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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-06-2015, 09:10 AM  
"European Camera of the Year 1983"
Posted By Dangermouse
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Oh, I'm sorry, I thought this was for discussing cameras.

Apparently it's for sarcastic gits!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-06-2015, 08:12 AM  
Pentax Flash - what to buy?
Posted By Dangermouse
Replies: 25
Views: 1,961
TTL doesn't work on the DSLRs (aside from the original *ist D and I think one or two other *ists?), it needs to be P-TTL.

To be honest I'd strongly recommend an AF280T in your position. The TTL mode won't work but everything else will (two auto settings, two manual power output levels), it's well-made, the trigger voltage is low enough to be safe on a DSLR and it has a swivel/tilt head. You should be able to find a good one for well under €100. I find it much easier to use than more modern flashguns as the controls are far clearer!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-06-2015, 07:17 AM  
"European Camera of the Year 1983"
Posted By Dangermouse
Replies: 11
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If you haven't guessed, this is about a Super A. But a rather specific one...

I spotted this in an auction a few days ago and was lucky enough to bag it. It's a tidy Super A which is now fully functional after I hooked the return spring back into place on the film counter. However, that's not the interesting bit. Notice the brass disc on the front?



These were sold as part of a special pack, containing the camera, a branded strap, an A 50mm f1.7 (with a cap with the same lettering) and an AF200T flashgun. I have seen a photo on the Asahi Optical Club website but unfortunately that seems to be undergoing an overhaul at present, so the image isn't currently visible. The lid of the box hinged back to reveal the contents, doubling as a display stand.

I intend to reassemble such a kit, and was wondering if anyone else has one? I'm specifically looking for two pieces of information:

What range of serial numbers would the lens have come from? I've fitted an M 50mm for now so I can test the camera.

Was there anything special about the flash, and did it come with the usual leatherette case or was that left out? There was no sign of a case in the photo but it could easily have been under the other contents of the kit.
Forum: Pentax Q 01-05-2015, 05:15 PM  
Best affordable telescope for the Q
Posted By Dangermouse
Replies: 10
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It probably would, it'd just cost a lot more than the 16 I've paid for these bits! Plus the K adapter is a much bigger and heavier setup, the C-mount parts will weigh very little. I have a moon filter which I'll probably use as I'm not sure exposing the Q sensor to the light of the full moon will do it any good, it's very bright and the camera won't be able to stop the aperture down to protect itself as it would with the 01/02/03/06 lenses.

I'm not sure if vignetting will be a problem, but suspect not. I know people use C-mount lenses on the Q with no problems in that department, so I'd have thought the adapter tube will be much the same.

The Firstscope feels better made than you might expect. The base swivel is reasonably smooth and the handwheel will lock the tube at the desired angle, it's better than most cheap camera tripods I've handled. The base and upright seem to be made from chipboard judging by the weight, so they're heavy enough to be stable.

There's a push-fit cap for the open end which doesn't feel inclined to fall out, and it comes with a couple of eyepieces. I don't yet have the accessory kit with the finder scope but will probably order one eventually, I tried a conventional finder scope only to discover that the mounting studs on the tube weren't long enough to go through its baseplate.

It's a Dobsonian-type mount rather than an equatorial, so tracking doesn't really work. However, it's much easier to set up and it doesn't get wrapped around itself, as my old Firstscope 114EQ was prone to doing. Still have that but it needs some servicing and repair work, and I'm struggling to find spares.

I'm sorely tempted by the genuine K mount adapter as I have a K 120mm f2.8 which I suspect would have great potential due to being small, relatively light, and fast. Maybe later in the year...
Forum: Pentax Q 01-05-2015, 08:58 AM  
Best affordable telescope for the Q
Posted By Dangermouse
Replies: 10
Views: 1,849
I'm going to be using my Q10 with a little Celestron Firstscope 76 (when the Q-C mount adapter turns up, the other part to build a Q-1.25" eyepiece adapter didn't have to travel as far!)

I didn't want to try the K-5 or K-01 on the 'scope as they're big, heavy cameras which would probably overbalance the stand, but the Q10 weighs next to nothing. There are bigger and better telescopes but this little thing is much easier to fit in the car and transport to darker skies (my back garden isn't bad, but 20mins drive will take me to a location with pretty much zero light pollution). Just needs a handy picnic table to perch it on and it's ready.

I have a fairly decent 2x Barlow lens and a few filters, so will experiment and see what happens.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-04-2015, 11:44 AM  
Does Pentax UI "look dated" to you? Think Ricoh should change it?
Posted By Dangermouse
Replies: 48
Views: 3,615
"Dated" is a nonsense term. It's used by reviewers who want everything changed every five minutes just for the sake of doing so.

As I've yet to see anything which could improve upon the Pentax UI it's best left alone. The fact that I was able to pick up my K-m and use it without reading the manual (having previously never owned anything more advanced than a P30t) suggests that it's doing a good job! The K-5, K-01 and Q10 have also been just as easy thanks to keeping the same setup.

