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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-03-2015, 04:59 AM  
Pentax ZX-5n mirror motor problem (MZ-S/alternatives any better?)
Posted By Snappertim
Replies: 7
Views: 2,863
Rob I did not see you are a UK user, Asahi Photo are the guys for your repair, they are sometimes a bit busy but they get it done. they are a life long Pentax repairer and an official repairer, they still tackle spotmatics, over the years I have had 2 x MZ5N and a MZ6 all three had the cog problem, they still do this repair I have just got back from them a rare MZ3 black with the same problem, once done you have the best Pentax camera only the MZ3 beats the MZ5N, and at one time I had 3 MZ-S, its a superb camera but the controls on the MZ5N/3 are so intuitive and logical, all you need is a 28-70 f4 and you are using one of the best 35mm cameras produced by anybody. Regards Tim
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-29-2019, 06:53 AM  
11-18 and revamped 35mm F2 on january 31?
Posted By Snappertim
Replies: 1,044
Views: 77,872
What's wrong with a screw drive lens !!, the autofocus mechanism consist of a small rod with a drive cog on the end, could not be simpler, why involve a complex servo motor in a small and compact lens (it looks identical to the last model in size) getting a motor in a lens with only a front filter mount of 49mm would be a tight fit, the change of lens hood designation may point to the hood now being used on another lens or lens' , may be a updated fa 50/1.4 with a bayonet lens hood is on the way, or the reintroduction of the fa 28 2.8, all three lens showed excellent performance.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-25-2019, 05:52 AM  
Greetings from Australia.
Posted By Snappertim
Replies: 6
Views: 548
The flash charge light comes on when the built in flash is up, if the charge light stays on check the flash is down and the switch in side the camera ifs functioning, its operated by a small tab on the underside of one of the flash struts, if the spring mechanism is broken (common fault on early mz5's) you may have to tape it down, if you are using an external flash the light will stay on powered by the flash if the flash is on (full on or spot beam only).
Regards Tim
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-31-2018, 02:03 AM  
Lens repair for M28/2.8
Posted By Snappertim
Replies: 10
Views: 752
Look at the pictures of the disassembly, in the 8th picture and again further on you will see a small spring, this spring runs the length of the lens and is attached to pivot that has the shutdown cam (lever) attached to it, the reason your lens is slow to close down, is because this spring has become weak over time and use, obtain a new spring from Pentax or with a pair of sharp cutters, clip if the old upright attachment ring on the end of the spring and bend up a new ring from the coils of the spring, this in effect shortens the spring and will recover is action, when the lens is reassembled, test by holding down the closing/shutdown cam (lever) and release it, the action should be so quick as not to been seen.
Regards Tim
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-22-2017, 09:46 AM  
PENTAX K-1 Limited Silver released
Posted By Snappertim
Replies: 325
Views: 39,443
You will miss may wonderful photographs waiting for a Silver K1 to come onto the second hand market. And I think the silver finish is exactly a match for the 31/43/77, this camera stands out as a major advance in DSLR tech, and I have no regrets in buying one as you pay only a small premium against the black model ( add up 1 x k1 + batt grip and 1 genuine battery )
Here is the proof.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-27-2017, 03:45 AM  
HD Pentax-DA★ 11-18mm f/2.8
Posted By Snappertim
Replies: 474
Views: 63,381
The DA * 11-18 is the last APSC lens you will see from Pentax - Ricoh this replaces the 12-24, and keeps faith with the buyers of APSC bodies k10 to k3 mk2, this lens was designed with help from Tamron and is made in a reconditioned ex Ricoh printer plant in the Philippines, as for all other focal length requirements Ricohs answer will be purchase full frame and put up with the 1.5 shift, the SDM 12-24 16-50 50-135 60-250 were contract made by Hoya - Tokina they will disappear in the next year as stocks roll down, this ends Ricoh's association with Hoya, Ricoh will now make all future Pentax lens in conjunction with Tamron (they own a controlling share holding), the Pentax k2 will appear over the next 12 months and will be a k3 with a full frame chip, the 645G a full frame 45X60 camera will appear before the end of year, its not clear yet if the camera will feature sensor shake reduction or not, do not hold your breath waiting for a radical APSC body its not coming, the future is full frame in the mind of Ricoh.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-13-2017, 05:13 AM  
Please help..! I got scammed, need to fix the lens...
Posted By Snappertim
Replies: 21
Views: 2,549
You do not state where you are, this might help in this matter.
First of all the fungus you are looking at is caused by the last owner poring cleaning fluid (you should put the cleaner on a lint free cloth and then wipe the lens after carefully blowing of any dust or grit) on the open to air elements, this creeps around the element and collects on the reverse surface, soon small invisible mould starts to breed and the result is what you see, this did not occur in transit, your seller is pulling a fraud full stop.
