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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-24-2017, 04:25 PM  
Difference between Pentax KX and MX???
Posted By titrisol
Replies: 23
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The K-series use the spotmatic platform for the bayonet mount, and added a slew of upgrades
The M-series was a step up in size while retaining the quality of the old asahi cameras
The MX, was the flagship until the arrival of the LX and according to Dimitrov
This is one of Pentax's simplest and most robust cameras. It features manual focus, manual exposure and fully manual flash operation. It is fully mechanical, and uses batteries only for its light meter. The MX does, however, offer DOF preview, self-timer, interchangeable screens, and interchangeable backs. The viewfinder offers an optical readout of the selected lens aperture and shutter speed as well as five LEDs that indicate how far the manually-set exposure is from the camera's recommendation: 1 EV or more under, 1/2 EV under, identical, 1/2 EV over, 1 EV or more over. The camera is extremely small, light, and easy to use. A winder and motor drive are available as optional accessories.
MX

KX KX
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-22-2017, 07:34 PM  
Question about Depth-of-field & focal length relation
Posted By titrisol
Replies: 23
Views: 1,182
In the old days, my favorite portrat (head-shoulders) was a 105/2.8 for studio and a 200/4 for outdoors.
Yes, both gave me nice blurry backgrounds

I think the DOF - distance - focal length is the same as the focusing scale; in a wide angle (31mm) the distance marks were closer than in a 105mm and thus the separation of fore and background is easier.
FWIW, using wide angles was an easy wy to have a lot of things in focus
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-22-2017, 11:00 AM  
Pentax Asahi Takumar 135mm f2.5 repair
Posted By titrisol
Replies: 9
Views: 7,177
Thanks a lot!!!
Another lens comes back form the grave...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-22-2017, 10:59 AM  
Like new Super Macro Tak!
Posted By titrisol
Replies: 19
Views: 756
GREAT PRICE!
I had one such lens but sold it when I went through my Nikon Phase
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-26-2016, 07:45 PM  
Pentax ME-F?
Posted By titrisol
Replies: 23
Views: 1,384
If it has the lens with it, be the M50/1.7 or similar, go for it
I got mine years ago for next to nothign and used it for a while
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-08-2016, 01:13 PM  
ME Super - one problem to another
Posted By titrisol
Replies: 19
Views: 1,697
On teh same KYPhoto website there are a few fixes for the ME Super
Favorite Classics > Pentax ME Super Ramblings > Three Common Failure Problems
Worth reading
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-07-2016, 02:37 PM  
ME Super - Boot sale find
Posted By titrisol
Replies: 7
Views: 956
Great camera!!! mine came from a friend's attic.
It has developed a faulty condition in which it winds and winds and shoots only once very 5th or 6th frame though
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 03-13-2016, 10:23 AM  
Pentax ME F issues
Posted By titrisol
Replies: 3
Views: 703
The MEF is a sturdy camera, however over the years a lot of them have been abused
Look here: Favorite Classics > Pentax ME Super Ramblings
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-02-2015, 09:04 AM  
Adapting my Spotmatic to flash
Posted By titrisol
Replies: 19
Views: 1,650
From the flash itself
The camera is just a switch
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-01-2015, 06:34 PM  
Rollei RPX 25
Posted By titrisol
Replies: 49
Views: 4,990
I think MACO took over the old Gevaert factory in Belgium
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-29-2015, 08:28 PM  
Rollei RPX 25
Posted By titrisol
Replies: 49
Views: 4,990
True, I tried this Rollei 25 films a few years back and was able to enlarge up to 40x60 inches
What I found in the old Tech Pan and Efke25 is that I needed to develop in Rodinal 1+100 or 1+200
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-11-2015, 11:12 AM  
Difference between SP and SP1000?
Posted By titrisol
Replies: 15
Views: 6,587
Nothing... I just love it
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-11-2015, 11:11 AM  
ZX-5 with newer accessories
Posted By titrisol
Replies: 11
Views: 965
Yes, they will work but they may vignette on the corners
I tired the 18-55 and Ifound vignetting was gone above 28mm.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-04-2015, 02:13 PM  
Difference between SP and SP1000?
Posted By titrisol
Replies: 15
Views: 6,587
For good quality manuals go to pentax-manuals.com
The Sp1000 is more like 1964 technology though ;)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-31-2015, 08:26 PM  
Question about ME without battery power
Posted By titrisol
Replies: 16
Views: 1,961
Basically the camera shoots at 1/100 and whatever aperture you have.
The compenstion is useles at this point
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-19-2015, 05:03 AM  
Need help with Pentax ME Super
Posted By titrisol
Replies: 7
Views: 1,177
It is the common failure #2 described here:
Favorite Classics > Pentax ME Super Ramblings > Three Common Failure Problems