Too right I'm resistant to change! I'm not, however, resistant to improvement...
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-04-2015, 05:00 AM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By Dangermouse
Replies: 5,255
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TBH I'd rather have a black Spotmatic F, I've got a good chrome Spotty I hardly use so there's not much point buying a black one.

I just search "Pentax" with it set to show newly listed items first, have bagged a few nice BIN items that way before anyone else noticed them. Also a good way to hunt for cheap restoration projects, like the tidy but jammed H2 I paid a fiver for and got working with a lot of lighter fluid and some careful oiling.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-03-2015, 02:30 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By Dangermouse
Replies: 5,255
Views: 566,365
Think I saw that one but passed it by as I didn't have the spare cash. Glad to see it went to someone on here!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-02-2015, 01:25 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By Dangermouse
Replies: 5,255
Views: 566,365
The judas window could be a remnant from a previous hamfisted service.

I have a KX on which said device didn't work on arrival, pulled the top cover off to find the piece of metal supporting the mirror was bent. After some cautious trial-and-improvement bending with a pair of fine-nosed pliers it works perfectly.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-31-2014, 06:40 AM  
K1000 Light Meter Repair
Posted By Dangermouse
Replies: 5
Views: 2,641
Parts should be readily available, given the number of these things about. If it's otherwise functional then it's well worth having it CLAd.
Forum: Pentax Q 12-26-2014, 04:59 PM  
ePhotozine reviews the Q-S1
Posted By Dangermouse
Replies: 48
Views: 4,686
I don't think they do, come to think of it. The construction is pretty similar to the Toy lenses but it just says something like "03 Fish-Eye Lens" on it. I've yet to have a chance to do more than close-up cat photos with mine yet as the weather has been pants here for the past couple of days.

The 04 and 05 still aren't as toy-like as the name would suggest though, looking at sample images.
Forum: Pentax Q 12-26-2014, 12:41 PM  
ePhotozine reviews the Q-S1
Posted By Dangermouse
Replies: 48
Views: 4,686
I am wondering whether Pentax should drop the "Toy Lens" tag on the 03/04/05, it seems to give reviewers the wrong idea.

I now have the 03 and 05, the 04 is on the way. They're definitely a cut above what the name would suggest, and nothing like the "Lomography" image it implies.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-25-2014, 03:38 PM  
Introduce your... film Pentax!
Posted By Dangermouse
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I can remember the K1000 still turning up in a camera magazine's mini reviews section when I bought mine (1996-ish). At the time I didn't know that there were multiple versions, or that mine was older than I am!

If I'd known the KX existed I'd have wanted one of those instead. Still have the K1000 but my KXs get a lot more use.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-23-2014, 12:11 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By Dangermouse
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I have an SFX, SFXn and a couple of SF7s. Safe to say I like these '80s tanks! The second SF7 was about 7 with a Sigma 70-210mm zoom which has a horrible sticky mess where the grip should be, but the camera worked perfectly after dusting. I'm keeping my eyes open for an SFX eyecup as the n model's is missing.

Also have the AA battery grip for the SFX/SFXn, and the AF240FT flash. I'll get a photo of the complete outfit sometime.
Forum: Visitors' Center 12-22-2014, 01:45 PM  
Removing yellow tint from pentax lenses
Posted By Dangermouse
Replies: 21
Views: 5,173
The best comment I've seen on the Takumar glow was along the following lines:

"We don't mind so much when Aunty Flo has a warm glow in family portraits. We'd complain if she was blue or green!"

I've tried it since the treatment, the remaining yellow tone seems have negligable impact on the images.
Forum: Visitors' Center 12-22-2014, 11:07 AM  
Removing yellow tint from pentax lenses
Posted By Dangermouse
Replies: 21
Views: 5,173
The small Ikea LED desk lights do work. They also have other uses, unlike a plain UV bulb (unless you have fish or reptiles). I've heard of people using them for macro photography as they produce a crisp white light and won't pose a fire risk if you drape a tissue over them as a diffusor.

I left mine on for about a week, with an old CD underneath to reflect the light back into the lens. It's not absolutely perfect but it's a lot less yellow than it was.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-22-2014, 09:49 AM  
Which of the lenses from my K-50 are worth using with film?
Posted By Dangermouse
Replies: 12
Views: 1,367
They'll work (or at least some of them will - I don't think they all have the ability to adjust the aperture from the body?), they're just not as reliable. There's a plastic drive cog which was forced over a motor shaft which was too big, they split with age and are a pain to replace.

I understand that the MZ-S came with a metal one from the factory, but they've held their value very well and may be more than you want to spend.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-22-2014, 09:19 AM  
Which of the lenses from my K-50 are worth using with film?
Posted By Dangermouse
Replies: 12
Views: 1,367
Look for one of the Z/PZ series bodies.

You can pick them up for next to nothing now, and they can control the aperture of lenses which lack an aperture ring. They seem more reliable than the MZ/ZX series which replaced them.

The PZ-1 and PZ-1P have very similar handling to a DSLR, with control wheels front and back for shutter speed and aperture. If you want to spend a bit less then there are others. I found a very tidy Z-50P for about 8 a month or so ago.