The 35 f2 is a bit rare item so if you like the rest of the lens , Open a case in Ebay (is much better if you have paid by Paypal as they can charge back your payment up to 3 months after the transaction), In the U.K to clean out a simple m series lens with no electrics is straight forward and can be done for about 40 pounds, so negotiate a refund of about 45 pounds to cover your costs, or simple go for a total refund and get your money back, do not worry the seller stated no returns in the advert, Ebay will not let that stand for an item that is broken and not stated as such in the original advert.
As another option you could try a home fix as the front and rear element are easy to access on an M series lens.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-13-2015, 02:38 AM  
Which one of the 3 amigos should I sell?
Posted By Snappertim
Replies: 47
Views: 4,568
Do not sell any of the 3 Amigos keep them all the 31mm is great indoors the 43 is an excellent lens for general walk about, and the 77 is a great studio lens, That's if you are using them at their designed focal length, I used all three on mz-s/mz3, not the same on APS-C digital, well soon we will all have the chance to use them as designed, get rid of the 20-40 after FF hits APS-C will be history in about three years I bet.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 10-08-2015, 02:05 AM  
HELP am I stupid? Bowens Gemini 500W/s R Pulsar Monolight Kit
Posted By Snappertim
Replies: 7
Views: 1,516
Both Mono heads should have a Sensor in them that detects flash and automaticaly fires, the Gemini range has a rocker switch on the back for turning this function on it is marked "cell", check the sensor window its the red square above the rear switches at the back make shure this is not dirty or covered, you can if you wish suppliment the sensor in the Gemini by using a triger switch that plugs into the 1/4 jack socket at the rear, they look like a golf ball with a audio plug sticking out, if the flash is very directional the slave in the gemini might have trouble picking up the first flash, use a moulded microphone lead (standard audio plug to line socket, only 2 contacts one black line on the plug) from Tandy and use this to position the additional sensor switch where it will defiantly see the first.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-13-2015, 03:58 AM  
3 Rumors
Posted By Snappertim
Replies: 720
Views: 92,467
In house design software is only one consideration for a green light to manufacture, the marketing and finance departments of Ricoh will have their say on the matter, why design and "tool up" production yourself when others will make a "off the shelf" conversion to your specifications and then if all fails the "in costs" will have been lower to get into the market segment you want, if the projected "market penertration" is successful replace the bought in components with your own, Pentax has "outsourced" many parts of its product catalogue for decades, the fash system was Panasonic, after k10 it went to Nissin, that's why the flash protocol changed, so Nissin had a chance to sell guns along side the new k20 k7 Ect, the 31/43/77 used to be made by Cosina/Voightlander, Tamron have supplied several zoom lens, and my bet is the 150-450 is a Sigma, long time cooperator with Ricoh since the Sigma SA1 (A Ricoh KR10 rebadged and supplied with a Sigma 28-70 zoom, and the KR10 was a Nikkormat with a k mount and more electronics), Seikorex make the shutters, ME range was the first (Sekonic light and flash meters, Seiko watches any electronic timing device) Sanyo make the rechargeable bits batteries and chargers, Tokina made the 16-50 and 50-135 and will supply the new standard zoom 24-70 and a new wideangle zoom, the new 70-200 maybe Tamron or Tokina, 645z is in house but the lens are now made by Tamron who owned and made the medium format Bronica range, Q series was originally a Kenko product. sorry to upset you guys who think Pentax is a large manufacturing giant, sorry its not, its been a bit of a "Paper Operation" for some time.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-18-2015, 03:48 AM  
Pentax AF films SLR opinion request... the abridged version
Posted By Snappertim
Replies: 29
Views: 4,079
The Z1P had a lot of upgrade over the Z1 the display and metering was better from memory, but the MZ3 is the best Pentax AF slr in my experience, and I owned 3 MZS the MZ3 scores over the MZ5N higher top shutter speed, but best of all the flash synch speed had increased to 125 from 100 sec, this made it easy to set studio flash, combine this with the FA AL 28-70 MM F4 and you are using the best their is.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-06-2015, 03:31 AM  
Compare the lens prototypes
Posted By Snappertim
Replies: 124
Views: 10,580
The large aperture lens has a configuration of 3 bayonet flanges to hold on the lens hood, this dictates its a Tokina lens and is a version of the 70-200 f4 full frame lens, the long zoom has a configuration of 4 bayonet flanges to hold on the lens hood this dictates it is a Sigma lens and is a version of the 150-500 lens, the camera body is a restyled version of the K-S1 with a fold out screen (this probably means no FLU card function Flag Ship will have both), I wonder if the new 18-50 will retain screw drive AF, if not the new FF or apsc flagship may be SDM only.
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