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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-23-2020, 06:56 AM  
The FA Limited Development Story (also a little DA Limited)
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 78
Views: 5,227
Interesting, because the DA 35 Macro is one of my contenders for the title of "Lens that would not cause me to cry if it became permanently affixed to my K-5". The ultra close focus capability of that lens has come in very handy on any number of occasions.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-22-2020, 06:07 AM  
Ten more lenses in the pipeline.
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 314
Views: 29,842
Any of the ones I have bolded above would cause my bank balance some serious issues. There is a concern that a D-FA 28-300, once on my K-1, might never come off again.
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-13-2019, 11:17 AM  
Well, I was put in my place.
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 163
Views: 9,155
If that was the language and tone they used, they deserve a kick up the butt. There are gentler ways to say "This is not the place to put these pictures".
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 12-13-2019, 11:15 AM  
I have an old AC adapter - what is it for?
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 10
Views: 588
It's a D-AC10. The plug that goes into the wall socket is Australian spec, and the end that goes in the Pentax technology does not fit my K-5, which I bought here in Canada.

The only Pentax DSLR I ever acquired in Australia is my long-dead *istDL, so I figure it might be for that and for any other *istD-series cameras, but confirmation would be nice before I plug it into my *istDS and blow up some irreplaceable circuitry.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-06-2019, 07:15 AM  
Article: QUEST FOR AN IDEAL COMPACT FILM SLR
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 38
Views: 1,753
True, I was talking about it in terms of release order. The longevity of the K1000 in production was simply amazing.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-03-2019, 10:28 AM  
Article: QUEST FOR AN IDEAL COMPACT FILM SLR
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 38
Views: 1,753
IIRC the MX was the last Pentax camera to be able to use all shutter speeds without a battery in it. The ME at least could use the flash sync speed and bulb, and maybe the derivatives could as well, while the LX was restricted in the speeds it could handle without the batteries in. Vague memory of reading something about all the speeds above flash sync being available.

Everything else after that needs batteries in to be able to fire the shutter at any speed.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-29-2019, 08:10 AM  
Justifying the Unjustifiable
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 24
Views: 1,166
It sacrificed itself for the greater good.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 11-25-2019, 10:55 AM  
F-Stoppers repeating rumour Olympus has less than twelve months left
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 150
Views: 5,020
I wasn't intending to belittle them - I was saying what an appropriate irony it is that the originator of the K mount ended up in the hands of what used to be its pale shadow.
Forum: Sold Items 11-25-2019, 10:52 AM  
For Sale - Sold: S1a, S3, SV, KM, MX, SF10, SF1n, Black ME, Super Program, 2x & -1 diopter eye, D-LI50
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 66
Views: 9,730
Yep. I was in Kerrisdale Cameras in Vancouver a few years back and they had a bunch of Pentax AF bodies under glass. I remember how as a late teenager I'd coveted them as new-release cameras, with price tags far beyond my reach. As a discerning Pentaxian, with years of digital and film photography under my belt, I looked at them and saw a bunch of faces that only a mother could love. I could have had them all for a dollar figure identical to the new price of one (not adjusting for inflation), but I passed on the lot. How times change (sigh).
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 11-24-2019, 07:02 AM  
Controversial X-pro 3 screen
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 87
Views: 3,206
Can't the K-70 flip its screen around in such a way as to hide the LCD?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-24-2019, 05:33 AM  
Article: QUEST FOR AN IDEAL COMPACT FILM SLR
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 38
Views: 1,753
The P-series bodies and the Super Program (I have examples of both) are just that little bit bulkier all around than the M series. It's enough to notice. The other thing about the M's is that they are the last Pentax bodies of any kind to have any sort of manual reversion, except for the LX, which is in a very different category.

The ultimate compact travel SLR is, in my opinion, the ME with the 40mm M pancake. If you are just shooting casually, aperture priority is enough. If you really need to fudge it, you have a two-stop exposure compensation dial. If you needed more than that, you were there for something different and you should have taken an MX. If the batteries fail, there are smartphone apps that will tell you which aperture you should set for 1/100 second.

I wouldn't go with an MV-1 because it simply isn't telling me enough about what it's doing. I wouldn't want to put my camera-buying decisions in the hands of the linked article's author.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 11-24-2019, 04:56 AM  
PentaxForums 100 Year Giveaway - November - General Raffle Entry Thread
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 400
Views: 9,869
I don't have an APS-C body that will work with PLM (K-5, *istDS) and it seems wasted on the full frame K-1, so if I pull the first prize, please put it back in and redraw.
Forum: Sold Items 11-24-2019, 04:52 AM  
For Sale - Sold: 1st Pty, M42 28 & 35/3.5, 50/1.4, 55/1.8, 135/3.5, 200mm, M42-K, Hoods+Bellows
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 60
Views: 10,172
Are the bellows and slide copier the ones which fit together as a unit? If so, how compatible are they as regards fit with the K-1 (or a K-5 if you've got one of those to test it against)?
Forum: Sold Items 11-24-2019, 04:42 AM  
For Sale - Sold: S1a, S3, SV, KM, MX, SF10, SF1n, Black ME, Super Program, 2x & -1 diopter eye, D-LI50
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 66
Views: 9,730
The thing I find most amusing and interesting about your sales posts is the way that pre-internal-meter M42-mount cameras have retained their value better than the final generations of autofocus K-mount film cameras.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 11-23-2019, 07:38 PM  
F-Stoppers repeating rumour Olympus has less than twelve months left
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 150
Views: 5,020
In acquiring Pentax as a camera brand, Ricoh had the interesting background that it was once second-fiddle and direct K-mount competitor to Asahi Optical Co., if I remember correctly. Ricoh were M42, then they adopted the K mount right after Pentax brought it out. However, IIRC Ricoh got out of the SLR business at the start of the autofocus era, as did the third K-mount wheel, Chinon.