If you want manual focus and film transport with a post-FA lens then the Super A will give you P and Tv modes, but not Av. The P30 series will give you P mode but unless the lens has an aperture ring then you're stuck with that. I'm very fond of P30s but they're best with K, M or A series lenses.

If you want to use the M42 lenses on their native system then an original Spotmatic in working order shouldn't cost that much, alternatively look at the Praktica range. I have an LLC with a very pleasant shutter sound, and while it feels a bit tinny compared to a Spotmatic it's not horrible to use by any means. The light meter is a pest (as I don't have any of the "electric" lenses and using stop-down metering is fiddly) but Sunny 16 works for me.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-22-2014, 07:04 AM  
Introduce your... film Pentax!
Posted By Dangermouse
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Interesting, I'd always thought the K1000 arrived a year after the other three K-bodies (1976 vs 1975)?

I get the impression that they sold a lot of K bodies with M lenses. My Dad bought his K2 new in 1978 and it came with an M50/1.7, I have a K2 which came with an M50/2. Did they have lots of unsold stock when the ME/MX hit the market, so started selling them off at a discount? The K1000 was planned to remain in production so there'd have been no urge to clear them.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-21-2014, 03:17 PM  
Pentax k1000
Posted By Dangermouse
Replies: 25
Views: 2,102
Try turning the film speed selector back and forth, and also turning the aperture ring on the lens back and forth. It may well be that one or both of the variable resistors these parts move have become corroded or gunked up over time, moving them might be enough to clean them.
Forum: Pentax Q 12-21-2014, 03:02 PM  
Does the 02 zoom make the 04 Wide superfluous?
Posted By Dangermouse
Replies: 32
Views: 2,964
I'd be amazed if they're completely uncoated?

It may not be a full SMC coating but there must be something, surely? The only Toy Lens I have so far is the 07, I've not been able to check as the front element is too tiny and deep-sunk to do the "hold it up to the light at an angle" trick.

I should be opening the fisheye and the telephoto on the 25th, assuming Santa's courier service is keeping up with delivery dates!
Forum: Pentax Q 12-21-2014, 02:58 PM  
Q10 or Q-S1
Posted By Dangermouse
Replies: 28
Views: 5,240
That sounds like the problem with an old M42 mount "Hanimex" 28mm f2.8 I have (made by Tokina). I've read that its hopeless softness is caused by needing to screw something in properly, but I have no idea what!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-12-2014, 08:07 AM  
Pentax 50mm 1.8 on film camera?
Posted By Dangermouse
Replies: 10
Views: 1,302
I think there was a bit of "me too!" to it.

CaNikon users have cheap 50mm f1.8 primes which are very popular, even though it's a weird focal length on a cropped sensor DSLR. Pentax's first cheap prime was the 35mm f2.4 for that reason - it's closer to a standard focal length. They presumably decided that they had to offer a 50/1.8 because the competition did.

Reworking the old FA28 in the same fashion would have produce a far more useful lens, IMO. More logical too - the FA43 LTD is claimed to be the "correct" standard lens for 35mm film, and with the crop factor a 28mm on their DSLRs would give a very similar field of view...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-12-2014, 08:00 AM  
What's your favorite K-mount Legacy lens & why?
Posted By Dangermouse
Replies: 64
Views: 7,562
K 120mm f2.8

It's tiny. Seriously, compare it to the DA* 50-135mm f2.8 (its closest modern equivalent). The K lens is smaller than a can of coke. Even with the lens hood it's still unobtrusive.

It's bright. Even though I seldom use it wide open it's still easier to focus accurately than a slower lens.

Get down to f4 or so and it's sharp. I see a little purple fringing at f2.8 but it seems to tail off pretty quickly.

Using the rule of thumb that the slowest hand-held shutter speed is the 1/focal length, you can go down to 1/125 with it before you have serious problems with shake. Combined with the aperture it's a lot more handy in winter than 135mm lenses.

Good luck finding one though! I've had mine for a few years now and I've only seen one or two others for sale in that time. I have seen a handful of the M 120mm f2.8 and slightly more of the M 100mm f2.8, but the K lens seems very uncommon.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-12-2014, 07:50 AM  
Pentax 50mm 1.8 on film camera?
Posted By Dangermouse
Replies: 10
Views: 1,302
Look for a cheap Z or PZ-series film body.

These can control the aperture directly, or at least my Z-50P can. Looking forward to using it with my FA-J 18-35mm for ultra-wide angle images. I think I paid about 6 for it, just needed a wipe with lens cleaner and a fresh battery after which it's very presentable.

On the Super A you have to use Sv mode to force the lens to the desired aperture, on the P-series bodies you'll be stuck in Program with no aperture indication. The Z-50P (and quite probably other Z bodies) has Av mode, in which the control dial on the top will change the aperture setting directly.

Some of the MZ/ZX series bodies will do it too, but I'm not a fan of that infamous plastic cog which can turn them into a brick halfway through a roll.
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