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Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-10-2020, 04:08 AM  
Landscape Abandoned settlements and mines.
Posted By baldeagle21b
Replies: 96
Views: 3,839
The iron industry in your region predates the Revolutionary war. The entire region is peppered with old iron ore mines and remains of smelting furnaces used to extract the iron from the rock..
Forum: Pentax K-1 12-19-2019, 01:53 PM  
What do I need to copy 35mm slides with my Pentax K-1 camera
Posted By baldeagle21b
Replies: 34
Views: 2,220
There actually is an equivalent product, the film duplicator. It probably isn't widely known or distributed though. Uses a Pentax flash for the light source. Homegrown solution is probably the easier less expensive way.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-14-2019, 10:04 AM  
New product for Wireless Tethering for Pentax et al
Posted By baldeagle21b
Replies: 23
Views: 4,147
Whether it's too expensive or not depends upon circumstances. If a photo business depends upon fast Wifi transfer to be successful, the cost of not having this could be more than the purchase price. In that case, it's a bargain. :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-13-2018, 08:57 AM  
Lens Cleaning Fluid Question
Posted By baldeagle21b
Replies: 12
Views: 966
To be fair to the Eclipse manufacturer, I understand that not only is Eclipse chemically pure but is also filtered to remove any particulate matter that might deposit on surfaces as it evaporates. Substitutes might not have been produced with the same amount of care.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-12-2018, 07:08 PM  
Lens Cleaning Fluid Question
Posted By baldeagle21b
Replies: 12
Views: 966
That one is a very early version (2001) that doesn't detail the purity. This copy is much newer (2015):

That's Eclipse's main claim to fame, ultra pure and filtered so it won't leave any residue. That's why they can charge hundreds of dollars a gallon for the stuff (lol).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-12-2018, 05:26 PM  
Lens Cleaning Fluid Question
Posted By baldeagle21b
Replies: 12
Views: 966
Google "Eclipse lens fluid MSDS" and a link to the PDF file should show up.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-12-2018, 04:04 PM  
Lens Cleaning Fluid Question
Posted By baldeagle21b
Replies: 12
Views: 966
Chemically, Eclipse is simply high purity (99% or better) methyl alcohol, according to its MSDS data sheet.
Forum: General Photography 11-23-2018, 11:00 AM  
Do you think we can get Sigma to do a K mount version?
Posted By baldeagle21b
Replies: 46
Views: 2,023
The body that goes with that lens adds considerably to the price, but if you can afford the lens then maybe the body is no problem.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-13-2018, 05:48 AM  
Black Spotmatic F?
Posted By baldeagle21b
Replies: 11
Views: 1,222
I think not as common as the silver version but not a rarity or big ticket collector's item.
Here it is quite common, as there is one sitting on my coffee table as I write this. :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-25-2018, 09:55 AM  
The New Fat Fifty is Here (first day shooting)
Posted By baldeagle21b
Replies: 84
Views: 9,197
Guess I fail the hipster test then. Closest I can come is a black Spotmatic with a S-M-C 85mm f/1.8. :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-24-2018, 06:45 AM  
Cards not formatted message on K1
Posted By baldeagle21b
Replies: 19
Views: 3,231
Yep, for me it is caused by reading a card on a computer (in my case a Mac Air), then removing the card manually without properly closing it out from the OS (right click on the card icon then select "eject xxx(card name)". There is probably a similar card logout procedure on Windows but I'm not online with my Windows machine right now so I can't check.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 03-25-2018, 04:31 PM  
Where to buy a screw for Asahi Spotmatic?
Posted By baldeagle21b
Replies: 4
Views: 963
There is an exploded parts diagram at PENTAX MANUALS in the service manuals section. If you can make sense out of that, small screws can be found at Or maybe Eric Hendrickson can help. If all else fails, a box of toothpicks is not very expensive (lol).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-24-2018, 06:58 PM  
Advice - best black permanent marker for lens touch-ups?
