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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-16-2019, 05:46 AM  
Pentax MZ-5N broken mechanism of viewfinder mirror
Posted By Snappertim
Replies: 10
Views: 1,092
The problem with your MZ5N is well known, the nylon cog on the drive motor (Mirror lift) has fallen of and a new motor with a brass cog is needed, at this time I would think they are pretty rare, better to look for a replacement camera (Ebay) or go for a MZ3.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-22-2019, 12:25 AM  
28-50 M vs K
Posted By Snappertim
Replies: 6
Views: 701
If you are going for the 20/f4 go for the early K 20mm (known as the long one) its a version of the 18mm, 3.5, 12 elements in 10 groups not the short one M series 8 elements in 8 groups and not as good.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-21-2019, 02:37 AM  
28-50 M vs K
Posted By Snappertim
Replies: 6
Views: 701
The best web resource for Pentax is the K mount (KMP) pages (once run by Bojidar Dimitrov) for all specifications and details, do not bother with either 28-50 go for the 24-50 just as good and a bit wider at the bottom, It replaced both lens' you mention.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 05-02-2019, 01:59 AM  
AF360FGZ II --or-- AF540FGZ II for K-1
Posted By Snappertim
Replies: 6
Views: 879
The old saying in regards to flash guns is simple "you can turn one down in power, but you can not turn it up above its max power", the law of chance says one day you will need that extra power.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-13-2019, 03:41 AM  
Stealth KP
Posted By Snappertim
Replies: 42
Views: 6,808
I am not so sure its a user project, the change of penta prism is impressive for a user project, also looking carefully the paint finish is now a 3d finish with highlights in the paint, to match the new 35/f2 this also has the same paint finish.
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 Film SLR Discussion 11-23-2018, 06:22 AM  
K1000 won't sync flash
Posted By Snappertim
Replies: 17
Views: 1,930
I am not too up on the k1000, but the flash will not fire if the lens is not in focus, unless you tell the camera to fire if not in focus, if you are using a non Pentax flash the camera detects the contact voltage and will not allow the flash to fire if the contact voltage is over a certain amount, to stop damaging the dedicated flash circuits, I would test the camera with a genuine Pentax flash to confirm the error before paying for a repair.