Pentax coming under Ricoh's control is cosmic justice. I can't see Olympus's design philosophy and good name surviving takeover by any other company than Panasonic. They have the advantage that the lenses and cameras are cross-compatible anyway; it's the most logical step, if Panasonic wants it.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-19-2019, 01:07 PM  
Eleven Pentax "specific / distinctive features" : do they impact your photography ?
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 70
Views: 4,729
The latter was in turn a result of Asahi Optical's desire not to completely throw out the entire Takumar lens system overnight when it went to the K mount, and thus to keep the register distance. Yes, you are back in the days of manual aperture lenses, but at least the inbuilt meter can read it in real time.

It's in part a measure of Pentax's former prestige that the array of third party M42 and K mount lenses available second-hand is so incredibly vast. That's their true legacy.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-17-2019, 05:21 AM  
Digital or Film
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 87
Views: 3,839
I should have enlarged, but I said what I did because I take two categories of photograph that I simply HAVE to get right the first time, then and there, and digital allows an immediate reshoot if things go wrong.

1) Family holidays to places we might never revisit, with people we might never meet again.

2) Medical photography during an autopsy or histology prosection, where the photographic subject is (of necessity) altered, destroyed or disrupted in the sampling process, e.g. a tumor which must be extensively sampled, but requires a permanent record of its relations to normal structures before it is sliced for removal of the sampled tissue.

I also occasionally do product or venue photography for my wife's craft shows and related activities, where the pics need to go online quickly to promote sales and events.

It all depends on the purposes.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-10-2019, 06:32 PM  
Digital or Film
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 87
Views: 3,839
Film slows down with age, it's probably more like Superia 100 now.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-08-2019, 12:37 PM  
Digital or Film
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 87
Views: 3,839
Both.

Digital is better. Film is more fun, and I like the small M-series cameras especially. ME with SMC-M 40mm f/2.8 is practically a pocket travel camera.
Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 11-04-2019, 09:58 AM  
SMC Pentax 30mm F2.8
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 15
Views: 1,541
You also are a pathologist? I never knew.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-03-2019, 08:45 AM  
Reccomendation for a 35mm lens on a Spotmatic F
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 16
Views: 776
To my eyes, putting anything other than an SMC-series Takumar on the Spotmatic F defeats the purpose. In that context, how much do you need the extra stop-and-a-half?
Forum: General Photography 11-01-2019, 05:45 AM  
Strange and Ornery Old Tripod, Help Requested.
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 9
Views: 485
It's a disgusting, lewd tripod that spreads its legs far, far apart with despicable ease.



That's the basic problem I've been trying to solve. If I spread the legs not that far apart it will stay where it is, but I'm still nervous about trusting it with any camera. Beyond a certain point, it just wants to slip all the way down, and even if it doesn't topple I don't like what the deceleration at the bottom might do to a DSLR's innards. I will use it, but with a careful eye on what's going on, and I'm not going to move my hands very far away from it at all when there's a camera mounted.
Forum: General Photography 10-31-2019, 08:23 AM  
Strange and Ornery Old Tripod, Help Requested.
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 9
Views: 485
Here is the beast in question, which I got second hand with a bunch of other stuff.



The feet are adjustable as either rubber (relatively hard and non-sticky) or spikes. However, the "spread" of the tripod legs appears to have no locking mechanism at all. It appears to rely purely on the legs having enough friction not to slip on the surface they're resting on.

From testing, this appears to be fine on grass and rough surfaces such as asphalt. It is absolutely DISASTROUS on wooden and linoleum floors.

Am I missing something?

Also, what do all the knobs do? There seem to be things I'm missing here, and my google-fu is weak when it comes to finding a manual online.
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-31-2019, 08:15 AM  
35mm Lens Club - all you need is 35mm...
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 248
Views: 14,906
Posting this shot with my DA 35/2.8 macro here rather than in the macro club because it's not really taking advantage of the macro capabilities of the lens.

Forum: Sold Items 10-31-2019, 04:26 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K3 II Silver with 666 shutter actuations.
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 7
Views: 1,264
He should have waited one more day to post this ad, and bumped up the price by $66. A camera with 666 actuations, advertised on Halloween for 666 dollars, would have been just perfect! :lol:

That's one devil of a bargain.
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