Posted By baldeagle21b
Replies: 30
Views: 4,374
There are regular Sharpies which are said to be water proof but really are only resistant. Then there are oil-based paint Sharpies which really are water proof and much more durable. I got mine at a Hobby Lobby here in the States. They come in extra fine tips too. Maybe that will be a solution.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-14-2018, 12:03 PM  
Pentax K-1 Mark II DSLR camera detailed specifications leaked
Posted By baldeagle21b
Replies: 389
Views: 42,277
Then do that and don't complain about the AF then.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-07-2018, 09:26 AM  
End of Pentax K-1? & It's Official According to Photo Rumors - K-1 Discontinued Rea
Posted By baldeagle21b
Replies: 136
Views: 17,213
It's official when the word comes from Ricoh Imaging Corp. Not before.
Forum: General Photography 02-04-2018, 09:12 AM  
Meet "ARSENAL" Photo Assistant
Posted By baldeagle21b
Replies: 15
Views: 2,280
Not initially. Check back in five years. :)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-24-2018, 03:17 PM  
Ricoh Imaging at CP+ 2018
Posted By baldeagle21b
Replies: 98
Views: 17,891
Perhaps. Personally I would rather see rebadged offerings from Ricoh rather than K-mount lenses direct from Sigma and Tamron. That way Ricoh gets the revenue that they can then roll back into new product development. But then I'm thinking of the long term well-being of the company, a rarity in these forums. :)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-12-2018, 04:04 PM  
Where do you get your film?
Posted By baldeagle21b
Replies: 20
Views: 1,588
The Film Photography Project (Home - The Film Photography Project) has some unusual emulsions that are not your normal big three fare if you are into creative photography.
Forum: Ricoh Theta 360 Cameras 01-09-2018, 05:01 AM  
Theta V API and SDK to be released to developers in partnership program
Posted By baldeagle21b
Replies: 0
Views: 974
Forum: General Photography 12-05-2017, 04:56 AM  
Is it just me, or do others find this equally offputting?
Posted By baldeagle21b
Replies: 15
Views: 1,671
OK, thanks for the heads up on Cinestill. Their 120mm format 50D film has interest for me as well.
Forum: General Photography 12-04-2017, 04:36 PM  
Is it just me, or do others find this equally offputting?
Posted By baldeagle21b
Replies: 15
Views: 1,671
Apparently I'm in their demographic group because I'm a regular listener and don't have a problem with their style. I'm going to try some of the Vision 3 film based upon their characterization of it.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 10-19-2017, 03:42 PM  
Honeywell Strobonar 772 disassembly and battery replacement
Posted By baldeagle21b
Replies: 5
Views: 1,971
I had a couple of those potato mashers and seem to remember that the battery tray has a small internal catch on each
side that holds it onto the head. Squeezing both tabs together simultaneously with thumb and forefinger should
release the catches and allow you to slide the battery tray out the back of the head.
Forum: General Photography 09-22-2017, 12:55 PM  
Ricoh stop selling Pentax ? ( satire )
Posted By baldeagle21b
Replies: 18
Views: 2,599
Deleting the thread will not undo the damage already done since the news aggregators have no doubt already scraped it into the database. Be careful what you write in the interweb,because what is done cannot be undone.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-13-2017, 08:51 PM  
K-1 Firmware UPDATE: v1.42
Posted By baldeagle21b
Replies: 67
Views: 7,726
Corrected – Unstable performance may rarely occur in firmware version 1.41.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-29-2017, 12:59 AM  
A Spotmatic oddity
Posted By baldeagle21b
Replies: 13
Views: 1,709
I bought a Spotmatic in a US Navy exchange in Japan around 1970 which has the export stamp on the film advance lever but the face still reads Asahi Pentax. Seemingly there were exceptions to the defacement requirement for items sold to US servicemen at that time or the requirement had lapsed by then..
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