---------- Post added 11-23-18 at 01:36 PM ----------

Sorry ignore the last post I was thinking of the k100 Digital, O.K the K1000 First the flash hot shoe has a central ball for a central contact this might not be touching the centre dot on the camera, some flashes cannot push onto the hot shoe far enough, Second the lead from the flash could be dead and this explains the with the hot shoe mismatch why the camera is not firing, the flash mechanism in the camera is a contact on the side of the mirror movement on the outside of the mirror box, inside the right hand side of the camera and cannot be seen, these do not give any problems most of the time, still cj=heck with a genuine Pentax flash.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-19-2018, 06:03 AM  
FA 20-35 unobtanium ....Not sure what to expect from Promaster 19-35 alternative lens
Posted By Snappertim
Replies: 24
Views: 1,897
The lens is a Cosina (ALSO branded as a Promaster or Vivitar) 19-35mm 3.5-4.5 all plastic with a nice chrome lens mount , bayonet lens hood also was included, this lens and the 100mm 3.5 macro (also branded as Pentax) made Cosina's reputation as a lens maker, The Tokina 19-35mm f3.5-4.5 was their own, and was an update on the 20-35mm 3.5-4.5, a 20-35mm 2.8 was also available as a higher cost option, but most test showed it had inferior corner resolution to the cheaper option, both lens are a good bet for the price, I have no idea about the quality of the Promaster version.
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 04-13-2018, 05:57 AM  
Pentax R01010 registered
Posted By Snappertim
Replies: 94
Views: 11,588
Maybe 01-010 as like Olympus many years ago 1/2/3/4 top end cameras and double digit second line 10/20/30/40 so maybe 01 as in k1 type
and 010 as first of the line and 020 maybe later, just a thought.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-04-2018, 06:11 AM  
portrait lenses
Posted By Snappertim
Replies: 39
Views: 3,202
Depends on how much depth of field I want and size of head in the final pic, DFA 77mm Ltd, 90mm Tamron Macro, 100mm Pentax DFA Macro WR, Sigma 105 2.8 Macro and my favourite Pentax FA135 2.8 (if), all these are good, if you definitely taking a portrait use a nice sharp prime lens.
Forum: Homepage & Official Pentax News 03-07-2018, 06:03 AM  
CP+ 2018 Pentax Interview
Posted By Snappertim
Replies: 30
Views: 2,156
Lets look at what was said in the interview, and as important what was not said, the Pentax Exec stated that a replacement was underway for the k3 Line, From this I take the understanding to be that the k3 is over and what comes will not be a k3 iii and the word "line" has a whole new dynamic to the situation, if the "LINE" has ended then the replacement need not be APSC, the exec at no time stated that the replacement was APSC, also careful listening he said Full Frame Converter Lenses are underway, that's Plural as in more than one, the current converter is a Kenco/Hoya product (developed from the Teleplus range) maybe the push forward in full frame lenses includes full auto focus versions of the old converters of the past the A2X- and A1.4X- both available in short and long versions.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-14-2018, 09:05 AM  
Pentax 28mm Shift vs Rokinon 24mm TS
Posted By Snappertim
Replies: 18
Views: 1,362
The Pentax shift lens has no tilt ability, but is well made and durable, a filter holder is on the rear, and takes Gelatine filters, the front thread (on the tips of the petal shaped hood - fixed) is 77mm for use when not shifting, the reason some have come onto the market is the in built shift setting on the k1, this movement of the chip has the same effect as a shift lens and is easy to use, I considered purchasing the 24mm Rokinon, but the Samyang from which its is derived received very mixed reviews, and some testers stated it had only one usable f stop.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-22-2017, 06:19 AM  
Pentax Normal 40.5mm Filter (for rear filter holder of DA 560mm and 645 DA 25mm)
Posted By Snappertim
Replies: 16
Views: 1,608
I would go for the Hoya filter, 40.5 is an old Leica size and several makers still manufacture it, I looked some ten years ago for such a size in Pentax but nobody stocked them, I needed it for a 400-800 Zoom mirror lens, and the instructions for that stated a filter should be used at all times, I purchased my zoom second hand and the filter kit was missing, you might find one on ebay if your lucky.
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: Accessory and Memory Articles 10-10-2017, 04:32 AM  
3D drawing of FA 24-90 lens hood
Posted By Snappertim
Replies: 5
Views: 1,648
The lens hood for the old FA-J 18-35 is identical ( I have both lens and hoods and I can see no difference) and available used from many sources code PH-RBB67, code for the 24-90 3.5-4.5 is PH-RBE67.
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 04-21-2017, 09:38 AM  
pentax m-e mirrorless camera with aps-c sensor coming??
Posted By Snappertim
Replies: 216
Views: 27,774
The word to register in your mind is "ASSEMBLED" who made the components and in what country, and whos factory, early 70-200 I saw at demonstration day before release and before the witheld from market problem, was marked Made in Japan. !!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-21-2017, 09:19 AM  
pentax m-e mirrorless camera with aps-c sensor coming??
Posted By Snappertim
Replies: 216
Views: 27,774
HD D FA★ 70-200mm f/2.8 ED DC AW, HD D FA 150-450mm f/4.5-5.6 ED DC AW, D FA★ 50mm f/1.4, D FA★ 85mm f/1.4: all contract made by Sigma, Long time Cooperator with Ricoh, These lens are marked made in Japan, Pentax only has production for lens' in Vietnam, nothing wrong in this, as start up costs are low and if sucessfull you can then introduce your own version.
Forum: Pentax K-3 04-07-2017, 06:29 AM  
Body Cap Cover For Pentax SLR Cameras
Posted By Snappertim
Replies: 10
Views: 1,884
Forum: Pentax K-3 04-07-2017, 06:07 AM  
Body Cap Cover For Pentax SLR Cameras
Posted By Snappertim
Replies: 10
Views: 1,884
There are five body caps available the first in the screw m42 mount cap, the second is the push fit black or clear cap, this usualy supplied with the body when new, the third is the early bayonet type with asahi pentax written on it, this latter had the asahi name was dropped these also had a circle at the 12 o/c position (mounting point indicator to line up with the red dot on the mount) and white or red paint inside the circle, to match m or a type lens cameras, a second version of this cap has no paint in the circle and the addition of a circular tube moulded on the inside in the mounting flange circle, the locking button of the mount locks into this and secures the cap on, and last of all the new K1 cap that locks on as well.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 04-05-2017, 04:58 AM  
Mirrorless sales collapsing worse than -30% in Japan the homecountry of mirrorless
Posted By Snappertim
Replies: 21
Views: 3,802

As man oncesaid “there are Lie’s, Damn Lie’s (Fake News) and Statistics” (67.84% ofStatistics are made up) whatever the truth, action will speak louder thanwords, as we have just seen with the end of 3d (yet again), when the powersthat be in "Canik Oly43 PenRicoh" land, make the decision, the end will be quickfor the losing product line (look how quick the K01 went out), as full frametakes over the DSLR market, I think KP is the new K3, and that’s as good as itwill get for APSC, and k2 will be a full frame version of k3, The mirrorlessmarket is stuck between compact DSLR’S (the Rock) and Camera Phone’s (a hardplace).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-07-2017, 07:18 AM  
Can't find any info on the Promaster Spectrum 7 28-80mm 3.5-4.5 Macro
Posted By Snappertim
Replies: 8
Views: 2,302
The lens was available under several name but outside the US market it was sold under Tokina and Kiron (Kino Precision Industries Limited), they made the 35 - 105 3.5/4.5 Olympus Zuiko
and later a 28 80 version, you can tell they all had a chrome button on a ring that you pressed to engage a close focus operation.
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