, invariably the characteristic squares from a 126 Instamatic.

I was in junior high and high school in the 1970's when the 35mm photography boom really started. I was one of only a few younger users I saw.
Even then it seemed that it was still a hobby for old men in camera clubs.

Chris
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 10-30-2017, 07:59 AM  
Domke 701 medium messenger bag $59.95 at B&H
Posted By ChrisPlatt
Replies: 0
Views: 286
Domke 701 Medium Messenger Bag in two Ruggedwear colors are currently $59.95 with free shipping at B&H.

Domke Medium Messenger Bag 701-02CCB B&H Photo Video

Chris
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-29-2017, 08:40 AM  
unique find'''
Posted By ChrisPlatt
Replies: 8
Views: 443
Lately I have seen some Domke bags co-branded Fujifilm at rather inflated prices.

Chris
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-28-2017, 02:35 PM  
Fujifilm sadness...
Posted By ChrisPlatt
Replies: 18
Views: 1,278
Fuji has discontinued many emulsions in the last decade.
They no longer offer any conventional black and white films.

How many years has it been since Fuji introduced a new film?
To me it appears they are gradually leaving the film business.

I am not optimistic about Ferrania.
I hope the new Ektachrome is a winner.

Chris
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-24-2017, 06:02 PM  
What is a good camera bag for K-1 and three lenses?
Posted By ChrisPlatt
Replies: 31
Views: 2,232
I sold my Domke F3 bags but kept my F6. Footprint is similar but F6 overall volume is considerably larger.
The F6 has a copious main compartment and dispenses with end pouches, which I dislike and never use.

Chris
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-24-2017, 03:04 PM  
Pz-1p/ z-1p
Posted By ChrisPlatt
Replies: 6
Views: 468
I chose a PZ-1P/Z-1P over the older model due to its improved in-finder exposure display.
I tried it for a bit then sold the camera; it is far too complicated for me. The manual is 100+ pages.

Chris
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-22-2017, 12:50 PM  
Lenses to take to Paris
Posted By ChrisPlatt
Replies: 25
Views: 1,266
And you can do it all well with just those three lenses!

I'm not real fond of 28mm or 50mm FL so I use a 35mm instead.
My usual kit it just two lenses, the 35mm and either an 85, 105 or 135mm.
If I had the chance to visit Paris I might bring my 24mm too, just in case.

Chris
Forum: General Talk 10-21-2017, 01:34 PM  
Your latest de-acquisition
Posted By ChrisPlatt
Replies: 59
Views: 2,463
I just sold a Pentax chrome K2 body with SMC 55/1.8 lens to a PF member.
Buyer had one years ago when this model was new, and wanted another.

This one was serviced by Eric about ten years ago and not used much since.
During pre-shipping testing I noticed even the ASA dial still works properly. :)

Chris
Forum: General Talk 10-21-2017, 12:36 PM  
What is the best drill bit? (Sarcasm )
Posted By ChrisPlatt
Replies: 269
Views: 5,856
I'm glad to see some US school districts still support such programs.
Here those activities were the first casualties when money got tight.

For many years since they've been "teaching to the test" here
so such "nonessentials" never came back.

Chris
Forum: General Talk 10-19-2017, 05:22 PM  
What is the best drill bit? (Sarcasm )
Posted By ChrisPlatt
Replies: 269
Views: 5,856
As Halloween approaches I am reminded you forgot to mention candy corn.

It is a well-known fact that exactly ten pounds of candy corn is all that has ever existed.
No one actually eats it, and the world's supply is constantly recycled. Trick or treat!

Chris
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-19-2017, 11:21 AM  
Current backlog for Eric
Posted By ChrisPlatt
Replies: 9
Views: 1,092
In a recent email Eric mentioned he plans to take some time off soon,
so it is probably a good idea to email before sending him any repairs.

Chris
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