If you dare, ypu can fix it!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-15-2015, 09:24 AM  
Film gear have any value still?
Posted By titrisol
Replies: 17
Views: 1,785
It does have value, and the lenses have held value well...
The 135/3.5 is an OK lens, the 35/3.5 and the 50/1.4 are good.
I see you mention a 50/4 if that is there it is valuable
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-12-2015, 07:19 AM  
Considering a Spotmatic; some advice wanted.
Posted By titrisol
Replies: 67
Views: 4,763
Yes, you have to think and hold the camera differently
The mirror slap can be quite hard, is your foam in good shape?
If not, consider replacing it using one of Jon Goodman's kits
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-30-2015, 10:03 AM  
Considering a Spotmatic; some advice wanted.
Posted By titrisol
Replies: 67
Views: 4,763
According to the Pentax Way, that is just the original Spotmatic
Honeywells do not have that I think, I will check at home tonight
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-23-2015, 12:22 PM  
Considering a Spotmatic; some advice wanted.
Posted By titrisol
Replies: 67
Views: 4,763
If you test it against an evenly illuminated wall you may find that average or cecenter weighted should be same
Now try changing the light on the wall or location, not just the ASA/f/speed settings, you are taking one point all the time
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-03-2015, 10:32 AM  
First development attempt...interesting failure
Posted By titrisol
Replies: 31
Views: 2,498
Freestyle usually has those darkroom gadgets at good prices
Changing bags and changing "rooms" LOL
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-03-2015, 10:29 AM  
Considering a Spotmatic; some advice wanted.
Posted By titrisol
Replies: 67
Views: 4,763
Well, I learned to take pictures with a Spotmatic, and my dad used silver batteries even in the late 70s on it.
In the early 00s I got hold of a couple of them for next to nothing, and have used silver oxide batteries with them.
I checked the ligtmeters to a Nikon FE and later to Digicams and always was within 1/2 stop of each other which is more than good enough

I think the sell-off during the digital boom was due to many factors, one of them was tha tpictures didn't look as vivid and as sharp as the digital ones more than anything.
By the early 2,000 the price of a camera went from a couple of months salary to a couple of weeks, and many people were happier with smaller cams that fit in their pockets.
Plus Spotties were 30yr old by then!
Ahhh good times
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-02-2015, 09:29 AM  
Considering a Spotmatic; some advice wanted.
Posted By titrisol
Replies: 67
Views: 4,763
Be not afraid, they just work!
I just got my dad's old Spottie ... it was like holding an old friend
I thought that camera was lost after my mom's house was burglarized a few years back... but it was still there ;)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-01-2015, 01:35 PM  
First development attempt...interesting failure
Posted By titrisol
Replies: 31
Views: 2,498
Those are marks when the film is touching during processing, to make sure, take a piece and dip it into fixer
If it becomes clear then it was that problem, if it stays black, then you exposed the film to light
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-01-2015, 12:54 PM  
Keeping exposed film for a year?
Posted By titrisol
Replies: 6
Views: 734
Sure, no problem
Specially with TriX, you can keep it for a couple of years undeveloped.
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